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Basement Waterproofing and Foundation Repair in Harrisburg

Leaking basements and cracking foundations can happen in Harrisburg homes that are not properly protected from the area’s varied soil and wet weather. Baker’s Waterproofing has you covered with trusted, long-lasting basement, foundation, crawl space, and concrete solutions.

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Harrisburg Local Office

Baker’s Waterproofing

922 North 3rd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102
(717) 946-8986

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 7 am – 9 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 7 pm

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Baker’s Waterproofing, A Groundworks Company, specializes in helping homeowners with their foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space, and concrete needs. Our top priority is providing high-quality home repair solutions and personalized service across western Pennsylvania. With fully trained technicians, industry-leading products, and nationally backed warranties, Baker’s is here to restore your foundation or basement.

THE BAKER’S WATERPROOFING PROCESS

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One of our contact center representatives will reach out to you to determine your problem and set the best time for one of our certified field inspectors to visit your home.

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Our certified field inspector will visit your home to observe the problems in your home and inspect other areas of your home that may have been impacted.

Installation of customized solutions

Our professional production crew installs patented, American-made solutions in each home with care and strives to leave the area better than we found it.

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WHY HOMEOWNERS CHOOSE BAKER’S WATERPROOFING

Since 1975, Baker’s Waterproofing, a Groundworks company, has offered expert foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space repair and encapsulation, and concrete lifting and leveling services to homeowners throughout Pennsylvania. As the largest and most reputable foundation services company in the state, we offer unmatched customer service, industry-leading solutions, and a nationally backed warranty program. 

Foundation and water management problems affect the health and safety of your entire home, as well as your family. You can rest assured that we will help you weather the storm and restore your home’s structural integrity and longevity. Thousands of Pennsylvania homeowners have trusted us for more than 45 years, and we are eager to help you, as well. 

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Basement Waterproofing in Harrisburg

Leaking basements are nothing new to Harrisburg homeowners. Water from the area’s 42 inches of rain and 26 inches of snow easily inundates the soil, which consists of varied types like limestone, silt, and clay. Overly saturated soil can lead to basement leaks, flooding, dampness, condensation, mold, unpleasant odors, and other issues. While these problems and the causes behind them are common, it’s not normal to live with these unhealthy conditions. Fix them for good with permanent, warrantied solutions from Baker’s Waterproofing such as wall vapor barriers, interior drainage, sump pumps, and dehumidifiers

Foundation Repair in Harrisburg

Problematic soil and weather conditions are also the primary sources of foundation damage. Even though Harrisburg’s array of limestone, silt, and clay soils typically drain well, more than 40 inches of rain and 26 inches of snow needs somewhere to go. It can heavily saturate and even wash soil away, leaving your foundation without the support it needs. Your house will start to sink, settle, or heave, and display signs of trouble as wall cracks, slab floor cracks, bowing walls, uneven floors, tilting chimneys, sticking doors and windows, and more. Several of our foundation repair solutions including helical piers, wall anchors, and crawl space supports bypass these unstable soils to permanently bolster your foundation. 

Crawl Space Encapsulation & Repair in Harrisburg

Basements are more typical foundation types in homes throughout Harrisburg, but some houses were built on top of a crawl space that elevates the structure off the ground. While this is convenient for stowing away plumbing, electric, and ductwork, crawl spaces are subject to damage because of a design flaw. Open vents bring in humid summertime air, cold winter air, pests, and water from rain and snowmelt. Because of the stack effect’s upward movement, hazards like mold spores, unconditioned air, and musty odors will rise and circulate in your home. You’ll also notice uneven floors and higher energy bills that point to crawl space issues. Nip these problems in the bud with proven crawl space repair and encapsulation solutions like vapor barriers, vent covers, drainage, sump pumps, dehumidifiers, thermal insulation, and support posts

Concrete Lifting & Leveling in Harrisburg

Like your home’s foundation, other concrete structures on your property – from your driveway and sidewalk to the garage floor and exterior steps – can fall victim to damage. Cracking concrete, sinking and uneven slabs, and areas that have pits, flakes, and stains are common because of external forces that create instability. Water from year-round precipitation (42 inches of rain and 26 inches of snow) can lead to the expansion, heaving, or washout of Harrisburg’s limestone, silt, and clay soils. Baker’s Waterproofing can put your slabs back on solid ground with a unique concrete lifting and leveling solution. Our polyurethane injections are non-invasive, versatile, lightweight, durable, quick curing, and the most effective way to restore your concrete’s safety and appearance. 

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While this is a simple question, the answer can be complex. To keep it short and sweet: most forms of mold are benign, if not exactly healthy to have in your home, but a small number of mold species are toxic. Identifying those types of molds that are actively dangerous can be difficult, however, because mold and fungal growths come in thousands of species. The fungal growths that occur as a result of wood rot, for example, can look similar to white forms of mold but are generally not harmful to humans unless ingested (though they will wreak havoc on your home).

The type of mold that you should be most worried about, however, is black mold. Black mold is highly toxic to humans and animals; it can cause serious side effects even when the level of exposure is small. Black mold can cause side effects such as rashes, skin irritation, infections, dizziness, breathlessness, respiratory issues, and, in some very serious cases, seizures. More serious side effects are rare, of course, and tend to only occur after prolonged exposure… unless there are underlying issues.

As is so often the case, those who are already vulnerable are at the most risk from exposure to any kind of mold but particularly when exposed to black mold in any serious or prolonged capacity. Those most at risk are the elderly, very young children, those who have underlying respiratory issues such as asthma, bronchitis, or emphysema, and those who have impaired immune systems. While exposure to black mold can be unpleasant and debilitating for anyone in large doses, even a small amount of exposure can be lethal to people who have underlying conditions. That makes it necessary to seek out waterproofing measures that can protect your home from falling victim to this kind of infestation.

Wall anchors are one of the most common and effective products for repairing bowing, leaning, or buckling walls in a Pittsburgh property’s basement. Of course, there are other possible repair options, each with their own benefits and limitations, but wall anchors are some of the most effective when they are compatible with the home and situation. The main limitation of wall anchors, of course, is their need for a certain amount of exterior space to ensure proper installation.

The first step in wall anchor installation, of course, is to assess the damage to the wall and map out where the anchors should be placed, both internally and externally. This process will require some level of excavation and can be disruptive, but it is relatively short. The earth anchors themselves must be placed in the earth at least 10 feet from the outside of your foundation wall. Meanwhile, on the inside of your home, holes must be drilled so that steel rods can be fed through and connected to the earth anchors.

The other ends of these steel rods then are attached to the wall plates that are mounted in strategically placed areas. Once connected, these rods will be instrumental in stabilizing and straightening a damaged wall. This is achieved by tightening them over time to apply more pressure to the wall by using the earth anchor. Once your wall anchors have been fully installed, inside and out, the excavation points will be covered up and restored to ensure a flawless finish.

Your basement walls are some of the most vulnerable in your home as a whole, because of their unique positioning and the pressure that they face. Your basement walls are some of the only walls in a property that face lateral pressure on a regular basis. This is because basement walls are placed below ground level and they have to deal with hydrostatic pressure on a daily basis.

Hydrostatic pressure is, to put it simply, the weight of the soil and the water that it contains. This is something that all homes have to contend with, though it is a more pressing issue when the property has a basement, and properties are designed to withstand it to a certain degree. Unfortunately, the level of hydrostatic pressure can be increased when heavy rainfall, flooding, or poor drainage lead to soil saturation around a home. Because concrete has a proportionally low tensile strength, this lateral pressure can cause basement walls to bow or buckle inwards. Of course, this is not the only possibility.

There is also a chance that defects in the design process or the materials used during construction have left your basement wall weak. This weakness can lead to the walls being fundamentally unprepared to face hydrostatic pressure (or any kind of pressure, really). This is a serious issue because repairing this kind of damage will be far more complex and could even require replacements in very weak parts of your property’s structure. Thankfully, defects and design flaws are not common. As such, soil saturation and hydrostatic pressure are far more likely causes of your Pittsburgh property’s bowing walls.

Foundation damage is a serious issue that should never be underestimated. As well as being severe, foundation issues are notorious for growing at an exponential rate and having an impact on the wider structure of a property. From your walls to your floors and all the way to your roof, every part of your Pittsburgh property is dependent on your foundation for support and stability. Any movement or destabilization in your foundation will leave the door open for serious damage.

So, as you might imagine, we recommend that you deal with foundation damage as soon as you see the warning signs. Many property owners prefer to wait until a problem becomes impossible to ignore before they act, of course, but there are a few good reasons as to why you should not do this. The dangers of waiting too long are very simple. The longer you wait to fix foundation issues, the more likely they are to grow and spread to other parts of your home. This can lead to all forms of secondary and tertiary damage like dampness, wood rot, and mold formation. All these issues present unique dangers to your health and home.

The benefits of acting as soon as you see signs of foundation damage, of course, are just as simple and powerful as the drawbacks of waiting too long. If you deal with foundation damage as soon as you see it, then you will make the process of repair much simpler and far less expensive. In fact, the cost of repairs will get more and more expensive over a very short period of time. It will also prevent the formation of secondary issues (for example, the formation of mold, which could be harmful to your health and wellbeing). There is also a lower chance that you will need serious cosmetic repair if you act quickly.

Much like the basement and crawl space solutions, many of the foundation and concrete lifting repair options tend to overlap each other. Some of these include the various pier systems. Foundation repair experts may recommend push piers, helical piers, or slab piers depending on the type of damage and foundation you have. They also differ in their shape, installation, and is dependent on the soil type of your home.

There are also many reinforcement systems for strictly foundation walls. The SettleStop Wall Anchor System is installed deep into your soil to support weakened foundation walls from the outside. For a less invasive solution, there is also the SettleStop IntelliBrace™ that can be installed directly onto the inside of your foundation wall and can work to prevent further damage and may even straighten it over time. The SettleStop Carbon Fiber Wall Reinforcing System is ideal for those who have less space or those who want to simultaneously pull wall cracks closed as well.

For concrete lifting, SettleStop PolyRenewal™ injection foam is dually functional. It is an incredibly lightweight foam that expands and can support even the heaviest of concrete slabs and even lift it back into its original position over time. It is also waterproof, so it can protect against soil erosion and thus, soil compaction, and concrete settlement.

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    Harrisburg, PA 17102

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