Fortunately for the residents of Alabama, it is not a state well known for harsh winters – like Minnesota, Michigan, or Wisconsin. However, the milder winters that Alabama sees still pose several risks for concrete foundations. Even if parts of the state do not typically experience much ice or snow, rainfall usually increases from fall to winter, causing the soil to saturate. Learn about these winter foundation problems and how to take preventative action with the help of Affordable Foundation and Home Repair.
There are, however, a couple of precautions that you can take to protect your home from winter weather problems.
Winter weather is unpredictable, and older homes are even more likely to develop a problem than most new homes. No matter how well you prepare, there is still a chance that you might have to deal with winter weather-related foundation problems. If you do notice foundation cracks or leakage, now or after winter, call Affordable Foundation and Home Repair. We offer the following solutions to help protect your home and fix any foundation problems you might see this winter:
Don’t let winter weather foundation problems ruin your holidays – call us right away if you need help protecting your home from winter foundation problems. Otherwise, keep our number handy! We will be here to help all winter and after winter.
Water in your basement can destroy personal belongings and weaken the very structures that support the home above. Water leaks can cause mold to grow, soak all of your personal possessions, and cause wood rot in supportive structures in the basement. Clearly, it will not be cheap to fix the mess created by basement water. But what is the real cost of basement water damage?
Because they exist below the ground level and oftentimes, below the water table, all basements are prone to flooding. However, there are a few different circumstances that increase the chances of basement flooding.
Excess Rain & Cracks
Long, heavy bouts of rain saturate the soil around your home. When the soil is saturated thoroughly, it can no longer absorb water. Where does the water go now? It travels on the surface of the ground or through crevices in the ground, flowing downward. This can lead to underground water pushing against your foundation or surface water pooling around the concrete. Both surface water and groundwater can seep into the basement through foundation cracks. Heavily saturated soil also swells as it soaks in more water, and this swelling can put pressure on the nearby foundation walls. If the pressure becomes great enough, cracks might even form in the foundation (1).
Sump Pump/Plumbing Failure
Another cause of wet basements is plumbing leaks or sump pump failures. If your plumbing system develops a leak, it can soak the basement in no time. Sump pumps, designed to carry water out of your foundation, can also develop issues that cause leaks to form. If the pipes in either of these systems freeze and expand, they might burst, allowing water to leak out. They might also suffer from cracks due to age (1).
The cost to repair a flooded basement and basement water damage depends on the extent of the damage and the size of the property. On average, a minor flood of several inches might cost somewhere around $500, while a more severe flood could cost as $7,000-$10,000 or more to fully repair. That price might increase further based on the area of your basement and the extent of the damage. The national average, according to HomeAdvisor, for cleaning up and repairing basement water damage, is $2,447. However, installing new waterproofing systems can add further costs to this number (2).
Another factor that can influence pricing is the amount of time the area was flooded. The longer water sits in your basement, the greater the chance that mold will develop. This raises the repair price even more since any mold must be remediated.
There are a few steps that you can take to keep the repair costs down and to prevent basement water damage from worsening:
It is also important to note that the kind of flooding and water damage will influence the damage and the cost of repair. There are typically three kinds of basement water, each causing varying levels of damage and health risks:
No matter what type of water damage there is in your home, invest in a solution from Affordable Foundation and Home Repair Today
We know the cost of basement water damage and our team works hard to get you the best repairs for your basement. We offer a variety of waterproofing and cleanup techniques to ensure your home is safe and dry:
Call us today to learn more about how we can remove water and mold from your home and keep it from coming back. We offer free estimates for basement waterproofing!
So far this summer, Alabama has had its fair share of rainy days. The upcoming forecast for the Decatur, AL area appears to continue this trend. During long periods of wet, rainy weather, it is important to take the necessary measure to protect your home. Poor preparation could lead to a wet basement or crawlspace for Decatur homes this week. Fortunately, Affordable Foundation and Home Repair offers the perfect solution for heavy rains – sump pump installation and repair.
Homeowners who already have a sump pump know how important they are – they protect your home from becoming flooded during heavy storms and extended rainy periods. Even a small leak can be a big problem when rainy conditions continue for days on end. The more saturated that the ground is, the more water will be forced through any small crack or gap in your foundation walls. If you have any existing cracks in your foundation, you may not be able to totally prevent water from entering your home.
That is where a sump pump comes in. Any water that enters your basement or crawlspace will be collected by the interior drainage system or will flow into a floor drain. This water will be emptied by the drain or the drainage channels into the sump pit, which houses the sump pump. From the sump pit, the sump pump forces any water out of the basement through another drainage pipe. This water is carried out of the home and far enough away from the foundation that it will not seep back into the concrete and cause issues. Our sump pumps are capable of pumping up to 5,000 gallons of water per hour, and have more than enough power to handle the upcoming rains in Decatur, Alabama.
Here at Affordable Foundation and Home Repair, we offer both sump pump repair for any issues with existing sump pumps, and sump pump installation for homes without a sump pump. We will replace old sump pumps or install new sump pumps for residents who do not currently have one.
Here is some additional information on the different kinds of sump pumps and pits that we offer for your Decatur, AL home:
Prevent water damage and flooding in your Decatur, AL home over the next few weeks with a sump pump from Affordable Foundation and Home Repair. We can help you protect your home during upcoming rainy conditions in Decatur. Call today to learn more!
Affordable Foundation & Home Repair is a family owned and operated company. We have been proudly serving Alabama and southern Tennessee for over 20 years. Our service area includes the cities of Decatur, Huntsville, Gadsden, Birmingham and the surrounding area.