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As a house gets older, it’s only natural for the foundation to settle and walls to start bowing. Luckily, there’s an easy solution that does not require an entire excavation or overhaul of your foundation. These pictures showcase our PowerBrace product in a basement. What these joists do is prevent the integrity of the wall from deteriorating any more, keep them from bowing further, and can even potentially correct the misaligned structure. PowerBraces have the ability to be tightened, which gives them the opportunity to straighten the walls over time. They’re also have a neat, clean look to them and are zinc-coated, which makes them rust resistant; giving you one less thing to worry about. If bowing walls are a concern of yours, give us a call and one of our experienced design specialists will come in and determine if PowerBraces are right for your basement!
Sump pumps are a very common product featured in basement waterproofing systems. Even homes with little to no protection against water often have a pump in some capacity. However, they are frequently an item that is wildly outdated. Just because there’s the presence of one does not mean water won’t be a problem. If the sump pump is not up to date and in proper working condition, then it’s as good as worthless. This before and after set showcases the difference between an old, ineffective pump and our top-of-the-line . The can handle high levels of water with no issue and even continue to run even during a blackout or bad ice storm, which anyone who’s lived here for more than a year knows is inevitable, thanks to the and backup battery. If you’re looking to update your system, is the answer.
are a great choice if you’re experiencing bowing or buckling walls in your basement. are noninvasive, attaching directly to the wall with no outside excavation, and are super strong and durable. With providing both support and correction to your basement walls, the foundation of the home is in great hands with no more fear of collapse.
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We not only adhere to the highest industry standards, we strive to be the industry leader in the home improvement related services we provide. We also use state-of-the-art products and technology which are designed to fix your home. We are the authorized Basement Systems and Foundation Supportworks dealer in Columbia, NY.
If your home is facing structural and foundation problems or if your concrete needs raising, we have the solutions. From wall anchors and push pier underpinning to Slab Piers and Crawl Space Jack Posts we have exactly what is needed. We inspect your Columbia home, identify the problem and provide warranted products and work. We offer a 25-year warranty against manufacturing defects on foundation products. We can also fix your sinking outdoor concrete problems so you can enjoy your driveway, sidewalk or patio again without worry. We use PolyLevel™ to lift concrete slabs to a level position with less weight and disruption than the legacy mudjacking or slab jacking process.
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A homeowner in Chatham, NY contacted Adirondack Basement Systems about issues they had with the crawlspace beneath their home. During the springtime the crawlspace would become very wet and musty smelling. These issues effected the entire home so they were looking for a permanent solution. We sent one of our Certified Basement Specialists out to the home to do a thorough inspection and provide an estimate. Right away they knew that this crawlspace would benefit greatly by having CleanSpace vapor barrier installed along the walls and the floor. CleanSpace is waterproof and mold resistant, designed specifically for crawlspace environments. With this barrier installed the homeowner will have a dry crawlspace with less odors, which in turn will make the air in their home healthier.
This customer in Austerlitz contacted us with worries that his basement walls were cracking and bowing. Our Design Specialist, Jon Roz, went out to the home to investigate. He proposed the PowerBrace.
The PowerBrace is our patented wall repair system that is used to stabilize failing basement walls. This product also allows for the potential to straighten the walls over a period of time. This was perfect for this project because the PowerBrace doesn't require outside excavation, and it can be tightened to allow for the wall to improve over time! It offers immediate, and long-term results.
Now, our customer has a foundation that is stabilized and safe. If you notice cracked or bowing walls in your home, call us today to set up a free estimate.
Moisture was a big problem in this crawlspace, bringing great concern to the homeowner. The space itself was an older style that utilized stone bricks as opposed to concrete and already had a decent bit of water in the area, but that is not a problem for our team.
Our design specialist came in to take a look over the crawlspace and figure out a way to keep the moisture out and the air healthy. What resulted from this inspection was a three-pronged approach involving drainage, dehumidification, and protection. To keep the water far away from the house, a TripleSafe sump pump was installed with proper add-ons to keep the water flowing away from the house and the system protected from the elements—especially ice. As for dehumidification, our team installed a Sanidry Sedona dehumidifier, designed to do as the name implies and prevent mold and odors from arising. Finally, to round out the crawlspace defense against moisture, a CleanSpace wall system was installed along with drainage matting to ensure water doesn’t have a fighting chance of sticking around the crawlspace.
This customer already had a dry basement, but they wanted to stay ahead of the elements and decided to act before anything bad happened to their home. Oftentimes, an overlooked aspect of home renovation is making improvements before they’re even called for. This way, you’re not only making the space better, but you’re also creating a protective barrier against any potential damage.
After looking over the space and discussing with the homeowner what the best course of action would be, our design specialist determined that a simple, full-height CleanSpace Wall System would do the trick. Once both parties agreed on the product, our installation team went in to do what they do best. In only a few short weeks, this customer’s basement went from being at the mercy of Mother Nature to safe and dry.
This job was a pretty common one, but its importance to the health of a basement and house as a whole cannot be understated. This homeowner’s basement was being overwhelmed with flooding water, constantly pooling on the ground and causing damage along the walls and floors. Tired of having to deal with this problem, they called us and we sent a design specialist to work with them to draw up a plan of action to get the water out and keep it away from the house.
The first step in the plan and process was to install a sump pump powerful enough to consistently move the water out of the basement before it has a chance to settle. The product decided on was the top-of-the-line TripleSafe sump system. This sump pump can handle high-volumes of water and includes features that will keep it running at optimum levels even in the event of freezing temperatures and power outages. We decided where to put the TripleSafe based on the location of the original sump and the piping in the house. When that was completed, we removed the old sump and replaced it with the TripleSafe, hooked it up to the pipes, then headed outside. We surveyed the area for the best location for the LawnScape Outlet, looking for somewhere far enough away from the house and at a proper angle that it wouldn’t send the discharged water right back into the basement. While this is going on, the second vital product is also being prepped and installed: WaterGuards.
WaterGuards involve work around where the walls meet the floor as well as a bit along solely the ground. WaterGuards are fixed to these positions (primarily the joists) because they collect seeping moisture coming through either the walls or flooring and divert it to the sump pump system (in this instance, the TripleSafe) where it is sent out of the basement. For this homeowner and anyone else who has WaterGuards installed, this product is a perfect choice to pair with one of our sump pumps because it does a fantastic job of gathering intruding water and shipping it off to the sump where it is sent out, never to be seen again. This basement’s water problems are now in the past thanks to the TripleSafe and WaterGuard duo!
This homeowner called us and asked for our help with their sagging floors. We checked out their basement and agreed that the floors were certainly sagging and the support beams underneath needed assistance. The product best suited for a job like this was the SmartJack.
The installation process for this job was rather straightforward. Our team took measurements to see how significant the sinking floor was, then inspected the integrity of the support beams to gauge how much help they needed. Another important question that needed answering was where the floor was sagging; was it just in one area or was it widespread? Unfortunately, settlement was visible throughout the basement, but that didn’t mean the problem was unsolvable by any means, all it indicated was a series of SmartJacks would be needed. In total, 8 was determined to be the magic number. We measured out and marked evenly spaced spots to place the SmartJacks then measured the height from floor to ceiling to determine what size SmartJack was needed. Once that was completed, the order was placed, and the SmartJacks arrived, it was time to install! This process is simple: the SmartJack is cut to fit perfectly to the basement then set on a concrete pad aligned with the markings from before. Finally, the SmartJack is adjusted to a position where it can stop the settling floor and even lift it back to its original position. And what makes SmartJacks an even better product is that they are fully-adjustable, so if the foundation happens to shift or settle any more, the steel piers can be altered to keep that from happening. With this SmartJack system holding the floor up, foundation settlement will hardly have a chance to misalign this basement anymore.
This was an all-around waterproofing job, but the photos primarily focus on one product, DryTrak, which we will get to in a moment. The primary issue this basement experienced was water pooling on the ground and causing damage in its wake. Our Design Specialist went over the basement, checking the extent of the damage, how much moisture was getting in, where it was coming in, and then, compiling all that information, they used it to map out a waterproofing plan to get this basement properly protected.
First up, was the WaterGuard system. The WaterGuard is installed at the base of the wall where it meets the floor so we had to clear out some space in that location to make room for the product. Once installed, WaterGuard acts as a collector, outlining the basement and gathering any moisture that may seep in from either the walls or floor. Here’s where the DryTrak comes in to play: DryTrak covers the WaterGuard to protect it from getting damaged or clogged by dust or other debris, all while providing a cleaner look. The WaterGuard then takes the moisture and diverts it to the TripleSafe sump pump we installed to keep the water flowing out the basement and to a distance where it won’t come back. The TripleSafe is a highly efficient product that can handle large amounts of water at a time, making it a strong, reliable product to have in your basement. On the outside of the house, we added an IceGuard to the discharge system to keep the pump functioning during those cold winter months. All in all, this basement is well protected from invading water, thanks to these fantastic products!
The walls of this basement were rather old, made of concrete blocks that had seen their fair share of water and foundational damage. Our work on this basement focused primarily on correcting the wall and foundation issues. It was evident that the walls were buckling based off the cracks scattered around and the measurements we took of how displaced it was from the original standing position. To keep the foundation from getting worse, we decided to install PowerBraces to give the home some much needed support.
The process begins with lots of measuring and pre-planning. It’s important to know the size and dimensions of the basement, which walls are bowing, how much they've bowed, and where the PowerBraces would be most effective. A good rule of thumb (and this goes for pretty much anything involving the creation of a foundational base) is to provide even spacing so there isn’t one side taking on more weight and pressure than the others. If this happens, then it will deteriorate quicker and the problem will just come right back. Our team marked off locations for the PowerBraces and then got the product cut to fit perfectly from floor to ceiling. Once that was completed, we brought the PowerBraces into the basement and attached them snugly to the walls in their designated positions. And that’s that! The PowerBraces now act as a strong, reliable foundational support system, keeping the walls from buckling any further! And over time they can be tightened to reset the walls to their original position! And even though water may also be an issue for this basement, the homeowner doesn’t have to worry about the PowerBraces being damaged because they’re water resistant due to the zinc-coating they have. PowerBraces were a perfect choice for this basement and countless others like it dealing with buckling, cracking walls.
Wall cracks can spell trouble for a foundation and also the basement’s ability to stay dry. Due to the porous nature of concrete, moisture will always have a way of getting in, but when you have a huge crack running down the wall, water can get in with immense ease, causing intense pooling, damage, and so much more. Thankfully for this homeowner and many like them, we had a solution that will stop the water leakage and cover the cracks all without any intense construction!
The product we used to plug the cracks for this basement was Flexispan. The process started by looking over the basement to see how many cracks there were, how big they were, and if there were any other issues that needed addressing. In total, there were two cracks that were to be covered and us and the homeowner also agreed to install Brightwall to freshen up the look of the space and act an effective moisture and vapor barrier. Brightwall is not pictured in this series but it goes right over the preexisting wall and the Flexispan. Flexispan installation is a three part process that begins with a flexible sealant that is applied along the entire length of the crack. Next, a striple of porous, flexible foam is installed over the crack. Finally, an impermeable membrane was attached to the wall on both sides of the foam strip. Flexispan permanently stops water infiltration and won’t leak or reopen like mortar-based products, meaning this homeowner can rest easy knowing Flexispan has them covered!
This customer’s basement walls were experiencing a number of cracks throughout and the walls themselves were bowing significantly. Thankfully, we have a product that solved both of these issues because they are symptoms of the same problem and that product was our PowerBrace System.
The PowerBrace installation process started with careful study, going over each wall, each crack, and every inch. It was important to not overlook anything because if we underestimate the extent of the damage then the problem will only get worse. Pre-production is a vital part of the job and we take the proper time in order to ensure things are going to be right the first time. After surveying the damage and knowing how much the walls have been displaced, we then marked off evenly spaced spots with tape for where each PowerBrace will go. In total, thirteen were needed. When that task was completed, we prepped the PowerBraces, double-checking they’re the right size and shaving them down where need be so that they’re a perfect fit. Then, we placed each PowerBrace in their designated spot and fastened them securely to the wall. PowerBraces are noninvasive, so the basement was hardly disturbed by the installation and is now in a stable position to keep the walls from buckling any further and even will help straighten them over time with their ability to be tightened. PowerBraces are strong, sturdy, and reliable, perfect for an basement that’s in need of a foundational boost!
This homeowner gave us a call after noticing consistent leaks in their basement and wanted them addressed before the problem got out of hand. After receiving an inspection from one of our certified design specialists and discussing matters with them, the homeowner decided to go through with a simple, yet effective waterproofing job. The first step our installation team took was to work the plan the design specialist drew up and measure out the proper locations for where the would go. The goes along the base of the wall where it meets the floor so a piece of both had to be cut out to make room for the . Once the product was laid, connected, and installed, our team filled in what they removed to not disrupt the original look of the basement. A system’s job is to collect water seeping in from the ground outside the basement and direct it to the sump pump. This house didn’t have an existing sump so we installed a brand new , which is an incredibly reliable product, more than capable of handling even the worst northeast storms. With these two products working each other, leaks are now a thing of the past!