Category Archives: Crack Repair
Is there a Solution to Cracked Home Foundations in Alabama?
One of the most concerning issues for homeowners is the appearance of cracks in the home. Cracks commonly appear in walls, ceiling, concrete flooring, and brickwork of many Alabama homes. Sometimes these cracks can be fixed be filling them in and painting over them. However, particularly concerning are cracks that develop in the foundation of your home. These cracks usually indicate that your foundation is deteriorating or that the home is structurally unsound due to some sort of foundation failure. Even cracks in other areas of your home, if they are wide or if they result in uneven faces (the cracked surface does not feel smooth, but instead one side is higher than the other), could indicate a foundation problem.
Foundation problems can mean trouble for your home. Because the foundation supports the entire structure, cracks and other types of issues with the foundation can result in structural damage and major issues throughout the house. The question then, that many homeowners have is:
Can my cracked house foundation be fixed?
The answer to this question is YES. In most cases, cracked foundations can be repaired. Only in very severe cases would foundation cracks require total foundation replacement. For all other cases, The Crack Guys repair experts at Affordable Foundation and Home Repair offer effective foundation crack repair services.
Solutions for Cracked Foundations from The Crack Guys
They type of solution that we employ to fix cracked foundations in Alabama homes depends greatly on what is causing the cracks. Some of the most common solutions we use are listed below.
Cracked Foundation Walls
are usually caused by soil pressure around the basement or foundation. This is common when there is an unusually high amount of water in the soil around your home. As the soil absorbs more water, it will expand, increasing the hydrostatic pressure in the ground and pushing against the foundation walls. This can cause the foundation walls to bow and crack. To fix this cracks in basement walls, we use plate anchors or helical tiebacks
. Both of these devices use different methods to anchor into the soil adjacent to the cracked basement wall and pull the wall straight to stabilize the foundation and close cracks in the foundation wall.
Vertical Exterior Foundation Cracks
are usually of less concern than some other kinds of foundation cracks. Some vertical foundation cracks, especially thinner ones, appear a few years after construction due to normal pressures and tension on the concrete. These kinds of vertical cracks can be sealed using epoxy injection. If these foundation cracks are larger than 1/4 inch, they may be a sign of foundation failure. In addition, vertical foundation cracks may allow water to seep into the home, resulting in moisture issues. For more severe foundation cracks, our team can use underpinning or polyjacking
to fix underlying foundation issues and can then install appropriate waterproofing and drainage systems such as surface drainage and exterior waterproofing or crawlspace vapor barriers to prevent water from leaking through cracks.
Horizontal Exterior Foundation Cracks
are a more serious problem. If you see horizontal or diagonal foundation cracks in your home, your foundation is likely suffering from significantly uneven settlement or shifting. This can happen due to increased hydrostatic pressure pushing on the foundation. Other causes include erosion and soil shrinkage, which create voids underneath the home that lead to foundation sinking, and poor compaction under the foundation when it was built. The most common repair solution we use to fix these issues is underpinning. In this method, we install steel push piers
or helical piers (based on the type of foundation and the severity of the issue) under the foundation. These devices drive into the ground beneath the home until they anchor into stable soils far underground. They are then attached to the foundation and hydraulically lifted to raise and stabilize the sinking foundation and close and cracks. We also offer polyjacking, which utilizes the injection of expansive polyurethane grout under the home to fill voids, lift the concrete, and close cracks.
Why Choose The Crack Guys at Affordable for Crack Repair in Alabama
Here at Affordable Foundation and Home Repair, we specialize in all kinds of crack repair for Alabama homes. In addition to foundation crack repair, our solutions will fix cracks in your ceiling, drywall, brick or masonry, concrete slabs, and basement floors or walls. Our team offers the following benefits:
- Over 20 years of foundation repair experience
- Financing options provided
- Free estimates available
- Serve a wide area in Alabama and southern Tennessee
- HomeAdvisor screened and approved and top-rated
- Family-owned company
These are just a few reasons to choose Affordable Foundation and Home Repair, The Crack Guys, to repair your cracked house foundation. Contact us today to learn how we can fix cracks in your Alabama or Tennessee home.
Drought-Related Foundation Problems Can Lead to Spring Water Issues
Even though much of Alabama remains in a drought, it is important to prepare your home and foundation for the rainy days that often accompany springtime. It may seem contradictory to prepare for rain and moisture in the midst of a drought. However, several drought-related foundation problems could have made your foundation and home more susceptible to water leakage.
The continuing drought in areas of Alabama has caused several issues for homeowners, business owners, and farmers – increased forest fires, interruption of winter planting cycles, stressed plants, lack of water, etc. However, another problem that may have occurred due to the drought is foundation damage.
When the soil becomes extremely dry, it will shrink. This shrinkage causes the soil to settle and shift. If the soil under your foundation settles, the above home will settle as well. This can cause cracks to form in your walls or ceiling and gaps to appear between the walls and the floor. Soil shifting that results in voids forming under your foundation can cause the slab to settle unevenly or to shift to one side. This movement can also lead to exterior foundation cracks, interior cracks, or gaps and spaces opening in your home. If any of these problems occur in your home, you may see
The more cracks and gaps that form in your home, the more susceptible your home is to water entry. This is just one of the problems that can affect your home if sudden spring rains occur during a drought. Erosion can also become an issue if significant precipitation occurs, as sudden rains will wash away dry soil instead of soaking into the ground gradually. This water can leak into your home or put pressure on your foundation.
Protect Your Home from Water Seepage Caused by Drought-Related Foundation Damage
Here at Affordable Foundation and Home Repair, there are a number of things that we can do to reduce the chances of moisture damage in your home. A few solutions that we offer to repair drought-related foundation damage and protect your home from water entry:
- Repair Foundation Problems: The first step in protecting your home is to fix the foundation problems that are making your home susceptible to water leaks. This means repairing foundation cracks and leveling settled foundations. We offer several underpinning solutions to complete these tasks efficiently and affordably.
- Ensure Proper Exterior Waterproofing: The next step is making sure that you have adequate exterior waterproofing to reduce the surface water that collects near your home when it rains. This involves gutters, drainage wells, and various surface drainage techniques to keep water from pooling near your home.
- Invest in Interior Waterproofing: Investing in an interior drainage system composed of drainage pipes and channels that connect to a sump pump system may be wise. This system will catch any water that seeps inside through cracks and remove it from the home to prevent water damage and mold growth.
- Encapsulate Your Crawlspace: Make sure that your crawlspace is protected from water seepage by installing a vapor barrier. Our crawlspace encapsulation with premium vapor barriers helps to keep water outside the area to prevent mold growth and other issues.
If you see cracks or other signs of foundation damage that may have resulted from the recent drought conditions in your home, call us now. Our team will work to repair your foundation and ensure it is equipped to handle rain and water seepage.