If your crawl space has excess water when there are extended rains or there are long cracks along the foundation, you know this can be a real problem. Our experts are here to provide assistance when you've got any type of crawl space water, sinking foundation, or bowing basement wall problem. We use products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Achilles area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to implement a unique solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team implements a crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you see an issue with your foundation or crawl space that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We recommend this as there are some potentially dangerous issues that can arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you are in need of our foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our experts are here to help you.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Virginia Beach area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were built with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the elements and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
JB Design has been working with crawl spaces since 1995 and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that will seal the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent rodents and animals from getting in your crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, if you need it we will install a series of sagging floor jacks to lift sagging floors above the crawl space.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of the most important parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also is the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, they will generally present themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may not think these issues seem critical when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for particular problems to determine if a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at spotting these issues. We can utilize a repair solution that is for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a sinking foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to level the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation.