Basement Waterproofing & Foundation Repair in Baltimore, MD
The cold and often wet climate around Baltimore, MD can cause many problems for a home’s foundation and structural integiry.Schedule Free Inspection
As the largest city in Maryland, Baltimore is a cultural and economic hub located less than an hour outside of Washington DC. With a mix of newer and older homes, owners take pride in where they live. However, from the Federal Hill neighborhood to the Patterson Park area, it’s not uncommon that foundation problems steal value from homes.
Unfortunately, there are several factors that combine to make foundation problems in the Baltimore area worse. The areas well-drained Typic Hapludults soil, the humid subtropical climate, and above-average rainfall spell trouble for homeowners. The Baltimore area experiences about 42 inches of rain annually, which is well above the national annual average, meaning the soil around your home gets saturated often. Add in the area’s humid summers and a variety of foundation and basement problems are likely.
If you notice cracks in your foundation, musty smells coming from your crawl space, or a wet, damp basement, the trained experts at JES Foundation Repair can help. With nearly 30 years of experience working in Baltimore neighborhoods, we understand the unique soil and climate concerns and have developed an extensive product lineup to repair even the most damaged foundations. You can rest assured you’re in good hands.
The health of your home begins at the foundation. If you have water leaks, or a damp, wet basement, you are putting the safety of your home at risk. Although not uncommon in the Baltimore area, these problems should be addressed as soon as they are realized. Like previously mentioned, the Typic Hapludults soil that surrounds your home becomes saturated from the above-average rain. Saturated soil is heavy and can find its way into your home wherever there is a weak point. A common entry point is at the cove, or where the floor and the wall meet. This is because the concrete floor and the walls of your basement were poured at different times, allowing a weak spot to appear and groundwater to enter. Once water enters, any organic material, like drywall or carpet must be completely dried or removed or mold is sure to grow.
Keep an eye out for discolored cement or drywall near the base of the walls, pooling water, white deposits on concrete structures, or crumbling concrete. These are all signs of a water management problem that needs to be repaired.
The professionals at JES Foundation Repair offer proven solutions to keep your basement dry. Our interior drain system runs along the perimeter and collects water from the ground and the walls before it can do damage to your space. Because water can enter your home from various locations, this solution addresses everything at once, ensuring a dry basement for years to come. The water collected is then pumped out and away from the home using a sump pump. Ensuring the water is removed more than 8 feet away from your home, guarantees you won’t be repumping the same water over and over. It’s also a good idea to check the gutters and downspouts on your home to ensure they are free flowing and directing the water far from your home’s foundation as well.
The Baltimore area’s soil plays a factor in your foundation’s health as well. The soil, although well-draining, has still been known to put a tremendous amount of pressure on basement walls because it gets extremely heavy when saturated. This pressure, when focused against your foundation walls causes them to crack and bow inward. As a homeowner, look for stair-step cracks in your foundation walls or an inward tilt. This may or may not be accompanied by water leaking.
Another problem Baltimore’s old and new homeowners need to be aware of is foundation settlement. Because the soil surrounding your home is well-draining, it becomes saturated during rain, but then dries and shrinks during dry periods. This constant swell/shrink cycle can cause the soil to wash out, leaving gaps near your foundation. When this happens your home no longer has the support needed and settles into the gaps created. Unfortunately, this never happens evenly. This causes cracking that is visible both in your home’s foundation walls as well as the living areas above your foundation. Check for foundation cracks outside and inside as well as sticking doors and windows, a tilting chimney, or gaps above door frames. These are all signs of potential foundation problems.
Luckily JES Foundation Repair is able to stabilize your foundation and repair any damage, preventing it from getting worse. Our trained inspectors will do a full inspection and suggest the right repair method for your home’s situation.
For wall repair, our SettleStop IntelliBrace™ Wall Repair System and SettleStop Wall Anchors stabilize failing foundation walls and can even straighten bowed walls over time. The SettleStop Pier System solves settlement problems by transferring the weight of your home to steel piers driven deep into solid ground, offering support and possible lift. All of our cutting-edge repair solutions are customizable to fit the needs of your unique home since they are made in-house.
Older homes, as well as newer ones, can both experience crawl space issues. Older homes, however, tend to suffer from more server problems because of how they were built and since the red flags are allowed to fester for years before they are addressed. Older homes typically were built with crawl space vents. Although installing vents were the best building practice at the time, we have now learned that any opening that isn’t sealed allows humid air to enter, becoming trapped and causing issues. Baltimore’s humid summers and temperatures swings lead to problems in your crawl space. It’s best for homeowners to inspect the crawl space for mold, rotting wood, or water at least once a year. If this isn’t possible, however, there are problem signs to look out for in the living area of your home. If your home experiences unexplained musty odors, especially during the summer or damp periods, spongy or uneven floors, or an overall humid environment, the problem could be coming from below your floors.
JES Foundation Repair has been repairing crawl spaces in the Baltimore area for nearly 30 years and developed a suite of products to seal out moisture and turn the space into a dry usable area. By adding waterproofing options, like drainage or a sump pump, a vapor barrier as well as a dehumidifier—you can gain additional storage space as well as ensure the air you breathe is healthy for both your family and the building materials supporting your home. Crawl space support jacks are also an option to support sagging or slopping floors. Your JES inspector will work with you to ensure the right solution for both your home and your wallet.
Concrete Lifting in Baltimore, MD
The exterior concrete structures around your home also suffer similar problems as your foundation. These lighter structures often experience the problem more quickly and show signs of damage almost immediately. As the soil washes out beneath the slab, the weight is no longer supported and sidewalk and driveway slabs sink or shift causing cracking. Although it may not seem like a big deal, uneven concrete steals value from your home and can be a serious tripping hazard.
The team at JES Foundation Repair uses the SettleStop PolyRenewal™ system. This polyurethane foam system is superior to the older repair mudjacking, as it does not overburden already weak soil. The two-part polyurethane foam is injected under the slab, as it expands the foam gently lifts the slab into place. The waterproof solution is light and will not wash out. Plus, it’s minimally invasive to landscaping. With a cure time of only 20 minutes, PolyRenewal™ is a cutting-edge solution for Baltimore homeowners.
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JES Foundation Repair
1250 Reames Road
Middle River, MD 21220
Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday: 7 am – 9 pm
Friday: 7 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 7 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 8 pm