Waterproofing and Encapsulation Services
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.
Basement waterproofing seals your home’s foundation off from water and makes a damp, wet basement a place you can enjoy life. We offer various basement waterproofing methods and customize them to fit your home’s needs. Our solutions include interior water management, sump pumps, sealants, and water drainage systems. Learn more about basement waterproofing in Alabama and contact Alabama Foundation Repairs for a quick quote today.
- Basements can develop water issues over time from the surrounding soils conditions. Waterproofing your basement keeps water & moisture out of your basement so mold & mildew doesn’t form and keeps your home healthy.
- Interior water management system – Having and interior water management system helps waterproof basement by having a sump pump to remove any water or high moisture levels in your basement by directing the water to the sump pump.
- Sump pump installation – Sump pumps are automatic pumps that remove excess water in or around the foundation or your home. This helps to keep the home from having excessive water issues with high moisture or wet soil conditions.
The best way to waterproof a crawl space is through encapsulation. Crawl space encapsulation is the process of cleaning and sealing the crawl space with thick plastic so that moisture and water can’t seep up from the ground and air can’t travel from the crawl space into your home. The goal is to control the moisture level in the crawl space to protect the home’s foundation, while also preventing pest infestations and stopping mold growth. All vents, holes, cracks, and areas where air can penetrate the crawl space are sealed.
- Floor Supports/Floor joist – Floor supports can help in assisting your floor joists with the weight and settling to keep your floors from sagging and shaking. These are common problems with your home that happen over time. Floor joists can become damaged for a variety of reasons, but they can also be replaced and repaired. Floor joists are a main factor in your nice tile or hardwood floor staying right where it needs to be, under your feet.
- Encapsulation vs. moisture barrier – Crawl space encapsulation helps in a variety of different ways, to keep your home healthy and structurally sound. Encapsulation take all that mildew and moldy smell from a damp or water filled crawl space and turns it into nice clean space. The air you breathe in your home mostly comes from your crawl space. You don’t want that wet musty smell to be what you smell now do you? What about moisture barrier? Moisture barriers can be affective but not to the extent of an Encapsulation. Moisture barrier is poly that is placed on the ground and around the piers covering the ground to block moisture from rising to the wood. This is only affective with proper ventilation with vents. Vents allow air to pass through the crawl space to keep your crawl space dry. If your soil has a high moisture content on a consistent basis then a moisture barrier might not be affective like an encapsulation. Too much moisture under your home can deteriorate the wood with mold, fungus, as well as weaken the strength of the structure.
EXTERIOR / FRENCH DRAIN
- French Drains/Gutters – French drains and gutters are a good way to DIVERT water from your home to help in keeping water out of your crawl space or basement. These two methods can be affective if done right together but if not will allow water to rest right up against the home causing significant damage to the foundation. Hydrostatic pressure causes many issues to a foundation like: bowing basement walls, cracked basement walls, shifting of the foundations, increased settling, and many other issues. Making sure that your home is protected from water problems can be a very big preventative measure. Gutters typically are where people make a mistake. When gutters are installed if they are left to drain water right up against the foundation the can mess with the soil around the foundation. Gutters need to be set to where the water runs away from the foundation into a drain system or away to another area, ALL water needs to run away from your home.