Basement Waterproofing and Foundation Repair in Wheeling, WV
Wheeling’s soil and heavy rain do no favors for your home’s basement, crawl space, or exterior concrete slabs. Baker’s Waterproofing has proven solutions to stop the problem permanently.
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Baker’s Waterproofing, a Groundworks Company, specializes in helping homeowners with their foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space repair and encapsulation, and concrete lifting needs. Our top priority is providing high-quality home repair solutions and personalized service across Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia. With fully trained technicians, industry-leading products, and nationally backed warranties, Baker’s is here to restore your foundation or basement.
A cracking, buckling, or otherwise damaged foundation will become worse over time. Make sure your home has a sturdy foundation with our reliable repair solutions.
Are you experiencing issues with hydrostatic pressure resulting in a leaky basement? We offer interior and exterior basement waterproofing to keep your basement clean and dry.
If your crawl space begins to rot, grow mold, or experience structural problems, this will extend to every part of your home. That’s why we offer crawl space repair and encapsulation to keep your home stable.
Why Homeowners Choose Baker’s Waterproofing
Since 1975, Baker’s Waterproofing, a Groundworks Company, has been helping homeowners throughout West Virginia and Pennsylvania repair and protect their most valuable asset – their home. We are a local, trusted provider of reliable basement waterproofing, crawl space repair and encapsulation, foundation repair, and concrete lifting and leveling solutions. Everything we install is warranty-backed and tested and proven to provide long-lasting support.
To address each unique home with long-lasting, personalized, warrantied solutions, our professional team keeps you, the homeowner, in mind and produces high-quality results. You can depend on us to install everything the right way the first time, and we never back down from a job. By scheduling a free inspection and estimate, you can personally experience the excellence and rest easy knowing your home is permanently protected.
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Basement Waterproofing in Wheeling
Wheeling gets 41 inches of rain annually and 20 inches of snow. While this is good for your grass, it spells problems for your basement because of the area’s fast-draining soils. After rain or snow, water collects around your foundation, soaking deep and eventually putting pressure on your basement walls. This pressure leads to wall cracks that allow even more water to leak inside.
Where there is water there is mold, mildew, and musty odors. Removing water and closing wall cracks is key to a healthy basement, and Baker’s Waterproofing has solutions designed to keep your basement dry such as interior drains, sump pumps, wall liners, and dehumidifiers.
Foundation Repair in Wheeling
The soil in Wheeling often faces erosion and displacement due to the area’s above-average precipitation (41 inches of annual rain and 20 inches of snow). Unfortunately, this leaves your foundation vulnerable to several different problems. From settlement, sinking, and hydrostatic pressure leading to bowing walls, eroded soil creates major problems in your home.
Look for foundation walls bowing inward, and sticking doors and windows. Baker’s Waterproofing has proven solutions like foundation piers, wall braces, and anchors to ensure your home is supported and no longer relies on unstable soils to do so.
Crawl Space Repair & Encapsulation in Wheeling
Crawl spaces lift your home off the damp ground to protect the important structural elements. However, if your Wheeling crawl space is untreated, it’s not protecting your home to its full capacity — and could even lead to damage. When you consider the 41 inches of annual rain and 20 inches of annual snow and the humid summers in Wheeling, it’s clear to see how your crawl space could be at risk. Moisture has plenty of opportunities to get inside your crawl space.
If you’re unsure if water has infiltrated your crawl space, look for mold, wood rot, pests, or musty odors below your home. To combat these issues, Baker’s Waterproofing installs crawl space encapsulation. Using a customizable mix of vapor barriers, thermal wall insulation, sump pumps, and dehumidifiers, we can protect your home’s crawl space and transform it into a clean, dry, and healthy space.
Concrete Lifting & Leveling in Wheeling
In order to stay properly supported, concrete needs solid ground beneath it. Unfortunately, silty soil in Wheeling is prone to erosion, especially when it’s hit by rain or snow. Wheeling receives an above-average amount of both, and soil erosion leaves concrete slabs unsupported. Eventually, the concrete will crack and sink into the muddy, weakened ground. The cold winters in Wheeling aren’t helpful either. The freeze-thaw cycle causes water in the soil to expand in size as it freezes. This puts pressure on your concrete driveway, sidewalk, and pool deck slabs, pushing up on them and causing uneven surfaces and tripping hazards.
Baker’s Waterproofing uses a polyurethane injection system to lift your sunken slabs back into a safe position. Injected beneath the concrete, this innovative solution fills gaps in the soil and lifts your driveway, sidewalk, pool deck, or interior concrete floor back to its original position. Even better, polyurethane is waterproof, eco-friendly, and cures in just 15 minutes.
About Waterproofing, Crawl Spaces & Foundation Repair in Wheeling, WV
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.
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.
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.
If you have noticed certain walls around your home starting to look like they are bowing or building inward, then there are a few potential issues that could be at work. The most obvious (and yet least common) cause of uneven, damaged, or bowing walls is some kind of defect in the wall itself. This can take two main forms: design flaws or defects in the concrete mix itself. Either way, the flaws caused by these kinds of issues will make a wall much weaker and lead to many issues of which bowing is only one.
Far more common, however, is damage as a result of excessive pressure or a lack of support. Hydrostatic pressure, for example, is one of the leading causes of bowing, leaning, or collapsing walls. This pressure is caused by the weight of the soil around the walls, of course, but also by the water in the soil. As such, this is an issue that all properties have to deal with at some point; in fact, they are designed to deal with it. The main issue arises when the hydrostatic pressure in the soil reaches unmanageable levels. This can be caused by a number of things, including heavy rainfall, the presence of underground water sources, copious snowmelt, or even just poor drainage around the property.
Finally, there is a chance that lateral or vertical movement in your property’s foundation will lead to damage that destabilizes your basement walls. Spreading cracks that separate the foundation of your home from the walls in some areas, for example, will lead to movement and make the walls more vulnerable to movement, leaning, and localized collapse. Of course, there are some problem signs that will show long before the walls themselves begin to lean or buckle visibly. The most common signs are spreading cracks, dampness, humidity, and mold formation. If you act when you see these early signs, then you could prevent your walls from leaning or bowing at all.
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