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Glossary

Weep Holes

Weep Holes

Weep holes are drilled into the foundation to drain excess water and decrease pressure on the walls. Find out more.

Sealed Foundation Wall

Sealed Foundation Wall

A sealed foundation wall is a good investment as it stops water from the outside from entering the basement and damaging your belongings.

Backfill

Backfill

Backfill is used to fill foundation holes. Find out what backfilling entails and which materials are suitable for the process.

Yard and Soil Grading

Yard and Soil Grading

Proper yard and soil grading can stop water from accumulating on the yard and hurting your foundation.

Open Crawl Space Vents

Open Crawl Space Vents

Open crawl space vents were meant air out the crawl space, but builders are now discouraging them as they cause moisture problems.

Discharge Line

Discharge Line

Your sump pump alone won’t move water out of the basement. It needs a discharge pipe that goes to the outside.

Downspouts

Downspouts

Are downspouts necessary? Here is what you need to know about your home’s most important water management system.

Gutters

Gutters

The gutter system collects and directs rainwater and melting snow away from your roof so they won’t form puddles on your property.

Rim Joist

Rim Joist

A rim joist or a band board offers lateral support to end joists that carry the weight of the walls to the roof.

Cove Joint

Cove Joint

Cove joints connect the foundation walls to basement floors and allow water through should a structure experience a flood.

JES Service Map

Service Areas

BALTIMORE

1250 Reames Rd
Middle River, MD 21220

CENTRAL VIRGINIA

2410 Southland Dr
Chester, VA 23831

HAMPTON ROADS & NE NC

2569 Quality Ct
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

NORTHERN VA & DC

8122 Bethlehem Rd
Manassas, VA 20109

SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA/ROANOKE

2033 Cook Dr.
Salem, VA 24153

WESTERN VIRGINIA

456 Old Courthouse Rd
Appomattox, VA 24522