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Signs of a sinking foundation

What are the Signs of a Sinking Foundation?

Your basement and foundation walls are crucial support structures for your home, providing a sturdy base. However, when these walls start to bow, crack, shift, or sink, it poses a significant risk to the property's structural integrity. Ideally, the basement and foundation walls are engineered to withstand the weight of the structure above. Yet, factors such as excessive water, frost heave, aging, settling, pressure from tree roots, deterioration, and lateral ground movement can gradually exert...
what is basement waterproofing

What is basement waterproofing and how do I know if I need it?

In the Pittsburgh area, many homes have basements that are often utilized for additional space or the creation of extra rooms. However, the region's frequent rainfall can elevate the water table beneath the ground, exerting pressure against your foundation. This pressure can lead to water leaks seeping through cracks in your floor and foundation walls, or in more severe cases, basement flooding. Improper lot sloping can accelerate this issue, especially when rain and runoff are...
Water in basement

Six Reasons Why it’s Important to Have a Sump Pump with a Battery Backup System

Did you know according to the American Society of Home Inspectors, over 60% of American homes suffer from dampness below the ground? Pittsburgh area homeowners are even more likely to experience a flooded basement at some point, or smaller leaks that can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home. Moist basements can foster the development of mold and mildew, both associated with various health and respiratory hazards. Here are six reasons why it's...
Gutter Clean Up article

Gutter Clean Up

Did you know that one of the ways that water can get into your home is by improper drainage from your gutters and downspouts? Gutters don't just keep water off of your roof-gutters and downspouts also redirect water away from your soil. When soil expands and contracts, it can cause pressure on your home's foundation, which can lead to foundation cracking. Gutters and downspouts act as the first line of defense against water intrusion. Cleaning...
Tips & First Steps

What’s New at Advanced Basement Solutions

As we enter spring, what better time than now to share some exciting website updates as well as our assurance to you for a safe and healthy working environment during the ongoing pandemic? Website News First, if you haven't seen our newest video on "resolutions for water intrusion," check it out on our website or YouTube channel. Water intrusion is one of the most concerning problems a homeowner can face. In this video, we cover...
gutter ice dams

All About Gutter Ice Dams

If you're like most people who live in the north and northeast of the United States, you're looking forward to green grass, budding trees, and birds chirping in the morning once we thaw out from winter; but, as warmer temperatures bloom, melting snow and ice tend to be on the horizon, as well. When the weather changes and temperatures rise, be on the lookout for gutter ice dams. Gutter ice dams form when precipitation freezes...
Foundation cracking

Environmental Effects on Your Foundation

Have you ever wondered what causes foundation damage? If you are concerned you have foundation issues or want peace of mind before winter comes to ensure that you don’t have foundation issues, contact us! Freezing and Thawing A common issue that causes cracks in the foundation is the freezing and thawing of water in the soil around your home. Concrete foundation is a porous material and when water or snow freezes in the pores of...
Advanced Basement Solutions

Our Updated Safety Precautions 

Our goal is to offer the best quality waterproofing and structural repair services at a reasonable cost, while always putting our customers first. Advanced Basement Solutions has always been and continues to be committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all our employees and customers. In addition to our normal safety precautions, we have developed a plan of action in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you plan to have Advanced Basement Solutions...
Basement Leak

What Does it Mean to be a Basement Health Certified Specialist?

You may wonder what working with a Certified Waterproofing and Structural Repair Specialist means to you as a homeowner. Advanced Basement Solutions is 1 of 5 Basement Health businesses certified in PA, as recognized by the national Basement Health Association. While many factors go into becoming certified, Advanced Basement Solutions also has the honor of being distinguished with the 2019 STAR Award. To become certified, members of the national Basement Health Association must meet the...