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 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:
- Sinking foundation
- Floor cracks
- Foundation cracks
- Leaning chimney
- Wall cracks
- Bowing or leaning walls
- Settling or sinking garage
- Slab cracks
- Sticking doors or windows
- Water stains
- Cracked stoops or porch problems
- Garage column cracks
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 repair 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!