Fixing leaks in basements
Are you looking to update your driveway?
Concrete driveway breakout is one of the main areas of our business. We use a skid steer with a jack hammer attachment for larger areas to make the breakout quick and efficient. We use a smaller jack hammer for smaller more complex areas. Most driveways can be removed in about 1 day. Then of course haul away the old concrete and dispose of it.
It is not a matter of debate when it comes to driveways we always space the rebar at 14"oc, we also keep the rebar suspended to mid height of the slab. If the rebar is lifted as the Concrete Finisher makes his way backwards it is probable the heavy weight of the rebar grid will cause it to sink to the bottom where it loses its ability to strengthen the slab, rebar needs to be sitting on a supporting object to keep it up firmly in the concrete.
Driveways need very solid groundwork so they don't suffer unsightly cracking due to ground movement in the freeze/thaw cycles. We use very heavy mechanical plate tempers to compact the subgrade and all granular material we put on top of it. Persistence and hard work pays off for this under rated element of concrete construction.
Concrete that is visible such as driveways, patios need a finish. Concrete Finishes come in three common ways: broom finish, exposed aggregate,and stamped concrete. Are you limited to one finish? No There are many who choose to do borders in different finishes. Also you have the choices of color, most popular are red, brown, and black. Concrete takes about 24 to 48 hours to set up. Curing time for concrete is 28 days for full strength. It is a good Idea not to drive on your driveway for 1 week after it has set, still a good idea to avoid the edges as they are not fully cured.
Concrete control joints are supplied for all driveways, they control cracking due to shrinking. We do sawcuts typically no more than 10 feet in any direction. Saw cuts are at least 1/4 inch of the slab, at least 4-12 hours after the concrete has set up.
It is very important to seal exposed, stamped and broom finished driveways. Oil, grime, weather, water, stains, salt, and abrasive damage can be eliminated by coating your driveway with a good sealer at least every three years. Your driveway's life will be extended and will continue looking great for years to come.
Is your basement causing you concern?
As the spring rain settles into the area, you may have noticed a little moisture in your basement. While most homeowners assume it is just a little dampness seeping in from the soaked ground, this could be signs of bigger problems to come. So before you shrug off a little dampness in your basement, let’s take a look at some of the things this moisture could be telling you and what it could do to your basement.
When you first notice water in your basement, you should find out where it is actually coming from. Water can enter your home through cracks in the wall, through the floor, through cracks in the foundation, through windows that are not sealed properly, in seams between the wall and floor, and from clogged drains or gutters. These are just some of the causes of water entering your basement.
As soon as you find moisture in your basement, it is important for you to investigate the cause of the seepage. Look around your home for possible points of entry and causes like clogged gutters, downspouts, other drainage systems that aren’t working correctly, cracks in your foundation, and leaking windows. It is important to maintain your drainage systems regularly so they keep directing water away from your home. You may also end up with water in your basement if you have a foundation leak or if your home is not graded properly. Most homes have foundation cracks that start from a weak spot in the foundation like windows or doors. Clogged drains and gutters can dump water against the walls of your foundation, filling the space and causing water to seep into your home.
Water damage of any proportion can c9ause thousands of dollars in damage and countless health problems for you and your family. A leak in your basement could cause a musty odor, structural damage that can affect the value of your home, and ruin items stored in your basement. Even a small amount of water in your basement is enough to encourage toxic mold to settle into your home.
Water does not generally appear in your basement overnight. There are some warning signs you should look out for. Watermarks and cracks in the walls are a major red flag. Water marks on the wall are made by water running down the walls, meaning water has already entered your home. Cracks in the walls could mean the foundation has shifted and could let water enter your home. Cracks in your floor could allow water into your home. Hairline cracks are a common source of water seepage by the ground below while larger cracks may be a sign of a larger foundation problem. Efflorescence could also be a sign of water damage. This powdery deposit on your basement wall is actually a mineral deposit left by evaporating water. If you notice a damp, musty odor from your basement, it could be a sign or basement water damage as well as possible mold. Mold growth is definitely a sign of a problem. In order for mold to grow, your basement needs constant moisture.
There are two different approaches to waterproofing your basement: interior and exterior. Interior waterproofing is more than just a paint-like solution. Our approach is to fill the crack with ports and a sika product that adheres to both sides of the wall, sealing the water out and moves with the home. Another way to waterproof your foundation is to redirect the water outside away from the home using systems like pipes and drains to catch the leaks, a sump pit to channel the water, a sump pump to pump the water back outside, a vapor barrier, and sealing the cracks and leaks. The next step is to work outside by adding gutters and downspouts to efficiently collect the water and lead it away from the home, install exterior drainage systems like a French drain, excavate around the home to install underground drainage systems like weeping tile, and to install a waterproof membrane around the home. These systems will work together to ensure your basement stays dry and your family stays safe.
After your water damage problem has been settled, you could have another basement concern with mold. Mold can start growing in as little as 24 hours after water damage has occurred. But how does mold start to grow in your home?
* New Sumps $2,000-$3,000
* Foundation Crack Repairs $1,500-2,500
* Wrap a Foundation $8,500-15,000
* Weeping Tile $10,000-20,000