Stone Foundation and Structural Repair
“Stone Foundation Present Unique Problems to Homeowners”
Stone foundation, the most common basement built before 1915, are a concern for homeowners of old homes; and present unique problems to homeowners.
Basements designed properly with correct footers and foundation walls are often strong enough to hold up against the forces of nature for many years. Combined pressures of gravity, soil swelling with water, freezing and thawing create hydrostatic pressure. Hydrostatic pressure and tree roots are all forces that continue to excerpt pressure to gain entrance into your basement.
A visual inspection will disclose gaps in the joints, crumbly mortar, bulging, bowing shifting or settlement that may require a home foundation repair.
Most stone foundation have a mortar coating on the interior. Moisture migration will inevitable cause the mortar to flake off and expose the stones. When this occurs, re-pointing or pardging is needed. If enough of the old mortar falls out stones will start shifting around. A home foundation repair would be need if when the sandy crumbly mortar falls out the stones also fall out.
Proper drainage around the inside of the perimeter of the basement is important to avoid hydrostatic pressure. The ground and decks or patios adjacent to the foundation, should have a positive slope away from the foundation. Roof water should be collected in a well maintained gutter system with downspouts discharging away from the foundation. Sump pump discharge lines should also be extended away from the foundation. Waters Basement Services, can install gutter and sump discharge lines into a Lawn Scape Bubbler Pot that allows water to flow underground. You can even mow over you Lawn Scape Bubbler Pot.
Reviews from our customers surveys in the Rochester and Buffalo NY areas:
“Crew was extremely hard working and did a great job. The basement is dry; that is amazing for a 140 year old house. Impressed with Bob Waters knowledge and honest answers to correct water problem. The quote was very fair and included a military discount.” Gary; Elba, NY
“Very happy with results. Was a serious and difficult job on a very old house. Terrific improvement. Very nice work, quick, clean, Great Crew. Thanks guys!” Bonnie; Lockport, NY
“Basement walls are clean and dry, no musty odor. Very professional service, on schedule, on time. No attempt to up-sell. Bob provided a though explanation of the work they would do to clean patch and waterproof the walls. His crew Kelly and Kevin were fast and efficient and did a great job.” Dorothy; Rochester, NY
“For 27 years I’ve had to deal with water in the basement after heavy rain and snow melts. The cellar was filled with mold because even when there wasn’t standing water, it was damp. I never even considered the possibility of using the space downstairs for anything other than storage of things I had no other place for. Often, these items would then get moldy and I’d have to throw them away. I am amazed at the difference after Bob and his crew worked their magic. After several straight days of heavy rain and a pond that appeared in my backyard. I am thrilled and relieved to have not one drop of water in the basement. Not only am I not going to have the stress and work involved with a wet cellar, the air quality, without the mold, has already improved. I will never again have to worry about my foundation becoming structurally unsound. Bob is extremely knowledgeable a true professional. I highly recommend you give him a call if you are dealing with water problems.” Leslie; Le Roy, NY