Reliable Foundation, Crawl Space Encapsulation & Basement Repair in Norfolk, NE
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The foundation of your Norfolk, NE, home needs to be rock solid so it can last a lifetime and beyond. Given the area’s often wet weather and silty clay loam soil, this can be a challenge.
Norfolk is the ninth-largest city in Nebraska. Located in northeast Nebraska, it is situated in between the Missouri River to the north and the Platte River to the south. The Elkhorn River also runs through the area.
Not only is Norfolk situated near a body of water (the Elkhorn River), its rainy weather and occasionally flooded silt loam or silty clay loam soil can spell trouble for area homeowners like you. Along with having adequate flood insurance coverage, you also need to protect your home’s foundation, basement or crawl space, and concrete from these environmental factors.
While you can’t control the weather or the soil around your home, you can play an active role in how your home responds to these stressors. Resulting problems include cracking and bowing walls, a leaking or flooding basement, a moldy crawl space with sagging above floors, and cracking and uneven exterior concrete on your driveway or sidewalk. These are problems that need to be addressed as soon as possible to avoid health and safety concerns.
That’s where Groundworks comes in. Our experienced team of professionals will thoroughly inspect your home to determine the cause of the problems and how best to fix them. Our trusted foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space encapsulation and encapsulation, and concrete lifting solutions come with longtime warranties and they will protect your home for good.
Recent Reviews for our Omaha Community
*CLS Foundations became part of Groundworks January 2022
CLS did a fantastic job on my home! From start to finish, ever CLS employee was helpful, kind and courteous. The work they did for me was done in a timely manner and they did a wonderful job picking up after themselves. I highly recommend using CLS!!
Groundworks – Omaha
I had such a great experience with CLS. Dave, the owner personally came out to the house to give me a quote. I really like that the owner prefers to meet each client to fully understand the situation. The crew came out and was respectful and clean. They did a great job and the price was better than the other quotes I received. I highly recommend CLS.
Groundworks – Omaha
CLS was a great company to work with. Very professional and friendly. When the job was completed,they even took the time to show and explain to my elderly mom the work they had done. Thank you CLS! Shout out to Brenda as well for her help.
Groundworks – Omaha
After having water get into our basement, we needed someone right away. CLS was there the next day and took care of the issue. The crew was timely and easy to work with. Price was great. Would definitely recommend.
Groundworks – Omaha
After looking around for someone to repair our foundation, CLS was the most reasonably priced. Dave and his crew were extremely professional and timely. The foundation repair was quick and the job was done very well.
Groundworks – Omaha
I have been working with this company to repair several issues with our home after flooding. So far they have been amazing with answering all questions and responding to every email and phone call. Over the work is actually complete I will update my review.
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Norfolk Basement Waterproofing
On average, Norfolk receives 29 inches of rain and 28 inches of snow on a yearly basis. That’s a lot of precipitation that saturates the ground and the soil underneath and around your house. Some of Norfolk and Madison County’s soils are well-drained, and many either occasionally or frequently flood. If your home is situated atop one of the latter soils, all the water it has to contend with can inundate your basement.
As mentioned above, hydrostatic pressure can cause walls to crack and bow, as well as let water inside. Instead of flooding and damaging your basement and anything you have stored there, we at Groundworks can help you protect your basement with top-of-the-line waterproofing solutions. These include an interior drainage system that is installed in the sub-floor and throughout the basement perimeter to intercept leaking water and a sump pump to collect this leaking water and pump it out of and away from your home.
Moisture, humidity, mold, and mildew also are problems that can arise from a leaking basement. To help combat these issues along with water intrusion, we can line the walls of your Norfolk basement with a durable vapor barrier and install an energy-efficient, self-draining dehumidifier. All of these solutions working together can help you create a watertight, healthy home.
Additionally, it’s important to have clear and properly functioning gutters and downspouts. If one or both of these exterior fixtures is clogged or damaged, water can drain directly onto your foundation and leak inside. Having positively graded landscaping that allows water to drain away from your house also is crucial.
This type of thought is what goes into each product Groundworks offers. That is because we design and produce the products ourselves, making them fully customizable to best fit your home. Our team is full service, meaning from the initial foundation inspection to the final walkthrough you can ensure the job is done right… the first time. Our products come with a long-term warranty to provide peace of mind.
Foundation Repair in Norfolk
The soil type and characteristics in Norfolk and throughout Madison County vary from well-drained silty clay loam to fine sandy loam and silt loam that can often or rarely flood. Even with these varieties, one thing is for certain: unstable soil will wreak havoc on your house and its stability.
It’s common for homes to settle into the ground and develop hairline cracks within the first few years after they are built. But if the structure continues to sink into unstable soil or gaps left behind from erosion or washout, this is dangerous for its health and safety as well as that of your family. You might notice problems with foundation settlement in the form of stair-step wall cracks, diagonal cracks along windows and doorways, drywall nail pops, and uneven floors.
At Groundworks, we use the most reliable and customizable solutions to address foundation settlement and its related problem signs. Depending on what type of foundation your home has and the degree of settlement, we can use push piers, helical piers, or slab piers to permanently stabilize and potentially raise the foundation towards its original position. If there is an issue with weakened crawl space joists, our sturdy crawl space supports also can reinforce and help lift the above floor and floor joists.
Heavily saturated soil from the area’s yearly average of 29 inches of rain also can result in excessive hydrostatic pressure on your foundation walls. This can cause the walls to crack and bow inwards, as well as allow water and moisture to seep inside. Our wall anchors and SettleStop IntelliBrace™ solutions can be used to not only shore up these walls, but also straighten them over time, and our sturdy carbon fiber supports hold the walls in their current positions and halt any further cracking or inward movement.
Foundation Repair Solutions
Push piers are a specific underpinning solution that may be beneficial for your settling foundation. How can these durable piers protect your home?
Helical piers are a great repair tool for sinking foundations. How can helical piers benefit your home?
Crawl Space Supports
If you’re having problems with sagging floors above your crawl space, you may need better crawl space supports. How do you maximize your crawl space support system with SettleStop IntelliJack™?
Wall Repair System
Cracking and bowing foundation walls can be repaired if you catch the problem in time. If you’re wondering how an expert can fix these walls, the SettleStop IntelliBrace™ wall repair system could work for you.
Crawl Space Encapsulation in Norfolk
If your Norfolk home has a crawl space underneath it instead of a basement, it’s vital that you pay close attention to this delicate area’s condition. Leaking water, mold, wood rot, and other issues can plague this area if it is vented and not properly sealed. While we do not recommend that you go into this tight squeeze of an area to check it, there are warning signs throughout the rest of your home that can signal problems in the crawl space.
You might notice unpleasant odors, sagging floors, higher humidity, and condensation. While these could be connected to other potential causes, it’s best to contact your expert team at Groundworks to check them out. We will be able to properly diagnose problems like these that you notice within your home, and if we trace them back to the crawl space, we can recommend the best solutions to repair them.
Leaking water from walls, through vents, or the ground can be intercepted by a specially designed interior drainage system. Similar to the basement waterproofing system, this water is directed to drain into a sump pump that will remove the water. If blackouts are a concern in your area, we can install a battery backup that will continue operating even with the power goes out.
Vented dirt crawl spaces in Norfolk need to be sealed and isolated from the earth. Airtight vent covers can keep out air and water, as well as make it difficult for pests to get inside. Encapsulating the crawl space with a thick and durable vapor barrier also goes a long way in protecting your crawl space from water and moisture. It is placed on the walls and floor to lock out these intruders and help keep mold at bay. A dehumidifier also can be installed to clean and filter the air, control moisture and humidity, and reduce odors and the potential for mold growth.
Norfolk Concrete Lifting
The same underlying cause for foundation problems like settlement and sinking also is at the heart of many concrete problems. The soil underneath concrete structures on your Norfolk property – from your sidewalks and driveway to your patio and interior concrete slab – greatly influences their condition and appearance. Fine sandy loam soil can erode and leave voids for the concrete slabs to sink into, and overly saturated silty clay loam can push up on the concrete to cause heaving and cracking.
When concrete slabs crack, sink and are uneven, they present safety hazards to anyone walking across them. They also look unsightly and negatively impact your property’s curb appeal and value. The best thing to do is get a professional assessment from the expert team at Groundworks.
The traditional repair method, mudjacking, is an invasive, time-consuming process that can leave you without access to your concrete surface for several days. At Groundworks, we have a better solution. Our SettleStop PolyRenewal™ polyurethane injections are a less invasive, more effective, and quicker way to lift and stabilize your concrete. Once penny-sized holes are drilled into the slab, polyurethane foam is pumped underneath to fill any voids and lift the slabs back up towards its original position. It cures within 15 minutes, so you can use your concrete the same day of the installation!
Contact Groundworks for Trusted Repair Solutions
If you notice problems with your foundation, basement, crawl space, or concrete, don’t hesitate to contact Groundworks for a free inspection and repair quote! Our team of professionals has years of experience in the industry, and homeowners like you throughout the Norfolk area have trusted us with repairing and protecting their most valuable asset, their home. We understand how the local climate and soil conditions can affect your property, and we want you to help keep your home standing for many years to come.
Repair and Protect Your Home for Good
Our team at Groundworks has spent years perfecting our craft and the permanent solutions we install. We understand that every home is unique, which is why we offer fully customizable solutions to best fit your repair needs and budget.
All our foundation, basement, crawl space, and concrete solutions come with transferrable, long-term warranties, and our annual maintenance program helps ensure that our repairs continue to properly function and protect your home.
If you notice foundation problems in your Norfolk home, contact us today to schedule a free inspection.