Foundation Repairs & Home Improvements – Waterproofing
Being diligent about your home’s overall maintenance often involves foundation, rooftop and siding inspections over the years. Although building-envelope inspections are crucial to any structure’s longevity, another concern revolves around moisture exposure. At Foundation Repairs & Home Improvements, our Bessemer, Alabama, team is constantly consulting with local residents about their home’s moisture levels. When it comes to exterior waterproofing your home, our reputable company is your best solution.
Water and Moisture Damage Concerns
Living in Alabama means you have access to both urban and rural lifestyles. These two regions are starkly different, but they share one factor in common. Most areas in the South are humid for most of the year. This humidity may not seem like an issue, but it negatively affects your structure in several ways, including:
• Wood rot
• Permanent structural damage
• Mold growth
• Mildew odors
• Pest-infestation possibilities
As your local waterproofing company, we have over 30 years of experience within Alabama, including Birmingham. We understand how the humidity levels rise and drop during the various seasons. Allow our crew to survey your home from the roof to crawlspaces. Moisture problems may be present in any area of your home.
The Vapor Barrier
A basic solution provided by our waterproofing company is vapor-barrier installation. This complex term refers to a plastic film being installed within your crawlspace. Our expert team will lay the film out and overlap it as necessary. This barrier doesn’t attach to the home, however, because it rests on the bare ground under your house. When moisture evaporates from the soil, it condensates on the barrier instead of your structural wood. The moisture cannot escape from the barrier, and it eventually works its way back into the soil. Of all of the exterior waterproofing strategies in the industry today, vapor barriers remain one of the most successful solutions.
Understanding Landscaping Drainage
Your Alabaster home may not be affected so much by the trapped moisture under your home because poor landscape drainage is the main offender. Allow our waterproofing company to design a drainage strategy for both your front and backyards. Some of our successful solutions include:
• French drains
• Ground gutters
• Sump pump installation
At times, it’s simply your landscape grading that can use some alteration. Our waterproofing company can create a grading solution that minimizes moisture near your foundation’s edge. When rainwater flows away from your home, moisture cannot deeply saturate your soil and cause excessive, humid conditions. In the end, your home will have some reprieve from the sticky summers in Alabama.
Venting and Airing Out Your Crawlspace
Our innovative waterproofing company can also use today’s technology to reduce moisture under and within your home. Automatic foundation vents are slowly becoming popular with today’s Southern homeowners. These vents respond to temperatures within your crawlspace. When the temperature rises, these vents open and create a cross-draft within the space. As a wind chill crosses the space, moisture naturally evaporates into the moving air. When the temperature drops back down, the venting system automatically shuts off. Our crew will simply need to check the system when we visit for yearly maintenance. As a result, your moisture problems will be a thing of the past.
Foundation Repairs & Home Improvements is dedicated to the Alabama region as a top waterproofing company. If you have any questionable structural issues plaguing your property, it’s time to contact us at any of our offices, including Decatur or Birmingham. Our crew will be happy to evaluate your interior and exterior for any moisture damage. When it comes to exterior waterproofing, our team can devise a plan that keeps moisture at bay for years at a time.