Since 2000, AFS has served thousands of satisfied customers with home foundation repairs, waterproofing, concrete raising, crawl space repair, and more. With multiple locations throughout the Southeast, our teams are equipped with the right experience and the right attitude to best serve you. We want to know your issues, budget, and questions — so we only send the best, most experienced repair experts to your Montgomery home. If you’re looking for a home repair cost, we’ll give it to you in writing…unless we find you don’t need it. We don’t quote unnecessary work!
Cracked bricks, sticking doors and windows, and cracks around door frames are signs of foundation problems.
Not sure what’s causing your home’s wet basement? Let one of our experts take a look.
Addressing all of your crawl space’s issues will promote energy efficiency and comfort in your home.
AFS can fix your sinking outdoor concrete problems so you can enjoy your driveway, sidewalk, or patio again without worry.
Basement And Crawl Space Waterproofing in Montgomery
A flooded basement is never a good sign. It always indicates that something isn’t functioning like it should. Without a proper drainage system, the basement of your Montgomery home will turn into a sewer-like mess. To keep your basement dry, you need to first determine where the water is coming from and what you need to do about it. Basements can leak for multiple reasons, such as uncovered windows, stairways, faulty pipes, and the foundation soil.
If all the pipes, vents, and machines in your basement are functioning properly and there’s still a serious drainage issue going on, you need to consider waterproofing. Waterproofing a basement or crawl space is something Montgomery homeowners never knew they needed until they tried it. Knowing that the space under your home is clean, dry, and mold-free lifts a huge weight off your shoulders.
Your basement’s health is indicative of your home’s health. If you want to ensure the upper portion of your home is in good condition, you need to take care of the below grade portion first. Waterproofing consists of an interior drainage system and a sump pump, as well as the installation of a dehumidifier. Thermal insulation and a vapor barrier also be installed to further deter water. Montgomery climate is very humid, and it doesn’t help that the surrounding soil is mostly clay, so you’ll need all the help you can get to keep the lower levels of your home dry.
Montgomery Foundation Repair
Soil expansion and shrinking is an incredibly slow process. Still, in comparison to other soils, it damages foundations rather quickly. Montgomery houses are built on clay soils because they compact well and become dense very easily, and dense soil is necessary if you need something capable of holding up an entire house. Unfortunately, the ability to compact well is the cause of a lot of foundation problems in many homes. Soil compacts in two different ways on a property: through shrinking and with pressure.
When the moisture in soil shrinks, it compacts. It also compacts if a great pressure is placed on it, such as a concrete slab or a large car. Even our day-to-day walking around the driveway puts small amounts of pressure on the soil. This constant displacement of the soil with the pressure, the moisture, the expansion, and the shrinking are what ruins your foundation to the point of settling.
Depending on the damage, you’ll need different solutions to your Montgomery home’s foundation problems. Some of these solutions focus on the walls while others focus on lifting the actual foundation and using something other than soft soil to support it. These specific foundation repair methods are not things you can buy and install yourself, so contact your local foundation repair specialist At AFS to make sure the job is done right.
Concrete Lifting in Montgomery
Montgomery is located in what is known as the “Black Belt,” named after the dark, clay soils that naturally form in the area. Concrete settling occurs because of shrinking clay soils that can no longer support the concrete slab. Montgomery sees a lot of concrete settling due to its soil quality, and it’s very important it’s addressed upon the first sign of settling for various reasons. First, walking on uneven concrete is a safety hazard that should not be ignored. It also makes your driveway or patio look much older and weathered than it probably is.
Another reason you should investigate concrete lifting is because critters might take up residence in the gap between the soil and the concrete. They can easily burrow themselves in there and find a way inside your home from the outside.
If you’re unsure about what can be done for settling concrete throughout Montgomery, look no further than polyurethane injections. A sturdy, lightweight polyurethane foam is injected into the gap under the slab until there’s enough to lift it. The foam hardens after only 15 minutes and the job can be completed in less than a day, depending on its scope. What makes this method so great is that the foam cannot wash away, expand, or shrink, so it faithfully stays in place to hold your slab for years to come.
AFS Foundation & Waterproofing
445 Dexter Avenue, Suite 4050
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 326-1438