Saginaw Basement Waterproofing and Foundation Repair
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Basement Sump Pumps and Crawl Space Encapsulation in Saginaw, MI
Moisture damage is prevalent in both basement and crawl space areas. This is largely due to all the heavy spring rains, humid summers, and snowy winters that Saginaw constantly faces. All that moisture is bound to be absorbed by the soil around your home and eventually drain down to your basement or crawl space.
Fortunately, FSM can offer your home thorough waterproofing solutions that can ensure that your basement or crawl space stays dry no matter what. Our experts can set up a powerful drainage system and sump pump inside your basement. Any water that tries to infiltrate this space will instead be collected, pumped out of your home, and redirected down to a nearby storm drain or trench far from your home.
Our encapsulation process similarly protects your entire crawl space from any type of moisture that might seep through. Our sump pumps can handle floods, the vapor barrier and vent cover can keep out any mold and mildew spores and make it difficult for pests to get inside that might be attracted to lingering moisture, and our dehumidifiers can reduce the humidity throughout so that your crawl space stays perfectly dry and clean for years to come.
Saginaw Foundation Repairs
Your foundation is meant to keep your home’s infrastructure perfectly leveled and standing upright from the soil. You will know that something is wrong when you notice your floor sagging or bouncing in places, your doorways and windowsills sticking, or if the very walls of your home start to lean or tilt.
FSM can offer your Saginaw home plenty of different foundation repair solutions that will keep your foundation from falling apart. Our wall anchors can protect your foundation from any outside pressure that might squeeze in on your foundation and cause it to shift and crack. These anchors will be buried out in your yard to reinforce your foundation against any moisture or other pressures that might attempt to break it down.
If you do not have a large enough yard for wall anchors, however, then we can also offer our I-beam wall braces as an internal alternative. They offer the same amount of protection as our wall anchors, but they will be installed within your basement instead.
Your home could also benefit from foundation piers or crawl space jacks as added support for your foundation and your home as a whole.
Concrete Lifting Solutions in Saginaw, MI
Concrete damage can be quite pervasive and affects every concrete structure from your sidewalk to your driveway to the walkway leading up to your house. Saginaw soils are mostly made up of different assortments of clay, which is the most compact and strongest soil type to build on. Of course, just because this soil is particularly stronger than other soil types does not make it completely invulnerable to washout during storms or when the snows melt in the spring.
You might find that your concrete slabs will settle, shift, or even crack as a result of all this moisture damage. You need a concrete repair solution that will not only lift your concrete back to its normal height again but also repairs any cracks or other damage soil washout has caused as well.
FSM offers a state-of-the-art repair for concrete lifting: polyurethane injections. Our PolyRenewal™ injection foam is a great solution that can protect both your heavy concrete slabs above and the supporting soil directly below it as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
About Waterproofing, Foundation Repair & Crawl Spaces in Michigan
Moisture damage is particularly harmful to your crawl space due to the fact that it contains so many important systems within it. This includes your:
- HVAC system
- Electrical wiring
- Floor support beams
The foundation is particularly prone to moisture damage, especially if the soil surrounding it takes on too much water weight. This soil can only absorb so much water before the combined weight of the soil and water creates more pressure than the foundation can bear. It might then shift from its original spot or crack from this pressure. This phenomenon is called hydrostatic pressure.
Hydrostatic pressure is fairly common and impacts homes across the world. This phenomenon is also characterized by water seeping through to the concrete foundation’s pores. Come winter when temperatures start to dip to below 30°F in Saginaw, the trapped water droplets are bound to freeze. The expanding ice will then cause the concrete to crack from within.
Another common form of moisture damage is when the harsher spring rains in Saginaw wash out the soil supporting your concrete foundation. Without this crucial support, the foundation is likely to settle further into the soil or even crack altogether.
This is commonly referred to as the clay bowl effect and is a direct result of how homes are generally constructed. First, a contractor will dig a large hole around the spot where they plan to place your basement and foundation. Once all the components are set inside this hole, they will then backfill the soil around the remaining space surrounding both your basement and foundation. This creates a clay bowl of sorts.
Of course, this means the soil is far less compact than it once was. The looser soil is then easier to wash out during storms or when snow melts.
When your foundation becomes damaged, the rest of your home’s infrastructure will also start to show signs of damage as well. The first sign of damage that you might notice is with your sagging or bouncing floor. If your foundation shifts, your floor’s support beams are likely to shift with it as well. This can lead these beams to become over spanned or even splinter apart. As a result, your floors might sag in places or become overly bouncy.
Another sign of foundation damage that goes largely overlooked is sticking windowsills and doorways. Many homeowners tend to attribute this to mere age, which may be true in some cases. However, if you notice other signs of infrastructural damage around your home (such as the aforementioned sagging floor problem), then this sticking may actually be attributed to a shifted or cracked foundation.
Without the stability of the foundation, the doorways and windowsills of your home will likely start to lean or tilt almost imperceptibly. The doors and windows themselves are already measured to fit these upright frames and will not be able to shift or tilt along with the doorways and windowsills. Both the doors and windows are then trapped within their own frames, making them harder to open and close as a result.
Finally, the most egregious example of structural damage that a cracked or broken foundation can cause is making the very walls of your home start to sway or lean. This can be extremely dangerous for various reasons. In fact, this is often a very concerning sign that your house will very likely collapse soon. You need to call the foundation repair experts at FSM long before it reaches this point, or you risk serious harm to yourself, your family, and your property.
Concrete damage might seem like something simple that any homeowner can fix. However, lifting your concrete again requires precision and the right tools for the job, which many average homeowners will not possess. The concrete experts at FSM are specifically trained to treat and repair any concrete damage your home faces.
There will be plenty of home improvement stores that sell concrete lifting solutions of their own that will be cheaper for you to use and apply. However, just because a solution is cheaper does not automatically mean it is better. These solutions thus offer temporary relief at best. You may find yourself purchasing and applying the same concrete lifting solutions over and over again, which will end up costing you more than it would to invest in a one-time permanent solution like the kind FSM can offer your home.
The concrete experts at FSM have the right equipment and experience to tackle a tough job like this. Our industry-grade solutions are far more powerful than the ones that you might find at any other store. Indeed, the equipment used for our solutions is not normally available to the general public.
Completely replacing your old concrete with newer slabs requires a massive overhaul. First, a contractor would need to break apart the affected concrete into smaller pieces that are easier to pick up and haul away. Next, they will have to lay down a new, completely even layer of concrete, which can take a lot of time to set down and cure.
Our PolyRenewal™ injection foam, on the other hand, will lift just about any concrete slab, fill out and piece together cracks, and even protect the soil underneath. One of its biggest benefits is that it cures in around 15 minutes, meaning you can use your concrete as soon as our experts are done installing it.
It is possible that your basement already has a sump pump installed, but if your basement keeps flooding, there is something clearly wrong with it. It is possible that your sump pump has burnt out or is simply broken and needs to be replaced. This is especially true for cheap sump pumps made of plastic, as these tend to melt when overheated. Typically, these sorts of sump pumps will not be able to handle the sheer amount of water a large storm can create, which means that it cannot keep up and leave some of that water to flood your basement.
Your current basement sump pump may also be clogged with mud or other debris that causes the entire system to back up and flood your basement. Similarly, the water might have frozen within the discharge lines and clogged the system that way as well. Cheaper sump pumps tend to clog often, particularly if you have the type of sump pump that lies submerged in a large sump pit that is often filled with dirt and debris.
It is also possible that your sump pump fails to work the moment your power goes out, which results in your basement flooding during a large storm. No homeowner wants to constantly deal with a flood after flood just because the sump pump they currently have is not doing its job. This is why installing a powerful sump pump from FSM is your best bet.
Our sump pumps will self-activate whenever their floats sense water entering its system. This means you do not have to worry about turning it on when you need it most. Our pumps are also capable of pumping out several thousands of gallons of water an hour.
FSM’s encapsulation process has five components: crawl space drains, a crawl space sump pump, a thick vapor barrier, vent covers, and a dehumidifier. If your crawl space is already flooded, our experts will obviously have to drain that flood away before they can get to work.
Our drainage system placed in the crawl space collects any groundwater or water leaking into the crawl space. This water is then directed to drain to a sump pump so it can be properly pumped out of your crawl space and away from your home. The self-activating nature of this sump pump allows for very little maintenance on your part as well. All you need to do is call our crawl space experts to replace its backup battery (if you chose to have one installed) whenever its alarm system tells you it is running on low battery power.
Our experts will then install our vapor barrier and vent covers. The vapor barrier is made up of thick layers of polyethylene, which will prevent any moisture, debris, or other issues from poking into your crawl space. It is also covered in an antimicrobial additive, which ensures that no mold or mildew spores will land or grow on its surface, either. Additionally, you can have durable insulation panels installed on the crawl space walls before the area is encapsulated. This will help keep not only your crawl space but the rest of your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
Next, our experts will look at any open vents lying around your crawl space. These open vents were once thought to circulate outside air around the crawl space to keep it dry. Experts nowadays know that these open vents only invite more problems, namely moisture issues, humidity, mold and mildew spores, and pests. Therefore, our experts will then seal off your crawl space with our sturdy plastic vent covers.
Before our experts seal away your crawl space completely, however, they may also install a powerful dehumidifier inside the crawl space. This dehumidifier will filter out any moisture or humidity that sneaks through our other defenses.
It is not recommended for any homeowner to try and fix their foundation themselves. First, it is located within the crawl space or basement. As its name implies, the average crawl space ceiling is only around one to three feet high, which is only enough space for the average adult to crawl around in. This is not to say that just anyone should crawl inside this space, however. It is best to leave any foundation repairs your home will need to the experts at FSM.
Our experts offer plenty of repair solutions that will fix your foundation in no time at all. Many of our repair solutions may not be visible to you after we install them but rest assured that they will protect your foundation from any kind of damage that threatens to undermine it and the rest of your home’s infrastructure.
Typically, fixing a foundation requires a fundamental understanding of the dangers and damage that a concrete foundation will face. Our experts are well versed in all these aspects whereas the average homeowner may not be. After a quick inspection of your foundation, our experts can then assess what sort of damage is threatening it and figure out which of our solutions will best fit your home.
Our solutions often act as added reinforcement against any damage that might pose a threat from any angle. Our wall anchors and I-beam wall braces, for instance, will protect your foundation from any pressure exerting itself against your foundation from the side. Our foundation piers and crawl space jack posts, on the other hand, will target any settling or sinking damage that might attack from below via the washout of supporting soil or general rot of your floor’s support beams.
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