Basement Waterproofing and Foundation Repair in Lynchburg, VA
Muggy summers, above-average annual rainfall, and clay soils make Lynchburg a challenging place for your home's foundation. These environmental conditions quickly lead to crawl space, basement, or concrete damage on your property, and JES has world-class solutions to fix the problem
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.
JES Foundation Repair, a Groundworks company, has been the premier source of foundation repair 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 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.
Homes with a crawl space foundation benefit from slight elevation above the ground. This protects your floor from water damage when it rains. Unfortunately, moisture can still damage your crawl space easily due to Lynchburg’s muggy summers. Open vents are a common design flaw on most crawl spaces, and when humid air seeps below your home it leads to mold, sagging floors, and increased energy bills. Moreover, groundwater absorbed by the soil below your crawl space will eventually evaporate, releasing more humid air into the area. JES uses dehumidifiers, vapor barriers, and vent covers to stop increasing moisture.
In order to be effective, foundations require sturdy soil. While Lynchburg’s clay soils are strong enough to support your foundation, clay gives rise to a major issue – soil expansion. When clay soil absorbs rain (and Lynchburg receives 42 inches every year on average), the ground swells and pushes up on your foundation. This pressure causes structural damage throughout your home such as uneven floors, bowing walls, or floor and wall gaps. When the water dries, clay soil shrinks back to its original position, causing your foundation to shift and settle again. This cycle causes serious damage to your home, but it can be prevented with pier systems, crawl space supports, wall anchors, and more, all of which provide support for your foundation independent from Lynchburg’s clay soil.
Basements are a wonderful space for extra storage, doing laundry, or housing guests, but all of these uses can be for nothing without proper protection. Lynchburg’s above-average rainfall and expansive clay soils spell trouble for basement walls. As water drains below the surface, water pressure and swelling clay push against basement walls. This causes leaking walls, musty smells, and water damage. Water can also damage your basement through leaking appliances like washers or water heaters. Keep your basement completely dry with solutions from JES like dehumidifiers, sump pumps, and interior drains.
Concrete can make or break a home. When concrete is damaged for any reason, it leads to sunken, uneven, and cracked concrete that becomes a tripping hazard. Even worse, damaged concrete can lower the curb appeal and value of your home. Lynchburg’s above-average rain and expansive clay soils lead to unstable ground that damages concrete on your property. Preventing damaged soil and ruined concrete is possible with PolyRenewal™, a quality concrete lifting solution from JES. PolyRenewal™ is waterproof and strong enough to support the weight of concrete just 15 minutes after curing. That means Lynchburg’s rainy environment will no longer cause issues for your newly supported concrete in the future!
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 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.
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.
Determining the warning signs of foundation problems tends to be a bit tricky for homeowners. It can often be confused with general structural issues that can be fixed with simple solutions that you can do right at home. However, DIY repairs are always highly discouraged because it can be risky and cause potential injury.
Some of the warning signs of foundation problems include:
Buckled or cracked walls
Wood rot around your home perimeter
Uneven doorways and window frames
The foundation of your home is named the foundation for a reason. It is responsible for maintaining many of the structures within your home. Usually, when there is a problem sign in one place, another may appear. It is important to keep an eye out before more drastic problems occur.