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Hurricane Protection

Hurricane Protection

Flooding and Storm Surge
Know if you are in an area that can potentially flood and be prepared. Don’t go into flood or storm surge waters. These are a drowning risk and can sweep you away. There are also invisible dangers such as hidden obstacles and health hazards from contamination in the water.

Stay Inside
Stay put indoors unless it is absolutely necessary. If you must travel, have your evacuation route planned out and don’t drive through flood waters.

Keep Updated
Use media such as your local weather station or social media to track storm and hurricane updates. This will keep you informed of the storm’s path and intensity, as well as when it may be safe to emerge and alert you on important evacuation information.

Know How to Turn Off Your Utilities
Gas and electrical fires are a major cause of property damage during storms. Make sure to turn off your utilities if you evacuate your home.

Be Ready
In the event of an evacuation, have a plan in place such that your family and pets are ready to leave at a moment’s notice. Make sure you have any food, baby formula, diapers, and pet carriers set up or packed in advance.

Additional Resources

The last thing you want is for a storm to leave permanent damage on your home. Flooding, storm surge, and intensive hurricane rain and wind can weaken the structural integrity of your home, and standing water left behind by a flood creates the ideal environment for mold, mildew, and wood rotting fungus to grow. Our home solutions can help after a storm and can prevent damage in the first place. Get a free inspection and estimate from Tar Heel Basement Systems so that you know your home is safe. Our mission is to protect, repair, and improve our customer’s greatest asset – their home.

Cracked Concrete

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4 Reasons Why Fixing Your Cracked Concrete is Important

Have you ever tripped in your own driveway? Luckily it isn’t a far distance for a first aid kit, in you’re in your own driveway! However, what about if you have kids or guests? You don’t want them falling or tripping, getting hurt due to your uneven concrete.

Not only will the concrete outside of your home shift and crack, but if your home is built on a concrete slab, foundational problems will cause cracks and shifting to happen. If this happens within your home, the result will be much more severe for your home.

It is important to have any concrete in or outside of your home fixed, and here are some reasons why.PolyRenewal Garage (1)

Curb appeal

Let’s be honest, cracked, raised, and uneven driveways or sidewalks are not only unsafe, they are not attractive either. Many times, you can have weeds growing out from the cracks, plus once one part begins to crack it will start to spread. This major eye sore can have an affect on the cost of your home if you decide to sell.

Hazardous

The common problem is that these cracks and uneven surfaces create tripping hazardous for you, your family, and any guests that may come to your home. Scraped knees or twisted ankles aren’t fun and can be avoided if you take the time to fix the problem.

Gradually worsens

Similar to many problems, if your home’s concrete slab is cracking or sinking, just because you ignore it does not mean the problem is going to go away. Unfortunately, in this case it’s the complete opposite. The more you wait to fix these problems, the worse the cracks and unevenness will become, which will only cause worse problems for your home.

Problems in your home

When your home’s concrete slab is undergoing problems due to a foundation issue, then you will notice signs throughout your home. Windows or doors will have difficult time opening or closing, cracks can occur in other parts of your home, and the cracks in the floor allow water to enter your home and cause water damage.PolyRenewal Crack Sealant

Tar Heel Basement Systems offer multiple solutions for cracked concrete both on the inside and outside of your home. If you are noticing uneven or cracked concrete within your home or on your sidewalks and driveways call Tar Heel at (888) 333-1322 or click HERE to fill out a free home inspection today.

We will work to keep you and your home safe!

Hurricane Safety Tips

5 Must Do Safety Tips Before the First Hurricane Arrives

Hurricane season is here and is one of the most dangerous times for your home. After last year’s devastating hurricane season, don’t take the chance this year that your home will be safe from harm. Hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30. With hurricane season being such a long-time frame, it only makes sense to take the extra time in caring about the safety of your home for the season. Check these 5 home safety tips off of your list before the first hurricane arrives.
Hurricane Damage

Leaks
Check your home’s floors, walls, and plumbing for any possible leaking. Cracks in your home’s floors and walls allow water to enter your home, and any extra water pushing against those cracks will make them worse. Any plumbing that is showing signs of leaks should be checked by a professional, because in the case of a hurricane, those pipes may end up bursting.

Drainage
Make sure your home has a properly working drainage system to help keep water from gathering around your home’s foundation. Tar Heel Basement System’s BasementGutter system helps keep your home’s foundation safe from water. If your home already has a drainage system installed, be sure to check to make sure all debris is out so that water from a rainfall has a clear pathway away from your home.

Sump Pumps
Your home should be equipped with a sump pump system in either the basement or crawl space. Sump pumps help keep water levels at a low in both your crawl space and basement. They also will alert homeowners when the water levels become too high and work hand in hand with the BasementGutter system to efficiently keep your home dry.

Downspouts and Gutters

Your home’s gutters and downspouts help direct water away from your home and its foundation. It can easily get clogged with debris and other junk, which is why it is important to take the time to clean them before the hurricane season. Once these are clogged, the water will have no place to run and it will gather near the foundation of your home.

Doors and Windows

One common sign of foundation problems is sticking doors and windows. This just means if your doors and windows are difficult to open and close and they seem to stick while doing so then your home has a foundation issue. It is important that if you are noticing these signs to have a professional come out immediately so in the event of a hurricane, your foundation problem does not get worse.

The 2018 Hurricane season was a dangerous one. It resulted in 154 fatalities and 33 billion dollars in damages according to Weatherbug. After a season such as last year, why would you take the chance of having your home included in the damages? Take action today, call Tar Heel Basement Systems at (888) 333-1322 or Click HERE to fill out a form today to have a free inspection.

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Andrea
Barry
Chantal
Dorian
Erin
Fernand
Gabrielle
Humberto
Imelda
Jerry
Karen
Lorenzo
Melissa
Nestor
Olga
Sebastien
Tanya
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Wendy

5 Commonalities Between Game of Thrones and Foundation Repair

*Season eight is not mentioned in this article. It has been called the world’s most popular show and with over 17 million viewers tuning in to watch season eight’s premiere, we thought sharing the similarities between our services and #got could be educating and fun.

1. Greyscale and Foundation Settlement – a once thought to be incurable disease which attacks the skin leaving it with scales and cracks (and much more), the highly contagious sickness spreads throughout the body. In season five episode two, Ser Jorah Mormont contracts greyscale and viewers watch the illness slowly debilitate Ser Jorah. Like foundations, small cracks often appear during the first signs of settlement. These cracks will often increase in size, spreading through doorframes, in the corners of windows, and may cause gaps or bowing floors. Luckily, there’s a cure!5 Commonalities Between Game of Thrones and Foundation Repair - Greyscale and Foundation Settlement

 5 Commonalities Between Game of Thrones and Foundation Repair - Greyscale and Foundation Settlement

2. Samwell Tarly, Latrine Duty, and Nasty Crawl Spaces – at the end of season six, trusted steward of the Night’s Watch, Samwell Tarly’s (whose hopes and dreams prior to the Night’s Watch included going to the Citadel to become a Maester) dreams come true, sort of. Queue season seven – as Samwell is sent to the Citadel to study to replace Maester Aemon, part of his duties to become a Maester include toilet duty. Season seven episode one shows a montage of Samwell breathing in the unpleasant odors of latrine duty. While crawl spaces don’t include toilets, the smells from a rotten, mold-infested, rodent-ridden crawl space aren’t too far off – and that air circulates throughout the first floor of your home. A nasty crawl space is 100% preventable and help is a free crawl space inspection away – you can sign up for one here.5 Commonalities Between Game of Thrones and Foundation Repair - Samwell Tarly, Latrine Duty, and Nasty Crawl Spaces

5 Commonalities Between Game of Thrones and Foundation Repair - Samwell Tarly, Latrine Duty, and Nasty Crawl Spaces

3. Fire-Breathing Dragons, Heat, Humidity, and Destruction (#summeriscoming) – their first appearance on screen was possibly one of the most memorable scenes of the series. Season one, episode ten shows the newly hatched dragons perched on Daenerys’ shoulders after she walked out of what was left of the fire, completely unharmed. From here, we see the three dragons grow and light up the remaining seasons with their flames. Perhaps just as damaging as forceful dragon fire: – are summer heat and humidity. All foundations experience the shrink-swell impact of the heat on soil which proves to be problematic for homeowners. As soil dries, it shrinks making soils compact which causes the overall makeup of the soil to shift. Telltale signs include drywall cracks, cracks in doorframes, sticking windows and doors, and cracks on a home’s exterior. Signs that your crawl space is suffering from heat, moisture, and humidity include sagging or bouncy floors, musty or mold odors, and high electric bills. Additionally, open crawl space vents and doors are also a recipe for destruction due to the stack effect5 Commonalities Between Game of Thrones and Foundation Repair - Fire-Breathing Dragons, Heat, Humidity, and Destruction #summeriscoming

5 Commonalities Between Game of Thrones and Foundation Repair - Fire-Breathing Dragons, Heat, Humidity, and Destruction #summeriscoming

4. The Night King and Transformation – the first White Walker was once a man, who, as explained in season six episode five, was turned by the Children of the Forest. The Night King, leader of the White Walkers, also leads the army of the dead, whose mission is to destroy all mankind. While in the long run, this transformation proved to be lethal, the transformation of an unkempt crawl space proves the opposite. A healthy crawl space is more important than we realize! Over 50% of the air we breathe comes from our crawl space, so if there’s mold or rat droppings, it will circulate throughout the air in our homes. Transform your crawl space into a dry, healthy space today.5 Commonalities Between Game of Thrones and Foundation Repair - The Night King and Crawl Space Transformation

5 Commonalities Between Game of Thrones and Foundation Repair - The Night King and Crawl Space Transformation

5. Battle of the Blackwater and Outside Forces – defending the Red Keep inside King’s Landing from Stannis Baratheon’s army, season two episode nine allows viewers to see the depth of Tyrion Lannister’s genius. Acting Hand of the King, Tyrion, outnumbered in ships 10:1, sacrifices only one of his 20 total ships to hold off the Stannis’ army – a ship with nothing but leaking, flammable, deadly wildfire. When the single ship sails into the bay meeting the leading elements of Stannis’ army, one flaming arrow from the Lannister’s command ignites the ship and obliterates most of Stannis Baratheon’s army. Much like the Lannister’s fight against outside forces, homeowners need to defend their homes against outside elements like moisture-intrusion, pests, and rain. The best protection against these forces includes a fully sealed, encapsulated crawls space for homes built with this type of foundation. Basements benefit from an interior drainage channel, dehumidifier, and sump pump. All foundations benefit from having clean gutters and downspouts, making sure that the downspout collects water away from your home’s foundation. 5 Commonalities Between Game of Thrones and Foundation Repair - Battle of the Blackwater Outside Forces5 Commonalities Between Game of Thrones and Foundation Repair - Battle of the Blackwater Outside Forces

Pier Solutions for Home Foundation Problems

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Summer time is approaching, and that means warm weather, sunny days, and lots of heat. Even though summer is a favorite time for a lot of people, it can have some harmful affects for your foundation.

If your home suffers from foundation settlement, then the hotter weather will only do more damage. Hot weather dries the soil out around your foundation, which will lead to cracks and settlement of the foundation.

Your home will show some of these foundation settlement symptoms:piering

  • Wall cracks are a normal sign of foundation settlement you will see in your home. These cracks will resemble a stair shape design and they will run up inner and outer walls, and even the corners of your doors and windows.
  • Sinking floors is another sign of foundation settlement that you will notice in your home. Your walls and floors will begin to separate from one another as the settlement worsens.
  • Sticking doors and windows will happen as well when settlement occurs. It will be hard to open your doors or windows, giving it a “stuck” feeling, which will get worse as settlement continues.

Tar Heel Basement Systems offers multiple home solutions to help stabilize and support your home from settlement.

    • Push piers are a Tar Heel support system that are designed to strengthen the integrity of your home. They are installed in the bedrock beneath your home. They are then attached to the footing of your home’s foundation to help target what part of the structure needs to be lifted.
    • Slab piers, designed for homes built on slabs of concrete, are a system installed past the bedrock and down deep into the earth. They are designed to support concrete your home is built on, and they help lift your home back to its original position and close any cracks.
  • Helical piers are another system installed in the bedrock under your foundation, designed to support your home’s integrity through a process called, “underpinning.” These piers are screwed down into the bedrock and attached to your home’s foundation walls for support.

If you are noticing signs of settlement foundation throughout your home, don’t waste time. Call Tar Heel Basement Systems at (888) 333-1322 or CLICK HERE to fill out a form to have a free foundation inspection completed on your home by one of our Certified Field Inspectors. Save your home for the summer!

Crawl Spaces and Basements Become Victim to Water Damage

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Learn About Causes, Signs, and Solutions

Rainy season here, and if your home has any foundation settlement problems, the rainy weather will be more harm to your home. Any water damage to your basement or home’s crawl space is not only bad for those parts of your home but is dangerous to the remainder of your home as well.

When heavy rains occur, it causes pressure to push against your foundation which will add to the existing problems, making them worse.

  1. Soil settlement plays a role as well by allowing water to run to your home’s foundation when soil begins to downgrade(?). This water will also cause pressure to push against your home’s foundation, resulting in cracked or bowing walls.
  2. Footing drains that become clogged with dirt and debris will also increase problems of water damage to your basement or crawl space. Footing drains are designed to steer water away from your home, and when these drains clog, it steers the water towards your foundation.
  3. Hydrostatic pressure is another reason why your home may have settlement leading to water damage. This is caused by large amounts of water that gather near your foundation, pushing against it, causing bowing or cracking walls. Once walls begin to crack or bow, it becomes easy for water to enter through the cracks.
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Wet basement signs

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Efflorescence

There are signs you will notice in your basement or crawl space if your home is victim to water damage. You will see efflorescence on your walls, which is a chalky white substance caused when concrete meets water. You will see signs of condensation, such as water droplets or corroded rusty metals due to the high levels of humidity caused by water. You will also notice damp walls and leaky cove joints in your basement if your home has become victim to water damage.

Tar Heel Basement Systems does have a solution for your home’s basement and crawl spaces!

For homes with water damaged crawl spaces, the SafeDri Pro Sump Pump is designed to control and stop high water levels that are in your crawl space. The SafeDri Pro is designed with a cast iron and epoxy material to avoid corrosion.

For homes with water damaged basements, the SafeDri Pro X and Triple Sump Pumps will help keep your basement safe from water intrusion. Both of these sump pumps are designed with the same strong outer body as the SafeDri Pro, but one helpful feature is the battery alert system. This system will alert you when water levels become too high in your basement.

Your home is important. Don’t allow water to ruin your home. Call Tar Heel Basement Systems today at (888) 333-1322 or Click Here to fill out a form to have a free crawl space or basement inspection completed today! Be ready for spring rain!

Providing Your Home With Wall Repair Solutions

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Cracked Walls? Learn How We Repair Them

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Foundation Problem Signs: Stair Shaped Wall Cracks

You expect the walls of your home to keep it standing, but what you don’t know is that it is what is underneath your home that is important. Unfortunately, if your home begins to experience foundation problems, the structural integrity of your home will be in danger.

A couple of the tell-tale signs of foundation problems are wall cracks and bowing walls. These can be seen in your walls both interior and exterior, in stair shape form. There are two common reasons why these cracks form: 1) hydrostatic pressure and 2) soil expansion.

Hydrostatic pressure is caused by water build-up putting pressure against your foundation, which causes cracking. Soil expansion happens from the change in seasons, and the different levels of moisture. Together, these will increase pressure against foundation walls.

The good news is that Tar Heel Basement Systems has multiple solutions for wall repair.

  • The IntelliBrace Wall System will help stabilize your home’s foundation walls, plus continue to build the strength of the walls over time. A great feature of this solution is the structural steel the system is built with, and its durability which helps stabilize walls when there is little ability to stabilize them outside of the home.Wall Anchors
  • Wall Anchors help provide permanent stability for cracking and bowing walls. The idea behind the wall anchor system is that they provide solidity to the packed soil outside of the foundation of your home creating a point to brace the wall of your foundation. This will stop all movement against your foundation, and with time this system may help move your walls back to their original position.
  • The last wall repair solution Tar Heel will provide is the Carbon Fiber Wall Systems. Our system is made up of carbon fiber mixed with industrial epoxy and provides constant stability for bowing foundation walls.

It is important to trust the walls of your home, but the first step is to make sure the foundation of your home is protected. Call Tar Heel Basement Systems (888) 333-1322 or CLICK HERE to fill out the form to schedule a free foundation inspection today.

Your Foundation and the Effects of Snowfall

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How Snow Puts Your Foundation at Risk

The holidays are over! However, winter has not left us yet. As the cold weather continues to stay, the chances of snowfall are more likely to happen. Unfortunately, the beautiful white blankets of snow we all love can be harmful to your home’s foundation.

Summertime weather causes soil to dry out, crack, and cause settlement problems for your home. As the weather changes into winter seasons, your soil is still in danger of drying out. Due to the colder air in the winter time, the moisture in your soil begins to disappear causing it to dry and crack.

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Melted snow, ice, and frost will enter the cracks surrounding your foundation, applying pressure against your home, and cause foundation settlement problems.

When these cracks exist, and snow, frost, or ice begin to melt, they will seep into those cracks heading towards your foundation. This water will create pressure against the foundation causing settlement problems. Signs of settlement will be visible in your home. Doors and windows may be sticking or hard to open, your floors will sink, and there will be cracks in your outdoor and indoor walls.

Another problem which can occur is the melted snow refreezing in the cracks caused by the dry soil. If this happens, the frozen water will cause the cracks to grow and create worse settlement problems.

The melted snow, frost, and ice are also likely to cause water damage to your home’s crawl space or basement once they seep into those cracks. Water damage to crawl spaces and basements can cause major damage to your home, which can be expensive to fix.

THBS foundationDon’t let a beautiful blanket of snow be the reason your foundation problems happen. Call Tar Heel Basement Systems at (888) 333-1322 or click HERE to fill out a form. We’ll provide you with a free foundation inspection!

How Cold Weather Effects Your Foundation

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Winter is here! Warm fireplaces, holiday gatherings, and beautiful decorations are what the winter season brings; however, it can also bring foundational damage to your home. The last thing you want on your mind is if your home is safe during the holiday season.

When the weather becomes colder, the air becomes drier. This dry air causes the water and moisture in the soil around your home to disappear. When that soil doesn’t have moisture or water in it anymore, it begins to shrink, ultimately causing settlement for your foundation.cracks

The type of your home you have depends on what kind of foundational problem signs you will see within your home.

-Slab foundation home types show signs in your home’s floors and interior walls. Cracks will form in the floors of your home, and as the settlement grows, those cracks will begin to grow and become dangerous for your family. Your interior walls will also show signs of cracking, along with pulling apart from one another, and separating from your ceiling. Just as your floors, when the settlement gets worse, so will your cracks.

-Homes that have basements will see signs of foundation settlement in their doors and windows, and their interior and exterior walls. Doors and windows will begin to stick to their frames, making it hard for household members to open and close them. Outside and inside your home, cracks will appear in a stair step pattern up through your walls. Once again, as the settlement worsens, so will those cracks.

Dry air is not the only problem that the winter season brings for your home, but snow and frost bring problems as well. Once the dry air has shrunk your soil causing cracks and open spaces, the melting snow and frost will be able to enter these cracks straight to your foundation and home. Water and moisture damage in your home’s basement or crawl space can cause more problems for your home.

Winter brings much joy and happiness, but much stress as the holidays approach. One thing you do not want to stress about is the structural integrity of your home as your family is celebrating the holidays inside it. Call Tar Heel Basement Systems today at 00000000 or click here to fill out a form to schedule a free foundation inspection today. We want your home safe and your holidays to be stress free!

Cold and Your Crawl Space

The Cold and Your Crawl Space

Colder weather has arrived and while everyone may love the holidays , and hot chocolate how many love a cold home? When the weather outside is cold, no one wants the inside of their home to be cold. Unfortunately, whether the weather is hot or cold, air is bound to enter your home’s crawl space.

As cold air enters your crawl space, the stack effect carries that cold air throughout your home. What does this mean for your home?Crawl space

The stack effect also allows dust mites, mold growth, and nasty odors to travel through your home into the air you and your family breathe. It also will create cold floors and a cold environment within your home, which causes you to use your home’s heating system more heavily, causing high utility costs. In order to keep your home warm, and the air you and your family breathe clean, it is important to keep your crawl space healthy and dry.

Many factors cause a damp and cold crawl space, like open vents, condensation, and water vapors. Rumors have it that insulation to your floors or roof of your home’s crawl space will help keep your home warm during the colder months, and is partially true; however, insulation ignores the real problem of moisture in your crawl space and will only be ruined by the moisture.

Although you are not able to be in your home’s crawl space or really see the importance it has for your home, you must understand your crawl space is very important. Your crawl space can be the home of your water pipes, furnace, water heater, and many other important things that only work properly when safe and dry. Call Tar Heel Basement Systems at 888-333-1322 or click here to schedule a free crawl space inspection today, and keep you, your family, and your home protect by doing the right thing- protecting your crawl space.Crawl space

Benefits of a Crawl Space Dehumidifier

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Did you know that 50% of the air you breathe on the first floor of your home could be coming from your crawl space? Having a crawl space dehumidifier is a great way to help improve the air quality within your home. Here are some of the benefits of having a dehumidifier in the crawl space of your home.Nasty Crawl Space humidity

Benefits:

Structural Integrity

A crawl space without a dehumidifier will experience higher humidity, which creates moisture and wet wood. Wet wood begins to rot, weakens, and jeopardizes the stability of your home’s foundation. Additionally, a wet crawl space is a breeding ground for mold and mildew.

Pest Control

Moisture in your crawl space will attract unwanted pests, such as dust mites, rodents, and bugs. Having a dehumidifier in your crawl space will control the humidity which will help keep unwanted pests out of your home’s crawl space.Crawl Space Encapsulation humidity

Energy Savings

A crawl space dehumidifier can help lessen the cost of energy bills for your home. A dehumidifier will create a controlled environment within your home’s crawl space, allowing you to keep your home at the desired temperature. This will ultimately help save money on energy bills.

Healthier Living Space

High humidity in your home can create an uncomfortable environment for your family. It will become hot and sticky, causing you to want to adjust your thermostat. When a dehumidifier is installed in your home’s crawl space, it will help control and potentially lessen the amount of humidity in your home.CS Dehumidifier humidity

If you want to make sure that your home is protected from moisture and humidity in its crawl space, call 888-333-1322 or click here to schedule a free inspection!

Basement Foundation Repair

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Basement Foundation Repair

When a basement settles, the soil around and under the foundation becomes loose. Ultimately, the weak foundation cannot support the weight of the home and creates problems which are present throughout the home but begin in the basement. Basement foundation repair solutions often begin with signs such as cracking drywall, flooding, mold growth, and musty basement odors.

If your home is showing any of the signs below, call a professional to learn more about the basement foundation repair steps you can take.

Sinking Basement Floors

hydrostatic pressure basement foundation repairSoil settles because it is not tightly compacted like untouched soil. Furthermore, resulting in the failure to support the weight of the home. When a foundation cannot support the weight, basement floors will start to sink, and cracks in drywall, bricks, and garage columns will appear.

Bowing Basement Walls

When soil settles, water will gather around the foundation of a home without a way out. This gathered water will begin to exert large amounts of pressure against the walls of a basement, resulting in bowing or tilting basement walls. Cracks will soon begin to appear in the basement walls, allowing water to enter the basement.

Wall and Floor Cracks

Bowing basement walls and sinking basement floors will create cracks throughout a home, giving an easy route for water to enter a basement. Wall and floor cracks are serious signs of foundation damage in a home, and leaving these cracks unattended will only cause greater problems in the long run.Drywall Crack basement foundation repair

Mold and Mildew

Water and humidity in a basement create mold growth and nasty mildew smelling odors in a basement. About half of the air a homeowner breathes in their home is from the basement, and the air coming from the basement infected with mold and mildew will affect a homeowner’s health. This process of air traveling from the basement and into a home’s living space is known as the stack effect. There are basement foundation repair solutions that will keep a basement dry and a homeowner’s health protected.

Basement foundation problems are a common issue for homeowners because all soil settles. Tar Heel Basement Systems has the ability to provide homeowners with various basement foundation repair solutions to basements healthy and safe!

If you believe your home has any of these basement foundation problems, then call 888-333-1322 to schedule your free inspection! The first step to providing your home with a basement foundation repair solution!

Basement Wall Cracks Causes and Solutions

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Walls of a basement are built in a large hole dug by original home builders. Once the basement walls were completed, builders filled the empty space around the walls with dirt, called backfill soil. Backfill soil will eventually settle and may create basement wall cracks which allows water to leak through these cracks. These problems can cause a lot of damage to a homeowner’s basement.  

Causes 

Loose Soil- basement wall cracks1. Clogged Footing Drains 

A clogged footing drain causes hydrostatic pressure impacting basement walls, creating cracks to form. A footing drain is a pipe designed with holes installed on the outside of your home. The holes designed in the drain are meant for water to enter to make sure no water gathers near the foundation; unfortunately, backfill soil enters the holes and clogs the drain.  

 2. Hydrostatic Pressure 

As a result of having clogged footing drain, water begins to gather and pool near the foundation. This standing water will start to put pressure against the foundation, causing your basement walls to bow or tilt, and ultimately crack.

3. Basement Wall Cracks 

When basement walls crack, it allows water to leak through. A wet basement can cause many problems to a home, and if a homeowner notices cracks or leaking walls they need to call for an inspection immediately. 

4. Settled Soil  

When backfill soil begins to settle, it will cause a slope towards the foundation of a home where water wilpool..As this water gathers near the foundation, it will cause hydrostatic pressure. Additionally, gutters should face away from a home to make sure water is not gathering near the foundation.   

5. Nor’easters 

These storms bring rain followed by flooding, which can be the cause of a wet basement. As a contributor to hydrostatic pressure and wet basements, Nor’easter storms tend to happen during the months of October – March, but can happen during any time of the year.  

6. Hurricanes 

Another type of storm that is contributor to hydrostatic pressure and basement wall cracks are hurricanes. These storms are associated with high winds, heavy rainfall, and a great amount of flooding, which factor in creating hydrostatic pressure. Before a hurricane season hits, take time to read these helpful hurricane tips.  

Flooded Basement- Basement Wall Cracks

Solutions 

Cracks that appear in basement walls will cause a lot of water damage to a basement. Tar Heel Basement Systems can provide homes with solutions for these basement water problems.  

1.    Dehumidifier 

Installing a dehumidifier in a basement will prevent the basement from becoming wet and damp. Wet or damp basements create mold growth, rotten wood, fungus, and dust miteswhich are all dangerous to a homeowners’ health and home. 

2. French Drain Perimeter System 

Another waterproofing solution is Tar Heel’s French drain system, the BasementGutter Drainage System. The design of the BasementGutter Drainage System is designed to separate the soil underneath a basement floor to prevent clogging. Tar Heel’s French Drain System is designed to trap water leakage through wall and floor joints and is clog-free. This drainage system is serviceable year- round, plus includes a 20-year warranty, and affordable for homeowners.  

3. Sump Pumps 

Sump pumps are another product which helps keep a home’s basement dry. Tar Heel Basement Systems has multiple sump pump systems to offer to homeowners, to include the SafeDri TripleSafeSump pump, SafeDri SmartSump pump, or the SafeDri Supersump pump system. These products will alert homeowners if flooding occurs in their basements, and the airtight floor drain will help keep water out of the basement.  

4. Foundation Wall Anchors 

Water will enter through basement wall cracks and ultimately leave basements wet and flooded. For cracked basement walls, Foundation Wall Anchors are products designed to counteract against hydrostatic pressure that pushes against basement walls.   

5. Carbon Fiber Wall Repair System 

The Carbon Wall Fiber Repair System is a product designed to restore the value of a home by providing a solution to restore homeowner’s basement bowing or tilting walls. These fibers are 10 times stronger than steel, and the flexibility of the fibers allows them to mold to basement walls in order to stabilize the walls.  

 

If you believe your home has cracks in the walls of the basement or you are having wet basement problems, call to schedule a free inspection or click here.