Alabama and other southern states have seen a lot of severe weather recently. Between hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the tornado that ripped through northwest Alabama at the end of August and beginning of September, there has been a lot of potential for damage in Alabama homes. One of the biggest recent concerns for many Alabama homeowners and business owners has been storm flooding. The rains brought on by Hurricane Harvey in Texas left many Alabama homes with water problems.
Three EF2 tornadoes that swept through the central Alabama area a few weeks ago caused several large trees to splinter and fall down, left houses without shingles and destroyed a mobile home completely.
There was also significant flooding in southwest Alabama. Areas near Mobile county and Orange Beach, AL received the most rain and suffered substantial flash flooding in some areas, central and northern Alabama still saw the effects of Harvey. Along with the tornadoes that devastated parts of central Alabama, there was some mild rain in the Birmingham area from August 30-31.
Huntsville also saw some rain, and parts of Tennessee and Kentucky suffered from storm flooding due to Hurricane Harvey rains as well.
Wet or damp basements already affect 60% of homes. That percentage only increases during heavy rains and severe weather conditions. This is a problem because wet and damp basements, crawlspaces, and structures are the perfect spots for a mold problem to develop. Mold growth is a dangerous issue as it can damage the structural integrity of your home or business and cause illness and health problems for you and your family.
Even a small amount of rain can be problematic if your home or commercial structure is not properly prepared. If you do not have an adequate system for surface drainage, water might be allowed to collect and pool right around your foundation. This water can then seep into your home or business through the porous concrete of your foundation, causing water issues inside.
Lack of exterior waterproofing to prevent groundwater from seeping inside can also cause even small amounts of rain to result in water seepage. If water does get inside your home, it is best to have an interior drainage system in place to reroute it and prevent it from causing issues like high humidity or mold growth. If you do not have a properly functioning interior waterproofing system, water will form puddles and may result in mold or mildew growth.
Beyond obvious damage like broken windows and missing shingles, tornadoes can cause serious structural problems for your home. If a tornado is strong enough and hits your home head-on, it might rip the entire home off of the foundation or tear one or more walls away from the home. Other times, the tornado damage in your home will be less severe.
However, it is important to thoroughly examine your home for signs of damage. Even shingles that have not been totally ripped off of your home can be damaged by winds, leaving your home susceptible to leakage. Walls might be slightly pulled away from the home, leaving gaps and spaces open. Brick and masonry, as well as other parts of the home, might be damaged by flying debris. If the siding is pulled away from your home due to a tornado, water might leak underneath and pool on the foundation, wearing away at the concrete. Foundations might even suffer cracks during tornadoes if steel poles set in them to support the structure twist and put stress on the concrete. Pier and beam foundations are especially likely to see damage during a tornado, as the structural frame and floor are less anchored and are more likely to shift off of the foundation.
Affordable Foundation and Home Repair offers solutions to repair damage from Hurricane Harvey and other storms in Alabama homes. These solutions can also help prevent damage to your structure in the event of future storms. Our options for storm damage repair and prevention include:
We also offer a range of solutions to repair beams and posts in crawlspaces and fix cracks in concrete slabs or other areas of your structure. If you live in the central or northern Alabama areas and are worried about damage from Hurricane Harvey storm flooding, tornadoes, or any other storm, call us today.
Having a basement can add a lot of valuable storage space or living space to your Alabama home. However, there are a lot of problems that might appear in your Alabama basement due to harsh weather or soil issues. Take some time to examine your basement for the following problems and call us right away if you see any issues.
It is common for residents of Alabama to discover problems in their basement walls. When the soil near your foundation swells as it soaks in water, it will push on the basement walls. This can cause several different problems:
If your basement wall is falling or moving, or if you see other signs of basement wall damage or problems, call our repair team right away for a solution.
If your basement has cracks, water will likely start to leak inside. However, basement leaks can also occur when water seeps through the concrete basement walls. When water pools around your foundation, it will seep into the porous concrete, weakening the foundation walls and leaking into the basement.
Whatever the cause, basement leaks can be a serious problem and can result in basement flooding if it is not taken care of before the next major storm. If you see any of the following symptoms of basement water, contact us right away:
These are all indicators that there is moisture in your basement. We offer multiple solutions to remove moisture and keep it from coming back.
If your foundation starts to sink or shift, you will likely notice some signs in your basement. Shifting foundations might cause basement walls to move and cause gaps or spaces to open between the basement walls and ceiling or the ceiling and floor above. Sinking foundations can cause brick compaction or basement wall cracks. You might also see signs of basement wall problems in the rest of your home. If you see sloped floors, wall or ceiling cracks, or notice windows or doors that won’t open or close, call us right away, as it could be a sign of foundation sinking and basement wall movement.
We offer foundation repair techniques that will stabilize your home and correct damaged or moving basement walls as well as basement waterproofing options to keep water out of your home.
For structural basement problems, we offer the following solutions:
For basement water issues, we offer the following solutions:
If you notice basement water or other basement problems in your Alabama home, contact us right away. We will give you a free quote and come up with the best solution for your needs.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
Problems with the foundation of your home can be major issues. If your foundation starts to settle or sag, it may result in structural damage throughout the home. Sagging foundations can also increase the chances that cracks will form in the concrete. When the concrete becomes cracked, it can let water and pests enter your home, leading to some serious threats to the health and safety of you and your family. Fortunately, this is not a problem that you have to handle on your own. The team of expert foundation repair contractors at Affordable Foundation and Home Repair can handle sagging foundation repair in the Huntsville, AL area.
We specialize in several different foundation repair methods meant to lift and stabilize sinking and sagging foundations. First, our team will need to assess the damage and find the cause of the sagging floors and foundation. Once we know what is causing the foundation to sink, we can apply the appropriate solution.
A sinking foundation is a problem that you may not notice immediately. However, sagging foundations often cause other symptoms to appear around your home. Look for sagging or uneven floors, cracks in the wall, floor, ceiling, or foundation, gaps and spaces between the walls and floor or ceiling, shifting or compacting bricks, and sticking doors or windows. These are all structural issues that may indicate sagging or sinking of your foundation.
But why does a sagging foundation occur?
There are a lot of reasons that your foundation may start to sink or sag. Following are some of the most common causes of sagging foundations in the Huntsville area:
Once we know what is causing the foundation to settle, we can recommend the best solution. We offer free estimates to evaluate your foundation and find the best repair option as well as a variety of foundation repair products installed by our professional team.
One of our most common solutions for sagging foundations is to install foundation piers, a process known as underpinning. These piers are made of high-quality steel and anchor into deep layers of soil to provide your foundation with the support that it needs. To install these piers, we excavate a small amount around your foundation and attach the piers to the foundation with a bracket. Once attached, the piers are driven deep into the ground until they reach stable soils that will not shift. Next, the piers are lifted hydraulically to raise the foundation back to its proper level.
We offer a couple different kinds of piers for the lifting of your Huntsville foundation. For slab foundations, we offer slab/resistance piers. For foundations that may require added stability, we offer the installation of helical piers. Helical piers work the same as slab piers, but have threads on them, much like screws. This kind of pier is screwed into the ground to offer extra security.
We also offer polyjacking to lift sinking concrete slabs. In this process, small holes are drilled in the slab. Then, a polyurethane grout material is injected through the holes. The polyurethane expands as it is injected, filling voids that may have formed beneath the surface of the ground and lifts the concrete, leveling the foundation.
No matter what has caused your Huntsville foundation to start sagging, Affordable Foundation and Home Repair can help. Our team is dedicated to giving you the best solution for the repair of your sagging Huntsville foundation. Call us today to learn more.