Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky, and there are a lot of good reasons to live here, including plenty of culture to appreciate and endless natural beauty. There are even four seasons — great for a change of pace every few months, but the variety of weather conditions can present some challenges to homeowners in the form of foundation problems. While water and other facts of nature are great when they’re outside, they can affect the inside of your home in big and often expensive ways. Foundation repair can seem like a daunting process to get started on, and some home issues that can be caused by foundation problems can be easy to overlook in the early stages. However, a small problem can have a much bigger problem behind it and become an even bigger problem in the future. Having experts perform repairs now will save you money in the long run. Acculevel has long been the choice of many homeowners looking for foundation repair in Louisville, KY. Read on to find out why, or contact us today.
Eliminating Basement and Crawl Space Water IntrusionSpring rain, summer humidity, and winter snow and ice can make foundation repair in Louisville necessary. Water-saturated soil around and underneath your home can cause numerous structural problems for your home, including a sinking or settling foundation, damaged walls, and problems with mold and mildew. If you have damage on your floor or walls, water can also enter your home and cause basement and crawl space leaks or flooding. Even something as relatively simple as a plumbing leak or improper drainage can create pressure against your foundation. Our foundation experts have many solutions for removing moisture from your basement or crawl space. All of Acculevel’s basement waterproofing systems drain into top-of-the-line sump pump systems that have safeguards against power outages and mechanical failures and come with dependable battery backups. Water in basements can be redirected into any of Acculevel’s sump pump options with Geo Channel or water tunnel systems to relieve the pressure on your home and prevent further damage.
Destroying Mold, Mildew, and Other Biological GrowthWater damage can lead to mold growth, but mold also presents its own foundation problems. Humidity in the soil and air releases water vapor, debris, contaminants, pollen, mold spores, musty odors, and allergens. All of these things can reduce the air quality in your home, cause health problems, and damage your belongings and home’s structure. Our Louisville foundation repair experts have the skills and tools to keep your home’s basement or crawl space dry and mold-free. A sump pump is a given, but if mold is already in your home, it needs to be killed and sealed. Acculevel uses a water-based fungicidal treatment in unconditioned basements to treat and prevent growth of fungal organisms like mold. When combined with WhiteCap basement liner encapsulation and a dehumidifier, ’s antimicrobial properties and a vapor barrier, fungicidal treatment can keep your basement or crawl space dry and mold-free.
Stopping Settling Foundations in Their TracksThe walls of your basement are the most important in your home because they support everything else. Your basement walls are built to support the weight of your home pushing down on it, but not the weight of soil pressure from the sides that changes when the soil expands or contracts with the weather. A settling foundation can lead to bowed, leaning, or cracked walls, sagging floors, and leaning chimneys. Any signs of foundation problems should be taken seriously and repaired before they get worse. The exact repair you need will depend on what area of your home needs help.
- Settling foundations and leaning chimneys. A settling foundation or leaning chimney could benefit from helical piers for structural support. This process uses resistance to make your foundation level again.
- Sagging floors. If your floors are sagging, it could be the result of improper floor support or overloaded floor joists. Helical piers, metal beams, and joist support are all solutions that could work.
- Warped and cracked walls. Bowed, leaning, or cracked walls can be fixed with a lot of the same processes. Reinforcement with carbon fiber straps and rigid epoxies can create a near-invisible grid that fights external soil pressure.
- Other wall damage. Tie-backs, like helical pier installations, can provide lateral stability and support for damaged walls.
- Damaged floors. If the damage to basement or crawl space walls has affected the floor above them, foundation services can reinforce the floors with I-beams and jacks.
- Destabilized walls. Wall anchors are another easily installed way to provide lateral force that stabilizes bowed or cracked walls.