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Hurricane Harvey Impacts and Storm Flooding in Alabama

hurricane harvey storm damageAlabama 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.

Why Flooding is an Issue for Your Alabama Home or Business

flooding storm damage alabamaWet 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.

Why Tornado Damage is an Issue for Your Alabama Home or Business

tornado storm damage alabamaBeyond 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.

Hurricane Harvey Damage Solutions from Affordable Foundation and Home Repair

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:

  • Surface Drainage: Our team prevents water from collecting around your home when it rains with surface drainage techniques.
  • Exterior Waterproofing: We can install a waterproof membrane with exterior waterproofing to keep groundwater from seeping into your home.
  • Interior Waterproofing: Our experts offer sump pump system installation to reroute water that makes its way into your basement.
  • Crawlspace Encapsulation: With this solution, we install a vapor barrier in the crawlspace to seal out moisture and prevent mold growth.
  • Mold Remediation: We get rid of dangerous mold spores by cleaning your crawlspace or basement with a method known as mold soda blasting.
  • Foundation Repair: We offer installation of helical piers as well as polyjacking to lift sinking foundations and fix foundation cracks.

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.

 

 

Have a Basement? Here are the Most Common Problems We See

basement problems alCommon Basement Problems in Alabama

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.

Basement Wall Problems

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:

  • Basement Wall Cracks: The soil pressure can cause the walls to crack. Wall cracks lower the structural integrity of the wall, the basement, and the above home, and can allow water to leak into the basement.
  • Bowing Leaning Basement Walls: Swollen and water-logged soil outside can also cause the walls to bow or lean, which creates gaps and spaces that can let water or pests can get in and cause an unstable base for the structure.
  • Basement Wall Damage: If the basement wall is deteriorating due to moisture exposure, the structural stability of the home may be in danger.

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.

Basement Water Leakage

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:basement wall problems, basement wall leaks

  • Puddles in basement
  • Pooling water outside
  • High humidity
  • Mold and mildew growth
  • Pest infiltration
  • Wet or damp humidity
  • Condensation on pipes
  • Musty odors

These are all indicators that there is moisture in your basement. We offer multiple solutions to remove moisture and keep it from coming back.

Settlement or Shifting Basement Foundation

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.

Solutions for Basement Problems

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:

  • Pier Installation: We offer the installation of helical piers to lift and stabilize your foundation. These piers install deep underground and screw into the ground for added stabilization. They are able to hold the weight of the home while also lifting the foundation to fix basement wall issues and return the home to its proper position.
  • Helical Tiebacks: If your basement walls are bowing inward, we can straighten them using helical tiebacks. These devices work like helical piers, but are installed horizontally into the ground through basement walls. This allows them to pull the basement walls straight.
  • Plate Anchors: This is another option for leaning, bowing, or falling basement walls. This repair option involves installing an anchor in the yard and attaching it to the basement wall with a thin steel rod and a bracket. Once attached, the bracket can be tightened to pull the wall outward and straighten it, closing cracks and reversing bowing.

For basement water issues, we offer the following solutions:

  • Interior Waterproofing: Interior waterproofing systems, such as a sump pump and pit, remove water that makes its way inside so that it cannot cause mold growth or damage your home and belongings.
  • Exterior Waterproofing: To prevent water from seeping inside, you can have an exterior drainage system installed. This system includes a waterproof membrane for the foundation and a drainage board to keep water from penetrating your concrete foundation walls.
  • Surface Drainage: Surface drainage systems are designed to prevent water from pooling near your foundation so that it cannot seep into your basement. These systems include things like a French drain to reroute surface water away from your basement walls.

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.

Can a Cracked House Foundation be Fixed?

Is there a Solution to Cracked Home Foundations in Alabama?

cracked house foundation fixOne 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.
cracked 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.
vertical foundation crack

 

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.
horizontal foundation crack

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.

Huntsville Sagging Foundation Repair

Got a Sagging Foundation in your Huntsville Home?

huntsville sagging foundation repairProblems 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.

What Causes Huntsville Foundations to Sag and Sink?

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:

  • Soil Erosion: During periods of heavy rain or other kinds of precipitation, some of the soil underneath your home may start to erode. As this soil is washed away, there is less and less support for the concrete that makes up your foundation. Without adequate support, the concrete will start to sink and may develop cracks.
  • floor-crackDrought Conditions: Extremely dry conditions can also cause problems in the soil beneath your home. When the soil dries out, it shrinks. This shrinkage can cause holes to form underground, leaving the above foundation without the proper support. The foundation may then start to sag into the voids formed in the soil.
  • Poor Compaction: Another reason that your foundation may experience sagging is if the area was poorly prepared when the foundation was laid. If the soil was not packed down properly, it will eventually settle. If the settlement is not even, the foundation may start to sink or sag in areas, and foundation cracks may form as well.
  • Vegetation: If you have trees or large bushes planted near your foundation, the roots can sap moisture from the nearby soil. If the soil dries out too much, it will shrink and cause void formation and foundation sinking.

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.

Foundation Repair Solutions for Sagging Floors in Huntsville

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.

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