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Sioux Falls faces high humidity, snow, and rain. Innovative Basement Authority’s waterproofing solutions can thoroughly protect your home.

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Waterproofing Your Sioux Falls’ Basement or Crawl Space

The sheer amount of moisture damage your home is sure to face in Sioux Falls is surprisingly high. Winters tend to be both snowy and extremely humid for the cold weather. Couple that with the light spring rains, and your home will have to deal with a lot of moisture issues throughout much of the year. This can eventually lead to leaks springing in your basement or crawl space over time. These leaks also have the potential of expanding wider and flooding your basement or crawl space if you are not careful. This is where calling the basement and crawl space experts at Innovative Basement Authority can help. 

Our repair solutions can completely waterproof these spaces with ease. Our interior drainage system is very thorough and will capture any moisture that tries to leak through to your Sioux Falls basement or crawl space. The wall flange installed along the wall and floor joints of the basement will collect any and all water that seeps through, redirecting it towards the sump pump. This pump then will activate on its own once enough water has entered its system, and then pump this water to a far-off storm drain or trench away from your Sioux Falls home. We can also provide your sump pump with a backup battery to ensure that it will never run out of power when you need it most.

We can also fully encapsulate your crawl space so that no moisture, mold or mildew spores, or other issues can infiltrate this space. There are four essential parts of this system: waterproofing with an interior drainage system and a sump pump, vapor barrier, vent covers, and our dehumidifier. Each part of this system will tackle a different moisture issue that may try to attack your crawl space. Our solutions are guaranteed to keep your home completely dry! You can trust Innovative Basement Authority’s experts to install the very best systems to protect your Sioux Falls home no matter what.

Repairing Your Sioux Falls’ Foundation 

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The foundation is perhaps the most crucial structure in your entire home. It supports your Sioux Falls home’s infrastructure, your belongings, and you and your family on top of itself without swaying or sinking. Sioux Falls’ soil is also mainly composed of a silty loam, which already tends to be quite loose. Any harsh rains can easily wash out the supporting soil or create other moisture damage. Your foundation might then shift, settle, or crack.

You might find other areas of your home being negatively impacted as a result. Foundation damage can easily spread out to other parts of your home if you continue to neglect repairing it. Maintaining the foundation is therefore key to keeping your home safe and upright. Calling the foundation experts at Innovative Basement Systems is your best bet at maintaining your foundation’s overall health. 

We can offer your Sioux Falls home a free foundation inspection. Our experts will easily be able to assess what is causing your foundation damage. In most cases, moisture soaking into the soil can start to press up against it and cause it to shift or crack. Melted snow and rain can also wash out the supporting soil underneath and leave the foundation without the vital support it needs to stay upright. 

Our foundation repair solutions can stabilize and potentially lift settled foundations as well as brace them against any future moisture damage. From our pier systems to wall anchors to carbon fiber wall straps to the SettleStop IntelliBrace™ system, you can trust Innovative Basement Authority to always have the right solution for your foundation. Setting up an appointment with our experts is simple as well. We can visit your Sioux Falls home any time you need our foundation repair services, so feel free to give us a call today! 

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About Waterproofing, Crawl Spaces & Foundation Repair in Sioux Falls

When researching the various repair options that can waterproof your basement or crawl space, you may come across two distinct drainage systems: an interior and an exterior drainage system. Both systems can waterproof your basement or crawl space with ease, but there are a few key differences between them.

As its name implies, an interior drainage system will be installed along the inner perimeter of your basement or crawl space and work to collect the water that tries to gather in these spaces. Where an interior drainage system will direct this water to a sump pump that will later drain that water away from your home, an exterior drainage system will deposit water out onto your lawn instead. This system will also largely be installed around the exterior perimeter of your home. Of course, this requires that you have a large enough lawn for this sort of watering, so it may not be an option for your home. Additionally, exterior drainage systems tend to be more expensive to install as a whole, so you might benefit more from an interior drainage system. Innovative Basement Authority only offers our Sioux Falls’ customers the interior drainage option. 

There are plenty of benefits to an interior drainage system. The first is that you will not see this system much at all. The only part you will be able to notice is the wall flange that connects to the wall and floor joints of the basement. The water collected by the system is transferred to the sump pump, which will activate once enough water has entered its system. It has a complex alarm system that will sound off when it is turned on and when it is low on battery.

The crawl space encapsulation process is perhaps one of the most thorough repair solutions we at Innovative Basement Authority have to offer. It is made up of four crucial components: waterproofing with an interior drainage system and a sump pump, vapor barrier, vent covers, and a dehumidifier. They will all repair different moisture issues to ensure that your crawl space will stay completely dry no matter what. The interior drainage system and sump pump work together to protect your Sioux Falls home from any large floods, instead collecting and redirecting that water to a more appropriate drainage site. The vapor barrier is another layer of protection that will block out additional moisture and mold and mildew spores from your crawl space, as well as make it more difficult for pests to get inside. It is covered in an antimicrobial additive that will deter mold or mildew from growing on the barrier as well. 

After repairs are implemented, our experts will then work to seal up any open vents. Building contractors created these open vents because they once believed that they would circulate dry air around the crawl space. Of course, these vents only allow more moisture, mold or mildew spores, and pests to infest this space, meaning that they invite more problems than they intended to prevent. Innovative Basement Authority’s sturdy plastic vent covers can totally seal away these open vents to ensure that it will stay dry no matter what. These covers will not blow off in any harsh storms, either. 

Before we seal off the crawl space for good, however, we will install a dehumidifier first. This machine will capture any humidity that manages to get inside and filter it back out again. Because your HVAC system may also be installed within this space, you might feel that the air around your home is a lot fresher, too.

Moisture can be quite tricky to deal with, especially if it ends up pooling in your basement. Leaks, floods, mold, and other moisture-related issues can certainly be a hassle. You then might want to know how this water is even able to infiltrate your home in the first place. Leaks alone have a variety of causes, leading many Sioux Falls homeowners to look them up, so they can implement repairs to stop them. However, it is always best to leave any repairs to the basement experts at Innovative Basement Authority. We will do a thorough sweep to ensure that we will not miss any possible repairs you might overlook. 

Leaks can form from rainwater or melted snow absorbed in the soil starting to press up against the walls from the outside. This can cause your walls to start leaking over time. Ignoring small leaks is not a good idea whatsoever. They always can expand out wider and flood your crawl space if you do not repair them in time. Similarly, your basement walls might start to bow in from this pressure. This moisture also may stem from broken plumbing pipes, which can create a whole slew of other problems, too. 

Cracks along your basement walls or floor can also allow water to more easily flow into the basement. Indeed, moisture can help to widen cracks even further and thus lead to leaks widening as well. It is a perpetual loop that can only be stopped once you call the experts to repair this damage in your basement as soon as possible. Our interior drainage system is top-notch and can protect your basement against any leaks or large floods. We can also implement other repairs such as closing up cracks.

Foundation damage is a lot more common than you might think. The fact that Sioux Falls deals with high humidity levels, snow, and rainstorms in the spring can lead to the soil potentially washing out. Without this crucial support to keep it level, the foundation might shift out of its original placement, settle into the remaining soil or even crack altogether. Loose silt loam soils also are much easier for storms to wash out than other, more compact types of soil. This washout is largely a consequence of the clay bowl effect, which in itself is a direct result of how contractors build new homes. 

Whenever a new home is built, a contractor will dig a large hole in the soil where they plan to lay down a foundation and either a basement or crawl space. Once these components are set, there will be some space left around them that the contractor will then backfill with the soil they initially dug up. This creates a loose soil bowl around the foundation that is even more susceptible to washing out than before. This soil does not have to be made up of clay to really take effect, either. Without this support, your foundation will likely settle deeper into the soil around it. 

The soil is also prone to absorbing more water than it is actually capable of holding. This can start to put an immense amount of pressure against your foundation, which may cause it to shift or crack apart. This is commonly referred to as hydrostatic pressure. This pressure can also take on another form as well. This water may also seep into the foundation’s pores and become trapped. When winter comes, this water will likely freeze over and crack the foundation from within.

When most Sioux Falls homeowners notice some part of their home is damaged, their first instinct will be to tackle the repairs by themselves. This might be fine for some smaller issues, but when it comes to your foundation, it is best to leave repairs to the experts at Innovative Basement Authority instead. You might damage some other part of the foundation in your attempt to fix another, which can quickly escalate into costly repairs that you do not want to deal with. Fortunately, it is very simple to set up a free foundation inspection with one of our experts.

Our experts can assess the full extent of the damage your foundation has endured and provide you with free quotes on all our sturdy foundation repair solutions. Feel free to ask our experts any questions you might have about these repair solutions while they are there as well! Each solution we offer will repair your foundation in slightly different ways. Our wall anchors and carbon fiber wall straps will help to brace your foundation walls against any moisture damage that might threaten to bow them inward. 

Our SettleStop IntelliBrace™ I-Beam system is perhaps one of our strongest repair solutions. Not only can it brace your foundation walls against future moisture damage, but it can also help to push back against any current damage the walls are facing as well. These beams are attached to your foundation walls through special braces at the top and bottom of each beam. The top brace is then slowly tightened over time to push back against bowing and can close up any cracks that have appeared along the wall’s surface as well. If your foundation has settled, your home will definitely benefit from one of our foundation pier systems.

When looking into the various foundation repair systems that Innovative Basement Authority can offer, it might seem as though these systems are very similar to each other. You might then wonder why there needs to be two distinct types in the first place as well as what the possible pros and cons of each pier system are. In truth, the main difference between helical piers and push piers lies in how they are installed underneath your foundation. There is no functional difference between the two whatsoever.

Helical piers will have spiral-like attachments on the ends of each pier. This then makes them easier for our experts to hydraulically drill into the tougher layers of soil underneath your home. Push piers, on the other hand, are pushed into these deeper layers of soil manually. Foundation repair experts tend to opt for push piers more often when the soils underneath your foundation are already quite loose, such as the silty loam soils of Sioux Falls. Of course, an expert may still choose to install helical piers underneath your home if these deeper layers prove to be too tough for push piers alone.

Both pier systems will work to stabilize and potentially lift your foundation back to its original height over time. This is accomplished through each galvanized steel pier essentially transferring the strength of the more compact layers of soil under your home to the foundation itself. These layers run so deep that they will not be negatively impacted by any moisture damage. You do not have to worry about this soil washing out or shrinking at all. Either of these strong pier systems can keep your foundation reinforced for years to come.

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Innovative Basement Authority

1330 41st St. N Fargo, ND 58102

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