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Foundation & Concrete Repair and Basement Waterproofing in Florence, AL

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Florence Local Office

AFS Foundation & Waterproofing
118 E Mobile St
Florence, AL 35630
(256) 344-6717



Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 6 am – 8 pm
Saturday: 7 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 9 am – 6 pm

Foundation & Concrete Repair and Basement Waterproofing in Florence, AL

THE AFS REPAIR PROCESS

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One of our contact center representatives will reach out to you to determine your problem and set the best time for one of our certified field inspectors to visit your home.

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Our certified field inspector will visit your home to observe the problems in your home and inspect other areas of your home that may have been impacted.

Installation of customized solutions

Our professional production crew installs patented, American-made solutions in each home with care and strives to leave the area better than we found it.

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WHY HOMEOWNERS CHOOSE AFS FOUNDATION & WATERPROOFING SPECIALISTS

Since 2000, AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists – A Groundworks Company – has specialized in helping homeowners permanently repair and protect their homes with quality solutions. Our basement waterproofing, foundation repair, crawl space repair and encapsulation, and concrete lifting and leveling services and solutions have been trusted by homeowners in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, and Mississippi for more than 20 years. 

Our highly trained, experienced, and friendly staff of more than 250 employees will treat your home as their own because we know how important it is to you, and we will help you protect your home for a lifetime. Experience our high-quality work and personalized service for yourself by contacting us today to book a free inspection and estimate. 

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Along with a good gutter and downspout system, there are other things you can invest in to improve your home’s drainage. Downspout extensions at least 10 feet long should be attached to the bottom of downspouts to properly move water away from the foundation. Extensions also can be placed in the ground to improve safety and appearance. 

The slope or grade of the soil and landscaping around your home also is extremely important. There must be a positive grade so water moves down and away from the foundation. Otherwise, with a negative grade, water will move down and towards the foundation and then lead to problems like leaks and wall cracks.

When most homeowners notice issues within their homes, they will often try to fix them themselves. Basement waterproofing issues are not something just anyone should undertake, however. It is always best to leave any repairs you might need to the basement experts at AFS. 

Why DIY Repairs Are Not Recommended 

Your local home improvement store will likely sell a lot of different basement waterproofing solutions that they claim will get the job done. However, you might also find yourself applying the same solutions over and over to treat the same problem, which can cost you a lot more time and money in the long run. This is why you need to invest in a permanent solution that can protect your basement for years to come. 

Additionally, any dehumidifiers you might find at a department store will also not be powerful enough to deal with the dense amount of humidity in your basement. Our dehumidifiers are not only capable of handling lots of humidity, but you can also adjust their settings to reach a humidity level you like. Our dehumidifiers can also filter out any mold or mildew spores that happen to infiltrate your basement as well. 

If you like to DIY your home, ensure any repairs you do try to implement to not interfere with your foundation or other concrete structures much, if at all. If you accidentally damage your foundation while you work, this will only cost you even more in the future. You should always try to leave any necessary repairs to the experts at AFS if at all possible. 

Calling the Basement Experts at AFS 

The basement experts at AFS have plenty of experience installing and repairing any basement waterproofing repair solution that your home might need. We do it right the first time, so you can enjoy your home without any worries.  

If your property has exposed crawl space vents, then you should make a point of contacting a professional to talk about your options and the benefits of covering your crawl space vents. Do not simply cover up your vents, however. 

The Stack Effect 

Crawl space vents were initially installed into properties because they were believed to be beneficial to the properties in which they were found. Between the 1950s and the 1990s, installing crawl space vents was considered best practice because it was believed to reduce dampness and humidity by increasing airflow. Of course, they were found to increase airflow because of the stack effect. This was later found to be harmful. 

The stack effect increases dampness and humidity while decreasing energy efficiency and temperature/climate stability in your home. There are many things that can feed into this, but open crawl space vents are the most influential and easy to fix sources of airflow in a home where the stack effect is present. As such, they should be your first point of consideration. 

Get Well-Fitting Vent Covers 

Getting durable, plastic vent covers that are heat-resistant, water-proof, and well-fitting will prevent or drastically reduce the stack effect in a property. Of course, the reduction of the stack effect is not the only benefit that you can expect to see from well-fitting vent covers being installed into your home’s crawl space. For a start, covering crawl space doors and vents is a key part of encapsulation and will prevent pests and water from getting into your home quite as easily. 

This, in turn, will influence the climate, energy efficiency, and heat retention that you can expect from your home by creating an environment that is separated from the outside world. This creates a kind of internal bubble that protects the climate of your whole home from outside influences in many ways.  

Uneven concrete slabs are pretty dangerous on their own, but things get even riskier if it’s an uneven pool deck. The settling that occurs around pool decks are more likely to cause accidents because of the water, and those that don’t know how to swim run the risk of falling into the pool. But what exactly causes uneven pool decks? Is it the same thing that causes concrete settling in your driveway or garage? Well, sort of, but there’s a bit of a twist to it that involves the pool’s construction.

A pool is made by digging a hole large enough to fill a pool. Once all the walls are put into place, soil is backfilled around the excavated area until there’s no sign of the hole. The problem with this is that while the soil surrounding the pool is compacted, dense, and capable of holding up the pool, the soil that’s used as backfill is very loose. Because of the soil’s looseness, when the concrete slabs are poured over the soil, it compresses together, forming a gap under the concrete that causes settling. There’s very little that can be done about this during the construction of the pool itself, so all you can do as a homeowner is repair the settled slabs.

Concrete lifting using polyurethane foam injections is the best way to fix a pool deck with settled concrete slabs. Replacing and repouring all the slabs does nothing to address the real issue and will leave you dealing with the same problem in a few years’ time. Polyurethane foam allows you to conserve your slabs by filling in the gaps under the concrete and letting a more reliable material support the deck. Unlike the cement slurry used in mudjacking, polyurethane foam is light, so it won’t put any more pressure on the soil. Not every contractor has the tools or the experience to use polyurethane foam, so bypass those that offer mudjacking as a solution and go with a contractor who provides the best methods.

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