Foundation Restoration is the premier water mitigation & foundation repair specialists in Wayne County. Our crews have decades of experience working on homes not just in Wayne County, but throughout Southeast Michigan and Northern Ohio, so we are very familiar with different soil types & drainage issues that impact your neighborhood.
Basement Waterproofing - Water damage can have a major impact on your home or business. It only takes a little bit of water to cause major water damage. That damage can lead to a whole host of structural issues for your building & air quality issues in your home.
Foundation Repair - The most common cause of foundation damage boils down to unstable soil conditions causing structures to shift. Whether that’s because of high moisture content or poor soil conditions, this movement throws off the weight distribution of your home, causing potentially catastrophic damage.
Crawlspace Repair - Much of the air you breathe comes from your crawlspace. By reducing moisture, soil gases & mold/mildew you will be improving the overall air quality in your home.
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If you live in Belleville you know that there is very high water table, so most of the homes are built on crawlspaces because of that. We've done a lot of jobs in Belleville and the majority of the homes we inspect in this area have extreme moisture issues that tend to cause mold, mildew and rotted wood.
This particular home was located on Quirk Rd. in Belleville, and their crawlspace was extremely wet and moldy. Adding to the concern was the fact that the homeowner was on oxygen and struggling to breathe. Having to deal with mold particles in the air only made things worse.
We came out to the house and inspected the crawlspace and as you can see from the pictures it was in rough shape, with a lot of moisture that needed to be addressed.
Due to the dark, damp conditions typically found in most crawlspaces, you're always going to be fighting with mold and mildew. Mold can be dangerous, causing respiratory problems particularly in children, elderly and immuno-compromised individuals. It's also not at all uncommon to see mold as a contributing cause of sinus infections, allergies and other symptoms. It can cause all sorts of nasty problems.
As warm air rises, cool air from the crawlspace is sucked into the living areas of your home. This is called the “stack effect”, it’s the same way a chimney works. This, combined with other factors, means a significant amount of the air you breathe actually came from your crawlspace. Additionally, if your crawlspace has too much moisture in it, the wood that supports your home will begin to rot, causing structural problems.
By reducing moisture, soil gases, mold, mildew and improving the overall air quality in your crawlspace, the air you breathe in your home will be cleaner and healthier.
To solve these problems, we first removed the standing water from the crawlspace and then began the process of encapsulating the space to prevent the recurrence of the moisture. This encapsulation process involves installing a moisture barrier which forms a seal between the ground where moisture is present, and the crawlspace and underside of your home. We sealed and insulated the bond/rim joist as well, to ensure the full crawlspace was sealed from moisture that could potentially creep back in.
Back to this home on Quirk Rd, we also installed a sump pump in the crawlspace to ensure proper drainage of the water that tries to creep into the crawlspace from below and surrounding the home. Our sump pumps include 24/7 monitoring so you can ensure it's always working down below to keep your home moisture free.
Two months after we finished this crawlspace encapsulation job in Belleville, the owner called to tell us that he is breathing much better, and thanked use for the help! This is exactly the sort of outcome we work for and it's rewarding for us to be able to provide this service to our customers!
The main culprit of foundation damage not just in Rockwood but throughout southeast Michigan, is unstable soil caused by our crazy weather patterns. As the moisture content of the soil changes, so does the bearing capacity of the earth that your home rests on. Instability can also come from other causes such as slope stability when a home is built on a steep grade such as a hill, where gravity exerts constant pressure. Additionally, there is the possibility of undermining/washout conditions near your foundation. This is caused by water moving through the soil underneath your home and causing it to wash away, compromising the once stable ground your home was built on. Regardless of the underlying cause, foundation instability is a serious problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible to minimize repair costs.
This particular job was a foundation repair project we did on Woodruff Rd. in Rockwood MI. The homeowner called us because the back of the home had begun to sink enough that it was causing some of the floors to noticeably slope and making windows difficult to open and close. When we came out to inspect the home it became apparent that there had been a couple of inches of settling that occured in part of the foundation, and this was going to require helical piers to lift and stabilize the home.
Helical piers work by placing large steel screws strategically around the foundation of your home. These metal screws have round steel plates called helixes attached to them that act as anchoring points. Once these piers have been screwed into the ground, the helixes wedge themselves into the surrounding stable strata and ensure that your home’s foundation won’t have any instability issues in the future. This provides your home with the stable foundation that it needs!
These problems are more common than people think, and the time to act is when you first start to notice it. Foundation problems will often get worse over time, leading to more expensive repairs down the road.
Very few foundation repair companies have in-house engineering to assess the problem and design the right solution for your home. This is one of the main things that sets us apart. For this home in Rockwood, we were able to bring in the heavy equipment and crew needed to safely and efficiently lift the home back to level, and secure it in place with helical piers in just 2 days!
In the end, the customer was happy that the floors were even and windows were functional again. But more importantly they felt secure in the knowledge that their home was permanently secured in place with helical piers. If you think you may have an issue with the foundation of your home give us a call at877-625-3379 for a free estimate. Or fill out our contact form and we'll come take a look at no charge to you.
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