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What’s the Price for Peace of Mind?

What’s the Price for Peace of Mind?   Your home is your biggest investment and keeping your family safe and secure is priceless, but there comes a time where your budget has to meet reality, right? Our financing options are offered through EnerBankUSA. EnerBankUSA specializes in providing home improvement loans to people throughout the country. Click here or contact us for more information regarding our financial assistance program. Average Costs Around the Country Helical Pile World (HPW) contacted 21 installation contractors, distributors, and manufacturers around the country. Keep in mind that there are many variables that come into play when … Read More

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Why Choose Nichols/Grout Tech?

Choosing The Right Contractor There are a lot of causes for having a company like Nichols/Grout Tech come perform repairs at your home or business. You may be in need of foundation repairs, waterproofing, concrete leveling, or pressure grouting. But why choose Nichols/Grout Tech over all the other companies in the area?   Industry Leading Products Nichols/Grout Tech makes sure that their professionals have the best tools and products to get the job done right. Some of the brands that we prefer are:         When these products and tools are used to repair your foundation or waterproof … Read More

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Nichols/Grout Tech Proudly Serves The Florida Panhandle

  The Florida Panhandle is a unique geographical location. The area regularly receives over 62 inches of rain and can be impacted by weather from the Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico and from areas located to the north. With the weather coming at you from every direction, your home takes a beating all year, every year. The rainfall, high winds, and temperature changes all take a toll on your foundation. Areas We Serve In The Panhandle Nichols/Grout Tech is dedicated to providing solutions for the common problems that occur in cities in the Florida Panhandle like: Crestview Destin Marianna Milton … Read More

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Operation: Room Retreat Reveal

Edit: This is an update on our previous entry about Joshua Randall and the renovation we were a part of. Operation: Room Retreat is a program hosted by WBRC Fox6 News in Birmingham, AL. General Manager Collin Gaston was disturbed to find that 20 American military veterans were committing suicide every day. Considering the entire United States records 121 suicides a day, the percentage that are veterans is alarming. Gaston and WBRC wanted to reach out and help make the lives of veterans and their families a little brighter and so was the beginning of Operation: Room Retreat. WBRC partnered … Read More

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Alabama Sinkholes

Alabama Sinkholes and Nichols/Grout Tech Sinkholes in our area are nothing new, but aside from being a nuisance, they can be extremely destructive. A sinkhole can quickly appear and, just as quickly, become large enough to damage property and endanger people. According to the Geological Survey of Alabama, sinkholes are the number cause of land subsidence. Subsidence is the sinking of soil, usually due to natural causes under the surface. A large portion of Alabama is resting on a surface of limestone. Limestone is easily worn away by water, causing the formation of underground caves and sinkholes. There is a … Read More

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Foundation Problems and Renters

Foundation Problem at Your Rental Property Whether you are renting a house or living in an apartment complex or condominium you can do your part to keep you and your family (and fellow tenants) safe. Although having the building repaired isn’t your responsibility, you can report any damage you may see to your landlord and recommend that Nichols/Grout Tech take care of any repairs that may be needed. We will inspect the property and provide you with a quote on what needs to be done to restore the structural integrity of the building. Warning Signs of Foundation Damage When walking … Read More

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Nichols/Grout Tech Works on Operation Room Retreat

Nichols/Grout Tech Works on Operation Room Retreat We were so glad to be able to assist Josh and his family from Cordova with Operation Room Retreat! Josh was nominated by his wife. Josh was just discharged from the Army and we are so grateful to Josh for his service. Josh’s wife describes him as someone who would do anything for anybody and we hoped that in return we could help do something for him. Operation Room Retreat helped build a room just for Josh in their home. Nichols was so excited to help out! We are grateful to WBRC Fox … Read More

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Nichols / Grout Tech Attends SEAoAL 6th Annual State Conference and Expo

Nichols / Grout Tech Attends SEAoAL 6th Annual State Conference and Expo Nichols / Grout Tech recently attended the SEAoAL 6th Annual State Conference and Expo in Birmingham, Alabama. This conference has a regular attendance of 50-75 people at each professional education seminar. The Expo provides structural engineers and other contractors with access to the latest structural products and gives them a position of influence in the engineering world. With several morning and afternoon sessions, we were able to further our knowledge on many important aspects of our work. Some of the sessions included education on fire protection design, AWC … Read More

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Why Should I Waterproof My Basement?

Why Should I Waterproof My Basement? Your basement may not seem like a very important part of your home. Maybe you only go down there to retrieve your Christmas decorations once a year. However, your basement acts as your foundation as well – and it’s state determines the structural integrity of your home. Why You Need Basement Waterproofing It is extremely vital for homeowners everywhere to get a sufficient waterproofing system installed in their basement. This may seem obvious for those living on a high water table or near the ocean – but foundation problems can happen to anyone. Homeowners … Read More

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5 Steps to a Happy & Healthy Crawl Space

5 Steps to a Happy & Healthy Crawl Space Many Alabama crawl spaces suffer from water intrusion and because of that, their home is introduced to mold, mildew, and other dangerous allergens. Since a majority of the air we breathe inside of our homes originates from our crawl space, it is important to keep it clean and healthy from the inside out. If your home is suffering from a wet and damaged crawl space, here are the steps you need to take to get it back to normal. 1. Seal it up For many decades, building codes and conventional wisdom … Read More

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Extreme Weather & Your Alabama Foundation

Did You Know that Rain is Messing with Your Foundation? Dangerous weather has definitely been an issue for Alabama, as it is many years. You always think of how it will affect your home or cars. Is your roof going to leak? Will your gutters handle all that rain? Is the hail going to dent your car? What you don’t think about it how it is affecting a part of your home that is mostly hidden to you: your foundation. Wet Weather Means Expanding Soil Too much rain is a big deal for your home’s foundation. Whether a slab or … Read More

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Hiring A Foundation Repair Company in Alabama

Foundation Company in Alabama When it comes to foundation repair, it is important to hire a company that has the experience, right equipment, and highly trained employees. Grout Tech has all of these! Here are a few tips to know when hiring a foundation company in Alabama: Get educated on foundation repair and ask questions. Don’t make your decision on advertising or cheap pricing. Ask if there will be any additional costs if the piling needs to go deeper than expected. Make sure the contractor is evaluated by the ICC-ES (International Code Council Evaluation Services). This ensures that the building products … Read More

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Not All Carbon Fiber Kits are Created Equal

Rhino Carbon Fiber Stands Above the Rest, and We Have Proof! At Nichols / Grout Tech, we choose to use Rhino Carbon Fiber for bowing wall repair. This is because the product is the best we have seen in the industry. Not all carbon fiber strips are made the same. As you can see in this picture, it is just a matter of time till some carbon fiber strips fail because they aren’t properly attached at the top and the bottom. This is just one example. If Rhino Carbon Fiber had been installed for this bowing wall, this problem could … Read More

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How Does The Weather Affect My Alabama Foundation?

Spring Showers: How They Affect Your Foundation With spring just around the corner, Alabama is about to experience a season of rainfall. Here in the south, we’ve already seen our fair share of bad weather this winter. Now, as the snow melts and the rain falls, Alabama homeowners must be aware of foundation issues that may occur. When the soil around your home is over saturated by heavy rain or melted snow, it will expand and push against your foundation walls. This can cause your foundation to become uneven over time, and cause cracks as well. After the winter, it … Read More

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Spring Sinkholes In Alabama

Beware of Spring Sinkholes In Alabama If you are a resident of Alabama, you probably know that the state is known for it’s beautiful soil that is rich in minerals. Unfortunately, soft rocks like limestone, gypsum, and dolomite erode easily when water is present, which causes sinkholes to form in the ground. A sinkhole is an unseen hole in the earth that makes its way to the surface when the soil above it caves in from the pressure. Smaller holes can be filled by rocks, but larger holes become dangerous and need professional repair. Sinkholes can grow when filled with … Read More

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Is there a Big Need for Waterproofing in Huntsville, AL?

Is Waterproofing in Huntsville, Alabama Homes Necessary?   With the rising flood warnings this week in Huntsville, Alabama, home flooding is no doubt on the minds of all the local homeowners. The flood warnings this week and rain in the forecast next week mean that Alabama homes are in for another good soaking. Recent rains in Alabama have already saturated the soil around many homes. This next bought of rain will surely determine whether or not your Huntsville, AL home can keep water out. Hurricanes and Storms in Alabama The months from November to May are usually the wettest out of … Read More

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Chronic Wet Basement? Flood Proof with Nichols/GroutTech

Chronic Wet Basement Waterproofing from Grout Tech Alabama is no stranger to harsh storms and heavy rains. For this reason, many homes in the area may suffer from chronic dampness and puddles in the basement or crawlspace. However, the wetness in your basement is not always the result of weather alone. Even in times when precipitation is at normal levels, many homeowners suffer from wet basements. What causes damp and wet basements in Alabama homes? In many cases, it is actually poor drainage systems or foundation problems that cause basement water problems. Your wet basement could be caused by foundation … Read More

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Why Grout Tech is a Foundation Repair Specialist for all of Alabama

Why Choose Grout Tech for AL Foundation Repair? Nichols / Grout Tech is your number one source for foundation repair. With over 28 years of experience in foundation repair and 30 in concrete grouting, we offer tested solutions to take care of issues in your home. We also offer repair solutions to a wide range of states. Our service area stretches across all of Alabama and other areas: Mississippi, Southwest Georgia, the Florida Panhandle, and Tennessee. Professional Affiliations and Products in Alabama Not only are we professionals, but we are affiliated with some of the highest ranking professional organizations in … Read More

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Leaning Chimney Fixes and Repairs

Repairing A Leaning Chimney A leaning chimney is more than unsightly, it can be hazardous and should be repaired quickly. Falling bricks could injure a person or damage property. If the chimney is leaning, it can allow water and pests to invade your home and if the interior liner is cracked, dangerous gases could enter, causing health risks for your family. A leaning chimney may also be a sign of bigger foundation problems and should be fixed by an expert. Aside from being a potential hazard, a leaning chimney can lower your home value and, when combined with other signs, … Read More

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Common Problem – Concrete Cracks

Concrete Cracks are a Common Problem A crack in your concrete doesn’t have to cause structural problems to be a nuisance. A crack no bigger than a hair can let in water and some pests need only a gap 1/64 of an inch to enter your home. A larger crack can create a tripping hazard for your guests and family. A qualified specialist from Grout Tech needs to inspect your particular situation and can then determine what the cause of the crack is and what needs to be done to repair your concrete. There are several causes of cracks, each … Read More

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Is Alabama Prone to Sinkholes?

Are Sinkholes Common in Alabama? Sinkholes can have many causes, both natural and man-made. The collapse is usually due to low water levels underground and Alabama is home to more underground rivers than any other state. In addition to that, much of Alabama sits on soft limestone, which easily erodes and collapses. Underground caves and springs can contribute to sinkholes, along with poor drainage, abandoned water wells and buried construction materials. Some warning signs of a developing sinkhole are slumping and sagging fence posts and leaning trees. In addition, you may notice foundation and floor cracks or windows and doors … Read More

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Common Signs of Building Foundation Problems in Birmingham, Alabama

Common Problems to Look for in Birmingham Homes and Businesses Foundation failure is a problem that grows exponentially with time. The longer you wait to get repairs the more expensive, time-consuming, and complex the repairs become. The best way to avoid costly repairs is to get smaller repairs as soon as you notice a problem. Keeping an eye out for common foundation problems at all times will help you keep your home protected from foundation failure. There are three signs that are the most common beginnings of foundation failure. The first common sign of foundation problems is cracked or crumbling foundations. … Read More

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Winter is Here – Alabama Can Expect Trouble with their Foundations!

Be Prepared for Winter Foundation Trouble in Alabama The last two years have given Alabama trouble. Winter has not been forgiving and it is likely that this year will be no different. There have been three major winter storms over the past two years. They brought snow and ice to the state of Alabama. This year, Alabama Emergency Management Agency and National Weather Service offices in Alabama are taking precautions. The El Nino could mean storms for the South. Does this mean snow and ice? While it is too early to tell for sure, it is best to be prepared … Read More

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How El Nino Affects Winter in Alabama

El Nino and Winter in Alabama What is El Nino and what damage does it cause? El Nino is a periodic warming of the Pacific Ocean that sets off unstable weather patterns across the globe. Every time one develops in Alabama, cooler and wetter develop in the fall and winter months. The most serious El Nino weather pattern occurred in 1997, creating floods and more snowfall in well-populated areas of the country. If you live in Alabama, make sure your home is prepared for El Nino. Too much water can lead to excess water around the foundation and foundation walls, causing … Read More

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Common Birmingham, AL Foundation Problems

Common Foundation Problems in Birmingham, AL Some of the most common foundation problems in Alabama are issues that cause your foundation to settle, sink, shift, and crack. Most of these issues occur when there is a lack of or an excess of moisture in the soil beneath your home. Other problems are caused by surface water, vegetation growth, and poor construction. Some of these foundation problems are: Sinking Foundations: Usually caused by settlement of the soil under the home due to erosion, soil shrinkage, or poorly compacted soil. Slab Cracks: Cracks can form in your slab due to how the concrete … Read More

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Value: Food for Thought

When it Comes to Waterproofing & Foundation Repair, Cheap isn’t Always Best We bid jobs often for foundation repairs, waterproofing, grouting, concrete repair and more. Sometimes Nichols / Grout Tech will be the lowest bid, but not always. This is because we will never sacrifice quality for price. Quality of work should always be the priority, and although Nichols / Grout Tech aims to offer the best pricing, we also aim to do the best work with the best products available on the market today. Be believe that is the best way to do business, and the best way to serve our … Read More

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Internal Drainage Information

Internal Drainage Systems: Different than Waterproofing Systems There are systems which manage the water once it has entered into a crawlspace or basement (home). Sometimes these systems are incorrectly referred to, or sold as, waterproofing systems. Generally, the system will have a series of drains and/or pipe located in the interior space and placed adjacent the foundation wall. More often than not the drain pipe will flow to a sump pump, which in turn pumps the water collected out of crawlspace or basement and into the yard. These systems are sometimes required due to limited accessibility of a site, or … Read More

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Landscaping Drainage 101

Landscaping and Exterior Drainage for Your Birmingham, Alabama Home Why You Have Water in Your Alabama Yard Birmingham and all of Alabama have significantly higher average rainfall than the rest of the United States, so water buildup can be a prolific problem for Birmingham homeowners and something that many homeowners will experience at least one. A variety of factors and contribute to water buildup in yards, but a few of the most common include: Heavy rainfall: When an area of land endures substantial rainfall, the ground becomes heavily saturated and is unable to absorb any more water. Because the water cannot … Read More

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Epoxy Grouting Procedure: How It Works

Epoxy Injection Grouting for Residents in Alabama There are two facts about poured concrete. One, it will get hard and two, it is susceptible to cracks. Poured concrete is designed to support foundation walls, but over time cracks may develop. This makes structures susceptible to water leakage and floods. In addition, concrete cracks are inevitable and unappealing, creating corroded steel reinforcements and damage to buildings. They can be formed by settlement or over-saturated soil, and can be easily repaired. If you have concrete cracks, contact the professionals at Nichols / Grout Tech. We use epoxy injections to restore the strength … Read More

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Is Your Alabama Foundation Sending You A Warning?

Foundation Repair Warning Signs in Alabama Have you noticed cracks in your walls or doors that aren’t closing properly? Maybe you have experienced uneven and sloping floors in your home as well. These can all be indicators of foundation failure. Distress to your foundation can almost always be attributed to expansive soil. Whenever there is a heavy rainfall, the moisture will cause the soil underneath your house to expand. In contrast, on hot and sunny days your soil will dry up and shrink. This fluctuation will eventually cause your foundation to rise and resettle, creating cracks and openings. An astounding 60% … Read More

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Questions to Ask Your Foundation Contractor About Your Foundation Problem

Questions for your Foundation Repair Contractor in Alabama We know that any type of foundation repair can be stressful. The process is hard because it can be risky, time-consuming, and expensive. We here at Nichols / GroutTech want you to feel peace of mind during our time together. Our goal is to offer you the best service possible so that you can rest easy. That is why we are offering you a list of questions you should ask any foundation repair contractor that you decide to hire. Knowing the answers to these questions will make the process much easier for … Read More

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What is Carbon Fiber and How Does it Fix Bowed Walls?

Carbon Fiber Solutions for your Foundation Walls in Alabama It is likely that you have heard of or about carbon fiber at some point in your lifetime, but do you know what it really is? Carbon fiber is a material made of thousands of small fibers of carbon. Individually, carbon molecules and fibers are incredibly strong, and when they are woven together they are stronger than steel. It is the strongest material that humans have made. It is a useful and versatile material because it is lightweight, but it does not stretch, and it can be melted and molded into … Read More

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Can Companies Not Honor Warranties?

Are There Conditions Where Companies Can Get Out of Honoring a Lifetime Warranty? The answer appears to be yes. It’s hard to believe, and we have posted before about reading the fine print on warranties, but it does appear that some companies do get out of honoring lifetime warranties. This is why, in this day and age, a company’s reputation, reviews, and previous work need to do all the talking. As a consumer, we recommend really investigating the foundation or waterproofing company that you choose to work with. When it comes to the huge investment you have in either your … Read More

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Common Summer Concrete Problems in Alabama and the Concrete Contractor That Can Help

Common Summer Concrete Problems in Alabama If you live in Alabama, you may be familiar with some of the more common summer concrete problems. These problems can be a hassle when they occur in your foundation or driveway. Fortunately, the concrete contractors from Nichols / Grout Tech of Birmingham, Alabama know just what to do to restore your concrete to normal. Contact us today for a solution to any concrete problems that you are dealing with in your Birmingham, Alabama home. New concrete problems related to hot weather are not uncommon in Alabama. Temperatures that are too warm make it difficult for … Read More

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Lifetime Warranties – Not A Guarantee

Lifetime Warranties Not Always A Guarantee The following is an excerpt of an article located online.  We attempted to find the originator for full article reprint permission, but were unable to do so.  Therefore, we have removed the personal information, such as names and magazine titles, from the article. We think this is an important article to share, because when you are shopping for a contractor for concrete repairs or foundation repairs, you need to know the facts and be educated so you can make the best decision about local foundation and concrete repair contractors. Consumers Urged To Read Fine Print … Read More

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Nichols/Grout Tech: Your Waterproofing Contractor for Alabama

Nichols/Grout Tech Waterproofing Contractors in Alabama Basement water is a problem for homeowners not only in Alabama, but throughout the country. Before you attempt to fix the problem yourself, you need to know what is causing it and what the best solution is. Often, water issues in the basement are the result of a foundation problem or lack of proper drainage around the house. This is why it is important to have your home examined by a professional for any signs of a basement water issue or foundation problem. The waterproofing contractors from Nichols/Grout Tech of Alabama can help you … Read More

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Spring – A Great Time to Repair Concrete in Alabama

Spring is a Great Time to Repair Concrete in Alabama The spring season in Alabama is a good time to take a look around your Alabama home and see if you are in need of concrete repair. The summers in Alabama get very hot, so the spring season is the best time for your concrete repair in Alabama. Concrete problems in Alabama occur due to dry soil. Concrete absorbs water from the soil and when the soil gets too dry, the concrete becomes brittle and cracks. Another problem that can cause concrete problems is too much water. When the soil … Read More

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Alabama Foundation Repair Needs – Repair Common Problems

Foundation Repair in Alabama Whether your home in Alabama has a foundation that is a basement, crawlspace or slab, they are all susceptible to foundation problems. Foundation problems in Alabama can stem a variety of reasons such as: Poor construction at time of build Shifting soil due to changes in the water content The home’s weight bearing down on the foundation Trees and bushes growing too close to the foundation, drinking up the water in the soil When the foundation of a home starts to fail, problems will begin to appear throughout the home. Once a problem begins, it will … Read More

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Wall Cracks and What they Indicate About your Alabama Foundation

What Wall Cracks Mean in Your Alabama Home There are several different types of wall cracks that may occur in your Alabama home. Each of these wall cracks may indicate a particular type of foundation problem. The first step to fixing the underlying foundation problem is determining what type of wall crack is present in your home. No matter what type of wall cracks you are dealing with, Nichols / Grout Tech can help you come up with a solution that fits your home. Contact us today to see all of our wall crack repair solutions in Alabama. Some of … Read More

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Commercial Foundation Repair: Florida Panhandle & 6 States including Alabama

Commercial Foundation Repair Homes in Alabama may have foundation problems due to the shifting of the soil beneath the foundation. The soil in Alabama is expansive soil which means that it shifts and moves with the changes in moisture content. This causes foundations to shift and move, causing foundation problems. The professionals at Nichols/Grout Tech repairs residential and in Alabama. Grout Tech also repairs commercial foundations, which can have the same issues as residential foundations. These large commercial foundation repairs takes an experienced team with the right equipment to get these large foundation repairs done. We utilize our state of … Read More

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Alabama Waterproofing Solutions

Waterproofing Solutions for Your Alabama Home Don’t let a wet basement cause you to lose living space or personal possessions. A wet basement can promote the growth of mold and mildew which can cause health issues to you and your family. Alabama has a shallow rock bed, high water table and clay soil. All of these factors contribute to water entering the basement through any opening it can find. This includes cracks in floors, walls and joints. The obvious sign that you are in need of basement or crawlspace waterproofing is standing water. However, there are other, not so obvious … Read More

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Winter can mean wet basements in Birmingham, Alabama

Effects of Winter on your Birmingham, Alabama Home Winters can bring everything from severe weather to snow and ice to Alabama so you need to make sure your basement, crawlspace, or slab foundation is ready for anything. Winter has many different effects on your home or business including: Floor cracks Wall cracks Foundation cracks Sinking and settling foundation Wet basement Sloping or uneven floors Winter means cold weather which can cause the surface of the ground to freeze, which causes the soil to shrink creating voids. This may cause your foundation to sink and settle into those voids. This can … Read More

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Concrete Crack Repair Contractor in Alabama

Concrete Repair Contractor from Nichols / Grout Tech Concrete can tell you a lot about your home or business, especially when it comes to your foundation. When concrete begins to crack and crumble, professionals will be able to tell you that your foundation may be experiencing foundation failure. Not only does Nichols / Grout Tech provide foundation repair services, but we also provide concrete repair, replacement, and finishing services, as well as grouting. Concrete can be affected by a variety of things such as vegetation, soil movement, and curing time. Vegetation can include anything from tree roots to weeds. Large … Read More

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What Causes Concrete to Crack, and How Can I Prevent It?

Concrete Cracks and Grouting Solutions in Alabama Concrete is one of the most durable man-made materials in the construction industry, but it also has weaknesses. Over time, concrete surfaces may wear down due to harsh weather, poor construction, soil conditions and common elements. As a result, concrete cracks may appear on the surface including sidewalks, driveways, patios or basement floors. If you notice concrete cracks getting bigger, hire a foundation repair contractor to assess your property. Fluctuating moisture levels and temperatures are just a few reasons why concrete expands and shrinks. Don’t let unsightly concrete cracks lower the value of … Read More

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How Do you Know You have the Right Alabama Foundation Contractor?

Choosing a Foundation Contractor in Alabama and the Surrounding Area Foundation repairs are not a job for your local handyman, so it makes sense to hire a licensed contractor to give you a detailed estimate for all your foundation issues. A good, thorough inspection usually takes up to two hours which involves: A visual inspection of the foundation and the structure Measure and identify cracks and signs of foundation failure Inspect exterior and interior floor elevations by using an instrument  to measure the floor surface When you are looking for an experienced contractor, take these following precautions: Pay close attention … Read More

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Commercial Foundation Repair Service Area and Information

Large Service Area for Commercial Work by Grout Tech We here at Grout Tech are proud to say that we have a large service area that spans five states, and areas of two others. Grout Tech offers both residential and commercial foundation repair solutions. Our service area for commercial projects is the same as our residential service area. It includes all of Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Mississippi, as well as the southwestern part of Georgia and the Florida Panhandle. We are based in Pelham, Alabama, but are more than happy to travel to give you top quality foundation … Read More

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Landscaping and Exterior Drainage for Your Birmingham, Alabama Home

Why You Have Water in Your Alabama Yard Swimming can be a fun and enjoyable summertime activity, but not when the “pool” is comprised of water buildup in your backyard. Birmingham and all of Alabama have significantly higher average rainfall than the rest of the United States, so water buildup can be a prolific problem for Birmingham homeowners and something that many homeowners will experience at least one. A variety of factors and contribute to water buildup in yards, but a few of the most common include: Heavy rainfall: When an area of land endures substantial rainfall, the ground becomes … Read More

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Concrete Cracks from Constantly Changing Weather? In Alabama, Grout Tech can Fix It!

Fluctuating Temps can Cause Concrete Cracks in Alabama Cracked concrete surfaces in driveways, sidewalks, and foundation slabs can ruin the appearance of your home or business. They can also be a trip hazard for pedestrians and family members. Concrete surfaces take a lot of abuse from fluctuating temperatures and weather conditions. There are many reasons why cracks form, but the most common are due to fluctuating temperatures. At Grout Tech, our experienced team can examine your concrete and provide concrete repair solutions for the residents in Alabama. During the summer months, hot and dry weather conditions followed by heavy rains … Read More

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Spring Severe Weather Threatens Birmingham, AL Foundations

High Winds and Wet Weather can affect your Birmingham, Alabama Home The severe storms that have occurred across the state of Alabama over the past month has had a big effect on many homes and businesses. The constant downpours and high winds can really take a toll on a home’s foundation. All this wet weather can mean big problems for your home. Heavy rains cause a large burden on your downspouts and gutters. Large amounts of water may splash over the sides of gutters and onto the ground directly next to your foundation, making basement flooding more likely. Downspouts can … Read More

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Spring is the Time for Foundation Repairs in Alabama

It’s Time to Inspect your Alabama Foundation Now that Spring is finally here, now is the time to look around your home and look for the signs that your foundation may be in need of repair. The winter weather can cause the soil to expand beneath your foundation because more moisture is retained in the soil. This expanding soil pushes the foundation upward, causing it to heave. This along with the Spring rains ready to come, it is a good idea to make sure your foundation is safe. If you see any of the following signs of foundation failure, the … Read More

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Waterproofing considerations with Spring Around the Corner

Plan Ahead and Protect your Alabama Home with Waterproofing Before the snow melts from winter and the spring showers come, protect your Alabama home and basement by getting your basement waterproofed. When spring rains add inches of water, it will find the easiest path flow, and that is usually along your home’s foundation, down into the basement. Just a few inches of water in a basement can cause a lot of damage.When it rains heavily or snow melts quickly the risk of damage increases. Water damage can increase the risk of mold growth, creating a health hazard to you and … Read More

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What Exactly IS Underpinning?

Understanding Underpinning and the Benefits for Your Alabama Foundation Underpinning is the process of strengthening the foundation of an existing building. It is necessary when any of these issues are present: The original foundation is not strong or stable enough anymore The soil supporting the foundation has changed The construction of nearby structures makes it necessary to excavation the soil supporting the existing foundation To increase the load capacity of existing foundation to support the addition of another level to existing buildings Natural causes such as an earthquake, flood, or drought have caused the structure to move Underpinning extends the … Read More

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Choosing an Alabama Foundation Company

How do you know which foundation contractor is the right one? The foundation is an integral part of every structure. It takes the weight from the building up above and distributes it to the soil below. If the foundation is unable to function, then it can’t distribute weight and your home will begin to settle into the soil. This can result in cracking foundation and basement walls or bending and bowing walls.  Being such an important part to the home, you will want to make absolutely certain that you have hired the best contractors in the industry to take care … Read More

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DIY Crack Repair: Not the Best Idea

Why NOT DIY? There are many projects that  a capable homeowner with the proper power tools can perform. Whether it is painting walls to or fixing a broken pipe, however, there is one thing for certain about these situations, none of them effect the well being of your entire home.  The foundation of a structure is what disperses the weight of the building to the soil below. It also holds your home and prevents moisture from entering.  If your foundation is cracked or damaged, there are way too many  possible causes and consequences, fixing it right the first time is … Read More

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Who we Serve and What we do

What Foundation Services do we Offer The foundation is the most important part of any building, it disperses the structures weight to the soil below. Your home is your biggest investment and if you have damaged or dysfunctional foundation the well being of your house could be at stake.  If you notice any  foundation cracks or potential issues call Grout Tech immediately; we want to preserve the integrity of your home. We are your foundation repair experts of Alabama. When a house settles it sinks a little bit into the soil beneath it. While it may seem like it’s not … Read More

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Crawl Space Vapor Barriers for your Alabama Home

Crawl Space Vapor Barriers Alabama A home is may be the largest and most important asset in our everyday lives. Moisture damage is a serious threat to a home and those residing in it. Homes that are built with crawl space foundations are often victims to poor moisture management. Healthy crawl spaces are a key to having a healthy home. Helpful and common identifiers of crawl space moisture problems include mold in crawl spaces, condensation on insulation and water pipes, condensation in air conditioning systems, rotting in wood framing, buckling in hardwood floors, high humidity in certain areas of the … Read More

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Foundation Repairs in Alabama

Alabama Weather and Foundation Repair Every region is different when it comes to what weather it will experience. Different weather effects your foundation in different ways. For example, shrinking soil, which is caused by dry weather, can cause loss of foundation support which can lead to leaning walls, wall, floor, foundation, and slab cracks, or even a sinking or settling foundation. And the opposite happens as well, expanding soil, caused by wet weather can put pressure onto your foundation walls, which can a lot of the same problems. These are just two examples of how weather can effect your foundation, … Read More

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Services by Your Concrete Contractor in Birmingham

Concrete Contractor Birmingham When deciding to do some concrete work at your home or business, you want a company with contractors that know how to fix any repairs the first time. You also want the concrete contractor in Birmingham to pour new concrete so that it will not crack in a few years. The company Grout Tech has just the right concrete contractors to do the job for you. Concrete can have many outside forces that can effect how long it will last. Moisture in the soil and extreme temperatures when the concrete is poured can lead to damage to … Read More

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What to Do When You Need Foundation Repair in Birmingham AL

Foundation Repair Birmingham AL As a homeowner, you have to be ever vigilant about inspecting your home’s foundation. Any time you notice something different in the way your foundation looks, you should have it inspected by a professional. At Grout Tech we have a team of experienced workers that assess the problems and come up with solutions for foundation repair in Birmingham AL. In our solution for your foundation needs we will use the most reliable repair products on the market that are made by Earth Contact Products (ECP). With our experience and products from ECP, we can make the … Read More

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What’s Different About Foundation Repairs in Florida

Foundation Repair Florida If you have experienced foundation problems in Florida, you are not alone. Because Florida soil is made up mostly of limestone, there is greater likelihood that at some point, you will need foundation repair. Limestone is a soft material made up of clay and sand. When rainwater accumulates, it erodes this soft limestone causing your foundation to shift and settle. How well the house was designed and constructed also contributes to your home’s foundation settling.  Looking for signs of foundation settlement and catching the problem early can prevent sinkholes from occurring under your foundation. Signs to look … Read More

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Landscape Drainage in Alabama

Grout Tech Offers Solutions for Landscape Drainage in Alabama  Many people take a lot of pride in their Alabama yards. Whether it be in Birmingham, at a historic old home surrounded by a beautiful yard, or a Montgomery home that is new construction, that has just had beautiful landscaping put in, keeping that yard looking beautiful can be a huge task. There is something that Grout Tech can do to help. We offer landscaping drainage, or exterior drainage as part of our basement waterproofing solutions for our service area, including all of Alabama, the Florida Panhandle, Southwest Georgia, Mississippi, and … Read More

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How to Pick a Foundation Repair Company

Alabama Foundation Specialist Reviews The appearance of cracks on floors and walls in your are not only annoying, they can be a sign of foundation problems. Foundation problems can occur because of several different reasons. The changes that occur in the foundation soils that surround and support the foundation is the most common cause. If a foundation was built on weak soil, the foundation footings will sink into these soft soils. Often when a home is being built, placement of fill soils is common. If these fill soils are not properly compacted, this will result in foundation settlement. Extreme changes … Read More

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What is Pressure Grouting?

What is Pressure Grouting Alabama? If you are faced with a sinking or settling foundation, consider pressure grouting for your solution. Compaction or pressure grouting occurs when we inject a very stiff grout mixture at a high pressure into specific areas in the soil. The grout then compacts the soil around the areas of injection. This is most commonly done in stages, usually working from the bottom of a deep injection to the top. If there is a shallow area, top down injections can also be used to strengthen and contain the pressure of the soil. Here at Grout Tech, … Read More

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Wet Basement Solutions for Homeowners

Wet Basement Alabama A wet basement is a huge problem for many homeowners. If you have excess water in your basement, it could pose a serious threat to you and your family: it could cause mold to enter the air, creating a health hazard for you and your family; it could damage your personal possessions; and it could lower the value of your home. Fortunately, Grout Tech offers many great solutions for all of your wet basement Alabama issues.  There are many things that can cause a wet basement or crawlspace: foundation issues (such as a sinking or settling foundation), an … Read More

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How to Choose a Waterproofing Company

Picking a Waterproofing Company in Alabama When it comes to the caring for your home, making sure it is waterproof is an important step. Water leakage in the home is a serious problem, and could cost you lots of money in damage to your personal possessions and it could also lower the value of your home significantly. It is also a health hazard for you and your family, as water issues can lead to things like mold. If you suffer from a wet or damp basement or crawl space, you probably need to have your home taken care of by a … Read More

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Foundation Failure – Know the Signs

Alabama Foundation Repairs Knowing signs of foundation failure is the first step in having a home that is safe and has no decreasing value. When your home has foundation problems the value of your home will start to decrease, and some of the foundation failure problems can be dangerous to whoever lives in your home. Some common signs of foundation failure include: Floor, wall, and foundation cracks Bowing or leaning walls Sticking doors or windows Sink holes Garage column cracks Sinking or uneven floors Leaning chimney Water stains All of these different problems are signs of deeper foundation failure that … Read More

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Alabama Foundation Repair Professionals

Foundation Repair Professionals in Alabama Water and soil movement can pose a serious threat to the foundation and well being of your home.  Soil expands in hot and wet seasons and contracts in dry cold ones.  Knowing the warning signs of foundation failure are a necessity if you want to catch the problem before it becomes to serious.  Water can put hydrostatic pressure on basement and foundation walls.  This pressure could lead to cracking, bowing, or leaning.  If you notice signs of this happening you will want to contact a professional immediately.  The longer you wait, the more expensive the … Read More

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Your Alabama Foundation Repair Experts

Foundation Repair in Birmingham Alabama Nichols Concrete Equipment Company, Inc., (Nichols) has the reputation as being the leading concrete pumping contractor in the Southeast. In 2008 they acquired the the assets and personnel of a leading foundation and specialty grouting company, giving Nichols greater ability and service in the construction market. As Grout Tech, the job types range from small residential to large commercial and industrial work. Our philosophy is doing the job right the first time. Helical Anchors Helical anchors are used to lift homes or stabilize foundations when driven deeply into the soil to stabilize it. By choosing helical … Read More

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Your Waterproofing Options

Sump Pit Installation Alabama Don’t let water leaks cause your home, your investment, to be damaged or cause a serious health risk to you or your family. The health risk is due to mold and mildew that can form due to water leaking into the basement or crawl space. Grout Tech has several solutions to waterproofing your home. A sump pit installation system is an effective way to keep your basement dry. One of the key ingredients to the sump pump system, it the design of the sump pit. The unique bell shape of this sump pit that Grout Tech uses for sump … Read More

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Is it important to have a battery backup sump pump?

When your basement is in danger of water damage, a battery back-up sump pump is a necessity. It provides protection against flooding when the power goes out. Especially during the damaging spring and summer storms, guaranteed protection against flooding means there is one less thing you have to worry about. Here at Grout Tech, we offer batter back-up sump pumps as well as primary sump pump installation Alabama services. Battery back-up sump pump installation Alabama is best when done by a professional from Grout Tech. Our ECP battery back-up sump pumps monitor your waterproofing system, and automatically switch on when the primary … Read More

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Avoiding a Wet Basement

  Avoiding a Wet Basement A wet basement poses a serious threat to your possessions, the value of your home, and the safety of your family. A settling or sinking foundation creates the possibility for leaks, and promotes mold or mildew growth. If you don’t have a proper basement waterproofing system, your basement could get water damage. In order to keep your basement dry, there are several different waterproofing options. Here at Grout Tech, we are happy to meet your waterproofing Alabama needs. Basement Waterproofing Alabama Options To waterproof your foundation, you must first manage the source of the water. … Read More

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What are Helical Anchors?

What are Helical Anchors? When looking at solutions for foundation repair, there seems to be an overwhelming amount of options. Here at Grout Tech, we offer them all, but one of the most popular solutions is the use of helical anchors. Helical anchors are screw piers, best used on slab foundations, porches, or other light-weight structures. They are used to lift or stabilize sinking foundations, or stabilize retaining walls. They stabilize and reinforce materials when they are attached and driven deeply into the soil. Grout Tech is happy to be your helical anchors Alabama provider. We install helical anchors, helical piles, … Read More

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Why Foundation Repair is not a DIY Job

Why Foundation Repair is not a DIY Job Many of us don’t realize the importance of a quality foundation. In fact, your foundation is the most important part of you home’s overall health. A healthy foundation prevents water damage and structural damage that decreases your home’s value. Here at Grout Tech, we are happy to service all of your foundation contractor Alabama needs. Finding the Right Foundation Contractor in Alabama Your home’s foundation is not a joke. You need to be sure that your walls are straight and not cracked or bowed. It is important to contact a professional to … Read More

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Is Your Crawlspace Usable Space?

Is Your Crawlspace Usable Space? Having a crawl space in your home can be very convenient. They’re great for storage, but also cause a lot of problems within your home. Having a poorly ventilated space or a leaky foundation can cause moisture problems in your crawl space, and lead to bigger problems in the future. A crawl space with a poor moisture management system creates problems that threaten the value of your home, such as mold or moisture damage, buckled hard wood floors, insect infestations, or rot in the wooden framing. Having a dry crawl space is very important, not … Read More

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Getting to know your Concrete Contractor

Getting to know your Concrete Contractor Concrete Contractor Birmingham AL It is common for your concrete surfaces to crack and crumble from moisture and climate changes. When you are feeling as though your concrete is just too tough to work with, you might consider hiring a concrete contractor. A concrete contractor is someone who will help you construct and take care of your concrete, and when hiring one you need to make sure you are getting someone who knows what they are doing. So, there are a few questions Concrete Contractor Birmingham All you should ask before you set your … Read More

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Getting to Know Your Concrete Contractor

Concrete Contractor Birmingham AL It is common for your concrete surfaces to crack and crumble from moisture and climate changes. When you are feeling as though your concrete is just too tough to work with, you might consider hiring a concrete contractor. A concrete contractor is someone who will help you construct and take care of your concrete, and when hiring one you need to make sure you are getting someone who knows what they are doing. So, there are a few questions you should ask before you set your mind on one. You need to make sure that you know everything your concrete … Read More

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The Importance a Healthy Crawl Space

The importance of a Healthy Crawl Space Not many people realize that the crawl space has such a big affect on you and your home.  It has a large affect to the health and energy efficiency of your home.  The crawl space is actually one of the most important areas, but most people only think about it a couple times a year if the moldy and musty smell returns.  More than half of the air you breathe on the first floor of your home is from the crawl space or the basement.  This is why it is so important to … Read More

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Soil and Your Home’s Foundation

Soil and Your Home’s Foundation Depending on what types of foundation soils your home is standing on can greatly effect the stability of your home.  Each type of soil reacts differently to moisture because they are all different.  Generally you have your sandy soils, your clay soils, and your loam soils.  Sandy soils allows the water to pass right through rather than absorbing it.  This makes sandy soils very stable and reliable since it maintains a pretty consistent volume and density.  Clay soils can have the greatest potential to damage your home’s foundation.  It absorbs the water and expands which … Read More

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10 WARNING Signs that You May Need Foundation Repair Services

10 Foundation Repair Warning Signs When you have to deal with foundation repair problems in your home, it can be a very large hassle.  They can cause major problems to your home.  Knowing that you have these issues in your home can be scary, so it is necessary to know the signs of foundation problems to identify them.  There are signs both inside and outside  the home to let you know of any foundation problems that are affecting your home. 1. Squeaking or Sticking Doors.  If you notice your home’s doors are squeaking or sticking, then it could be one … Read More

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