Foundation Problems

What are Your Alabama Foundation Problems?

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At first glance, a foundation problem may seem like an extreme problem. However, if you identify the damage before it becomes too advanced, most foundation issues have simple, permanent solutions -- many of which can be completed within a day! The key is to recognize the problem early and make sure you call in a foundation repair specialist with the tools and expertise to effectively tackle the problem.

So what's wrong with your foundation? We've created this helpful online guide to the most common issues. This will help you learn more about the damage to your foundation -- and what can be done about it.

You don't have to solve the problem alone! We have a team of expert in-house foundation contractors that are here to help you identify and solve your issues with warrantied products and services. We provide free, no-obligation foundation repair quotes throughout our Alabama service area, including Birmingham and Huntsville. Call or e-mail us today for your appointment!

Interior Symptoms:

Uneven, sloping floor in Birmingham

As a foundation settles, so do the floor joists and the finished flooring above.

Cracks in a Huntsville concrete floor

When concrete slabs often settle unevenly, large cracks are likely to form.

Cracks in an interior wall in Dothan

Interior wall cracks typically appear where walls are weakest: near doors and windows.

Bowing foundation walls in Birmingham

Water-saturated soil can sometimes exert enough pressure to cause foundation walls to bow, bulge or tilt.

Sagging Crawl Space Repair in Alabama

Whether it’s poor footings or inadequate posts and beams, we can quickly jack your floors back to level.

Hard to open windows in Huntsville

When a floor sinks, openings become out of square, causing windows and doors to jam.

Exterior Symptoms:

Tilting Chimney on a Mobile home

A tilting chimney can be stabilized and returned to its original position without demolition.

Cracks in exterior wall on a Birmingham home

As a foundation is returned to its original level state, cracks will close and be ready for patching.

We Can Solve Your Foundation Problem!

At AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists, we have effective, warrantied solutions for foundation problems of all types, and we have the training, techniques, and top-quality products you need to permanently solve your problem.

To help you decide if our solutions are right for you, we offer free written foundation repair quotes throughout our Alabama service area.

We are a locally owned and operated company proudly serving Huntsville, Madison, Birmingham, nearby Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, Hoover, Dothan, Decatur, Columbus, Auburn, and the surrounding areas. To schedule an appointment, contact us by phone or e-mail today!


Bowing, Buckling Foundation Walls

Foundation walls begin to bow and buckle when outside pressure on the wall become greater than the wall's strength. As the wall begins to fail under the pressure, cracks will form, and the wall will either buckle inwards in the middle, tilt inwards at the top, or slide in at the bottom.

The answer to bowing foundation walls is to add counterpressure to the walls from the inside. By installing foundation wall anchors on the inside of the walls, you can prevent their inward movement and potentially straighten the walls back to a level position.

severe bowing and buckling of foundation walls in Columbus

Settling Foundations

The soil underneath your home has settled in many different layers, each with their own characteristics and bearing strength. When these soil layers are unable to bear the weight of your home on top of them, the foundation can begin to sink and settle into the earth.

As foundations sink, your home can experience damage in many different ways. This kind of damage can be permanently stabilized with a foundation pier system. Foundation piers can transfer the weight of the foundation down to soils at greater depth that have adequate load-bearing capacity.

severe cracking of structural walls in Auburn

Sagging Floors Over Crawl Spaces

The floor over a crawl space can sink or sag due to one of three factors: improperly spaced supports, sinking supports, or due to mold and rot damage.

When crawl spaces experience structural damage, the symptoms are evident through the entire house. Cracks form in drywall, floors sink, and interior doors jam.

These problems can be corrected by installing sturdier, more stable crawl space jacks, replacing deteriorated framing, and by removing the moisture that causes mold and wood rot.

severe damage to a crawl space structure in a Dothan home

Foundation Wall Cracks

Foundation wall cracks occur for different reasons. Minor "hairline" cracks occur naturally as concrete cures, and don't indicate a structural problem. Larger structural cracks are most commonly caused by either foundation settlement or expansive soils pressing on the foundation walls.

Cracks in a foundation wall usually accompany a number of other problems in a home, such as tilting chimneys, jamming windows and doors, and cracks in drywall surfaces. Pinpointing what caused these cracks is the key to finding a long-term repair solution for your home.

photo of a rotating foundation wall with cracks in Pelham

Basement Floor & Slab Floor Cracks

Concrete floors form cracks as they either sink into the soil or are heaved upwards by it. Foundation settlement can also lead to significant floor cracks.

In addition to cracking and creating an uneven floor surface, a sinking or heaving foundation floor can also damage partition walls. And while the symptoms are similar, these are very different problems. Repairs that work well on sinking floors cannot be used to stabilize a floor that's lifting upwards. We can help you identify the causes of floor cracks and movement -- and determine how to permanently fix the problem.

severely cracked foundation slab floor in Daphne

Uneven Floors

Uneven floors can create a number of problems for a homeowner, including jamming doors, nonfunctional door locks, and cracks forming in drywall. However, there is potentially a much more serious issue.

If the uneven floor is above a crawl space, there may be rotted framing in the floor, or a problem with the post-and-beam framework that supports the floor joists. An uneven floor slab could be caused by sinking or heaving of the foundation floor because of settling or expansive soils. Over time, these problems can significantly damage your home.

sinking, uneven floors above a sagging crawl space in Athens

Heaving Foundations And Slabs

Foundations, slab floors, and concrete exterior stairs heave when the soil underneath them expands. Sometimes frost heaving is the cause, causing wet soil to expand as it freezes. Other times, soil rich in silt and clay expands as it becomes saturated with moisture. Heaving foundations typically lead to cracks on drywall and on the slab floor of a home .Exterior walls may also show cracks.

Foundation heave is a potentially serious problem that should be inspected by a professional -- before any repairs to the floors are made.

severely cracked, heaving slab floors in a home in Prichard

Sticking Windows And Doors

If a foundation issue is causing your home's windows and doors to stick or jam, then it's a safe bet to say the problem is some form of settlement.

Foundation contractors will often install piers to correct settlement problems, stabilizing the structure and often even restoring it to its original position.

If your windows and doors are sticking above a crawl space, the fault may lie in the central post-and-beam support system rather than in the perimeter walls. This calls for a different repair strategy involving new posts and footings.

severe foundation wall cracks along a window in Anniston

Tilting, Leaning Chimneys

One of the most alarming foundation issues a homeowner faces is a chimney that begins to tilt or lean away from the house.

The footing or foundation for a chimney is sometimes built separately from the house foundation. This smaller foundation is susceptible to shifting if it's built on soil with poor load-bearing capacity. Shifting and leaning can also occur if the chimney foundation is too small or too close to the surface.

Foundation helical piers can provide an effective repair solution -- without the need to rebuild the structure.

sinking, leaning chimneys that are in danger of collapse in Northport

Collapsing Retaining Walls

Retaining walls crumble, tilt, or collapse for a variety of reasons. Most frequently, they fail when the foundation footing has been improperly designed or when a wall has to retain more weight than its design allows. Walls that have been built with weak, poorly mixed concrete or inadequate steel rebar can also collapse.

In many cases, a collapsing retaining wall can be effectively returned to strength with a wall anchor system. Wall anchors install quickly and provide a permanent, warrantied solution to your problem.

collapsing retaining wall with severe damage in Homewood

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