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JES Blog provides tips on home foundations, crawl spaces, basements and waterproofing for homeowners and businesses. JES Foundation Repair serves Virginia, including Virginia Beach and all of Hampton Roads, Central Virginia and Richmond throughout Charlottesville, Northern Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland homeowners and businesses.  Let JES help solve your foundation, crawl space, or basement waterproofing problem today! Since 1993, JES has provided over 50,000 solutions for residential, commercial, and industrial properties. 

Basement Dehumidifier

Basement Dehumidifier: Remove Humidity and Conserve Energy A basement dehumidifier will help combat humidity issues in order to keep your basement dry. A vital step in the waterproofing process, the dehumidifier is one of the best solutions for your humid basement....

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Foundation Plants: Foundation Safe Spring Planting

Foundation Plants: Foundation Safe Spring Planting Can your garden or Spring landscaping harm your home’s foundation? The answer is yes, but there are techniques and specific plants that will make life much easier for your foundation. Landscaping has become an...

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Virginia Foundation Solutions

Virginia Foundation Solutions Do you have concerns with your home’s crawl space or basement? Are you in need of Virginia foundation solutions? These are common questions for homeowners across the state, but most people don’t know where to begin the process. Your home...

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Closed Crawl Space: Separate Myths From Facts

Closed Crawl Space: Separate Myths from Facts A closed crawl space can make all the difference to prevent moisture and condensation problems. However, many homeowners have been misled or misinformed about the benefits of sealing their crawl space and the proper way to...

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Crawl Space Vents: Open or Closed

Crawl Space Vents Open or Closed When it comes to crawl space vents open or closed, the big debate doesn’t want to go away. However, the right answer is very clear. Your crawl space vents should always be closed and sealed off from the outside elements. Venting...

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How To Fix Drainage Problems

How To Fix Drainage Problems Your question may be, how to fix drainage problems, but the answer isn’t so simple. Without proper drainage, your home’s foundation is at serious risk. Furthermore, the consequences of poor drainage can be hazardous to your family. First...

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Basement Wall Systems: Stability With Wall Anchors

Basement Wall Systems: Stability With Wall Anchors Are you having foundation problems due to cracks in your basement walls? Possibly bowing or tilting? If so, basement wall systems will provide the stability your home needs. JES Wall Anchors, for instance, are a great...

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Bowing Basement Walls In The Mountains

Bowing Basement Walls In The Mountains Living in the mountains has its up’s and down’s, literally. From stunning views to sloping landscapes, lifestyles in the mountains can be unpredictable to say the least. When it comes to concerns with your home, bowing basement...

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5 Crawl Space Tips For James River Homeowners

5 Crawl Space Tips For James River Homeowners The James River is the largest river in all of Virginia. In fact, it flows across the entire state from the Chesapeake Bay to Botetourt County. Living near or on the watershed can be very appealing for homeowners, but it...

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Waterproofing Testimonial – Hurricane Matthew

Waterproofing Testimonial: Hurricane Matthew Hurricane Matthew was a Category 5 hurricane that swept through the Western Atlantic, including parts of Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and the southeastern United States. According to reports, in total, the storm killed...

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Signs of Foundation Problems: How To Spot Them

Signs of Foundation Problems – How To Easily Spot Them Understanding the science behind how your foundation provides the structural integrity your home depends on can be tricky. However, spotting signs of foundation problems is much easier. Spotting foundation...

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Basement Wall Repair – 5 Reasons Foundation Walls Crack

Basement Wall Repair – 5 Reasons Foundation Walls Crack Let’s face it, concrete cracks. That means your block basement walls are susceptible to cracking as well. These cracks can mean a variety of things, however, the most alarming aspect of having cracks in...

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Basement Leaks – Understanding Hydrostatic Pressure

Basement Leaks – Understanding Hydrostatic Pressure When you first purchased your home, you knew certain pressures like paying your monthly mortgage and utilities were part of the package. However, dealing with hydrostatic pressure and basement leaks probably...

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Crawl Space Humidity Level

Crawl Space Humidity Level Believe it or not, the biggest threat to your dirt crawl space is high relative humidity levels. Relative humidity is the amount of water in the air relative to the maximum amount of water the air can hold at that temperature. Meaning crawl...

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Concrete Slab Repair- 7 Reasons To Repair Uneven Slab

Concrete Slab Repair: 7 Reasons To Repair Uneven Slab Uneven, sinking concrete slabs are an undeniable nuisance. And homeowners tend to ignore these hazardous concrete slabs located on their property. However, as you will read, uneven concrete slabs should NOT be...

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Hurricane Season 2016

Hurricane Season 2016 Understanding What’s on the Horizon… Hurricanes and tropical storms are notorious for causing heavy rainfall and flooding, especially in the Mid-Atlantic region during Hurricane Season 2016. Not only are hurricanes dangerous, but they...

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Foundation Jacks: Stabilizing Your Crawl Space

Foundation Jacks: Stabilizing Your Crawl Space Are the floors in your home uneven and sagging? Sagging floors and uneven floors are more than a cosmetic problem; they are also a safety problem. Uneven floors create a tripping hazard and indicate you may need to have...

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Basement Repair – Understanding Basement Repair Methods

Basement Repair Methods Have you been experiencing basement problem signs such as wet walls, wet floors or a musty basement smell? If so, you are in need of basement repair and possibly a basement waterproofing solution. There are many solutions to basement problems...

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Basement Wall Crack Repair: What Works and What Does Not

Basement Wall Crack Repair: What Works and What Does Not Believe it or not, basement problems such as cracks in poured concrete walls are very common. Most basement wall crack repair is necessary due to the shrinkage attributed to the concrete curing process. Often...

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Basement Repair Costs: Calculating the Benefits

Basement Repair Costs: Calculating the Benefits With your home being your largest investment, repairs can get pretty costly. Some homeowners may shy away from their basements due to cost concerns. However, when it comes to remedying basement problems such as wet...

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Encapsulated Crawl Space – Knowing the Benefits

Encapsulated Crawl Space – Knowing the Benefits When it comes to your home a lot can go wrong. Home repair costs are costly and many times you are left to make a decision about what you can afford and what you can hold off till later. However, there are some...

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Crawl Space Sump Pump – Removing Water

Crawl Space Sump Pump – Removing Water Addressing any standing water or flooding problems is the first step in the crawl space encapsulation process. Before any vapor barrier liners can be laid, vents sealed or dehumidifying units added, your crawl space has to...

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Crawl Space Dehumidifier

Crawl Space Dehumidifier Dubbed the “the cherry on top” by industry professionals, a crawl space dehumidifier completes your crawl space encapsulation needs. With all things considered, dehumidifying your crawl space is the fourth and final step to crawl space...

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10 Mil Vapor Barrier

10 Mil Vapor Barrier – DIY Fails DIY projects are a great way to cut costs and most of them give you an excuse to break out those power tools you received last Christmas, but never used. However, crawl space encapsulation is NOT one of them. Many “weekend...

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20 Mil Vapor Barrier- 6 Reasons Why Thicker is BEST

20 Mil Vapor Barrier – 6 Reasons Why Thicker is BEST Many individuals make the painstaking mistake of believing they can address their crawl space problems by selecting the most inexpensive solution and completing it as a DIY project. However, as we have shown,...

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12 Mil Vapor Barrier

12 Mil Vapor Barrier – Cutting Corners is Costly Your home is a big investment and large investment repairs can be costly. So, when your home is experiencing problems due to a dirt crawl space, you may be tempted to remedy the issue with a quick inexpensive fix...

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Flooded Basement

Flooded Basement or Crawl Space after Heavy Rain or Snow Melt Flooded Basement or Crawl Space after Heavy Rain or Snow Melt A flooded basement or crawl space caused by heavy rain or snow melt is a problem no homeowner wants to encounter. Flooding, the number one...

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Crawl Space Vapor Barrier Thickness

Crawl Space Vapor Barrier Thickness What You Need To Know... Crawl Space Vapor Barrier Thickness – What’s the Difference? Crawl space vapor barrier thickness should be considered if you want a comprehensive solution that will protect your home and your...

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