Concrete Lifting, Foundation, and Crawl Space Repair in Baltimore, MD
Your home in Baltimore is plagued with foundation problems thanks to environmental problems like climate and soil type. JES Foundation Repair has the knowledge and high-quality products to repair them permanently.
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JES Foundation Repair (JES), a Groundworks Company, specializes in helping homeowners with their foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space encapsulation, and concrete needs. Our top priority is providing high-quality home repair solutions and personalized service across Virginia and Maryland. With fully trained technicians, industry-leading products, and nationally backed warranties, JES is here to restore your foundation or crawl space.
Cracked bricks, sticking doors and windows, and cracks around door frames are signs of foundation problems.
A leaking basement is stressful, to say the least. The waterproofing system from JES creates a clean, healthy basement.
Why Homeowners Choose JES Foundation Repair
JES Foundation Repair, a Groundworks company, has been the premier source of foundation stabilization and moisture management throughout Virginia, Maryland, Northeast North Carolina, and Washington, DC, for nearly 30 years. Our basement waterproofing, foundation repair, crawl space repair and encapsulation, and concrete lifting and leveling services and solutions are award-winning, nationally recognized, and the most trusted by homeowners.
Our team of more than 450 experts knows how important your home is to you and your family, and we will treat it as our own to provide the best repair and protection it deserves. Experience the excellence for yourself by contacting us to book your free inspection and repair estimate, and you will be one step closer to a safer and healthier living environment.
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Foundation Repair in Baltimore
The soil and climate in Baltimore are the reason homeowners struggle with foundation problems. The more than 61 inches of precipitation in the form of both rain and snow, combined with the silt loam soil means homeowners in Baltimore are at risk of damage from both hydrostatic pressure and settlement. Look for bowing basement walls, cracks in your foundation brickwork, basement floor cracks, or floor and wall gaps. The experts at JES have developed a full lineup of foundation repair products to stabilize your home. From foundation piers to wall anchors, our products are made in America and come with transferable long-term warranties.
Crawl Space Encapsulation & Repair in Baltimore
Crawl spaces are designed to lift your home above damp, dirty ground to avoid water damage and protect your foundation. However, this idea is flawed since crawl space vents and loose or missing doors often allow Baltimore’s annual 42 inches of rainwater and 19 inches of snow into the crawl space. Standing water, and the humidity it eventually creates, are a crawl space’s worst nightmare. Moisture leads to mold, sagging floors, wet hanging insulation, and foundation cracks. Luckily JES has nearly 30 years of experience repairing and encapsulating Baltimore crawl spaces. From air-tight crawl space doors, drainage, and sump pumps to a high-quality vapor barrier and insulation, JES has worked for nearly three decades to develop the best, most effective solutions to transform your crawl space into dry, clean, usable space.
Basement Waterproofing in Baltimore
Regardless of how you use your basement, home office, gym, or storage, keeping the area dry is essential. Unfortunately, Baltimore’s 42 inches of rain annually and the silt loam soil combine to make this very difficult. And if you’re looking to finish your basement, water entering will not only cause a huge mess but also ruin your investment. Look for basement condensation, musty smells, wet drywall or carpet, or water where the floor and the wall meet. Our team lives and works in the area, so they understand the unique conditions that plague your basement. From an interior drain system, dehumidifier, and sump pump, our team can safeguard your basement so you can go back to enjoying the space.
Concrete Lifting & Leveling in Baltimore
Like your foundation, your home’s concrete slabs sink because of the soil beneath them. The silt loam and the area’s combined 61 inches of precipitation mean washout and erosion are very common. When support soil is gone, the heavy concrete easily sinks into the void, causing cracks and uneven slabs. If your driveway, sidewalk, or pool deck is sunken and uneven, the problem is not only unsightly but it’s also dangerous. Uneven concrete is a tripping hazard, especially for those with mobility issues. Polyurethane injections from JES lifts and levels concrete while stabilizing the soil beneath it. The formula is eco-friendly, won’t wash out, and cures in just 15 minutes. Meaning you and your family can get back to your life by the time our team leaves.
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Cold temperatures, particularly freezing temperatures, can certainly impact your home structures—but not for the better. Freezing temperatures are most problematic for any systems that transport water since the water inside these systems can freeze. This can alter the function of these systems and even damage them if not properly maintained. This is true for your sump pump discharge lines and even your crawl space itself.
Water freezes at temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Those that live in either Richmond or Petersburg, VA are no stranger to this type of weather, especially in the winter months. It can reach at or below freezing temperatures in January, February, and December, averaging around 27 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Sump pump discharge lines that freeze can become backed up, increasing the risk of backflow and flooding, or can even become overworked, resulting in overheating and sump pump failure. Furthermore, crawl spaces that are not waterproofed or insulated can experience extremely cold temperatures, which can affect the temperature within your home as well, disrupting how comfortable your living space can be.
For sump pump discharge lines that are vulnerable to freezing over during the winter, JES Foundation Repair offers the FreezeGuard™ to curb leaks or flooding due to blockage. It works by providing your blocked, frozen sump pump lines an alternate path for the water to flow out through so that you do not experience flooding within your basement, crawl space, or wherever your sump pump basin is located. For crawl spaces, homeowners may want to consider insulating it with the ExTremeBloc™ Crawl Space Insulation panels, which have graphite particles woven into the foam insulation to increase the amount of heat that is reflected back into your crawl space. Not only will this protect it against the freezing temperatures of winter, but it also resists moisture penetration from snow and improves the temperature retention of your home.
Sinking and settling concrete slabs is not entirely uncommon, especially if you live in Richmond and Petersburg, VA. If you leave your concrete slabs without repair for long enough, these sunken or settled slabs can even crack or break. This is not only disruptive to your landscape aesthetics and unsightly to look at, but sunken or broken concrete can also be hazardous, as it can cause you to trip and possibly hurt yourself. There are several reasons why concrete may sink or settle:
- Soil erosion
- Soil shrinkage, compaction, and settlement
Soil erosion, or soil washout, is a very common phenomenon in sand-based soils because sandy soils are very fine in texture and have tiny soil particles. When exposed to water or wind, sandy soils can become easily washed away, or eroded. Constant rainfall and seasonal melted snow is typical of Richmond and Petersburg, VA, so soil erosion is very common. When soil becomes eroded underneath concrete slabs, this can leave gaps. Less soil means less support for these heavy concrete slabs, resulting in sunken or settled concrete.
Virginia also has part clay-based soil mixed with the sand-based particles. Clay soil particles are infamously difficult to manage because they swell to double or triple their size when they absorb water but shrink back down to their original size when it dries out. Repeated cycles of shrinking and swelling during rainy and drier seasons of the year can cause surrounding soil to shift, which can weaken the integrity of the soil. Weakened soil can easily become compressed under the heavy weight of concrete and settle to lower levels. Concrete beds have less support when this happens, thus, resulting in sunken or broken slabs.
The specialists at JES Foundation Repair offer a wide variety of solutions for you, depending on what part of your foundation needs repair. If you are looking to realign and stabilize your bowed-in foundation walls, you may want to look into the IntelliBrace™ system, JES Foundation Repair Wall Anchors, or the Carbon Fiber Wall Repair. The IntelliBrace consists of a number of incredibly sturdy I-beams that are installed on the inside of your foundation wall to prevent them from buckling inwards even more. The JES Foundation Repair Wall Anchors are installed underground, directly into the hard, densely packed soil so that it can support your foundation wall from below. The least invasive method goes to the Carbon Fiber system, which has a lightweight, sleek, and non-stretchy design constructed to repair cracks and even provide your foundation wall with much needed stability.
If you are mainly experiencing sagging foundation floors, you may want to look into the various Pier Systems or even the Crawl Space IntelliJack™ Support System. There are 3 pier systems to choose from: the Slab, Helical, and Push Pier Systems. Each pier system is catered to both the type of foundation problem, as well as the space constraints of your landscape. Although the IntelliJack™ was made primarily for sagging floors due to crawl space problems, it can also dually work to support foundation floors that are sinking as well.
Sometimes, the amount of water that builds up around your foundation walls can result in immense pressure against your foundation structure. The SMART VENT Flood Vents offered at JES Foundation Repair provides an alternate pathway for this water so that it does not accumulate onto your foundation wall. This can prevent buckling and structural damage. This water can then be removed via other drainage systems in your home.
Many of the basement waterproofing solutions are also suited for crawl space waterproofing as well. There are a couple that are also made specifically to fit inside your small crawl space: the SafeDri™ Pro 330 and the Crawl Space Dehumidifier. They have much of the same abilities as the sump pump and dehumidifier that is built for your basement but are constructed to be much more compact. Be sure to ask one of the JES Foundation Repair experts to see if any of the other sump pumps, such as the SafeDri™ UltraPro Triple and the SafeDri™ ProPlus with Battery Backup System can fit in your crawl space.
However, there are several other solutions that can further work to waterproof your crawl space. The CrawlSeal™ Vapor Barrier is a thick, durable plastic lining that can be installed on the walls and floors of your crawl space. It is thoroughly waterproof and can even resist condensation, buildup of humidity, and the growth of mold. There are also the ExTremeBloc™ Crawl Space Insulation panels to double waterproof your crawl space, since it is also resistant to moisture penetration and can help to better control the temperatures within your home. With better temperature control comes lower energy bills, saving you more money in the long run!
Waterproofing your crawl space is an important task that all homeowners should take on. The reason for this is because about 30-50% of the air that is circulating throughout your home originates from your crawl space. This means that any particles, odors, or moisture that is present in your crawl space can also be inside your home too and can be reflected on your indoor air quality. Any inhabitants with asthma or those that are sensitive to allergens in the air may have exacerbated symptoms.
JES Foundation Repair offers a wide number of drainage systems that can be installed within your basement for efficient moisture and water control. Arguably one of the most important drainage systems are sump pumps: basins that can intake large amounts of water found in and around your home and redirect this water elsewhere so that you do not experience leaks or floods. The SafeDri™ ProPlus 330 is the most basic model, and the SafeDri™ UltraPro Triple Sump Pump System has an additional pump for heavy duty jobs. Homeowners also have the option of the SafeDri™ ProPlus with Battery Backup System, which includes a battery backup that kicks into gear in the event of a power failure.
If you notice that water is entering your basement from any doorway openings, the BasementGutter™ Grated Drain Pipe is the solution for you. It is installed directly into the floor at any entryway, therefore capturing any water that may enter your basement through them. The holes of the grate are also small enough to block larger pieces of debris from entering, and even then, the drain pipe is easy to clean. Another option is the BasementGutter™ Interior Drain System, which lines the perimeter of your basement that is both resistant to being clogged and non-invasive to your space.
JES Foundation Repair also offers a basement dehumidifier that can remove 4 times the amount of water from the air than the commercial brands. It is also highly efficient since it drains on its own and can be adjusted to remove as much or as little moisture as you deem necessary.
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