Recently, Alabama has been experiencing some severe drought conditions. Earlier this year, around November 21, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) predicted that the state would likely remain in drought throughout February of 2017. Even with the small amounts of rain parts of the state have received in the past few weeks, it is not enough to consider the state free of drought. Extensive dry periods like this can lead to various dangers – forest fires, lack of water available, poor growing conditions, etc. However, did you know that drought can also affect your foundation?
However, did you know that drought can also affect your foundation?
Dry conditions like those going on now in the state of Alabama can be the source of major foundation issues. These issues occur when the drying soil beneath your home shrinks and settles or leaves voids in the ground. The movement of soil will cause movement in your foundation, which can cause problems such as cracks or gaps, sloped floors, and issues with foundation walls. Voids due to soil shrinkage can also cause problems such as settlement and foundation cracks.
Among all of the other issues that droughts can cause for you, do not let foundation problems become a serious issue. The faster that you have issues fixed, the less likely they will be to cause serious structural damage in your home.
Drought-related foundation problems can range from settlement, to foundation cracks, to leaning, bowing, or rotating walls. If you see these problems in your home, it may be time to call Affordable Foundation and Home Repair. We offer pier installation and other foundation repair options to lift, level, and stabilize your foundation. Some of our solutions that can help with drought-related foundation problems in your home include:
Contact us for solutions to drought-related foundation problems today. In the meantime, keep conserving water and checking the forecast!
Both exterior and interior cracks can be signs of a more serious underlying structural issue and indicate a need for professional crack repair.
Here are some of the types of cracks that you might see in the exterior areas of your home and the problems that may be causing them:
These are some of the kinds of cracks that you may notice inside your home and what they may mean:
Call Affordable Foundation and Home Repair if you see any cracks in your home – we are “The Crack Guys!”
We offer professional solutions to not only fix the cracks in your home but to prevent them from coming back. If the cracks are not caused by a serious, ongoing foundation issue, they can be filled and sealed in a timely and effective manner by our expert crack repair team.
If there is a foundation or structural issue that is causing the cracks in your Alabama home, we offer a variety of foundation repair options. These solutions will take care of the problem and leave your home stabilized and crack-free. To support foundations that have started to sink or shift due to changing temperatures or moisture levels in the soil, we use steel foundation repair products. These piers are designed to lift heavy foundations back to their proper positions and keep them there by anchoring into deep, stable soils.
We also specialize in polyjacking (also known as foam jacking or slab jacking) to lift foundations. If the cracks in your foundation formed when voids opened beneath the concrete, polyjacking is a great solution. In this process, expanding polyurethane foam is injected beneath the concrete to fill in gaps that have led to slab settlement.
These repair options are highly effective at closing cracks in your home and guarding against crack formation in the future. Call “The Crack Guys” at Affordable Foundation and Home Repair to learn more about our crack repair solutions.