Crawl Space and Foundation Repair in Winston-Salem, NC
Water, humidity, and unstable soil wreak havoc on Winston-Salem homes. Stop crawl space, basement, foundation, and concrete damage in its tracks with trusted permanent repairs only available from Tar Heel Basement Systems.Schedule Free Inspection
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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.
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.
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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Crawl Space Encapsulation & Repair in Winston-Salem
Most homeowners avoid their crawl spaces because these typically empty areas that lift the house off the ground are anything but. Open vents allow Winston-Salem’s humid summertime air and 45 inches of annual rainfall inside. This is a welcome sign for pests and a haven for mold and wood rot to thrive. Weakened supports and sagging floors will result, and musty odors and mold spores will circulate throughout your house because of the stack effect. Combat these unhealthy conditions with Tar Heel’s durable, warrantied crawl space repair and encapsulation solutions such as drainage, sump pumps, dehumidifiers, thermal insulation, vapor barriers, vent covers, and support posts. All these solutions change the environment into a healthy, functional space you can even use for storage.
Foundation Repair in Winston-Salem
Your home is only as stable as its foundation. If the foundation has damage like cracks, settling, and unevenness because of Winston-Salem’s above-average annual rainfall (45 inches) and unstable soils. The sandy loam topsoil may be well-drained, but the clay loam subsoil retains water long after becoming saturated. Sandy soil can wash away with heavy rain or sink, thus causing the foundation to settle. Clay loam is expansive and swells when wet, exerting hydrostatic pressure that is forceful enough to crack and move walls inward. For permanent stabilization and repair, Tar Heel will install our fully warrantied foundation repair solutions including pier systems (helical piers, push piers, or slab piers), carbon fiber wall reinforcement, wall repair systems (wall beams or wall anchors), and crawl space supports.
Basement Waterproofing in Winston-Salem
Basements are versatile areas that can be used for a variety of purposes such as fan caves, bedrooms, office space, and beyond, but they are not without their problems. Dampness is natural in basements because of their below-ground nature, but water intrusion and excessive humidity lead to a host of problems. Mold, musty odors, condensation, efflorescence, and flooding are issues that can lead to widespread basement damage, and they are generally caused by Winston-Salem’s heavy rains and overly saturated sandy loam and clay loam soils. Having the right moisture management tools in place will help keep your basement safe, healthy, and dry. These include interior drainage, sump pumps, battery backup pumps, dehumidifiers, and wall vapor barriers.
Concrete Lifting & Leveling in Winston-Salem
Concrete is a durable material used for many home construction purposes from your foundation to your driveway, sidewalk, pool deck, and outdoor steps. But the soil and weather conditions in Winston-Salem can lead to damage such as pitting, flaking, staining, cracking, sinking, and unevenness. Sandy loam topsoil particles can wash away from the area’s 45 inches of yearly rainfall, and drought leads to dry, shrinking soil and voids between the soil and slabs. However the soil becomes unstable, it will not be able to properly support the concrete. Concrete lifting and leveling solutions have evolved over time, and Tar Heel offers innovative polyurethane foam injections that are lightweight, non-invasive, versatile, quick curing, and long-lasting.
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Condensation in your basement can be remedied in a variety of ways. It is possible to avoid flooding by waterproofing the basement and having a professional install a sump pump, which is designed to quickly drain massive amounts of water away from your home. A dehumidifier can be put in your basement once this water and any mold or other organic materials have been removed from the area.
You could replace popped nails and the damaged walls they came from, but this doesn’t offer a solution to the larger problem – foundation damage. Simply replacing nails might make the house look better for a time, but eventually, foundation settlement is going to cause the same problem to occur again. The best step you can take to address drywall nail pops is to contact a professional foundation repair service like Tar Heel. With a professional solution, you can prevent foundation problems from arising in the future, especially with pier systems that support your home independently of soil.
When slab foundations settle, the consequences can be even worse than crawl space and basement foundations. When there is settling, water is more likely to seep through the foundation because of the cracks on the broken walls and floors. When you have a basement or crawl space, the flooding isn’t very impactful because it normally doesn’t reach your actual living space. Although settling is a terrible thing to deal with as a homeowner regardless of what kind of foundation you have, slab foundations are a special case. There’s a difference between finding water in a basement or crawl space versus finding water in your closet or kitchen.
Because slab settling is so disruptive, many homeowners rush to a solution without doing their research. Many times, they resort to the wrong solution, like replacing the foundation instead of repairing it. If the slab foundation is settling and cracking, it may seem sensible to try to replace it. After all, if something as important as a home’s foundation is broken, getting an entirely new one makes the most sense, right? Actually, repairing the slab using slab piers is what’s best for your home’s foundation and it’s what’s best for you, the homeowner.
Slab piers are driven deep into the ground until they reach load-bearing soil that does not shift. They’re attached to the slab and not only stabilize it, but they also bear the load of the entire house, effectively solving the issue of an unstable foundation. If the settling is caused by soil shrinking and expansion, building a new foundation won’t stop that. The new slab will eventually fall to the shifting soil, while the piers remain stable no matter how much the topsoil shifts. Slab piers are ultimately the superior option if you need a quality, long-term solution.
Just how much damage can settling do? As it turns out, it can do a lot. The biggest incentive toward fixing uneven concrete as soon as you notice early problem signs is the preservation of your concrete slabs. The longer you wait to lift your driveway’s slabs, the more likely it is that you’ll have to replace them.
- Settling and Breakage
Uneven concrete slabs will break over time. The way they break depends on the size of the slab, where the soil shrinkage occurs, and how much weight the settled concrete has to withstand. Settling is most likely to happen at the edges of the concrete slab. This is because most driveways end where the front yard begins and most front yards have plenty of grass and soil. The front yard absorbs a lot of water, which spreads to the soil under the driveway.
Because the edges are the weakest part of the slab, they are more likely to break off, especially if the slab is very large. Driveway slabs are especially at risk of breaking because of heavy cars. Most cars weigh about 4,000 pounds, which is a lot of weight to put on a slab with poor support.
- Preventing Breakage
There are a few things that can be done to prevent your driveway’s concrete from breaking. You’ll want to try prevention methods because broken concrete can be very difficult to repair, especially if it’s a piece off the edge. Cracks and breakage in the middle of the concrete can be patched up, but the cracks still allow water to seep through.
If you’re able to, avoid driving on the sunken slab or try to drive in such a way that only a small part is driven on. If you’re unable to cover the entire driveway, try to cover the slab that settled, at least until it’s time to lift it. Limiting the amount of moisture the slab is exposed to will prevent further settling and breaking.
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