Basement Waterproofing Muncie, IN
Facts About Muncie
Following the American Revolution, the Northwest Territory was created in 1783. From this territory, the boundaries of states were portioned off and retreated into their own territories. The Indiana Territory was created in 1800, named for the plethora of Native American cultures present in the land. Roughly, “Indiana” meant “land of the Indians.” One of the tribes of Native Americans in the area was the Delaware Indians, who had settled around the area of the White River and modern-day Muncie. Muncie itself was formed in 1865 as a largely agricultural settlement comprised of pioneers and other early settlers. However, this agricultural state soon transitioned into an industrial city with the discovery of natural gas in Eaton, Indiana, in the late 1870s through 1886. The Trenton Gas Field brought an increase of business to Muncie, including the Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Company, which moved its base of operations from Buffalo, New York, to Muncie in 1887. The Gas Boom and the Ball Brothers were instrumental in the growth of Muncie through industry and burgeoning commercialism. The population of Muncie quadrupled in twenty years following the Gas Boom, from a little over five thousand in 1880 to over twenty thousand citizens in 1900.
During this industrialization and growth, Muncie saw the creation of neighborhoods which would later become historic districts due to their examples of architectural significance. The districts provided high-quality examples of Italianate, Queen Anne, Tudor Revival, Colonial Revival, Second Empire, Beaux Arts, Prairie, and Craftsman style homes, all important milestone styles in the growth of modern architecture and art. These homes provide a gateway into the history of Muncie, from the turn-of-the-century living present in the Queen Anne and Italianate houses of the Emily Kimbrough district to the early commercialization present around the Craftsman homes of the Meeks district.
However, since the depletion of the natural gas at Trenton field around 1910, industrialization slowed. The city of Muncie continued to grow well into the mid-20th century, but the homes of the historic districts, unfortunately, did not. Some have been inhabited by citizens willing to fix them up and keep the homes well maintained, but others have stagnated. The cost needed for the rehabilitation of some homes in the worst condition extends into the hundreds of thousands, making many into lost causes for the town. Some citizens, however, find something more within these historic districts and homes, spending years on research and rehabilitation for the homes.
From its early days as a regional trading center for the surrounding agricultural community to its first wave of industrial development brought on by the Indiana gas boom in the mid-1880s, Muncie has retained its ties to an industrial economy, and to a lesser extent its agricultural roots. In addition, the arrival of the forerunner to Ball State in the early twentieth century contributed to Muncie’s development as an educational center, while Ball Memorial Hospital, established in 1929, led to the city’s reputation as a healthcare center for east-central Indiana. Muncie’s major industrial development included glass manufacturing, iron and steel mills, and automobile manufacturing and auto parts factories. Among its early major employers was the Ball Corporation, established by the Ball brothers of Buffalo, New York, who opened a glass factory in Muncie in 1888. Other notable manufacturers in addition to the Ball Corporation with operations in Muncie have included BorgWarner, The Broderick Company (aformer division of Harsco), Dayton-Walther Corporation, Delco Remy, General Motors, New Venture Gear, Hemingray Glass Company, Ontario Corporation, A. E. Boyce Company, Indiana Steel and Wire, and Westinghouse Electric. Changing industrial trends caused shifts in the city’s economic development. As in many mid-sized cities in the Rust Belt, deindustrialization, which began in the 1960s, impacted Muncie’s economy. Several manufacturing plants closed or moved elsewhere. From 2001 to 2011, Muncie lost thousands of jobs as the city continued transitioning from a blue-collar workforce to a white-collar service economy primarily based on health care, education, and retail.
Basement Waterproofing and Foundation Repair
You may be noticing cracks on your walls or floors. These cracks can be hairline or larger depending on the amount of water pressure around the outside of the foundation. You might see moisture or dampness on the floor or walls after a heavy or saturating rain. In addition, you may have noticed some mold or mildew forming on the walls. Mold occurs due to a moist, damp environment. Mold and mildew cause such problems as allergies, headaches, sinuses and other health issues. Also, you may be noticing dry rot on the walls, baseboards, joists, floor and bottom of a wood staircase. This is due to moisture coming through your walls and floor. This type of fungus is also a major health concern. Future problems could occur like bowing and buckling of the foundation walls and floor. You may begin to experience mold, mildew, musty orders, bugs and insects or even mud after heavy rain.
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