How El Nino Affects Winter in Alabama

El Nino and Winter in Alabama

el nino winter in alabamaWhat 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 wall cracks and water damage. At Nichols / GroutTech, we offer foundation repair and waterproofing solutions to prevent floods and water disasters.

How to Protect Your Basement Against Floods in Alabama?

Because El Nino brings in a large amount of snow and water, it’s important to repair any cracks in the foundation walls to prevent snowmelt from seeping through. As the water pressures build up in the soil, it pushes against the foundation walls and causes them to bow.

el nino winter preparation in alabamaAt Nichols / GroutTech, we offer Rhino Carbon Fiber for wall support to stop the wall from moving. Rhino Carbon Fiber consists of strong carbon fiber that uses a galvanized bracket to connect to the base of the foundation and the framing of the home. With Rhino Carbon Fiber, repairs can be made from inside the basement without excavation. Other benefits include:

  • Consists of strong, durable carbon fiber that is stronger than steel
  • Cost effective solution
  • Fast, clean installation
  • No deterioration
  • No movement or shifting
  • Can be easily painted
  • Creates a smooth finish
  • Supports and stabilizes the foundation walls

Also, make sure you have a working sump pump. If you don’t have one, now is the time to buy one. Sump pumps will prevent water from entering your basement by collecting water and pumping it outside of the home. If your home is equipped with a sump pump, test it on a regular basis by pouring water into the basin to ensure it works properly. If not, contact Nichols / GroutTech, so we can inspect it and install a new one. The last thing you want is to have a malfunctioning sump pump right when you need it.

Because of El Nino, expect cooler and wetter winters in Alabama. Make sure your home is prepared by investing in Rhino Carbon Fiber and reliable sump pumps. Our foundation repair and waterproofing solutions will put an end to wet basements, foundation damage,  and damp crawlspaces in Alabama.

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 Waterproofing solutions in Alabama by Nichols/Grout Techbasement 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 signs that you may be in need of waterproofing. Some of these are:

  • Condensation – damp walls, dripping pipes, rusty hardware
  • Humidity – excess humidity in the air
  • Seepage – dampness on walls or floors
  • Leaks – water trickling from a wall or floor
  • Subterranean water – a thin, barely noticeable layer of water on the basement floor

Don’t let a small water problem turn into an even larger problem. Let the professionals at Grout Tech inspect your home and offer you the best solution for your waterproofing needs.

Grout Tech offers surface drainage, interior drainage, exterior drainage and sump pump systems.

Surface drainage consists of a channel drains, conventional drains, catch basins, drain pipe and water discharge emitters. All of these surface drainage products will keep the water flowing away from the foundation.

Interior drainage consists of installing a perforated drainage pipe along the interior footing of the basement and then is connected to a sump pump system. By installing the drain pipe below the slab, it will drain the water to a lower level.

Exterior drainageExterior drainage system in Alabama by Nichols/Grout Tech systems consists of installing a drainage pipe along the exterior of the foundation. This pipe is connected to a sump pump system to keep the water from pooling around the foundation. Stopping the water from collecting around the exterior of the foundation will prevent the water from ever entering the basement.

Grout Tech installs sump pump systems that includes the sump pit and the pump itself along with battery back up sump pumps. The pumps Grout Tech installs has a high quality switch mechanism that won’t fail. We install dual switches to provide redundancy in the case of switch failure.

All of the waterproofing products we install are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leader in the manufacturing of waterproofing products in the industry. ECP waterproofing products will stand the test of time and last longer than builder’s grade waterproofing products.

 Alabama Waterproofing

If you live in Alabama, your basement may be in need of waterproofing. Nichols/Grout Tech has the solution for you. We have been in business since 1981. We serve the entire state of Alabama along with Southwest Georgia, Florida Panhandle, Mississippi and Tennessee. Among the cities that we service in Alabama include:

If you are in need of basement waterproofing in Alabama, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at Nichols/Grout Tech. We have the experience and use only the best products available for waterproofing. You can be assured that after the waterproofing solution is installed, you won’t have to worry about water entering your basement again. Don’t hesitate, contact us today!

 

 

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. 

 

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 your family.

Plan ahead and get the work done now, before more damage can occur. Signs that indicate it’s time for waterproofing are:

  • A musty odor coming from your basement
  • If you see a white, chalky residue, this indicated that dampness is trapped in your basement walls
  • If your basement walls are sweating with moisture

If you have any of these signs that your basement is in need of waterproofing, the professionals at Grout Tech can waterproof your Alabama basement before the spring rains come.

Interior Waterproofing Solution for Alabama

Grout Tech offers interior waterproofing solutions for basement waterproofing. A sealed interior drain tile system is one of the most important aspects of basement waterproofing and moisture control. This interior drainage system uses a perforated drain pipe that is installed inside the perimeter of the footing. This drain pipe connects to a sump pump system.

Another interior waterproofing system is a water channel. It is used for new construction and retrofitting. It sits on top of the footing to create a pathway for water to flow from the wall, across the footing and into a drain system. This provides added strength to the channel to prevent collapsing and warping along the wall. This water channel can be used on block or poured concrete. The benefits of the water channel are:

  • Easy installation
  • Durable design
  • Large dimples to prevent clogging
  • Protects against cold joint leaks

The water channel system and all of the interior waterproofing products that Grout Tech uses are made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leading manufacturer of basement waterproofing products made in the industry.

Sump pumps are used for basement drainage. These sump pumps remove water that interior waterproofing in Alabama with sump pumpshas accumulated around and under the foundation and discharges it away from the foundation. The sump pumps that Grout Tech uses, made by Earth Contact Products, are designed to be the most energy efficient and highest performing and longest lasting sump pumps made today. You can rest assured that this sump pump system will last for many years.

Sump pumps are your first line of defense against water getting into your basement. It removes the water that collects in the sump basin and removes it away from the foundation.

Exterior Waterproofing Solutions for Alabama

Exterior waterproofing stops water from collecting around the foundation. Moisture is transferred from the outside of the building to the basement interior. Products needed for exterior waterproofing include:

  • Waterproofing membrane
  • Dimple drainage board
  • 4″ perforated drain pipe
  • 4″ drain pipe fittings
  • ECP sump basin
  • Combination primary/back-up sump pump
  • Dump pump discharge freeze guard

Grout Tech uses Earth Contact Products for all of their exterior waterproofing solutions. When your Alabama home is in need of exterior waterproofing, contact the professionals at Grout Tech. We have the solutions to your basement waterproofing needs. Whether you are in need of interior or exterior waterproofing for your Alabama home before the spring rains start, we can help. Don’t hesitate to call and get your waterproofing done now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Landscape Drainage in Alabama

Grout Tech Offers Solutions for Landscape Drainage in Alabama

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 Tennessee.

Keep Your Yard Looking Great with Alabama Landscaping Drainage

Landscape Drainage Alabama

One thing you will find if you have new construction is that contractors will use “damp proofing” methods, which aren’t nearly as good as waterproofing. There is a big difference. One big thing Grout Tech can help you do is install a drainage system that can work in conjunction with sump pumps and interior drainage. We can install a drain pipe system that will ensure the flow of water will find the path of least resistance, out to the street, and away from your yard and your foundation. A wet foundation likely means a wet basement, and that is something you definitely do not want.

We can install proper drains, gutters, downspouts to keep rain runoff away from your yard and foundation as well. This is huge step in making sure your yard is protected from excess rain and water. We can also help you with rain collection. This is a huge deal. If you like to water your yard, but hate to pay extra for it, you can utilize collected rain water to keep your yard looking great. We can assist with a collection basin to collect rain water. This is just an extra landscaping drainage step that can really be a benefit to your Alabama home.

Landscape Drainage in Alabama

Rainwater needs to be carried through a solid drainpipe to a dry well. These used to be metal barrels, but they would rust out. Today we have recycled plastic dry wells that are easy to handle and work efficiently to resolve many drainage problems. We can also handle the sump pump drainage to make sure that it works into your landscaping drainage system so that there is no back up into the sump pump in your home. Most importantly, we will make sure your surface drainage is all setup properly. Without proper surface drainage the rest of your system isn’t going to do what it needs to do.

Every yard is completely different. It is as different as the landscaping is from one yard to the next. What we can do at Grout Tech is take stock of what challenges your yard and foundation might present, and come up with a landscaping drainage plan that fits your needs. If you want, we can also setup a complete basement waterproofing solution for your home. You won’t experience water in your basement or crawlspace, and with our exterior drainage and landscaping drainage, your yard will be beautiful too. So call the team at Grout Tech and let us help you protect your home and keep it looking beautiful!

 

 

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.

Wet Basement Alabama, Wet Basement Birmingham There are many things that can cause a wet basement or crawlspace: foundation issues (such as a sinking or settling foundation), an improperly functioning component in the exterior, interior, or surface drainage system, a sump pump that needs replaced or upgraded, etc. Fortunately, all of services and products are provided by the professional team at Grout Tech. By looking at the different drainage systems in your home and fixing any problems that are found there, we can help you get on your way to a dry, safe basement.

 Wet Basement Alabama Solutions from Grout Tech

The first step in waterproofing your home is to make sure you have a good surface drainage system. This means installing properly working gutters and downspouts, and a drainpipe system that will direct collected water away from the foundation. The ground around the home should also be graded or angled downward enough that rainwater will runoff correctly, instead of collecting near the base of your home.

A sealed interior drainage system will also help keep your home dry and mold-free. Grout Tech offers sealed interior drainage systems as well as quality sump pump and sump pit systems from ECP, a reliable provider of waterproofing and foundation repair products.

For the exterior drainage system to be properly waterproofed, the foundation walls should be cleaned and coated with waterproofing material. Then a properly sloped drain pipe system should be installed to carry the water away from the home. Finally, the drain pipe should be covered with clean rock and clay soil that will force water away and discourage erosion.

Grout Tech is able to install and repair all of the systems necessary to keep your home safe and dry. For all of your wet basement Birmingham needs, contact us today.