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Waterproofing for Basements or Crawl Spaces in Johnstown
If you have lived in Johnstown for a long time, then you probably don’t need us to tell you just how wet the fall and spring months can be. The huge amount of rain and snowmelt can make keeping your basement or crawl space dry a nightmare. Of course, robust drainage will prevent perimeter and foundation flooding to some extent, but if you want to ensure that your home is protected in full, waterproofing and encapsulation may be the answer!!
Here at Baker’s Waterproofing, we specialize in waterproofing processes that take into consideration the needs of your Johnstown property as a whole. We offer a range of proactive and passive waterproofing and encapsulation services for basements and crawl spaces of all sizes. We also offer a stellar maintenance service for those who want to get the most out of their waterproofing products and maximize their lifespan.
All our waterproofing products are of the highest quality and work well in conjunction with each other. Just ask our experts, and they will be able to determine what sump pump systems, dehumidifiers, and vapor barriers are best for your Johnstown home and your needs right now. We will do our best to work with any pre-existing measures that you have in place, too, so don’t worry about your budget – we will keep that in mind, too!
Foundation Repair Services in Johnstown, PA
Your Johnstown property’s foundation is all-important – without it, your home would sink, sag, and crumble with frightening speed. Of course, a damaged foundation can be just as bad. From jamming doors and windows to sunken and sagging floors, this is an issue that cannot be ignored! Thankfully, there are many repair options on the market right now. From piers to wall anchors or braces, foundation repair has never been easier.
Baker’s Waterproofing has been helping homeowners around Johnstown, PA, deal with their property’s foundation damage since 1975. We are adept in identifying, diagnosing, and repairing foundational problems of all kinds (as well as the secondary issues that they can cause). From invasive and serious processes like foundation pier installation to more subtle repairs like carbon fiber reinforcement, you have a wealth of options.
Of course, all repair processes have a range of benefits and limitations that need to be considered. This is where our team comes in. We have something that money cannot buy: experience. Whether you have bowing walls or a sinking floor, we can help you to find the right repair solution.
Johnstown Concrete Lifting Services
A sunken, settled, or fragmented concrete slab around your Johnstown home can be incredibly frustrating because of the way that it impacts your home’s cosmetic appeal and value. However, this is a more serious issue than many people realize and should be treated as such. Sinking or damaged concrete slabs around your home present active health hazards and can also be indicative of serious issues that could impact the rest of your home.
Because of the wet nature of the spring and fall climates, and the loamy nature of the soil in and around Johnstown, the most common cause of sinking or moving concrete slabs and driveways is soil washout. This occurs when extreme saturation or flooding causes soil displacement and leads to the creation of voids and sinkholes around a home.
When this happens, there are a number of possible solutions on the market. While other companies may use traditional and messy repair solutions like mudjacking, we at Baker’s Waterproofing prefer to use SettleStop PolyRenewal™ polyurethane foam where possible. This cost-effective and minimally invasive process gives a better result at a lower cost and ensures that no chemical runoff makes it into your yard.
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About Waterproofing, Crawl Spaces & Foundation Repair in Johnstown
Many homeowners think that the only things that your energy bills are the amount of power you use, the efficiency of your appliances, and the cost per unit that your supplier offers. However, there is a hidden factor that many homeowners do not really know about. The climate in your home is incredibly important when it comes to your Johnstown property’s energy efficiency and the kind of bills you can expect to see. In fact, this can be split into two separate but connected issues: humidity and the stack effect.
The stack effect, sometimes called the chimney effect, is a process by which corresponding ventilation points create a channel of air that goes from the bottom of your property to the top. While the stack effect is active in your home, you are likely to notice a number of things. First, you will be more likely to notice drafts in your home. This can cause your doors and windows to slam, but, more importantly, it will lower heat and cold retention in your home. This is because of the way that temperature changes impact the air. When you use your HVAC to heat the air in your home, the hot air will rise. In a home where the stack effect is present, this can result in the heated air leaving the property and drawing in cold air from below to replace it. Artificially cooled air, by contrast, will sink and exit the property, drawing in hot air from above. This means that your HVAC will constantly have to process new air, and, as a result, it will use more energy.
This will also cause a spike in humidity. Humidity is, of course, the second hidden cause of low energy efficiency in many homes. Humidity can be caused by a number of issues and will lead to many problems. Humid air is harder to heat and cool than arid air, and, as such, your HVAC system will have to work harder to get the same results. This not only will increase energy usage and your bills, but also will cause your HVAC system to experience wear and tear at a greater rate.
There are many different forms of mold. In fact, mold and fungi are the most diverse forms of life on the planet, so while many are benign (or even edible), there are just as many that are unhealthy or actively dangerous for you or your Johnstown home. Wood rot, for example, can be classed as a form of mold, and while it is not overly dangerous for your health (unless ingested), it is very dangerous for the structure of your property as a whole. Wood rot fungus causes wood to decay and lose its strength. This can lead to structural decay and collapse over time, making it very dangerous indeed.
Of course, there are forms of fungi and mold that are more directly damaging to your health and wellbeing. Black mold, for example, is highly toxic and can have serious implications for your health and wellbeing if you are exposed to it on a regular basis or in large doses. The potential outcome of exposure to black mold includes, but is not limited to headaches, migraines, dizziness, infections, rashes, and respiratory issues. For most people, the side effects will be minimal, like bad hay fever, but for those who have underlying conditions, it could be very serious or even lethal.
You will be able to recognize mold in your home in a number of ways. First, mold formations will discolor any surface that they form on, and there is a form of mold that specializes in growing on almost any surface. Mold formations can be black, brown, gray, pink, green, or even yellowish-white in color, and they will take on rounded, organic formations with a slightly fuzzy texture. You may also notice a musty smell in the area where the mold is most advanced in its growth. If you notice these signs or you see mold formations, please do not touch them – just call a professional.
Foundation damage and subsidence come in many forms and can be caused by a number of issues. In Pennsylvania, the silty-loam soil can shift easily when it is saturated or there is extreme rainfall or flooding in the area. This is just one example of the issues that can cause a property to start sinking. Unfortunately, this is an issue that is difficult to spot until it has become advanced. By the time your home looks visibly uneven, the issue will have been percolating for quite some time.
The earliest signs of foundation sinking or settlement will generally be seen inside your Johnstown property, usually in the basement or crawl space. Spreading cracks, dampness and humidity, pooling water, mold formation, and musty odors can all be early warning signs of mild foundation damage. These are, of course, very general signs that can indicate a number of issues. As such, it can take some time for even a professional to diagnose foundation damage from these red flags.
As the issue progresses, the warning signs will become more and more specific. For example, the sign of advanced or semi-advanced foundation movement and sinking include but are not limited to large cracks, sinking concrete slabs, floor and wall gaps, and deformed window and door frames (which cause sticking and jamming windows and doors). These are all signs of general instability and movement in the structure of a property and can be a sign of sinking, lateral movement, and other issues. Finally, the most obvious sign of sinking is visible unevenness in your property, either from inside or from the street. If your property looks visibly uneven or sunken, then you should call a professional immediately and undertake repairs without delay. Waiting could be disastrous.
It is generally good practice to deal with any problem as soon as you see it, but foundation damage, or any kind of structural damage, is particularly serious. While waiting a little with smaller issues may be a bad idea, it won’t always be dangerous. If you delay dealing with foundation damage, however, then you could end up facing a true catastrophe. Properties with advanced foundation damage that are left untreated can become very unstable very quickly.
The risks of waiting when it comes to repairing the foundation of your Johnstown home are many and varied. First, these kinds of issues grow at an exponential rate. This means that waiting even a short amount of time after spotting the first signs of damage in your foundation could result in the issues growing and spreading in serious ways. For example, a small crack can become a sunken slab, while a slight lean in your wall can become a pronounced lean or bow. Worse still, leaving any structural damage to grow unchecked could lead to localized or widespread collapse.
If you act quickly, however, then there are a number of benefits! If you invest in foundation repair at the earliest possible moment, then you will save yourself a huge amount of time and money. Structural issues are easiest and cheapest to address when they first start to form. Secondly, you will avoid a lot of secondary and tertiary damage when you act quickly. This minimizes the amount of cosmetic repair and restoration you will have to do and could also prevent the formation of substances like mold and mildew (which could be harmful to your health as well as your home).
Yes! Waterproofing is an incredibly beneficial process that will protect your crawl space (and indeed your wider home) from dampness, humidity, flooding, and water damage in a number of ways. Of course, there are a few limitations to this process that you will need to keep in mind if you are to get the best results from it. The main limitation is the fact that your home needs to be in good condition for the process to be most effective.
If you try to waterproof and encapsulate a home that is already flooded or damp, or that has underlying damage in need of repair, then you could end up causing serious issues for your home. First, waterproofing and encapsulation can cover up the signs of structural damage and allow the issues to grow unchecked until they spread throughout your property or reach a breaking point. Secondly, if your waterproofed crawl space still takes on water, it will actually magnify the dampness and issues by preventing any natural drainage or evaporation that the space may have originally allowed for.
Of course, if your home is already healthy and fit for waterproofing, then the benefits can be truly amazing. Proper waterproofing will prevent flooding and water damage, lower relative humidity, and make your home’s internal climate generally healthier and more stable. This will have an effect on your property’s energy efficiency, temperature regulation, air quality, and, of course, your comfort. So, yes, crawl space waterproofing is a very good idea for homeowners in Johnstown, PA.
There could be a number of reasons as to why your driveway is uneven, cracking, or sinking in certain areas. In a climate like that found in Johnstown, with the kind of loam-based soil that this area of Pennsylvania has, however, it is very likely that soil washout or saturation are contributing to the issues that you see around your property. Alternatively, there is a chance that your driveway is dealing with defects and flaws within the concrete used to construct it.
Loam-based soil is incredibly fertile and generally more stable than clay-based or sandy soils, but it is also lighter and slightly less cohesive. This means that when its natural drainage capabilities are overwhelmed or the weather is extreme it can shift, lose strength, or even wash away altogether. This will lead to many issues for any structure reliant upon it, the most common of which are sinking and fragmentation.
Defects in the concrete used to make your driveway are far less likely than you might expect, but they could be an underlying cause or contributing factor. This can occur for a number of reasons. First, there can be issues with the materials used to make the concrete, or the proportion of materials used to make the concrete. Secondly, there could be issues in the curing process. Wherever the issue starts, concrete that is fundamentally flawed is more at risk of structural and cosmetic damage on all fronts. Unlike soil-based issues that can be mitigated, however, flawed concrete may need to be replaced entirely.
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