Homeowners will know if they have this problem in their basements if they see a white, chalky material on the walls. While it is sometimes mistaken for mold growth, it doesn't pose the same health problems for humans. The appearance of this substance often indicates that there is some kind of issue with moisture beneath the home. Typically speaking, seepage will make its way into the basement environment via cracks or crevices in the walls, and once inside, the moisture evaporates, leaving behind the white mineral. As mentioned above, efflorescence isn't something that is going to cause health issues, or even structural problems. However, the appearance of moisture beneath the home will cause damage. It can eventually cause wooden support beams and floor joists to rot, warp, and decay, and it can also trigger the development of mold or bacteria.
Crack Repair and Exterior Waterproofing
Don Kennedy and Sons can take care of the problem by filling in and sealing any cracks in the walls or floors through a process known as epoxy injection. This will involve cleaning off the damaged surface area, and the epoxy material will be injected into the opening. It cures and hardens quickly.
Additionally, outside of the home, a waterproofing membrane will be placed over the foundation wall. It is designed with tiny holes inside of it where moisture can pass through and into a drainage system.
I had some moisture problems in my crawlspace and unlevel flooring in some areas. The concrete porch slab had also dropped next to the foundation wall causing rain water to stand and seep through to the sill. I contacted Don Kennedy and Sons and Jeff came and developed a plan to address these ...
Ken Loggins - GRANT, AL35747
Dug footings down to bedrock to stabilize our hillside house. Good job. Left a lot of trash, but our house will stand for a hundred years.
Kathy O. - Birmingham, AL35201
This is a follow up review to our initial job completed on 8/3/2011. The original job supervisor, Ricky, stopped by about 12 months after the job was completed to perform a follow up inspection and to see how the results were standing the test of time. No issues. Don Kennedy and Sons truly stand ...
Our house had structural problems (settling, cracks in interior walls, bay window had to be reinforced/leveled, deck with underneath tornado shelter needed raising, leveling, reinforced, and other structural repairs). We had three estimates, relative close, but the reputation of Don Kennedy & Sons, ...
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