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One of the most important services that you can invest in is foundation repair for your Monroeville, PA home. Any foundation problems that you see should be treated immediately – if left alone, foundation problems only become worse, requiring even more complicated and more expensive repair techniques. Foundation problems are not uncommon in Pennsylvania. In fact, the cold, snowy winters and summer storms can be very detrimental to foundations. That is why it is a good idea to examine your home regularly for any symptoms of a failing foundation. Common signs that you have a foundation problem include:
These are all telltale signs that your foundation is suffering from foundation failure. This failure can be the result of erosion due to snowmelt or heavy rain, soil shrinkage during drought-like periods, hydrostatic pressure from increased water content in the soil, or poor soil compaction. Whatever the cause, it is important to find a solution as soon as possible.
One of the most obvious and most concerning foundation problems is a foundation crack. If this crack is in the wall of your foundation, there are several different repair approaches that you can use. The first being some type of anchor. Anchors such as helical tiebacks, plate anchors, and wall anchors are installed underground in the yard adjacent to the wall. The anchors then apply horizontal pressure to pull the wall back into place and close cracks. Another solution is to install carbon fiber strips. These strips give the wall support and help keep it stable to prevent bowing and close cracks.
Foundations that have started to shift or settle may require underpinning devices such as helical piers or steel push piers. These piers use the stability of soils deep underground to lift and support sinking foundations.
Waterproofing is another important service that we offer. If your home is properly waterproofed, it will be much less likely to develop foundation problems. Waterproofing starts with an exterior waterproofing system. This consists of surface drainage (gutters, downspouts, grading, etc.) and the waterproofing products applied to the foundation (waterproof membrane, drainage board, etc.). This system helps to ensure that water does not collect around the foundation, where it is more likely to seep into the basement.
The next step is the interior waterproofing system. This system is made up of drains, water channels, and catch basins that collect water in the basement and dump it into the sump pit. Here, the water is stored until the sump pump turns on to pump the water out of the basement.
Additional waterproofing services include dehumidification and crawlspace encapsulation. If you have a damp or humid crawlspace or basement, consider installing a Santa Fe Dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air. Vapor barriers installed in the crawlspace can also contribute to a drier basement and reduce the chances of mold or mildew formation.
Contact Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services today for more information on how we can help you with all of your foundation repair and basement waterproofing needs in the Monroeville, PA area.