A classic french drain is a trench dug into the ground, to direct groundwater away from (or to) a specific area. It’s usually lined with gravel or rock, with a perforated pipe placed in the center. If your yard becomes a pond every time it rains, a french drain is an excellent way to make this water collect somewhere else (like a drainage ditch).

Acculevel is a family-owned and operated company that specializes in foundation repair and waterproofing. …


If you search for information about expansive soil , you’ll find a number of articles about what it is and how it affects your foundation. But what if you don’t have expansive soil? In all likelihood, it means your home is built on granular soil. No one in our industry says much about that type of soil- but they should, because it comes with risks as well.

Acculevel has been repairing foundations and waterproofing homes since 1996. Over the years, we’ve helped more than 30,000 homeowners in Indiana and the surrounding areas restore health and stability to their homes. …


Recently, one of our project managers encountered a new DIY “solution” in a customer’s crawl space. The homeowner had spread lime powder over the top of their vapor barrier, in an attempt to absorb moisture and odors. After doing some research, I was alarmed to learn that this was an idea recommended by some DIY websites.

Acculevel is a family-owned and operated company that specializes in repairing foundations, installing egress windows, and waterproofing basements and crawl spaces. Our goal is to provide homeowners with a complete home solution that protects and preserves your greatest investment. …


Does your home have a basement? How are you using it? If you’re just using it for storage, or for your laundry room, that’s fine. (It’s your house, use it how you want!) But if your basement doesn’t have an egress window, you’re not maximizing its full potential.

Acculevel has been repairing foundations and waterproofing basements since our start in 1996. Our mission is to help homeowners preserve and protect their greatest investment; we believe everyone deserves a healthy and safe place to live. …


Have you ever watched one of those fixer-upper home renovation shows? The new homeowners are so excited; they have a budget that will just barely cover their “wish list” of projects- and then things start to go awry. They discover the wiring isn’t up to code, there’s lead paint that has to be removed, or the wall they want to take out is load-bearing. It can seem like this is done to add drama to the show- but it can actually happen.

We sometimes get calls from homeowners in a similar situation. For example: the homeowner has chosen new flooring…


We’ve discussed bowed basement walls in our blog before. We reviewed what causes a wall to bow in this article , and we explored repair methods and costs in this one . But lately we’ve been hearing a different question about bowing walls from customers: what if I want the wall straightened, not just repaired?

You see, dear reader, when a bowing wall is repaired, the goal is to stabilize it and prevent it from moving any farther. There are repair methods that will hold it securely in place, exactly where it is. These methods are preferred because straightening a…


While looking for a new home, you find a place that checks all the boxes: it’s in a good school district, taxes aren’t painful, it has a nice yard, enough bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, a roomy kitchen. Even the basement seems all right; it’s unfinished but clean and dry. And then you see it: a large steel bracket set into the basement wall.

Just like that, all your hopes are dashed. Your first impulse is to walk away, because you’ve heard that “ if the foundation has needed repair once, it will need it again “ But is that true? Is…


In one of our other articles, we provided a detailed checklist of questions you should ask a contractor . The purpose of that checklist is to help homeowners thoroughly vet prospective repair companies and contractors, before hiring someone to do the work. You want to be sure that the people you hire deserve your trust.

But when we wrote this article, we overlooked something that our customers have since pointed out: how do you find potential contractors in the first place?

Acculevel is a family-owned and operated business that specializes in foundation repair and waterproofing. …


Maintenance and repairs are frustrating but necessary tasks that come with owning a home. It’s a hassle: arranging work schedules and juggling childcare so someone is home, trying to work from home despite the noise, and possibly dealing with a messy aftermath in your yard.

Once you accomplish all of the scheduling and get the work done, the hard part should be over. But then you get an invoice, and you discover the pricing isn’t what you expected. That is infuriating, and often that hit to the budget turns out to be the worst part.

Founded in 1996, Acculevel is…


Concrete is an essential building tool. It’s a man-made concoction that literally paves the way for our walkways and driveways. We use it to build bridges, retaining walls, dams, and even our homes. It’s everywhere and we rely on it heavily in everyday life.

But concrete is not infallible. It’s porous, which means water can penetrate it. And if you build heavy structures on it and apply enough pressure, it can crack. This means you can expect concrete foundations to form at least a few cracks over time.

Founded in 1996, Acculevel has been repairing both commercial and residential foundations…

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