Foundation Repair, Basement Waterproofing, Crawl Space Repair & More in Columbus, NE
Foundation Repair Solutions
Because of the weather and season changes, varying moisture content and shifting soil frequently lead to foundation problems in the Columbus, Nebraska area. Shifting foundations can lead to bowing or leaning walls and settlement can cause cracks that cause water entry and other structural problems. It is important to know the signs that you may be in need of foundation repair. Some of the signs to look for in Columbus include:
If you have noticed any of these signs of foundation failure, it is important to call the experts at Jerry's Waterproofing for a free inspection. After the inspection, we will offer the foundation repair solutions needed to get your foundation back to its original stability. If your foundation is settling, we can install helical piers or steel push piers to support the weight and level the foundation. Shifting foundations can be restored using helical tiebacks or wall plate anchors which are installed laterally through the basement walls.
Foundation repair products that we use a sturdy and reliable, and come from one of the top suppliers in the country, Earth Contact Products (ECP).
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Sometimes, signs of a wet basement are obvious - puddles or flooding in the basement. However, some of the signs of a wet basement in Columbus are much more subtle. These signs include:
- Musty odors
- Wood rot
- High humidity
- Mold and mildew
Jerry's Waterproofing will come and inspect your Columbus home for signs of a wet basement or crawl space and figure out the best basement waterproofing solution to suit both your home and your budget.
Some of the solutions that we offer involve waterproofing the exterior of your home, be it a waterproof membrane on your basement or foundation walls, or the installation of drains and possibly dry wells to direct water away from your basement walls. Others have to do with water removal once the water has entered the home, including sump pumps (and backup sump pumps) and interior drainage systems that utilize drainage tile around the perimeter of the basement below the floor to direct water that has infiltrated the basement walls to the sump pump so it can be removed from the house without you ever even noticing it was there.
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Crawl Space Encapsulation and Repair
Your basement isn't the only portion of your home that might be suffering from water damage.
Moisture, be it in the form of water or simply high levels of humidity, can wreak havoc on a crawl space and, through it, the rest of your house.
If you begin to notice musty odors emanating from your crawl space or the floor above it starts to sag, that is a good sign that you have moisture problems.
That is the time to call the professionals, especially seeing as damp crawl spaces can be breeding grounds for mold.
If your crawl space does have moisture issues, especially advanced ones, you might need both crawl space encapsulation and crawl space repair.
In crawl space encapsulation, a vapor barrier and other products are used to seal off the walls and floor of your crawl space to prevent any moisture from entering it from outside. This has the added benefit of deterring pests, which can be drawn to damp crawl spaces and work their way upward into your home.
Other waterproofing methods, including dehumidifiers, might be used depending on the severity of the problem.
If the moisture in the crawl space has already begun causing structural damage, crawl space repairs will also be needed. Moisture can cause wood to rot, and rotting floor joists can both make your floors seem spongy and cause serious structural problems. A crawl space pier or jack might be needed to provide added support. If the floor joists are too damaged, however, they might simply need to be replaced.
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Other Services in Columbus, Nebraska
- Radon Testing and Mitigation: We test buildings and homes for high levels of radon. If you have high levels, we use radon mitigation to reduce radon levels.
- Egress Window Installation: We install quality window well systems such as Bilco's Stakwel and Bilco's Scapewel. These products are maintenance-free and create a safe exit option for emergency situations.
Contact the experts at Jerry's Waterproofing today to learn more about all we have to offer the people and property of Columbus, NE.