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5 Things That Harm Your Home Foundation

A person’s house is one of the most valuable assets for him/her. It is valuable not only for its commercial value but also because a person has many memories related to one’s own house. Any major damage to the house may be a catastrophic event for the owner. One of the most vulnerable sections of a house to damage is foundation and basement.

Most people concentrate on the upper part of the house for decoration and maintenance neglecting the foundation. The foundation and lower parts get damaged if their problems are avoided for long. Your house’ foundation, therefore, requires maintenance at regular intervals due to many factors.
Here are the 5 primary things that call for foundation repair in your house.

1. Water

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Water is one of the most dangerous things when it comes to foundation damage. Seepage of water makes the foundation walls weak and crack. The concrete gets dampened and frail. These things happen mainly due to heavy rainfall and inadequate waterproofing.

Foundation repair becomes crucial to protect the lower parts of the house. Avoiding these may lead to massive damage.

2. Poor Drainage

Drainage is an important part of any household. Taking away the excess water is crucial to maintaining the house in a proper condition. If the gutters are clogged and downspouts in wrong arrangement the Continue reading →

This entry was posted in Foundation Repair on April, 14, 2017

5 Signs That Your Basement Needs Waterproofing

Waterproofing of the house is an important feature of keeping your house safe from seepage, molds and other problems caused by water.

A crucial part of your house is the basement but it is also the place which is one the most neglected spaces in the entire house. Basements are basically an extra area underneath your house. This is mostly kept for storage and other purposes. Major damage to your house from water can come from this neglected space.

It becomes very important that you identify the signs of probable water seepage into your basement or else damage done to your house can be irreconcilable. Here are the 5 signs that will help you to know the time of waterproofing your basement.

1. Damp Odor

The basement is not one of the most used parts of the house. It is natural to find a dry dusty smell in it. But if your basement is having a dampened sweaty, smell it may be the first sign of water seepage. The smell is the resultant of mold and mildews in your basement. If not visible also the smell signals the probable growing in some nook or corner. This is your warning bell to bring in basement waterproofing contractors.

2. Crack In The Walls and Floors

Crack In The Walls and Floors

Cracks are the most widespread signs Continue reading →

This entry was posted in Basement Waterproofing on April, 07, 2017

6 Telltale Signs that you Need Foundation Repair

Your worst fear… do you need foundation repair?
As a homeowner regular home maintenance is important to keep your home
safe and sound.  Part of the job includes inspecting your home regularly
to see if it’s showing any signs of wear and tear.  One serious issue that
homeowners worry about is getting a crack in their foundation. But how would you know if
you see signs you need foundation repair?
Here are some signs you need foundation repair to look for.
1) Having trouble opening/closing windows. – Many times if the foundation settles it can
cause a crack that shifts the foundation of the house.  This can cause windows that once
closed and opened easily to get stuck.
2) Seeing cracks on the outside off your home.  Did you spot a new crack in exterior of your home?
If so a foundation crack may be to blame.
3) Seeing a shift in your floors.  Was your once even floor seem like it has a bump or slope to it?
You may need a foundation repair to fix it.
4) Gaps around door, window and garage frames.  If you see a new space, it could be due to a shift
in the foundation or a crack.  Time to have a professional check out your foundation so you can be sure. Continue reading →
This entry was posted in Foundation Repair on April, 01, 2017

Northern Virginia Flooding Repair

What You Need to Know About Northern Virginia Flooding Repair

Flooding is, unfortunately, a common occurrence in the world. Flood waters have damaged property and land globally at an incredible rate, destroying property and valuable items at a relentless pace. Anyone can be affected by flooding and its aftereffects.  That’s why the need for Northern Virginia flooding repair is so important.

There is actually a range of different types of flooding events. Since it can happen anywhere, there are some different causes for floods. Many floods occur when rivers overflow or when drains and other areas get flooded. You can see flooding occur when man made items break as well, such as busted pipes in a home or when levees break or dams burst. You can witness many of these events on TV, or if you live near them, you might be the unfortunate recipient of these flooding events.

Many times, floods happen due to man’s ignorance or arrogance. We seem to think that we can subdue and tame something as strong as Mother Nature. Many people move into areas that are flood-prone but foolishly think that the flooding will never happen to them. Even a simple rain can cause a flood, and it’s important for homeowners to remember that if you live in a flood-prone area, you will be Continue reading →

This entry was posted in Water Damage on March, 10, 2017

Northern Virginia Water Clean Up

Best Tips on  Northern Virginia Water Clean Up

Flooding is, unfortunately, a common occurrence in the world. Flood waters have damaged property and land globally at an incredible rate, destroying property and valuable items at a relentless pace. Anyone can be affected by flooding and its aftereffects. Thus the need for Northern Virginia Water Clean Up.

There is actually a range of different types of flooding events. Since it can happen anywhere, there are some different causes for floods. Many floods occur when rivers overflow or when drains and other areas get flooded. You can see flooding occur when man made items break as well, such as busted pipes in a home or when levees break or dams burst. You can witness many of these events on TV, or if you live near them, you might be the unfortunate recipient of these flooding events.

Many times, floods happen due to man’s ignorance or arrogance. We seem to think that we can subdue and tame something as strong as Mother Nature. Many people move into areas that are flood-prone but foolishly think that the flooding will never happen to them. Even a simple rain can cause a flood, and it’s important for homeowners to remember that if you live in a flood-prone area, you will be experiencing the effects and Continue reading →

This entry was posted in Water Damage on March, 04, 2017

Easy Mold Removal Tips for your Bathroom

mold removal tips for bathroom

Bathroom Mold Removal Tips That Work!

Rub a dub dub.  The morning shower is a wonderful bit of “me” time.  A moment away from work, your messy house, and the kids.  That is until you open your eyes and see a bit of mildew growing in the corners of your shower.  “No biggee” you say.   But in the next few weeks that little spot of mold grows.  Unfortunately mold and mildew in your bathroom is a common problem.  The heat and moisture cause the perfect environment for mold to grow.  How do you get rid of this unsightly mess?

Here are mold removal tips to clean your bathroom.

1) Cleaning the moldy areas with bleach, vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide will kill nearly any type of mold that it comes in contact with.  Let it stay on the moldy surface for an hour. Then rinse with hot water and dry with a towel. Wear gloves to protect your hands.
2) Tea tree oil s a natural fungicide that kills black mold and mildew. Wear gloves when cleaning with this.
3) Borox. Simply mix borax with water in a one cup to one gallon ratio. Use the mixture to scrub the mold until it is removed from the surface.
3) Strip away any badly mold infested grout and caulk.  Once mold gets Continue reading →
This entry was posted in Mold & Mildew, Mold Remediation, Uncategorized on March, 01, 2017

4 Spring Home Maintenance Tips to Protect your Home Foundation

protect home foundationSpring is coming!  Soon we will find out whether the Groundhog sees his shadow and if it’s six more weeks of winter or if spring is on it’s way.  It’s Spring Cleaning time! As the weather warms up outside, it’s the perfect time to head outside for some basic home maintenance.

Here’s what to do to protect your home foundation.

1) Walk around your home.  Look outside at the foundation to see if you can spot any cracks. Also do a visual inspection from the basement to look for any cracks that may appear in walls, especially over doorways, windows, or where walls meet ceilings.
2) Gutter time.  Now that the ice and snow is gone, grab a ladder and check your gutters.  Make sure they are clear of leaves and debris.  Also clear any blockage by downspouts.
3. Look for soil grading issues around your home.  Water should be able to drain away from your home.  If the sloping has worn away, water will pool and may seep into your home and cause cracks in the foundation.
4. Pest proof.  If the thought of spiders running up your wall makes your shiver, you may want to pest proof your home from the outside. To prevent outside pests from entering your home, look for cracks and holes on the Continue reading →
This entry was posted in Foundation Repair on February, 22, 2017

How to Prevent 5 Biggest Causes of Water Damage in Home

Water Damage IN HOME: The Most Common Causes

water damageThey say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Yet how often to we as homeowners get so busy we overlook small things we could do to prevent costly repairs in our home.  The same is true of water damage in our homes.  There are small things we could do periodically that could save thousands in costly repairs down the road.
Here are the biggest causes of water damage in your home and what to do about them:
1) Oops.  Have you ever started a hot bubble bath only to have a call from your mother and come back to see the tub has overflowed?  Or perhaps you have been surfing the internet only to see that your toddler has turned on the faucet and forgot to turn it off.  It happens to everyone.  When you turn on water, keep a sharp eye that the faucet gets turned off.
2) Keep an eye on washing machine hoses. Over time, most washing machine hoses, even those that are installed properly, will eventually fail, leading to leaks or catastrophic floods caused when the hoses burst. Periodically inspect your washing machine hose to make sure there are no weak spots or kinks in the hose.
3) Leaking Ice Maker Hose. It’s awesome Continue reading →
This entry was posted in Water Damage on February, 15, 2017

5 Red Flags for Home Buyers to Spot Structural Foundation Damage

Home buyers, do you suspect structural foundation damage?

structural foundation damageShopping for a new home can be exciting. Before you buy a home, one of the things you should do is have it checked for structural foundation damage. You don’t want to be surprised after you move in to find a crack in the foundation that will require expensive repairs. Living in a home that doesn’t have a solid foundation is dangerous.
As a prospective home buyer, here’s what to look for to spot cracks in the foundation.
1- Uneven floors.  If the floor appears cracked, sagging, or warped it could be a sign of a cracked foundation. Sloping floors are caused by the home’s foundation settlement or sinking.
2- Bowing or Bulging Exterior Walls.  The most common cause of bowing or bulging foundation walls is from excess pressure from the soil around the foundation.
3- Moisture in the Basement.  Walk in the crawl space and in the basement to see if there is condensation or water leaking in from the foundation.
4- Sloping floors.  If a floor is uneven, it could be a sign of foundation damage.
5- Walls that are Out of Plumb. When a wall is out of plumb, it could be a sign of structural damage. To check if walls are plumb lay a level against it. Continue reading →
This entry was posted in Structural Damage on February, 08, 2017

4 Uncommon Reasons To Waterproof Your Basement

Even though those of us in the DC/Maryland area may not like it, we cannot do anything to stop winter from coming. And, when it arrives, it’s not coming alone, it’s friends snow, icicles, and sleet are sure to follow.

Everyone loves being dry and warm, especially during this time of the year. So, it’s vital that you put basement waterproofing on your list to keep leaks and wet basements away during the cold season. Not only will this protect your home’s structure, it will do the same for the health of your family as well.

Still not convinced about the benefits of basement waterproofing? Take a gander at some of the lesser known reasons you may want to take this step:

Window wells that aren’t secured
The average galvanized window well is 36 inches wide, with a 12-inch projection. In other words, the space that water can use to enter your home is approximately 3 square feet. Usually, these windows don’t have any issues with drainage. But, in times of heavy continuous rain (or melting snow), it dramatically increases your chance of window leaks.

Expensive Insurance
The vast majority (almost 100%) of homes with basements will suffer some form of water damage at one time or another. And whether it’s from a foundation crack or a burst pipe, the Continue reading →

This entry was posted in Basement Waterproofing on January, 28, 2017