Basement and Crawl Space Waterproofing in Mansfield
Basement or crawl space humidity is often overlooked because these spaces have a reputation for being damp. However, just because your basement or crawl space isn’t flooding with an enormous amount of water doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t waterproof it. In Mansfield, OH, thunderstorms are common during the summer. The humidity that results from these storms can lead to other problems that will have you spending thousands of dollars in repairs for.
If you plan on living in your current house for a long time, hiring an expert to waterproof your Mansfield home will save you headaches and money. Even if you’re planning to sell the house, waterproofing can raise your home’s property value, so you’ll get your return on investments.
If you don’t have one already, consider an AquaStop sump pump. This system protects your basement or crawl space from any and all forms of flooding. You also have the option to install a battery backup with an AquaStop sump pump so your basement or crawl space is always safe from water damage.
A sump pump is crucial for any foundation, but it shouldn’t be the only waterproofing solution you have in place. To protect your Mansfield home’s basement or crawl space from humidity, you need a vapor barrier. Vapor barriers are sheets of durable polyethylene that are applied to the walls of your basement. They stop water vapor from permeating through the walls and raising the humidity levels in your basement. For crawl spaces, we have the AquaStop CrawlSeal™ crawl space vapor barrier for encapsulation.
Because of Northern Ohio’s humid continental climate, your foundation needs a dehumidifier to protect against mold and condensation. Our dehumidifier is powerful, but energy efficient. It’s also capable of connecting to the sump pump for automatic water drainage.
Mansfield Foundation Repair
No matter how well-built a house is in Mansfield, there will always be some sort of settling to watch out for. Over the years, the soil under the foundation will erode, either due to frost heave, water, or pressure from the house above. Without a solid layer of support, the house settles.
Structurally speaking, foundation settling is one of the worst things that can happen to a home. Once the house begins to settle, your home will begin to break apart, as evidenced by the cracks on your basement walls and the uneven floor. If you live in Mansfield, OH, and need foundation repairs, Ohio Basement Systems has the solutions for you.
To stabilize a foundation, either helical piers or push piers should be used. These two pier systems serve the same purpose: to stop the settling and give your Mansfield home stability. Still, their installation is a bit different and the system you will use will depend on what you need.
Helical piers are driven into the ground until reaching denser soil layers. These denser layers, called “load-bearing soils” are too far down to be affected by groundwater, ice, or weight. The helical pier is meant to transfer the weight of the house over to the more capable soil. Push piers do the same thing, but instead of being drilled into the soil, they are hydraulically pushed in, hence the name. Push piers are great for getting past sedimentary rock, while helical piers work best in softer soils.
Concrete Lifting in Mansfield
Slab settling is caused by the same thing that causes foundations settling: soil erosion. For slab settling, it can actually be worse. While the soil under the foundation of your Mansfield home is deeper underground and better protected, the soil under your slab is right at the surface and vulnerable to any rainwater or ice it encounters. Winters are especially bad for soils under slabs because of frost heave.
Frost heave is a term to describe the pressure exerted by ice as it expands in soil. Water expands by 9% when turning into ice, and even though it may not seem like it, it can affect both the soil and the concrete. When the ice melts, the soil is left a gap where the ice was. Concrete slabs settle against these gaps, and if they have to bear a heavy weight after that, they can crack. This is why you sometimes see potholes forming in driveways around Mansfield, since they have to support the weight of cars.
Concrete structures that are failing on your Mansfield property can be repaired with SettleStop PolyRenewal™. Contractors drill small holes in the slab and inject fast-acting polyurethane foam. The foam expands and fills out the voids left by soil washout and frost heave. Contractors rely on that expansion to lift the slab, and once they feel like there is enough polyurethane foam underneath, the holes are patched and the polyurethane is left to cure.
There are many other concrete lifting solutions on the market, but many of them cannot be considered permanent. A repair job with SettleStop PolyRenewal™ lasts a long time because the material that’s injected under the slab has a long lifespan.
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About Waterproofing, Crawl Spaces & Foundation Repair in Mansfield
Mansfield, OH, has grainy soil with little clay content in it. Soils that are on the grainier side are poorly compacted, meaning they aren’t very dense. Dense soils tend to wash away when met with a stream of water, especially when they’re at an incline, since gravity helps the water carry the soil along the stream. Soil washout is a serious problem in this region. It rains consistently throughout the year and there’s no real dry season, so the soil is constantly eroding.
Soil washout can cause slab and foundation settling. Foundations and concrete slabs both settle when the soil they were relying on begins to erode and form gaps. When faced with this problem, some homeowners wonder if replacing the grainy soils with denser clay soils might fix the issue. While it is true that clay soils don’t wash out as easily, they have their own form of problematic erosion characteristics with their shrinking and swelling. All soils erode in one way or another, so instead of trying to avoid the problem, the best thing you can do is prevent it as much as possible.
Soil erosion around your property will be minimized if you have better yard and foundation drainage. For foundations, draining out the groundwater will limit the amount of moisture that reaches the soil your home depends on. For concrete slabs, creating a sort of cover to block out rainwater is advised. Driveway covers and vegetation can be used, but this isn’t always doable or reliable. Because it’s more difficult to prevent exposure to water on outdoor slabs, it’s better to familiarize yourself with the signs of concrete settling so you can detect problems early.
Drywall is partially made of paper, so it’s something mold can eat and grow on. If your drywall has come in contact with water or if the basement of your Mansfield home has recently flooded, you need to keep a close eye on your drywall in the following weeks to make sure there is no mold growth. Mold is incredibly dangerous because it comprises the respiratory system. Luckily, there are multiple ways in which one could detect mold on drywall. Because there are so many problem signs, something can be done about it before any real harm is done.
Visually, you can tell if something is wrong with your drywall if you see stains on it. Mold has very distinctive stains that you can spot right away. The standard green and black that are associated with mold should be the first indicator. Some gray stains might not be mold, but rather wet stains. Another visual indicator is bulging, which occurs when the paper coating separates from the gypsum the drywall is made of, forming a brittle, bulging pocket of air that eventually breaks apart.
Wet drywall that is fostering mold spores will smell odd. If your basement has a strange smell that won’t go away, the cause is probably your moldy drywall. You should also check the overall humidity in your basement. If your basement wasn’t dry before and now, there’s a mugginess that won’t go away, your wet drywall is the source of the humidity. If you’re still not sure if your drywall has mold or not, you can always contact a professional for an inspection.
Sump pump malfunction can fill any Mansfield homeowner with a sense of dread. Without a sump pump, removing water from your basement will be completely up to you. If your sump pump isn’t working, you need to figure out why as soon as you can so that repairs can get done. The first thing you should check is the power cable. If it’s disconnected, bent, or torn in any way, it will explain why it isn’t working.
If the sump pump stopped working during a storm, it’s possible that it got so overwhelmed that the pump gave out. This is why it’s important to have a battery backup pump that automatically runs when the primary pump shuts down. We have battery backup pumps in our AquaStop sump pump series that alert you when the backup starts up. Clogging is a major issue with any drainage system, so check for clogs in multiple areas. The impeller, which is at the bottom of the unit, often gets clogged after heavy rainfall.
If it’s winter, the discharge line could have gotten clogged. When temperatures outside are freezing but the water is moving too slowly down the pipes, the water will freeze, and the ice will block the rest of the water. If you’ve checked as many places as you could and still haven’t found the problem, you need to contact your local foundation waterproofing experts. You might even be due for a new sump pump, so it’s a good idea to get a professional’s input for both repairs and sump pump recommendations.
If you have a persistent mold problem in your Mansfield home, you should check your crawl space as well. While it may seem unnecessary to mention your crawl space in regards to a problem in the upper portions of your home, you should know that your crawl space might be the reason why mold keeps resurfacing throughout your house. The mold spores in your crawl space can get transported to the rest of your home via the air thanks to the stack effect. Hot air is a lot lighter than cold air, so the warm, humid crawl space air rises and stays in your living space. Mold spores rest and wait for the right conditions to turn into mold, so while you think you’ve gotten the last of them, there are always more lying in wait.
So, because your crawl space is the source of the mold problem, you need to hire an expert that is able to clear the mold from your crawl space. It’s not advised that you attempt to do it yourself because of how harmful mold can be to your lungs, throat, and sinuses. If you have a weak immune system or allergies, the side effects double. Not to mention, you could bring back mold spores into your home on your clothes after being down there. A professional not only knows how to be safe when dealing with mold, but will also be sure to address all the mold in the crawl space.
SettleStop PolyRenewal™ has many advantages over other methods of concrete lifting. The way it’s installed, the installation time, the material used, and the long-term results are all an improvement from traditional concrete lifting solutions. For example, the cement slurry used in mudjacking cures in 24 to 48 hours, which isn’t convenient if the settling happened in your driveway. Polyurethane foam cures between 15 to 30 minutes, and can be injected under the slab in the same amount of time, making it one of the fastest ways to repair a settled slab.
If you’re worried about your slab settling again, don’t be. SettleStop PolyRenewal™ is a permanent solution to concrete lifting. Polyurethane does not erode or wash out, nor can it get damaged by the freeze-thaw effect. Polyurethane is a synthetic material made up of polymer and urethane. The cement used in mudjacking, on the other hand, is porous and has poor tensile strength, so it breaks apart after a few winters.
SettleStop PolyRenewal™ is one of the best concrete lifting methods to use in a city like Mansfield, OH. The soil of the region is grainy and shifty, so any excessive weight will cause further settling. Polyurethane is tough, but lightweight. At only 4 to 6 pounds per cubic foot, polyurethane can expand and cure under the slab without disturbing the soil. So, not only is your slab stable and secure with SettleStop PolyRenewal™, but it’s also future-proof from any more settling.
Your yard grade determines how well your yard can drain water that lands on your Mansfield property. A positive yard grade means that the terrain is sloped so that water naturally flows away from your home. A negative grade is the opposite, meaning that whenever it rains, water will form around your house. Not every part of your home will have an even grade, so sometimes, water will drain properly in some sections while it might pool up in others. Figuring out the grade of your home is important because it can help you improve your foundation’s drainage.
If you have a negative yard grade, your foundation is surrounded by more groundwater than it should be. Every rainfall and all the melting snow accumulated around your home and seeped down around your foundation. Not only does this cause hydrostatic pressure, it also causes more frost heave damage to the foundation when the groundwater freezes. The best thing to do would be to improve the drainage system around your foundation so that all the groundwater gets drained out. This can be done with sump pumps and a perimeter drain.
You might also want to speak with a landscaping expert to see what kind of yard grade you have. If it’s negative, the yard can always be re-graded so that it’s positive. Even if you moved into the house when it had a positive grade, as rain, snow, hail, and wind erode the soil, a yard’s grade changes over the years. This is why you should focus on the drainage and waterproofing aspects of foundation care first. If the yard’s grade is going to change anyway, it’s better to implement permanent drainage solutions instead of paying for re-grading more than once.
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Ohio Basement Systems
7950 Bavaria Rd.
Twinsburg, OH 44087
Phone: (330) 235-1229
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