Charlotte Basement and Crawl Space Waterproofing
There are many homes in Charlotte, NC, that have undergone the process of basement or crawl space waterproofing in order to protect the structure and interior of the home. However, not all properties in this area are waterproofed. As such, dampness, humidity, and flooding can be real problems, especially for older Charlotte homes that have outdated features like open crawl space vents. These older features were installed because they were intended and believed to be helpful, but most have proven to be harmful since.
Waterproofing processes are more advanced and effective than ever before. The Dry Pro team is highly trained, skilled, and has access to the best waterproofing products on the market right now. We specifically work with products that are versatile and easy to work in tandem with each other such as our interior drainage systems, sump pumps, and dehumidifiers.
While the waterproofing process can differ slightly, depending on whether the space in question is a crawl space or a basement, there are a few things that stay the same. First, any space that is to be waterproofed must be in generally good health. If your property has foundation damage that is letting moisture in, for example, then it must be dealt with first. Likewise, a mix of preventive and proactive measures will be needed for proper waterproofing. Our team will make sure that you get the best possible results for your Charlotte home.
Foundation Repair in Charlotte
The same processes and forces that can impact exterior concrete surfaces and slabs on your Charlotte property may also impact your home’s foundation in a very short period of time. In many ways, your property’s foundation is more susceptible to certain types of damage than exterior surfaces and slabs because of the weight that it must bear. Things like subsidence and settlement, for example, are far more likely to impact your property’s foundation than smaller, lighter structures like standalone garages or exterior patios.
The problem with foundation damage is that it can, and usually does, spread to impact the rest of a property’s structure. This happens partly because of the instability that foundation movement can lead to (as well as the disturbance to the distribution of weight in your Charlotte home) but also because of the dampness and humidity that any cracks in the structure of your home can lead to. The most common secondary and tertiary issues that arise in a home with foundation damage include but are not limited to mold formation, pest infestation, sagging floors, sticking doors and windows, and widespread wood rot. As such, acting quickly is absolutely necessary.
The team here at Dry Pro is highly trained and very skilled when it comes to repairing and restoring damaged, sinking, or otherwise deviating foundations in Charlotte homes. We have been repairing foundation damage since 1999 and have had a lot of time to create a portfolio of foundation repair products that really work. The most robust options we offer are foundation piers, both helical and push, but we also can deal with the secondary issues that arise as a result of foundation damage (for example, bowing walls).
Charlotte Concrete Lifting Services
The humid, wet, and often changeable climate in North Carolina, when combined with the expansive and absorbent clay soil found here, can be very troublesome. As well as becoming soft and marshy when saturated, this soil swells and can cause issues like heaving, lateral movement, and sinking. By contrast, when dehydrated, this soil shrinks and can become brittle. This can lead to concrete slabs sinking as a result of voids being left under them by soil shrinkage and movement.
Once a concrete slab or surface has started to move, sink, or fragment, it is unlikely to settle or become more stable on its own. This is why concrete slab lifting and stabilization processes are so common in this area. Here at Dry Pro, we have a team of concrete lifting experts who will utilize all the products and tools that we have at our disposal. As such, you can expect good results from our team when they deal with your Charlotte home.
While there are a number of potential solutions to this issue, we favor the SettleStop PolyRenewal™ system of concrete lifting and stabilization over older methods like mudjacking. This is because SettleStop PolyRenewal™ polyurethane foam is versatile, easy to tailor to the needs of a situation, lightweight, very strong, and waterproof. This is entirely unlike the cement slurry used in mudjacking, which is heavy and porous. As such, it runs no risk of overburdening already weak soil. Furthermore, this foam is stable and inert, so you don’t have to worry about it leaching chemicals into the soil around your Charlotte home.
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About Waterproofing, Crawl Spaces & Foundation Repair in Charlotte
Installing a dehumidifier is a very common part of waterproofing for homes in and around Charlotte, NC, but it is by no means a necessity to have one installed in your home if it does not suit your home’s needs. There are some cases where one may not be necessary. However, only a professional will be able to tell you if this is the case.
Dehumidifiers perform a unique function by removing water from the atmosphere in its gaseous rather than its liquid form. This means that it has a direct impact on the level of relative humidity in your home, rather than the indirect effect that things like drains, sump pumps, and vapor barriers have. If your home deals with issues like seepage, for example, then a dehumidifier may help to control the dampness and humidity that is somewhat unavoidable.
Here at Dry Pro Foundation & Crawl Space specialists we favor energy-efficient dehumidifiers for crawl spaces and basements. Certified by ENERGY STAR, our commercial-grade dehumidification systems are powerful and durable. With low maintenance needs and the ability to filter mold spores, dust, and dust mite droppings from the air, our dehumidifiers make keeping your home healthy easier than ever. That is why installing a dehumidifier is certainly a good idea!
The presence of gaps between a property’s floors and walls is a serious issue, even if the gap seems small and is relatively hard to notice. Whatever the underlying cause, the presence of these kinds of gaps is a sign that there has been a serious amount of movement in the structure of your Charlotte property. As such, there is really no ‘good’ reason for gaps between your floors and walls, but there are some reasons that are more benign than others.
The least widespread (and potentially easiest to deal with) cause of these kinds of gaps is damage to the joists and beams that support your property’s flooring. Known as joist over span, this can be caused by many things including but not limited to defects in the joist design, material flaws, wood rot, foundation movement, and accidental damage to the joists. As the floor sags due to the lack of necessary support, it can start to pull away from the walls and leave gaps behind. A more serious issue is the presence of foundation damage. While a sagging floor may be the most visible sign of this (caused by the separation of flooring from its supports), the underlying issue is more serious by far.
Finally, there is a chance that the gaps are actually being caused by movement in the walls, rather than the floor. This can occur for a number of reasons, including hydrostatic pressure and, of course, foundation damage (which can result in instability in the wider structure of your home). Whatever the cause, a speedy repair is the best possible course of action for both you and your home. Gaps between your floor and walls are not only a sign of damage. They also can contribute to a generally uncomfortable and unhealthy climate by increasing airflow.
Helical piers and push piers are both forms of foundation piers. As such, neither is really better than the other. They are simply better for different kinds of properties and situations. Knowing when to deploy that kind of foundation pier is what makes professional services so effective. While this is not something that you as a homeowner need to be able to do, it does pay to know what the basic strengths and limitations of these products are.
Push piers are also called resistance piers, and this name is highly indicative of their role and strengths. Push piers are long, straight tubes that are hydraulically driven into the ground to find load-bearing soil and use the weight of the property to hold position. Once they are set in place, they are attached to the foundation footing to transfer the weight of property from the weak or unstable soil to this strong, stable strata. The limitations of these piers are simple: they cannot be installed at an angle, and they cannot be installed in homes where the foundation footing is badly cracked or fragmented.
Helical piers, by contrast, are piers with screw-like plates on the side. They are, in fact, screwed into the ground using hydraulic tools, and they use the torque generated by this process to essentially bite into the soil and distribute the weight of the property through the soil. This prevents further movement or deviation. These piers are good for homes that are too light to set push piers in place or that have foundation footings too badly fragmented to use resistance piers. These piers also can be installed at an angle if necessary, making them more versatile.
Crawl space vents were initially installed into properties across North Carolina between the 1950s and 1990s because they were thought to reduce the risk of dampness and humidity by increasing airflow. Of course, they were found to increase airflow in the home, but this turned out to be a bad thing upon further investigation. Studies found that crawl space vents were actually likely to cause dampness and increase humidity levels. As such, it became common practice to cover them.
Of course, there is not much that simply covering your crawl space vents will do if they have been open for a long period of time. If you simply cover the vents, then you could potentially trap moisture or pests into your Charlotte home. However, with that said, it is definitely a good idea to invest in water and weather-proof crawl space vent covers as a part of more widespread waterproofing and encapsulation methods.
The benefits of crawl space vent covers are many, however. As well as making it more difficult for pests and water to enter your home, they also can play a part in managing the more subtle aspects of moisture management. By stopping the stack effect from impacting your home, crawl space vent covers will also prevent condensation and have an impact on levels of relative humidity in your crawl space and wider property.
While almost everything has a lifespan that must be considered, most forms of insulation are very durable and will last as long as 25 years if they are well cared for. However, there are a number of things that can impact them and cause them to degrade. There are also indicators of breakdown that you can be aware of.
The most common signs of insulation degradation and damage are discoloration, saturation and dampness, bad odors, pests nesting in the insulation, and insulation falling away in strips. If you see any of these signs in your Charlotte property’s insulation, then it is very likely that it is degrading and in need of replacement. Likewise, any areas that appear to be harboring mold formations should be removed from your home.
The case for replacing damaged insulation is very simple: healthy insulation is more effective and less likely to allow the formation of unhealthy fungal growths or the spread of pest infestations. Modern insulation also tends to be water-resistant to some level (if not fully waterproof), so replacing old insulation could prevent future issues with moisture, humidity, and dampness in your home. This makes it a sound investment even if your old insulation is just dated, rather than actively decaying.
Humidity is a very natural thing caused by the presence of moisture in the air. Many states have naturally humid climates, especially in warmer areas further south (while colder climates tend to be more arid). This is because of the increased capacity for moisture that warm air has. So, while humidity can present risks, it would not be fair to say that it is actively dangerous in any real sense. Instead, it is important to note that certain levels of humidity are not ideal inside a home for a number of reasons.
One of the biggest risks of a consistently humid environment in a home is the formation of mold and wood rot fungi. These substances can be dangerous to your health and the structure of your home as a whole, causing things like rashes, infections, and structural deterioration or collapse.
As well as these more serious repercussions, humidity also can have some less severe side effects that will nonetheless impact you and the climate in your Charlotte property. For example, humid air is much harder to process than arid air, which means that your HVAC system will have to work harder to get the same results. This will lead to fluctuations in temperature, reduced energy efficiency, and increases in the energy costs you can expect to face. While these issues are not dangerous, they are inconvenient and unpleasant, and they can lead to avoidable breakdowns in your property’s HVAC system and appliances, as the environment becomes more and more corrosive to metal or organic material.
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