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 also become overrun with torrents of rain, releasing gallons of water into the soil outside your foundation.

With heavy rains, there is often too much water falling on the ground for the soil to soak it all up. This can lead to standing puddles of water in your yard and around your home’s outside walls. Eventually, that standing water will begin to soak through the soil and into any cracks or gaps your home might have. These cracks and gaps are usually caused by a shifting foundation and can allow unwanted water and pests into your home. The cracks can cause both your basement and your crawlspace to fill with water.

When a basement or crawlspace gets wet, the entire house is affected. Aside from the expected property damage and water stains, many problems stem from a wet basement or crawlspace, such as:

  • Weakened floorboards: High moisture content can affect the ceiling above it, weakening floorboards and possibly rotting the wood.
  • Mold growth: Mold thrives in dark, damp places like your crawlspace. The longer the water sits, the more likely mold growth is to occur. Mold is a hazardous substance that can cause rashes or breathing problems, especially in those with asthma or allergies. The longer a family is subjected to mold, the more severe the effects can be.
  • Worsened cracks: With water constantly eating away at cracks, the cracks will widen and the problem will get even worse.
  • Increased humidity throughout the home: The humidity levels in your home can easily change if there is a lot of excess moisture coming into the air through the basement or crawlspace. Increased humidity can make doors and windows stick, and it can make daily life very unpleasant.

Proper precautions must be taken to prevent water damage in your Alabama home or business. This is why Grout Tech offers basement waterproofing in Birmingham Alabama. Don’t let spring showers ruin your day or your home. Trust Grout Tech to waterproof your home.

Solutions for Wet Basements and Crawlspaces in Birmingham, AL

So what are the options for basement waterproofing in Birmingham? Is it even worth the investment? Grout Tech prides itself on quality customer service and fair pricing, so we offer a large variety of basement waterproofing options at a variety of prices, all designed to provide the best repairs for you and your home. You don’t have to wait until your home is flooded by spring showers. Preventative waterproofing options are also available, because you can never be sure when your basement may flood.

Grout Tech utilizes high quality ECP brand products in all basement waterproofing jobs. Our services include

  • Sump pump installation: The sump pumps used by Grout Tech have special float systems that tell the sump pump when to turn on and off. This means that you won’t waste electricity as you pump water out of your home. ECP sump pumps can pump up to 5,000 gallons of water per hour out of your home. Sump pumps are great to prevent flooding and come with a battery backup in case power is lost in the home.
  • Interior drainage system installation: These systems are buried beneath your slab and are used to control water in the home. Because they are hidden beneath concrete, it is important to have them installed correctly by a professional. Interior drainage systems remove excess water from beneath your foundation so the moisture does not make its way through the home.
  • Exterior drainage system installation: These systems pipe water from the home, either to the yard or to an installed sump pit. Exterior drainage systems are helpful when large amounts of water have previously entered your home, or your foundation walls were not correctly waterproofed upon construction.
  • Crawlspace encapsulation: Crawlspace encapsulation involves installing a vapor barrier on all the surfaces within your crawlspace. Vapor barriers provide a waterproof seal to prevent water or moisture from entering the area.
  • Crack injections: Crack injections, usually made of epoxy or polyurethane, are used to fill the cracks that may be allowing water in the home. This is often used in conjunction with vapor barriers or an exterior drainage system.

If you are in need of basement waterproofing in Birmingham, trust the professionals at Grout Tech to keep your home dry. Contact us today for more information. 

 

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 crawl space Alabamadamage 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 home, and musty odors in the home. These problems are most often noticed in the spring and summer seasons when it is most humid, but they can happen at any time of the year.

Although heating and air conditioning contractors are often the primary people to contact with these issues, it doesn’t mean that the issues stem from a failure of the air conditioning system. It’s typically a simple issue of poor moisture control in crawl spaces, which can be fixed by waterproofing contractors. Grout Tech of Birmingham, Alabama is a proud provider for crawl space repair and waterproofing. With Grout Tech’s crawl space vapor barriers, moisture can be stopped from entering the space through flooding, high humidity, and moisture from the ground. They can also protect any exposed wood from mold. They are highly recommended to use to fight high humidity and poor indoor air quality in any home. Vapor barriers are 10 to 20 milimeters thick and are puncture resistant. They are made from a flexible and strong material that, when installed by a professional contractor, will envelop the crawl space so that moisture is not able to damage wood framing and create mold and mildew.

When using crawl space vapor barriers, there are a few important steps to take to maintain moisture-free spaces. First, it’s important to use airtight covers for doors and other vents to protect your home from moisture in outside air. Second, any sources of flooding need to be removed by installing drains. Third, damage to structures in foundation caused by moisture needs to be repaired. Fourth, install the crawl space vapor barriers to envelop the space and protect from moisture. Lastly, installing a self-draining, energy efficient dehumidifier is important to continue keeping the space dry. After these steps have been completed, it’s important to maintain the repairs and protection by making sure the foundation is sealed and draining systems are functioning properly. Grout Tech’s vapor barriers can also be used on basement and other foundation walls to protect them from moisture damage. If not repaired, the problem can extend to every part of the house.

We use only the best products for crawl space waterproofing that are made in the industry. The products are made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leading manufacturer of basement waterproofing products and foundation repair products. Contact the experts at Grout Tech for your crawl space vapor barrier Alabama needs. We are here to answer any questions you have and give you an estimate for the work.