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 Water Clean Up and Damage Repairs

Leaks and flooding are more than just small annoyances – they can cause severe and substantial damage to your home. When your home is being threatened by flood damage or water/sewage backups, call the Milwaukee water clean up and damage repair experts at the IHN Company to restore your home’s integrity.

IHN Milwaukee Water Clean Up and Flood Restoration Services include:

  • Water Damage Repair
  • Sewage Cleanup
  • Mold Remediation
  • Flood Damage Cleanup
  • Flooded Basement Cleanup
  • Sewer Backup Cleaning
  • Water Removal
  • Sanitation

We realize that it is impossible to predict when leaks and floods may occur. That’s why our staff of trained water removal technicians is available 24/7 to help you as soon as problems arise. Our skilled professionals have the equipment and experience necessary to handle the most challenging water damage and removal situations in Milwaukee, Waukesha and throughout southeastern Wisconsin .

At the IHN Company, we focus on safely drying, deodorizing and disinfecting areas affected by water to keep water damage to a minimum. Fast action and timely restoration can go a long way in maintaining the structural integrity of your home or business. Our specialized water damage services include a thorough assessment of the situation and customized restoration planning.

WATER DAMAGE DANGERS:
Water damage is one of the most common problems faced by home and business owners, so it comes as no surprise that it is the leading cause for home insurance claims. When left untreated, small annoyances, such as leaks and faulty plumbing, can lead to a full blown water crisis. Damage caused by floods, leaks and plumbing problems can result in extensive structural issues in your home and the surrounding area. To avoid widespread repairs and expensive restoration costs, call a water damage expert as soon as you notice a problem.

Call the Milwaukee Water Cleanup and Damage Repairs Experts at the IHN Company today at 262-785-9080.