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What happens to your foundation when it rains a lot?

clock June 14, 2018 12:52 by author
When it rains, the first things you might worry about are a leaking roof or pooling water in your yard. But there is a much more serious problem that can occur when it rains a lot: foundation problems. Here is what to look for.

Rain can cause a lot of problems, but you definitely need to pay attention to your foundation when it rains.

When it rains, the first things you might worry about are a leaking roof or pooling water in your yard. But there is a much more serious problem that can occur when it rains a lot: foundation problems. Here is what to look for. 

New cracks may form in your foundation walls

Not all cracks in your foundation are major problems, but even minor cracks can turn into larger problems if not kept in check. Cracks that are less than an eighth of an inch are pretty common to see. If you notice new cracks or changes in existing cracks in your foundation walls or floors, or even in drywall and ceilings in your home, it may be an indicator of soil changes due to heavy rains. These problems can get worse fast, so if you are experiencing heavy rains in your area keep cracks on your radar and have changes inspected by a foundation repair professional. 

Major changes can happen fast in the form of foundation settlement or bowing walls

Soil expands and contracts based on the weather conditions. Right now in our home area of Kansas City, it has been really dry. This causes the soil to contract away from the foundation. But if we get a heavy rain it will change everything very fast. Water will go right to those areas where the soil has contracted, and the wet soil will expand, putting pressure on foundation walls causing them to bow in and crack and even fail. If it is really dry and you have a sudden, heavy rain, check your foundation walls in your basement or crawl space for leaks. If you notice musty odors or dampness make sure to contact a contractor for help because there may be water coming in from places you aren't seeing. 

Luckily our network of contractors knows that foundation repair and waterproofing go hand in hand. Many of our contractors can resolve issues with water in your basement or crawl space as well as repair bowing walls and foundation settlement. To learn more call us today. We will find you a contractor in your local area to help you out!



The Effect of Hotter, Drier than Expected Summer Conditions on Alabama Foundations

clock June 20, 2016 09:55 by author
Alabama residents worried about the hot and dry summer weather affecting their foundations should call Affordable Foundation and Home Repair today.

The Effects of Alabama Summer Weather on Foundations

This blog post was written by Affordable Foundation and Home Repair of Alabama. We are Your premiere provider of foundation repair, basement waterproofing, and home repair in the Birmingham, Hartselle, and Huntsville, AL areas. Our team is licensed and insured in Alabama and uses ECP (Earth Contact Products) to ensure that our repairs keep your home sturdy for years to come. Contact us if you are in need of remodeling or foundation repair for your Alabama home.

There have been several reports lately warning Alabama residents to expect even hotter and drier conditions this summer. While you know that the hot, dry, weather during the summertime can be dangerous for you and your family, but you may not realize that this weather also poses a danger to your home's foundation, as warm and dry conditions result in soil shrinkage. 

As the temperatures rise and the ground dries out, the soil underneath your home will start to shrink. Soil shrinkage can lead to foundation movement - as the soil shrinks, it will shift and gaps may open up in the ground. If these gaps and spaces in the ground start form in the ground that supports your foundation, the concrete will start to lack the support that it needs. This will cause it to sink, shift, and even crack. Hot weather can also 

If you think that the hot and dry weather could be causing foundation problems in your home, look for telltale signs. These signs include cracks in the walls or floor, settling foundation, leaning or bowing walls, sloped floors, and foundation or brick cracks. 

Repair Options for Alabama Foundation Problems this Summer

If you are worried about your foundation this summer and have started to notice cracks and other signs of a foundation issue, call Affordable Foundation and Home Repair. We have the solutions that you need to fix foundation problems caused by the hot, dry summer weather in Alabama:

These are some of the services that we use to repair foundation problems in homes within our Alabama service area. We use several different kinds of ECP piers to lift sinking foundations and ensure the slab is stabilized. We also specialize in the installation of ECP helical tiebacks or plate anchors to reposition foundations that have started to shift due to soil shrinkage. 

Our other services include polyjacking, concrete repair, and crack repair. We use concrete repair and crack repair to fix structural issues and cracks in your home that may have arisen due to the stress the summer weather puts on your foundation. Polyjacking (injecting a polyurethane foam under the slab) is a great solution to fill voids resulting from soil shrinkage and lift your home. 

All of these solutions can help to protect your Alabama home's foundation from the negative effects of hot, dry, summer weather.



Sloping Floors? Hairline Cracks? Time for House Leveling!

clock February 11, 2015 05:52 by author

Sloping Floors? Hairline Cracks? Time for House Leveling!

Have you noticed that your floors are sloping or that you have hairline cracks in your walls, floors, tiles, and drywall? These are all signs that you may have foundation problems. There are several reasons why a home may settle. Some of the most common reasons are:

advanced foundation repair with underpinning and piering methods

  • Improper backfilled soil -  If the soil beneath the foundation was not properly backfilled during construction, the soil will shift causing the foundation to shift and settle.
  • Tree roots - If trees are too close to a home, the roots will drink up all of the water beneath the foundation, creating voids. The foundation will sink into these voids.
  • Expansive soils - Expansive soils such as clay soil will expand when wet and shrink when dry. This constant heaving and shrinking of the soil will cause the foundation to shift and move.

When a home's foundation has settled, it will cause the entire home to be unlevel. Some of the signs of an unlevel house are:

  • Leaning chimney
  • Doors and windows that stick
  • Sloping floors
  • Wall cracks
  • Ceiling cracks
  • Drywall cracks

If you see any of these signs that your home's foundation has settled and has become unlevel, it is important to have a professional come and inspect your home and offer house leveling repair to get your home back to its original level. My Foundation Repairs has the experts that can come and give you a free inspection and offer you the best repair solutions for your house leveling needs.

House Leveling Solutions

The contractors at My Foundation Repairs use underpinning products such as helical piers and steel push piers that are the best in the industry. These products are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leader in foundation repair products in the industry.

Steel push piers are an end-bearing pier that does not rely upon nor requires skin friction to produce support. These piers are driven deep into the ground through the unstable soil layers until they reach a solid soil layer. Each steel push pier is installed and load tested individually using the maximum weight of the structure as the reaction force. After installation and load testing, hydraulic jacks are placed at multiple locations and then the entire weight of the structure is transferred onto the piers. The home will be leveled and stabilized for many years to come.

Helical piers are used for applications where there is a need to resist a tension or compressive force or both. These helical piers look like a large screw and are individually installed and load tested after they reach a solid soil layer. Then the entire weight of the structure is lifted onto these helical piers to lift and level the house and foundation.

These piers offer many benefits including:

  • Can be installed year-round
  • Have a warranty
  • Restores the structural integrity
  • The piers are resistant to erosion
  • Made in the USA

If you see any of the signs of foundation settlement such as sloping floors or hairline cracks throughout your home, let the contractors at My Foundation Repairs come and inspect your home and find the best repair solution for your needs. We will get your house leveling done with the best products in the industry made by ECP. Your repair will last for years to come. Contact My Foundation Repairs today!



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