Foundation Repair, Basement Waterproofing, Radon Mitigation, Crawl Space Repair & Egress Windows in Lincoln, NE
There are plenty of structural issues that can wreak havoc on a home or business. The foundation could begin to settle and crack. Water can seep into the basement. Moisture in the crawl space can spur mold and wood rot. Regardless of what structural issue your Lincoln, Nebraska, home is experiencing, however, Jerry's Waterproofing can address it in a reliable, professional manner. We believe the customer comes first and tailor our solutions to your home's specific problems.
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Basement Waterproofing in Lincoln
If you get water in your Lincoln basement, it is many things: an annoyance, an expense, and, if it spurs mold growth, a health hazard.
One thing it is not, however, is inevitable. There are ways to keep water out of your basement
First, make sure your home has proper gutters and downspouts to redirect the flow of water away from your foundation. Trees and shrubs should be planted at least five feet away from your foundation.
If this is not enough, however, you might need a waterproofing system
Look for the following signs of moisture in your home to determine whether or not you need basement waterproofing services:
- Standing water
- Insect infestation and nesting rodents
- Increase in utility bills
- Elevated radon levels
If you notice any of these signs, contact our experts. We are trained to find the source of your basement water issues. Our team of professionals will install an interior or exterior drainage system to keep your Lincoln home safe and dry for many years to come.
If exterior waterproofing is going to offer the best fix for your problem, we can install a combination of drains to ensure water flows away from your home along with waterproofing membranes, which are attached to the exterior of your basement walls in order to prevent water infiltration.
Our interior waterproofing solutions often include a sump pump along with a drainage system below your basement floor to direct any water that has seeped in through the walls first to the sump pump and then from there out of your house.
Foundation Repair for Lincoln Homes
One of the biggest problems that many Lincoln homeowners face is foundation failure. Whether that foundation failure comes in the form of major foundation cracks or other settlement issues, it is important to have it taken care of as soon as possible.
Some of the symptoms of foundation problems might seem minor at the start: cracks start appearing in the walls or slab floors; doors and windows begin sticking; the chimney starts leaning.
The longer the foundation issues are allowed to linger, however, the more severe the problems will become. And the more severe they become, the more expensive repairs will be when you finally do get your foundation fixed.
To fix your failing foundation, we use structural underpinning devices from the leading supplier in the business, Earth Contact Products. The devices that we use include:
- Steel Push Piers: These are driven in stable soils beneath the foundation to support and lift a settling structure.
- Helical Piers: These are used for the same purpose as steel piers, but have helical plates attached, giving a portion of them the appearance of a giant screw. They are screwed into the ground instead of driven in.
In either case, the piers are sunk into the soil until they reach a load bearing strata at which the soil, or bedrock if necessary, is strong enough to support your home. Once the piers have been installed, we connect them to your foundation through a bracket at the top of the pier. Once the bracket has been attached to the foundation, the load of the structure is transferred onto the piers. The foundation is then hydraulically raised where needed to ensure it is level.
Whether caused by shifting foundations or saturated soil pressing against basement walls, homes sometimes need horizontal foundation stabilization as well as vertical.
We use the following ECP products to fix and stabilize bowing basement walls.
- Helical Tiebacks: These work much like horizontally installed helical piers. The helical plates provide a counter to the forces causing the walls to bow.
- Plate Anchors: These use a rod and plate to anchor the walls and restore them to their original position after shifting has occurred.
Crawl Space Repair & Encapsulation
Since most crawl spaces are out of sight, many homeowners tend to ignore this area. Next time you're outside, look inside your crawl space for signs of water intrusion. If too much moisture is present in your crawl space, you are more likely to experience symptoms that range from nuisances to structural or health problems:
- Musty Odors
- Wood Rot
- Pest Infestation
- Mold and Mildew
The professionals at Jerry's Waterproofing offer effective crawl space recovery and repair solutions to save your crawl space.
There are two parts to crawl space repair. One is crawl space encapsulation. We install quality vapor barriers to damp proof your home and prevent evaporation of ground moisture into the crawl space air. Encapsulation effectively seals off your crawl space, making moisture issues a thing of the past.
The second part is repairing damage that has already been done. If the floor joists have begun to rot, they might need to be supported by piers or jacks to prevent your floors from sagging.
Radon is colorless, odorless, radioactive, and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
It contributes to 21,000 deaths annually.
Found in soil and groundwater, it can reach dangerous levels in basements if it can seep in through cracks in the foundation or walls.
The EPA suggests taking action when the radon levels in a basement reach 4.0 pico curies per liter. The average reading for Nebraska is 5.0 pCi/L.
Jerry's Waterproofing can get you information about getting either a short term (48 hours) or long term (up to a year) radon tests.
If your Lincoln, Nebraska, home has a dangerous level of radon, we are licensed in radon mitigation so we can safely install a system to vent the radon to keep it out of your basement air.
Egress Windows Installation in Lincoln
Technically an egress window is any window that offers a reasonable exit point in case of emergency.
Functionally, however, when you speak about installing egress windows, it is usually in the basement.
In many cases, to be considered a bedroom, a room must have an egress window. This can be a problem when the room is in the basement where the only windows are typically small and right along the ceiling.
Whether you have a bedroom or not, however, if you have a basement living space an egress window can be an important safety precaution, allowing an alternate exit point in case of emergency if the stairs are blocked.
Egress windows are typically dug into the ground and lined, allowing windows to be installed below ground level. Some also come with covers to keep them free from debris.
If you are interested in having an egress window installed in your basement, contact us at Jerry's Waterproofing for a free estimate.
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Contact Jerry's Waterproofing for all of your foundation repair and waterproofing needs in Lincoln, NE. We offer a free estimate and pride ourselves on putting our customers first.