If you've noticed your crawl space floods during extended rains or you have long cracks along the foundation, you know there may be a serious problem. We are ready to help when you've got any kind of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in Chesapeake that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and design a specific solution for your problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team installs a crawl space moisture control system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you see an issue with your crawl space or foundation that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are quite a few additional issues that can happen along with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you are needing our foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Virginia Beach area, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were constructed with open vents which was intended to increase air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so having the space protected from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
JB Design has been helping customers with their crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control high humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will close off the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop bugs and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is closed off, if necessary we will install a system of sagging floor jacks to repair sloping floors in your home.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows and 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 indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for particular problems and determine if a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at spotting these issues. We can implement a repair solution that is for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a sinking foundation, we will install a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation.