How to Conduct a Foundation Check-up

The foundation of your home is designed to withstand immense forces while keeping your home dry and structurally sound. These thick concrete walls deliver on that promise year after year of the deep freeze of Wisconsin winters, and the frequently intense rainfall of Wisconsin summers. Combined with an effective drain tile system and exterior grading to remove water from the foundation walls, you can expect many years of low-maintenance service from your home’s foundation. However, as homes age, the foundation walls often can break down and become weakened, leading to leaks, moisture, and eventually, structural damage that can affect the overall integrity of the building. When you find yourself in need of foundation repair in Milwaukee, New Berlin, and Madison, look no further than the experts at the IHN Company.

You may ask: “How do I know if my foundation is in need of repair before it’s too late?” There are several signs you can easily identify that will tip you off and let you know that it’s time to contact the foundation repair experts. Read on to learn now to give your foundation a quick checkup.

Look for cracks in your foundation

Vertical or horizontal cracks in the surface of either poured concrete or cinder block foundation walls are a warning sign. This is evidence that the water may be infiltrating the walls, or that the foundation has shifted position. In any case, you should immediately contact your experts at the IHN Company for a professional evaluation.

Examine the corners of your basement

Your basement floor should be dry to the touch at all times. Often, poor drainage or water infiltration can be evidenced by moisture in the corners. If you see dark, slightly damp patches in your concrete basement corners, you may have a problem with either the walls or drain tile that will continue to accelerate if not dealt with. In the case of a finished basement, if you detect a musty odor or damp feeling in the corners, the problem is especially critical, since it could easily result in mold in your home. Call IHN today in these cases for our expert evaluation.

Don’t ignore water seepage in the basement

Many homeowners will write off some water leakage in their basement as no big deal. Even if you just have a trickle of water coming in after a particularly heavy rain, it could be a sign of large-scale structural damage to the building’s foundation. Don’t ignore it and end up with a major problem to your home or your family’s health later.

Need foundation repair for your home?

The IHN Company are your foundation repair experts in the Milwaukee, New Berlin, and Madison areas. Contact us today for an estimate, and let us get your basement back to being dry, safe and comfortable. Call us today at 262-691-0402 or visit our website for more information.

Radon: What you need to know

May Blog - Radon What You Need to Know

Perhaps you’ve heard it discussed in hushed tones, this silent threat known as radon. Perhaps you’ve purchased a home test kit, or looked into getting radon mitigation services, only to be left confused and unsure of your home’s true radon potential. At The Ihn Company, we’re your radon mitigation experts in the Milwaukee, New Berlin, and Madison areas, and we’ve got some clear and informative information for you about what you need to know about radon.

What is radon? Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless, colorless radioactive element that is a gas at room temperature and pressure. Radon is produced by the decay of Uranium deposits that occur naturally in rocks and soil.

Radon exposure occurs through inhalation and ingestion. After rising through the soil and rock and becoming trapped under a building, the radon gas may find its way in. Radon can enter a building in a variety of ways, including through cracks and gaps in floors and walls, openings around sump pumps and drains, joints or openings in utility penetrations and more. Improper ventilation of a basement area leads to concentration of the radon gas, which eventually becomes hazardous.

Radon presents a health risk when the concentrations exceed 4.0 picocuries per liter in air. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Some scientific studies of radon exposure indicate that children may be more sensitive to radon, due to their higher respiration rate and their rapidly dividing cells, which may be more vulnerable to radiation damage.

This is scary information, but don’t panic. Radon testing and mitigation is a relatively easy process, but it requires a skilled expert to maximize effectiveness and results. That’s why The Ihn Company has a staff of radon experts, ready to make your home safe from this dangerous gas.

Our radon mitigation services are customized to the unique situation your home presents. Our experts will fully test and assess your mitigation needs, and recommend a solution that delivers a safer home quickly. Using our foundation repair expertise, we’ll completely seal and block the radon entry points, making sure that the gas cannot enter your home. Not only does the sealing prevent entry, but it also increases the efficiency and effectiveness of the radon exhaust system. Our expert installation of this venting system is a simple process that will leave you with a completely effective solution, moving the radon gas out from under your home and exhausting it into the atmosphere.

Get Peace of Mind with our Radon Mitigation Services

The Ihn Company are your radon mitigation experts in the Milwaukee, New Berlin, and Madison areas. Contact us today to eliminate this silent threat from your home, and get the peace of mind knowing that your home is safe for your family. Call us today at 262-691-0402 or visit our website for more information.

Diagram of the typical Wisconsin Basement

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Wisconsin & Illinois Foundation Repair Service

If you have cracks in your walls, floor or ceiling – IHN Company is here can help!

Foundation problems can affect your home’s safety, look, and value of your property. The first step to repairing your home’s foundation is to find the source of your problem. Proper foundation repair and maintenance is essential before it becomes a serious and costly problem is the most affordable and ideal solution.

Milwaukee Foundation Maintenance

IHN Company is your source for foundation maintenance and repair in Milwaukee, yet we want you to know what you can to do avoid problems in the first place. Often the right prevention measures can help you avoid unnecessary repairs and the risk of water in your property.

When it comes to foundation maintenance, Milwaukee property owners can tackle much of the job themselves, if they have the right knowledge. Maintenance is necessary on both the interior and the exterior of the building in order to maintain the foundation well.

Exterior Foundation Maintenance: Milwaukee Best Practices
Exterior maintenance focuses on keeping water flowing away from the foundation. You can do several things to ensure that this happens, such as:

  • Pitch all grading around the building away from the building, aiming for two inches per 10 feet.
  • Run downspout and gutter extensions at least five feet away from the building.
  • Pitch all concrete surface areas, including driveways, away from the building.
  • Clear out and maintaining downspouts.
  • Grade the yard to help water drain as quickly as possible.

Interior Foundation Maintenance: Milwaukee Best Practices
For complete foundation maintenance, Milwaukee area property owners must also look inside their buildings. Your goal with interior maintenance is to ensure that any moisture that comes into the building is removed promptly. To do this, you can:

  • Maintain the sump pump, checking for proper operation.
  • Open the Palmer Valve, keeping it clear so it can properly drain.
  • Test to see that the sewer lateral to the street is clear of debris and flowing freely.
  • Run your basement dehumidifier at all times during the humid months from May through December.

If you need any help with foundation maintenance in Milwaukee and the surrounding communities, IHN Company is ready to help. Give us a call at 262-785-9080 to discuss your foundation maintenance needs or to get a quote for Milwaukee foundation repair services.

Milwaukee Storm Sewer Repair

For Milwaukee storm sewer repair, rely on IHN Company and their team of experienced and dependable Milwaukee storm sewer repair experts.

When a storm sewer fails, it can cause major problems. Water can get into crawl spaces and basements and cause major damage to the foundation of a building, and this can be very costly and inconvenient.

A storm sewer can fail for a number of different reasons. Some of the most common causes include a leak or break in the main water line, a blocked connection between the main water line and the building, or when weeping tiles fail.

Signs That You Need Storm Sewer Repair
So, how do you know if you need storm sewer repair? There are several different signs that can alert you to a damaged storm sewer. Some of these signs include:

  • The sump pump discharge is broken.
  • There is discoloration where the floor meets the wall.
  • When it rains, and only when it rains, you notice leakage.
  • At the sewer line, the ground is settling.
  • Long after a rain storm, you notice water is entering the crock.
  • The foundation of your home is settling in some areas.
  • After clean out, you notice ground in the pipe when you inspect it.
  • The sump pipe is recycling water to the crock area.
  • You notice severe mildew and moisture in your basement.

If you notice any of these signs, you may need storm sewer repair. It is important to get the issue taken care of immediately to prevent water damage to the foundation.

For storm sewer repair you can count on to keep your home dry and damage-free, call IHN Company at 262-785-9080. We offer comprehensive storm sewer repair and inspection services throughout the Milwaukee area.