When your crawl space floods when there are heavy rains or you've got cracks along your foundation, you know there may be a serious problem. Our team is ready to help when you have any kind of crawl space humidity, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the Williamsburg area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and design a specific solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team implements a crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you find an issue with the foundation or crawl space that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this as there are some potentially dangerous issues that can arise with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you need our foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, 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, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For many years, these were created with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the outside and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
JB Design has been encapsulating crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will seal the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. This will also prevent bugs and animals from moving in the crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is encapsulated, if necessary we will install a series of floor jacks to repair sinking floors in your home.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the building itself but it also is the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, normally they will show themselves as diagonal cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that your doors and windows will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. While these issues may not seem critical at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems and determine if a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at evaluating those issues. We can offer a repair solution designed for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a uneven foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and can stabilize your foundation.