Job Stories

Job Stories

Helping a Homeowner with "Not So Smart" Jacks
Sure, you think, "I'll just go with the cheaper guy". But in the long run, that might lead to even more of a cost later for your home. Underneath this home, every single jack post that was installed had completely rusted, some even bent, not even supporting the weight of the home anymore. The sagging floors this homeowner once had were back.  Our SmartJacks are steel support systems used to permanently stabilize and level the girders and floor joists in your crawlspace. They add strength and stability underneath your home in addition to the existing columns and piers. Made of zinc-plated and hot-dip galvanized steel, it prevents rust and eliminates weakening from moisture, mold and wood rot. They are engineered to support large loads, and suitable for large homes with sagging floors. SmartJacks are adjustable, quick to install, and the long-term solution.  If you have sloping floors, floor "bounce", cracks in interior walls, gaps around door frames, or doors that stick, you may need SmartJacks! Call us anytime to schedule your free appointment and same day estimate.   
Helical Piers and What They Do
A helical pier is another type of steel pier that can be used to permanently stabilize your home. They're named for their unique design; the first section that is advanced into the ground has one or more helix-shaped blades welded to the shaft, allowing it to be mechanically screwed into the soil. They can be used the bring the home back toward its original position or to stabilize a lighter structure that has settled, such as a deck or stoop.  For this project, four helical piers were being used in the foundation for an elevator shaft due to test results indicating that the soils were incapable of supporting a foundation with a design bearing pressure of 1000psf.  This addition to the homeowner's home would be stable for life with the helical piers installed before there is a problem!  
"It's Not A Big Deal" Can Turn Into A Bigger Deal Down The Road
Life is crazy at times with careers, family, pets, and house upkeep. Many of us go through the week and all of a sudden it's the weekend again! Time goes by fast and things change consistently. Sometimes, as homeowners a little crack turns into "it's not a big deal". The problem is, through our busy lives, we start to notice these little cracks less until they become larger cracks and "how long has that been there?" cracks.  And now the "it's not a big deal" becomes "this might be a big deal". After time, your home is slowly settling more, being affected more and more from weather and humidity. Sometimes, these things we can't control slowly affect our homes starting with small cracks, the start of sagging or bowing, or even sinking of porches or stairs. The picture below shows an example of a tiny gap that has been created over time. This small space on the porch is actually created by a BIG problem in the crawlspace! For this home in Fallston, MD,  helical piers were needed to stabilize and bring the home back to its original position. The piers' round shaft design has a high resistance to bending and is made of galvanized steel, which will not rust. These piers reach greater depths than other options to support your home, which means they extend past troubled soils. With helical piers, you can permanently stabilize your home, regardless of the weight of the structure.  So if you have any concerns about your "it's not a big deal" foundation cracks or gaps, give us a call to schedule your free estimate. If you need a little support help, we can stabilize it before it becomes a big deal!   
Sealing Cracks Yourself Isn't All That It Seems
Some homeowners try anything to save money, at least one time! But opting to purchase do-it-yourself sealants from a local hardware store and attempting your best effort to seal concrete joints yourself may give you more problems in the long run. These purchased sealants are urethane-based and do not hold up well to UV rays (sunlight) and temperature changes. They actually break down causing it to become inflexible and brittle over time. With these bonds broken, these sealants no longer offer protection against water.  Another drawback to a DIY approach is related to installation methods. Proper sealant application requires deep cleaning to remove all substances from the joints, grinding the joint edges, and finishing. These steps require experience and equipment that most homeowners do not have. The DIY results end up being messy, ineffective and rarely turn out as the homeowner planned.  Hiring a skilled professional with years of experience and expertise can save you time and money in the long run. Installation includes special preparation of joints, seams and cracks. Deep cleaning to remove debris, followed by grinding and filling where needed is done with special equipment most do not readily have.  Our team seals cracks and joints with a silicone-based sealant, which remains more pliable than traditional urethane-based caulking used in concrete joints. So the natural expansion and contraction of concrete during temperature changes won't break its bond. Our joint sealant is also resistant to UV rays, which results in no drying, cracking or bubbling.  So before you DIY, give us a try! You will not regret have DryZone protect and seal your cracks!    
Basement Water Proofing Transformation in Chadds Ford, PA
Standard basement drainage systems are prone to clogging and failure. This is why DryZone uses WaterGuard to protect homes. WaterGuard has patented protection agains clogs and has critical inspection ports which can be accessed by technicicans to clear any debri which does accumulate. Team DryZone then installed a new sump pump for the WaterGuard to drain into. After that, Brightwall was installed giving the homeowners a much more hospitable environment. The water had damged the integrity of the walls, but Team DryZone has solutions for that too. PowerBrace was used to reinforce the walls. This reinforcement will ensure that this home is safe for these homeowners.
Basement Water Proofing Installation in Marcus Hook, PA
This back room in the basement was causing the homeowners problems. There was a sump pump, but the water that would come into the basement was not draining into the existing sump pump. DryZone installed a WaterGuard drainage system along the periphery of the basement that will allow water to drain into the sump pump. The protection for this homeowner went a step further with the installation of CleanSpace Wall Liner along the walls. This will give the homeowner peace during rainy weather and protect this home for years to come.
Sinking Foundation
The homeowners of this house in Onancock, VA were concerned with the cracks that they noticed on the side of the home. They knew that they had a foundation issue but were unsure of how solve the problem. They also noticed other issues inside the home , like cracked drywall and sinking floors.  Our inspector found that their problem was in the foundation of the home and needed to be address with helical piers. Their foundation was sinking and causing major structural problems. The home needed 7 piers installed. With these piers installed the home will be stable and DryZone will keep under a warranty for 25 years. Although these homeowner are thinking about settling the warranty will transfer to the new homeowners. Giving everyone peace of mind.
Water in a Crawl Space in St. Michaels
This homeowner in St. Michaels recently purchased their home and discovered that over a foot of water in their crawl space. They had used DryZone in the past, so they knew where to turn. After the inspection it turned out that their existing sump pump had failed. The right move for this homeowner was to encapsulate the stone floor crawl space with CleanSpace and install a new SmartSump. As well to make sure their home was dry and safe they installed a Turtl. 
CleanSpace Crawl Space
This homeowner contacted DryZone knowing that they had an issue with their crawl space. Years of moisture in the crawl space had caused the insulation to fall. What thy didn’t know was the extent the damage the moisture had on their crawl space. The inspection took place in October, a month with relatively low humidity, In their crawl space the humidity levels were over 70. This is a perfect breeding ground for mold and is the reason their insulation was falling. Going into the winter months, the failing insulation on their floor would have provided little warmth an comfort and could cause higher heating bills. This homeowner knew they needed to take action and make a change. Instead of keeping the existing insulation or putting up new fiberglass insulation, the homeowner made the switch to SilverGlo insulation. This will keep the crawl space at the same temperature as the inside of the house - without heating or cooling the crawlspace. It will also make sure heat doesn’t leave the home through the floors. These homeowner also encapsulated their crawl space with CleanSpace - keeping it dry and clean for years to come. They also knew that they needed to replace their old sump pump with a new SmartSump and IceGuard. 
Beautiful Home Needs a Beautiful Crawl Space
This homeowner called DryZone because he believed that the two sump pumps in his crawl space weren’t draining properly. As well he was concerned about the insulation. During our inspection we noticed some pretty surprising issues. The homeowner was right about the insulation! They needed to have all of it removed, due to mold. As well the homeowners need to have their vents blocked and sealed with the addition of an EverLast Door to prevent any more critters from making their crawl space a home. Another issue that was detected was that their sump pumps were just buckets with a small pump inside. In order to correct this major mistake the homeowners opted for the TripleSafe Sump Pump. This will keep their crawlspace dry ALL THE TIME. Encapsulating their crawl space and creating a dry environment that will make sure their home is safe and healthy for years and years to come! 
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