Crawl Space Encapsulation and Foundation Repair in Chapel Hill, NC
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Research Triangle Local Office
Tar Heel Basement Systems
3333 Air Park Road
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 7 am – 9 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 7 pm
Servicing Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Greensboro, Wake Forest & Wilmington
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Tar Heel Basement Systems, a Groundworks Company, specializes in helping homeowners with their foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space encapsulation, and concrete needs. Our top priority is providing high-quality home repair solutions and personalized service across North Carolina. With fully trained technicians, industry-leading products, and nationally backed warranties, Tar Heel Basement Systems is here to restore your foundation or crawlspace.
Sloping floors and cracked foundation walls are upsetting to North Carolina homeowners. Tar Heel Basement Systems’ stabilization methods allow you to rest easy knowing your home is supported.
Crawl Space Repair & Encapsulation
Your crawl space is prone to all sorts of damage from water to pests, mold and mildew. Keep it protected by getting it encapsulated with help from Tarheel Basement Systems.
Leaking and flooding basements can be a headache and lead to major home repairs. Don’t risk it – protect your home.
THE TAR HEEL BASEMENT SYSTEMS PROCESS
WHY HOMEOWNERS CHOOSE TAR HEEL BASEMENT SYSTEMS
Since 2003, Tar Heel Basement Systems, a Groundworks company, has provided homeowners throughout North Carolina with superior, proven solutions for foundation repair, crawl space repair and encapsulation, basement waterproofing, and concrete lifting and leveling. Our local team understands the challenges homes face because of North Carolina’s soil and weather conditions, so we developed patented permanent repairs tailored to each home’s unique needs.
We devote our years of experience, industry knowledge, and specialized training to help customers protect their homes or commercial buildings from water damage, concrete sinking, and foundation failure. We know how important your home is to you, and it is important to us, too. You can trust our team to fix it the right way the first time and ensure its safety and longevity for a lifetime.
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Foundation settling is something that affects the entire household. There are many signs that point towards this issue, and they are very easy to spot, especially if the settling has been going on for a while. The tricky thing about detecting foundation settling is that the problem signs are often treated like isolated incidents. Homeowners look at the many structural issues caused by settling and try to fix them without being able to fix the root of the problem. By knowing what to look for and understanding how it all ties in with foundation failure, you’ll be able to identify and subsequently get the necessary repairs.
The first thing you want to look for is damage to the walls and ceiling. Because part of the house is sinking, the other half is carrying a tremendous weight that is causing the walls and ceilings to crack. Doors and windows become jammed frequently since the settling is warping and breaking the frames. In your basement or crawl space, the joists and supports begin to sink along with the rest of the foundation, causing uneven floors. If you have any interior columns, these will also begin to break and tilt, and you can measure this with a level ruler.
Damage to the actual foundation is also easy to see if you have a basement. The basement walls can bow inwards and crack as it bears the pressure of a settling home. The cracks along the walls and floor of the basement will also make it easier for groundwater to get in, so if your basement gets flooded frequently and you see structural damage, it’s most likely because of foundation settling. Structural damage can be seen outside the home as well, usually around the bottom half. One sure-fire indicator of foundation settling is stair-step cracks along mortar walls.
Crawl space encapsulation will permanently protect your home from any and all moisture. Each part works together with the others in this system to ensure a complete waterproofing experience.
- Sump Pumps and Dehumidifiers
Oftentimes, installing an interior drainage system and a sump pump is the first step to the encapsulation process. If your crawl space is flooded, our experts cannot work on waterproofing this space until that water is all drained away. Our drainage system and sump pumps require very little maintenance, but it’s still important to have these systems checked by professionals on a yearly basis to make sure they continue to work in keeping your crawl space dry.
Installing a dehumidifier is actually the last step to the encapsulation process. It is often added as a precautionary measure should any moisture still remain. These industry-grade dehumidifiers are much more powerful than the ones you might find at a department store. You can rest assured that these machines will protect your crawl space against any lingering humidity or other irritants floating about to create a cleaner, drier crawl space environment.
- Vent Covers, Insulation, and Vapor Barriers
If open crawl space ventilation only worsens existing issues, it makes sense to cover them up from the outside elements. After draining all the standing water from your crawl space, Tar Heel Basement Systems can then install our sturdy vent covers directly over the open vents themselves. This ensures that no outside moisture or mold will be able to sneak their way into the crawl space or the rest of your home. No encapsulation process is complete without sealing off any open crawl space vents, which makes these covers all the more necessary for your home.
We’ll then place durable insulation panels on the walls and cover the crawl space walls and floor with a 20-mil vapor barrier that will not tear under any duress or pressure. The two particular solutions help seal your crawl space from outside nuisances like unconditioned air and moisture, and they make it more difficult for pests to get inside. Additionally, our insulation panels are treated to resist termites, and the vapor barrier is treated with an antimicrobial to resist water and mold. Both these solutions also are installed with a three-inch gap allowing for pest control inspections.
No. While nearly all foundations experience minor settling, cracks are an indication that something is wrong with the soil below your basement. For that reason, keep an eye out for even the smallest cracks in your basement floor. If you notice any, hiring a foundation expert to inspect your floor can help you stop damage before it gets started. Don’t hesitate if you notice any abnormalities in your basement floor!
Just how bad can settling get when it comes to concrete steps? Things like driveway and garage floor settling are often overlooked because there is no immediate change in the pavement’s overall functionality. The same can’t be said for stairs. The slightest tilting can make you lose your balance, so as soon as you spot the following problem signs, you’ll want to call an expert for help.
If there is settling, there is an inherent problem with the concrete’s foundation. When the soil begins shifting and shrinking, the first thing you’ll notice is that your steps will begin to wobble slightly if you put weight on one side. That’ll be the side that has the most severe shrinkage.
As time goes on, the wobbling will get worse until you won’t be able to securely use the steps without fear of falling. Eventually, the concrete will settle. What you want to avoid is having someone be the straw that breaks the camel’s back and fully settle the steps mid-way through using them. The abrupt settling can cause a serious injury.
If wobbling is an indicator you can feel, tilting is one you can see. Most homeowners feel the difference in their settling steps before they see it, but if you notice any kind of tilting, your steps are very likely settling. Lopsided steps are uncomfortable to use, so it might not be long before you try to fix them.
Tilting can also be caused by poorly constructed steps, so the issue might not be related to concrete lifting at all. The good news is, reputable repair professionals will offer free inspections, so you can get an expert opinion on what’s going without worrying about it too much.