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 Commercial foundation repair by Nichols/Grout Techbeneath 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 the art technology, equipment, materials and techniques for large commercial foundation repair in Alabama and six surrounding states including:

Nichols/Grout Tech are ground improvement specialist with years of experience in providing cost effective commercial foundation repair. We understand that a commercial business should not be interrupted during these repairs. We can perform many repairs with no need for interruption.

We use only the best products available for foundation repair. These products are manufactured by Earth Contact Products, the leading manufacturer of commercial foundation products in the industry.

Industrial Foundation Repair

Whether you are considering new construction for your industrial business or are in need of foundation repair for an existing business, we have the products and experience to get the job done so that you won’t have any future worries concerning the foundation of your commercial or industrial structure

We use underpinning products such as helical piers and steel piers to lift and stabilize a foundation that has shifted or settled. These piers are driven into the ground through the unstable soil until they reach a more stable soil layer. Each pier is then load tested and then the entire weight of the structure is lifted onto the piers by hydraulic jacks that have been placed in several places to lessen the load on each pier.

Nichols/Grout Tech has been in business since 1981. You can be assured that we have had a lot of experience in commercial and industrial foundation repair. We use the newest equipment available and our team is knowledgeable in the newest techniques.

If you are in need of commercial foundation repair in the Florida Panhandle, Alabama, Southwest Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, or Louisiana, contact the professionals at Nichols/Grout Tech. We have the experience and products to get the repair done efficiently and effectively with as little disruption as possible. Contact us today!





Winter can Mean Wet Basements in Birmingham, Alabama

Effects of Winter in Birmingham, Alabama

Winter in Birmingham, Alamaba can bring everything from severe weather to snow and ice 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:

Winter in Birmingham, Alabama

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 create cracking in your foundation floors and walls or sloping or uneven floors, which may allow water to seep and leak into your basement. When the snow and ice melt, it has to go somewhere, and if you have cracking, it’s going into your basement. That’s why you should contact us here at Nichols / Grout Tech. We have all types of solutions including foundation repair and waterproofing solutions.

Prepare your Birmingham Home or Business

Staying on top of problems such as cracking is smart. If you notice them and do not do anything about them, they will simply get worse, leading to more problems. By ignoring these problems, you are inviting more problems, which leads to more expensive, complex, and time-consuming repairs. Contact Nichols / Grout Tech as soon as you notice these problems.

When you contact us we can help you by coming out to identify your problems and helping you choose which of our many solutions is best for you and your home or business. We can also help you prepare for the winter in Birmingham. If you just want to know what to do to prepare your home or business, you can call the professionals here at Nichols / Grout Tech. Some of our foundation repair and waterproofing solutions include:

Each of these can help you combat the effects winter in Birmingham, Alabama has on your home or business. Some of them will help repair your foundation, and others will prevent problems before they even happen. Contact us today to learn more about each of these options. You can also call us today to learn more about our foundation repair, waterproofing, concrete repair, and grouting options, our service area, or to schedule an inspection and estimate. Contact us today!

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 vegetation such as tree roots will push concrete upward causing cracking. Smaller vegetation, such as weeds, have the same effect. Though they are much smaller, they are incredibly persistent and will fight until they push through concrete, which can cause crumbling and cracking in the surrounding concrete.

Soil movement is a large reason that concrete cracks or crumbles. When soil fluctuates between moist and dry periods, the soil may move and leave behind holes in the ground, or voids. If these voids are large enough the concrete above it will begin to sink and settle into these voids, which will cause cracking.

If cracking or crumbling is happening to your business or home’s floors, walls, ceilings, or foundation, you must contact a professional here at Nichols / Grout Tech, because this may mean foundation failure, and we can help you identify it and repair it. This may also happen around your business or home such as in sidewalks or driveways. We can help repair or replace your concrete.

Concrete Repair Options in Alabama

Nichols / Grout Tech can provide you with a variety of concrete repair and grouting solutions for your home or business. Some of our options include:

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Concrete replacement is probably the most expensive form of concrete repair, but will allow for a fresh start. While we’re at it we can fill any voids caused by soil movement. You can rest easy knowing that you will not have any major problems for many years to come. We specialize in concrete repair, and concrete replacement is just another form of repair, so contact us today!

Epoxy injection is a very common form of concrete repair, in which a polyurethane formula is injected into the concrete crack. This material expands to fill every part of the crack. It is waterproofing, making sure that no water will be able to leak through the crack. It also “welds” the two sides of the crack back together which makes it so that the crack will separate no longer. It is an inexpensive way to fix cracks, but does not substitute for foundation repair.

If you notice your concrete cracking around your home or business, whether it be your floors, walls, ceilings, sidewalks, or driveway, make sure to call Nichols / Grout Tech. We have the products, tools, and services you need to repair your concrete. Contact us today to learn more about our foundation repair, waterproofing, concrete repair, and grouting options, our service area, or schedule an estimate. Call us today!

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

Concrete Cracks and Grouting Solutions in Alabama

grouting in alabamaConcrete 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 your home or property, contact Grout Tech for concrete repairs.  We are the grouting experts serving businesses and homes in the Birmingham, Alabama area.

There are several factors that lead to concrete cracks, but the most common are:

  • Freeze/Thaw Cycle: In the winter, concrete cracks are caused by the freeze/thaw cycle. When the temperature reaches 18 degrees, freezing occurs on the concrete surface. When the temperature warms up, it melts and causes cracking and scaling. It is important to use sand instead of salt to prevent pitting and cracking.
  • Extreme Heat: Due to excessive heat from the sun, the concrete may expand or crack. Overnight the concrete will shrink back to its original state.
  • Water: Too much water causes expansive soil. Certain soils, such as clay soil, may swell and shrink due to fluctuating moisture levels.
  • Poor Soil Compaction: Poorly compacted soil can cause settlement cracks underneath the concrete.
  • Poor Workmanship: Improper location of rebar, over watering or over/under consolidated aggregates can contribute to concrete cracks.
  • Plumbing Leaks: Broken underground pipes can create leaks. Excess water causes the soil and expand underneath the concrete surface.
  • Flooding: Flooding caused by heavy storms, leaks or poor drainage, can create problems for concrete foundations. Due to hydrostatic pressure, cracks may form in the concrete.

On residential and commercial properties, cracking concrete surfaces are potential tripping hazards, create poor drainage, equipment malfunction and decrease the value of your property. The good news is that Grout Tech can repair concrete cracks caused by high moisture and soil-related conditions.

Grouting Solutions in Alabama

Our contractors can repair and stabilize cracks with a specialty grouting method known as polyurethane epoxy injection. These services are designed to level and stabilize the ground on your property to avoid future foundation and concrete issues. Also, epoxy injections will protect the rebar and restore the concrete surface back to its original strength.

Contact Grout Tech today, if you have a cracking concrete surface in the Alabama area. We also offer basement waterproofing and foundation repair services for commercial, industrial and residential projects. We use the latest products on the market by Earth Contact Products. Our service area is not limited to Alabama. We proudly serve the Tennessee, Mississippi, Southwest Georgia and the Florida Panhandle area. Contact us today for an inspection and estimate.

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

Choosing a Foundation Contractor in Alabama and the Surrounding Area

foundation repair contractors in AlabamaFoundation 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 to the type of foundation repair products and their warranties. Read the terms and conditions.
  • Find out if the foundation repair process requires excavation. Some contractors won’t guarantee replacement of trees, shrubs and bushes.
  • Make sure the contractor has their foundation repair methods evaluated by International Code Council Evaluation Services, a organization that makes sure the products are meet by code compliance.
  • Know what type of foundation repair methods and products are being used. Cheap prices sound enticing, but they won’t ensure good results.
  • Some contractors will include additional charges for the depth of the hydraulic piling. Be cautious, if there isn’t a depth clause.

If you have foundation failure, make sure you choose a reputable foundation repair contractor. Making the wrong decision could be costly. At Grout Tech, we can help you relieve some of that worry. We’ll inform you about our products and services so you can make a wise decision without lowering the value of your home.

Grout Tech is the Leading Foundation Contractor in Alabama

There are many issues that could be occurring in your home, so it is important get a skilled contractor. At Grout Tech, we offer the following:

  • We provide ongoing training programs for our licensed employees. They know how to use the latest products on the market to ensure quality results.
  • Our foundation repair products are made by Earth Contact Products. ECP is the leading manufacturer in underpinning and basement waterproofing.
  • Our services are not limited to one area. We offer foundation repair and waterproofing services to commercial, municipal, industrial and residential projects.
  • We have been operating since 1981, so we have earned a good reputation in the Alabama area.
  • We have a manufacturer’s warranty on all of our ECP products.
  • We rarely have to repair or replace our products and materials. We stand behind our products and services.
  • We offer a variety of repair services such as helical piers, soil nails and tiebacks, concrete remediation, sinkhole remediation, polyurethane injections and much more. We also offer waterproofing services to keep crawlspaces and basements dry.
  • Not only do we serve Alabama, our service area includes Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Southwest Georgia, and parts of Florida.

Contact Grout Tech today if you need an experienced contractor in your area. We are a reputable company that focuses on integrity, honesty and commitment. We’ll treat you with the respect that you deserve.

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 repairs. We accept all types of projects, whether they be large or small, and Grout Tech can help you with any and all of your foundation repair needs.

Foundation Repair and Waterproofing Solutions by Grout Tech

Grout Tech offers tons of services for both residential and commercial foundation repair  and waterproofing. Commercial repairs target your business, company, and its surrounding area, basically anything that is not a residential area. If you are looking for residential repairs, click here. For commercial projects, we offer solutions such as:Commercial Foundation Repair in Alabama

Whether you need foundation repairs or waterproofing for your business, or a sinkhole repaired, or concrete lifted and stabilized, Grout Tech has a solution for you. Many of the solutions listed above can be used for residential purposes as well. For commercial projects these tools and services will fix almost any foundation failure or take care of any waterproofing needs you may have.

A business or company can fall victim to foundation failure just as much as a residential home can. For foundation settling, sticking doors or windows, mold and mildew growth, leaky basement, foundation cracks, or water stains that are affecting your business, make sure to come to Grout Tech. We have tons of solutions for all your foundation repair and waterproofing needs. Contact us today to learn more about our residential and commercial options, our service area, or for a FREE estimate.

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 heavily saturated and is unable to absorb any more water. Because the water cannot be absorbed further, it collects and pools in the yard.
  • Septic System Failure: Septic systems are designed to collect liquid waste from inside the home and redirect it. When these systems fail, waste can back up into your home or backyard, depositing large quantities of standing water.
  • Sloping property: Homeowners with low lying properties often experience extended water buildup as water from nearby properties with higher elevation spills down into their yard.
  • Gutter Exits: If you notice water collecting near your downspout exits, it is likely because the ground is sloped toward your house as opposed to away from it.

Not only does water buildup in your Alabama yard make it unpleasant to walk on, but it can also cause serious problems for your home and foundation. As we discussed earlier, pooling water means that the soil has been fully saturated and cannot absorb additional moisture. Heavy saturation greatly increases the soil’s hydrostatic pressure, so the soil will begin to push against the floor of your foundation, allowing water to permeate inside. When water infiltrates the home, it often manifests itself in a musty odor, mold and mildew, rotting of wood structures, and even the destruction of the floor and drywall. If left undetected or untreated, you could be facing expensive and time consuming repairs.

Landscape Drainage and Other Exterior Drainage and Waterproofing Solutions for Your Birmingham, Alabama Home

Fortunately, you can nip water problems in the bud and prevent further complications byExterior drainage in Birmingham, Alabama by Grout Tech enlisting the help of Grout Tech, the foundation repair and water management experts in the Birmingham, Alabama area. We can work with you to determine and execute the best course of action in addressing the problem of water buildup in your backyard.

A few of the most common and effective solutions:

  • Surface Drainage System: This includes properly placed gutters, grading around the house, and drain pipe systems surrounding the foundation and is used to prevent water from pooling around the foundation.
  • Interior Drainage System: This method is used to redirect water that has seeped inside the house to the outside. If you have a basement, we can install a reliable and high quality basin or battery backup sump pump and ensure that it is properly directing water away from your home into a location that will not cause buildup.
  • Full Waterproofing: Proper waterproofing necessitates excavation so that all potential issues can be exposed and addressed individually. We begin the process by cleaning the foundation walls and spraying or rolling on a polymer waterproofing product. After this has dried, the coating will be masked with a dimple board product to enable improved downward water flow. We will then install an appropriately sloped drain pipe system to eradicate any future problems with pooling water.

Proper waterproofing is an extensive process that will pay dividends with respect to the elimination of water buildup. If you are experiencing water buildup in your Birmingham, Alabama backyard, do not wait until your foundation becomes affected too. Be proactive and call the Alabama foundation repair and water management experts at Grout Tech today!

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

Fluctuating Temps can Cause Concrete Cracks in Alabama

foundation-crack-solutionsCracked 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 can affect your concrete. As a result, the soil expands and creates pressure against the foundation. Not only does summer pose a threat, winter conditions with snow, ice, and freezing temperatures can have damaging affects on concrete surfaces. These fluctuating weather patterns form cracks and gaps in the concrete, causing it to sink and shift.

Water is the main culprit when it comes to sinking and shifting concrete. There is either too much or not enough. Excess  water settles into cracks, causing cracks to deteriorate over time. The amount of rain can’t be controlled, but homeowners can minimize the damaging affects of expansive soils around their property.

  1. Remove trees and shrubs that are too close to concrete surfaces.
  2. Install proper downspout extensions.
  3. Clean clogged gutters on a regular basis by removing debris and leaves.
  4. Avoid over-watering your yard.
  5. Slope the ground away from the foundation to prevent pooling water.
  6. Get an adequate water management system.
  7. Repair concrete cracks to eliminate water seepage and leaks.
  8. Repair all plumbing leak or broken underground pipes.

Fixes for Shifting and Moving Concrete in Alabama

crack-injection-blogConcrete acts like a sponge by absorbing moisture from the soil. This causes the concrete to become weak and crack. At Grout Tech, we use concrete repair techniques to divert water from your concrete slab such as polyurethane epoxy injections. They are designed to stop water leaks and restore the concrete surface back to its original strength and load capacity.  Epoxy injections offer the following benefits:

  • Seals air
  • Guards against water and moisture
  • Fills in voids
  • Repairs and restores concrete
  • Highly tensile and strong

Grout Tech offers concrete repair solutions to eliminate shifting and moving concrete for the residents in Alabama. Contact Grout Tech for professional, quality concrete repair.


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 Signs of foundation failure in your Alabama homethe 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 professionals at Grout Tech can help get your foundation back to its original stability and keep it structurally sound for many years to come.

Signs to look for as you inspect your home are:

As a homeowner, protect your investment by making sure that if you see any of these signs, you call the professionals at Grout Tech to come and inspect your home and give you the best solution for your foundation repair needs in your Alabama home.

How Spring Rains can Affect your Birmingham, Al Home

The primary reason for foundation problems is the expansive nature of the soil in which your home and foundation sits on. This is especially true in the Birmingham, AL area. The moisture content, especially with the Spring rains, causes the soil to expand and your foundation to heave. Regardless of how well your home was constructed, this movement will affect your home’s foundation.

As the Spring rains will expand the soil, other areas underneath the foundation may be experiencing the lost of moisture due to several factors such as tree roots consuming the moisture from the soil, causing the soil to shrink in that area. So the soil beneath your foundation can shrink much faster in some areas causing the differential settlement in the home’s structure.

Signs of foundation settlement should always be monitored and if any of these signs are significant, a professional should be called in to inspect the foundation. The professionals at Grout Tech are experienced in knowing the difference between what signs are not significant and what signs indicate the need for foundation repair.

Solutions for Foundation Problems in Alabama

After your Alabama home has been inspected for foundation failure, and it is found that Solutions for foundation repair in Alabamarepair is needed, the professionals at Grout Tech has the experience and products to get the repair done and get your foundation structurally sound again.

Depending on what your repair needs are, Grout Tech has the solutions. These include:

Helical piers are excellent at resisting tension and are used to lift and stabilize the foundation of a structure. These helical piers are installed by drilling into the ground, far enough to reach stable soil. They are an excellent choice for foundation repair and stabilization when light structural loads, unstable rock basements or very deep load bearing layers are present. They are a good solution due to many factors such as:

  • Ease of installation
  • Little to no vibration
  • Immediate load transfer
  • Easily load tested
  • Installs below active soils
  • Can be installed in all whether
  • Little to no disturbance to job site

Steel piers are the most common foundation repair product used today. These are an excellent choice for structural foundation repairs on settling foundations. Steel push piers support and stabilize the structure’s load bearing walls by transferring the weight of the structure from weaker soils onto the steel piers after they have been driven deep to load bearing soils.

All of the products used by Grout Tech are the best in the industry. They are made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leader in the manufacturing of foundation repair products in the industry. Not all foundation products are made the same. When you contact the professionals at Grout Tech, you are getting experts with over 30 years of experience along with the best products made for foundation repair. We repair commercial, industrial, municipal, and residential repair needs.

Let Grout Tech inspect your Alabama home and give you the best solution for your foundation repair needs. Don’t hesitate, contact us today!



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 anymoreUnderpinning for foundation repair
  • 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 foundation in depth so it rests on more supportive soil stratum and distributes the load across a greater area.

Some signs to look for that may indicate foundation failure are:

If you see any of these signs of foundation failure, the professionals at Grout Tech can inspect your home and offer you the solutions for getting your foundation back to its original level.

Underpinning Products Available in Alabama for Residential, Commercial Foundations

Grout Tech offers many underpinning solutions for your foundation repair needs.

Helical Piers – these are used for applications where these is a need to resists a tension or compressing force. Some of the advantages of using helical piers for foundation repair are:

  • Ease of installation
  • Little to no vibration
  • Immediate load transfer upon installation
  • Easily load tested to verify capacity
  • Installs below active soils
  • Can be installed in all weather conditions
  • Little disturbance to jobsite

Steel piers are the most common repair products used for foundation repair today. They are used to support and stabilize the structure’s load bearing walls by transferring the weight of the structure from weaker soils onto the steel piers that are driven deep to load bearing soils. These steel piers are an end-bearing pier that does not rely upon nor requires skin friction to product support. Each of the steel piers are field load tested after installed. They are load tested individually using the maximum weight of the structure as the reaction force. A friction reduction collar is attached to the lead section of the pier pipe. The purpose of the collar is to create an opening in the soil that has a larger diameter than the pier pipe. This reduces the skin friction on the pier pipe at it is driven into the soil. The installed can then load test and verify that the pier encountered firm bearing stratum that is suitable to support the design load. During the load transfer, high pressure hydraulic jacks are place at multiple locations, reducing the load on each pier to only the design working load.

Helical tiebacks – These are designed to stabilize and strengthen bowing basement Foundation repair using helical tiebackswalls. The helical tiebacks are installed from inside the basement wall through a small hole. Along with exterior excavation, the wall can be immediately pulled back to its original design. Other uses for helical tiebacks are:

  • Sea walls
  • Retaining walls
  • Shoring
  • Temporary wall support

Slab jacking – Concrete slabs can be susceptible to settlement. Slab jacking can be done in any weather and there is little disruption to landscaping. Holes are strategically placed into the slab and a portable pump fills these holes with a special mixture of sand, cement, and other additives, this lifts the slab back to its original position. Slab jacking will save your money by not having to replace the entire slab.

Grout Tech uses only the best products made for foundation repair. Earth Contact Products (ECP), is the leading manufacturer of foundation repair products made in the industry. Nichols/Grout Tech was founded in 1981 and has earned the reputation of a premier contractor for foundation repair in the Southeast. Because of our experience and use of the best products made for foundation repair, you can be assured that the job will be done right and there won’t be a need for future foundation repair needs. Contact the professionals at Nichols/Grout Tech today and let us answer any questions you have regarding your foundation. We will come out and inspect it and find the best solution to your foundation repair needs.