Lancaster County, PA
Although the soil in Lancaster, PA, is mostly ideal, the humid and moist climate of this city can exacerbate the need for home repairs. Here are solutions to help keep your home safe.Schedule Free Inspection
Basement or Crawl Space Waterproofing in Lancaster
Waterproofing one’s basement or crawl space is more important than one may think, especially if you live in Lancaster, PA. It rains all year round, with the most amount of rain concentrated in the latter half of the year, and snows in the first half of the year, which melts during the onset of spring and summer. All of this can add up to a large volume of water that your basement or crawl space is exposed to all throughout the year—which is not a good thing. Over time, this amount of water can wear away at the integrity of your basement or crawl space, and it can pave the way for potential leaks and flooding or structural damages such as cracks, holes, bowing walls, or sagging floors.
Fortunately, Baker’s Waterproofing has a wide variety of options that can protect yourLancaster basement or crawl space from water damages. The vast number of solutions that are offered may seem overwhelming. However, do not worry because the experts can help recommend what best suits your home’s unique repair needs. These include drainage systems, sump pumps, dehumidifiers, vapor and moisture barriers, insulation, and structural repair and support.
Foundation Repair in Lancaster
Just like your basement or crawl space, the climate of Lancaster, PA, can, unfortunately, make foundation repair very likely to happen over time. Lots of rain and snow can result in altered or damaged structures, settled foundations, sinking floors, and misaligned windows and doors—particularly on the first floor of your home. These problems can be exacerbated during the winter season as well because repeated freezing and thawing of water in the soil and in the concrete can cause foundation concrete slabs to shift and walls to crack and bow inwards or outwards.
These can be a lot of issues to watch out for and prevent from happening all at once. It is because of this that the expert contractors at Baker’s Waterproofing can help suggest a solution that is unique to your Lancaster home’s foundation problems. For example, a sinking foundation can be supported and potentially lifted back to its original state with either the helical, push, or slab piers. Weakened or buckled foundation walls can be straightened and reinforced with wall anchors or specialized I-beams.
Concrete Lifting in Lancaster
Maintaining one’s concrete can be quite a difficult task to undertake by yourself, especially since your driveway, various walkways in both your front and back yard, and porch are all constructed from concrete slabs. Since it is your concrete that takes on the brunt of all the rainfall and snowfall, as well as wind and humidity, in Lancaster, PA, there is a very high likelihood that there will be some sort of issue that will occur sooner rather than later. The integrity and the amount of soil underneath these concrete slabs can also be altered as a result of the climate in this city. With high exposure to high wind speeds and water (whether it be rain or melted snow), soil can easily be eroded away, which can decrease the soil levels underneath concrete slabs and weaken it.
Lower soil levels and weakened soil particles are particularly problematic to have beneath heavy concrete slabs. This is because these soil particles can be compressed down. Concrete slabs can then shift around, sink, or even break. Baker’s Waterproofing offers SettleStop PolyRenewal™ polyurethane injections, a state-of-the-art concrete lifting procedure that can effectively lift and stabilize the concrete around your Lancaster property.
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About Waterproofing, Crawl Spaces & Foundation Repair in Lancaster County
While it may be the climate of Lancaster, PA, that makes the need for home repairs in your basement, crawl space, foundation, and concrete more likely, the soil type can certainly make it even more likely. Sandy loam soil dominates Northern Pennsylvania. Some characteristics of sandy loam soils are that the soil particles allow for adequate water filtering, water drainage, and air circulation, while also maintaining a healthy amount of water for plants and retaining an appropriate number of nutrients to improve the fertility of the soil. This makes loam soils ideal to work with compared to many other types of soils.
So how can the soil make home repairs more likely to happen? Although loam-type soils are the most ideal type of soil to have, if they are a combination of sand and loam soil particles, as is the soil in Lancaster, PA, then the rainy climate can pose a problem. Sandy soil particles have a higher chance of experiencing soil erosion by both wind and water—two very prevalent things in this city. When soil becomes eroded, this can decrease the soil levels in your yard. Lower soil levels can lead to a multitude of home problems.
Since it rains constantly throughout the year and snows during the winter, water will always be present. Less soil means that there are less soil particles to absorb, filter, and drain away excess water. When water accumulates in the ground and around your home, this can begin to invade your basement or crawl space, especially if there are any openings present, and alter the soil beneath concrete slabs. This paves the way for leaking, potential flooding, water damage, and, in the most extreme cases, structural damage.
Homeowners who live in Pennsylvania are no stranger to constant moisture and wind. In fact, the city of Lancaster alone experiences an average of 43 inches of rain annually, an average of 20 inches of snow during the winter, and an average wind speed of 18.35 miles per hour. Furthermore, the climate is typically very humid during seasons that are not cold.
Most of the rainfall is concentrated near the latter half of the year, but the snow falls and melts during the first half of the year. Even though it does not always rain when it snows, this can amount to a large volume of water that is present all year round. This means that water is always going to surround your home, regardless of the time of year. The high humidity levels of this city also do not help, as this delays the evaporation of water and retains moisture for a longer period.
In terms of basements or crawl spaces, water accumulation can cause leaks and possible flooding, particularly if there are already cracks or holes that the water can enter through. In large volumes, water can also exert a large amount of force—also known as hydrostatic pressure—against basement and foundation walls, which can result in cracks forming, bowing in walls, and other structural damages given enough time. Constant exposure to water can also erode away soil levels, which ultimately weakens the support capabilities of soil underneath heavy concrete slabs. This can lead to uneven, sunken, or broken concrete anywhere in your home. All these damages are not only incredibly unsightly and can ruin the aesthetic of your home, but also they can make your home dangerous to live in.
The problem signs that you need home repairs are highly dependent on the location of your home; however, fortunately, many of them tend to overlap each other. This means that similar types of warning signs can be found across the different areas of your home, such as your basement, crawl space, foundation, and/or your concrete. Therefore, as long as you are aware of what to watch out for, then you are one step ahead to getting your home repairs done and can even work towards preventing damage in the future.
Some of the earliest problem signs across these areas of your home encompass both structural issues, such as formation of cracks and holes, and water damages, such as mold and mildew growth, leaks, puddling, or flooding, pests, and musty odors. This can be easier to locate in your basement, foundation, and concrete, but your crawl space can be a little bit trickier. Homeowners tend to notice unpleasant smells, an influx of pests, and an increased number of airborne allergens within their Lancaster home seemingly for no reason, but they are likely to originate from your crawl space. In fact, about 50% of the particles and scents in the air in your crawl space comes up into your home.
More specific problem signs, again, vary depending on the location. Basement and foundation walls are more likely to bow inwards. Foundation and concrete slabs have a high chance of sinking or shifting. Crawl spaces and basements also have a higher likelihood of moisture problems and often need to be waterproofed against the elements. Furthermore, crawl spaces compared to these other areas of your home are more likely to be supported by wooden support posts and beams and may also experience wood rot and mold growth on wood.
Many of the basement and crawl space waterproofing options are similar to one another, such as the AquaStop™ Air System dehumidifier, which can effectively control the humidity levels as well as clean and filter the air, an AquaStop™ Sump Pump system. Regardless of what would be best for your home, the benefits are more or less the same. These benefits include:
- Built-in alarm that alerts you when the sump pump is malfunctioning or close to overflooding
- Airtight lid to prevent debris from entering and damaging your sump pump and moisture from leaking into the air
- Sump pump stands to protect your sump pump from sediment collection, and, thus, damage
- Optional battery backup sump pump during malfunctions or power outages
There are also basement and crawl space-specific waterproofing systems. For basements, this includes drainage systems such as the AquaStop BasementGutter™ interior drainage system. Crawl space drains are also available, but there are also crawl space vent doors in case you have any open vents, the AquaStop ExtremeBloc™ Insulation System for temperature and moisture control, or the AquaStop CrawlSeal™ Vapor Barrier for simple waterproofing.
Every home is different and requires its own unique set of repairs. That’s why it’s best to work with a basement and crawl space expert to determine exactly what your home needs.
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.
Prevention is always one of the most critical parts of maintaining the integrity of your home, as well as avoiding the time and cost associated with repairs. Fortunately, there are some things that you, as a homeowner, can do at home in order to prevent the need for home repairs. This can help you to stretch the longevity of your home for even longer, keeping you safe and healthy and ensuring that your home is a safe place to live in.
One of the simplest things that you can do is make it a part of your routine to check on the areas of your home that are more likely to experience damage due to the humid, rainy, and windy climate of Lancaster, PA. In your basement, be on the lookout for any damaged drainage systems or pipes, cracks or holes in walls or flooring, or even increased moisture or humidity levels. Crawl space warning signs can be tricky because they are more subtle; however, if you notice increased humidity levels in the first floor of your home, decreased air quality, increased respiratory reactions to air allergens, or unpleasant smells, then you definitely want to get your crawl space looked at. Foundation problems typically manifest in structural damage on the outside of your home, such as buckled walls, uneven chimneys, or basic wall cracks. Hollow sounds under concrete slabs, frequent puddling, and even windows and doors that do not close properly can be signs of concrete issues.
Even if you do not have any current issues, Baker’s Waterproofing offers innovative solutions that can also serve as preventative measures. For instance, various waterproofing systems for your basement or your crawl space, such as sump pumps and dehumidifiers. For crawl spaces specifically, you also have the option to install insulation, which can improve the air quality and moisture control in your crawl space as well as the first floor of your home.
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