Foundation Repair & Basement Waterproofing in Ann Arbor, MI
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Foundation Systems of Michigan (FSM), a Groundworks Company, specializes in helping homeowners with their foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space encapsulation, concrete, gutter, and generator needs. Our top priority is providing high-quality home repair solutions and personalized service across the state of Michigan. With fully trained technicians, industry-leading products, and nationally backed warranties, FSM is here to restore your foundation or basement.
Your home is only as strong as its foundation, so keeping this vital area of your home protected is important. Ann Arbor homeowners face certain problems when it comes to foundation damage, and FSM is here to help.
Homes across the state of Michigan rely on basements for structural support. When this crucial area of your home is damaged, problem signs arise all throughout your home and repairs must be made. FSM is here to provide those repairs for you.
Due to their design, most crawl spaces are highly susceptible to water damage. FSM is here to provide solutions that keep this vital area completely dry.
Why Homeowners Choose Foundation Systems of Michigan
Since 2007, Foundation Systems of Michigan has been Michigan’s most trusted foundation repair contractor. We hold ourselves to a higher standard, and let our track record speak for itself. Our customers hire us knowing they’ll get the expertise necessary to solve even the most complex foundation problems, and the peace of mind knowing we stand behind all of our work. They also appreciate that we are a company that will be around for decades to come.
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When homeowners hear about crawl space waterproofing and all it entails, many question the necessity of encapsulation, especially if the area is already closed off. A sump pump and dehumidifier make sense, but how can a vapor barrier protect a crawl space from water damage? Well, the materials your crawl space is made of, wood and concrete, experience rapid deterioration after water exposure. This is because both materials are highly absorbent.
Because of their permeability, even water vapor can get through and invade your crawl space or crawl space. You might think this isn’t really a big deal—after all, water vapor is what the dehumidifier is for, right? However, once that moisture passes through the wood and concrete, there’s a possibility that mold will grow. There are certain types of mold that can survive even when the air isn’t very humid, so it wouldn’t take much for your foundation to start deteriorating.
Vapor barriers completely block all water and water vapor that tries to get into the crawl space. It’s made of a completely inorganic material, so no mold can eat at it and grow. Encapsulation also helps insulate the area and keep temperatures stable which lowers energy bills. And last but not least, encapsulation tidies up the way your basement or crawl space looks. The sleek, white barrier brightens up the space, makes it look bigger than it truly is, and keeps everything clean for years to come.
It’s not possible to place any dehumidifier into the basement and hope that it will do the job. In fact, most small dehumidifiers aren’t enough to deal with the humidity accumulated in the basement. Instead, you’ll need an industry-grade dehumidifier installed by a professional.
Why Store-Bought Dehumidifiers Are Not Enough
Most homeowners have had some experience with the humidifier with the small ones that can be bought in any store. However, these aren’t the same as the ones that are used for basements. First and foremost, those dehumidifiers won’t work in the basement since they are far too cold for the devices to be able to work in. Room dehumidifiers only work on temperatures above 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Basements are cooler than that.
Our team offers dehumidifiers that are more powerful and therefore more efficient than the average ones you can get in any store. Our dehumidifiers are equally efficient in colder temperatures. They won’t break down when they need to handle the excess humidity often found in basements. Dehumidifiers that we install also don’t need to be maintained or emptied out.
Rely on Basement Experts
The experts from Foundation Systems of Michigan are equipped and trained to install all waterproofing solutions that your basement needs. This includes installing the dehumidifier and helping you choose the one that will best fit the size and the needs of your basement. They can also install other tools needed for this purpose including pumps, pipes, and moisture barriers.
We are also able to fix smaller issues with your basement that we notice during the inspection process. These include fixing up the cracks and gaps in walls and floors. Our team will point out any larger issues that require more work and provide you with a course of action on those as well. Sometimes, these will require complex repairs and the decision to venture into those is up to you.
Many homeowners believe that concrete is indestructible. Although used for virtually every building, driveway, and sidewalk, concrete is still a porous material. This means that it has thousands of tiny pores within it that water can easily flow through and cause damage. When water sits on top of concrete for a prolonged period it can cause it to crack and become uneven. The same goes for your home’s foundation. When water sits around your foundation, whether in the soil or around the base, it can cause severe structural damage.
Lack of proper foundation drainage can put your home at risk of suffering from water damage. The water around your basement or even in your basement can compromise your foundation and the safety of your home on various levels. Not investing in a high-quality drainage system may seem like the most affordable option, but in the long run, it is the most expensive one.
The volume of damage water can cause should never be underestimated. While standing water around your foundation or overly saturated soil may seem harmless, it can cause your foundation to move and shift. When this happens, cracks can appear, causing a whole array of other problems. By keeping your foundation properly drained, you won’t just keep it dry, but stable and safe as well.
If you do not have proper drainage, heavy rains can easily soak the soil beneath your home, making it less stable. As a result, your foundation can begin to settle. Foundation settlement is a serious problem that should not be ignored. It can make your home collapse if left unsupervised. On the other hand, water accumulating beneath your home can push against your foundation floor or walls, making them crack or bow.
Mold and Rot Growth
Keeping water away from your home can also prevent mold growth. Mold mostly thrives in dark and damp places, so your humid basement will be an ideal place for it to spread. Since mold releases airborne spores, it also presents a health hazard. If you inhale them, you could end up with serious respiratory issues. On the other hand, wood rot also prefers humid environments. Since rot can damage your wooden supports and drastically weaken them, it can easily compromise your home’s structural integrity.
Ensuring that your foundation stays dry is the best way to keep mold and rot away from your home. By doing so, you will make your home a safer and healthier place for your family. Furthermore, you will also increase your home’s market value. Nothing can lower the price of the house as quickly as foundation issues, so make sure you invest in a proper drainage system.
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