Foundation & Crawl Space Repair in Mobile, AL
A damaged crawl space and basement are common in Mobile, AL—but it doesn’t have to be that way. AFS has proven solutions to stop moisture in its tracks and restore your home’s original stability.
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AFS Foundation Repair & Waterproofing Specialists (AFS), a Groundworks Company, specializes in helping homeowners with their foundation repair, waterproofing, and concrete needs. Our top priority is providing high-quality home repair solutions and personalized service across Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Florida, and Tennessee. With fully trained technicians, industry-leading products, and nationally backed warranties, AFS is here to restore your basement, foundation, or crawl space.
Cracked bricks, sticking doors and windows, and cracks around door frames are signs of foundation problems.
Addressing all of your crawl space’s issues will promote energy efficiency and comfort in your home.
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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Foundation Repair in Mobile
It’s not rare for foundations to experience some sort of damage. Unfortunately, Mobile’s 66 inches of average annual rain only increase the chances of foundation damage. When your home was built, soil was removed and then refilled upon the project’s completion. Due to common construction techniques, the soil wasn’t compacted enough, so it became loose and easily eroded by rain. When rain washes away soil, your home sinks into the gaps created around it. This is the main cause of foundation damage called settlement. Look for foundation cracks, bowing basement walls, uneven floors, and a tilting chimney. AFS has many foundation repair solutions to solve even the toughest problems. From wall bracing systems to foundation piers, AFS can stabilize and restore your home’s foundation.
Concrete Lifting & Leveling in Mobile
Bama soil, Alabama’s official state soil, is characterized as sandy loam, which drains water well and has little shrink-swell capacities. While it does drain water well, it’s still easily displaced by rain. Because of how poorly Bama soil holds together, any consistent flow of water will easily carry away the topsoil. Given how common rain is in Mobile, this type of erosion happens a lot. When the soil washes away, any solid support holding up your concrete disappears, so the concrete cracks and settles. To lift concrete back to a safe position, polyurethane foam is injected to lift it and support your concrete. Polyurethane foam is waterproof and does not erode away , making it a perfect substitute for the soil that was previously under the slab. It’s a fast, simple procedure and the best long-term solution for sunken concrete.
Crawl Space Repair & Encapsulation in Mobile
Crawl space humidity is often overlooked in Mobile, AL. What homeowners may not realize is that high levels of humidity in a crawl space causes a domino effect of worse things to come. The long humid summers and more than 66 inches of rain annually mean crawl spaces are in danger. Look for dry rot damage, musty odors, rotted floor joists, or crawl space standing water. AFS has been repairing homeowners’ crawl spaces for more than 20 years using innovative encapsulation, drainage, sump pumps, and dehumidifiers. Our products are made in the USA and come with long-term, nationally backed warranties.
Basement Waterproofing in Mobile
Water in your basement spells disaster, and it’s not uncommon for basement leaks to occur in such as humid, rainy city like Mobile. The Bama soil that surrounds your home provides water an easy path underground. As the water continues to drain below the surface, it puts pressure on your basement walls. This leads to cracks, which leads to small leaks. Without any prevention or repair, these little issues turn into big messes in no time. Water damage left untreated leads to basement condensation, floor cracks, flooded stairs, and mold. Solving your water problems with AFS is the best choice. Our below-grade drains make sure water stays out of your usable space and dehumidifiers control high humidity levels. Consider installing basement waterproofing solutions to keep your entire home safe from damage.
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If you are looking to encapsulate your crawl space, we recommend that you contact a professional to undertake the process on your behalf. This is far more effective and efficient. Trying to go it alone could have disastrous consequences.
DIY Encapsulation Can Go Wrong
Waterproofing and encapsulation are straightforward processes, but that doesn’t mean this is an easy task that should be undertaken by just anyone. This process can go wrong very quickly and will cause serious issues when it does. One of the biggest mistakes that can be made is to skip the inspection phase or to fail to inspect homes thoroughly. In order for encapsulation to be successful, it is important that you diagnose all damage and repair it.
If you do not notice and repair all structural and internal damage, you will either cover up the warning signs or create an environment that traps moisture and incubates any spores that find their way inside. When this happens, the process of things like wood rot will be accelerated. Worse still, the signs of structural damage or underlying issues will be covered up until they cause some form of collapse in the wider structure of your home.
Professionals Have the Right Skills
As well as having the ability to diagnose all underlying and co-occurring issues, professionals have the tools and skills to repair things like foundation damage and wood rot in a safe and effective manner. This means that by the time they start encapsulating your crawl space, your home will be in better condition than before they arrived. This guarantees that your waterproofing and encapsulation will be more durable in the long run.
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.
If you have started to notice a lean, tilt, or buckling in some of your basement walls, then there are several issues that could be at work. Broadly speaking, however, the most common causes of bowing walls in any basement are hydrostatic pressure and foundation damage.
Hydrostatic pressure is a natural phenomenon caused by the weight of the water in the soil around a property. All homes are subject to hydrostatic pressure, and all homes are designed to withstand it. Of course, even the best designed property has a threshold for pressure. When hydrostatic pressure becomes too great for a home, it can cause bowing walls. This happens because of how it exerts lateral pressure.
Most basement walls are made of concrete, and concrete has a low tensile strength when compared to its compressive strength. Hydrostatic pressure tests its tensile strength by exerting lateral pressure, which is the main cause of a bowing wall. Many things can increase hydrostatic pressure around a home including poor drainage, heavy rainfall, underground water sources, and localized flooding.
Foundation Damage and Movement
Alternatively, bowing walls can be caused by foundation damage and movement. When this happens, it occurs because of the direct connection between basement walls and a property’s foundation. Any sinking, lateral movement, or fragmentation in the foundation can lead to an excess of pressure or a lack of support to the basement walls. This will then cause bowing, leaning, or buckling over time. Foundation movement and damage are also highly influenced by soil saturation.
Sudden flooding, heavy storms, or poor perimeter drainage can all contribute to foundation movement by making the soil unstable, marshy, or weak. In the cases of serious and dramatic flooding (for example, during a storm surge), the force of water hitting a home can also cause foundation movement. Any movement in your property’s structure poses a risk of cracking, fragmentation, and destabilization over time.
If you’re a handy person and you’ve fixed many things around your home by yourself, you might look at a settled slab and think you’re up for the challenge. However, concrete lifting isn’t a simple repair job—It requires a lot of knowledge and specialized tools to do the job right. The first thing you have to understand is that it’s not a one-man job. Concrete slabs are heavy, and you’ll need assistance in order to lift them enough to fill them with material. Handling heavy concrete is very difficult and dangerous and you can either seriously injure yourself or simply break the concrete and have to replace it anyway.
The second thing you should realize is that you won’t be able to obtain the right materials to do the job properly. Traditionally, contractors use cement to lift concrete slabs. Buying and making a cement mixture is pretty easy, but it’s not the best way to lift concrete slabs. Cement is too heavy and compresses the soil even further, eventually making the settling worse. What you need is polyurethane injections to put an end to the settling.
Polyurethane foam that’s used in concrete lifting is better than mudjacking because polyurethane foam is an inert material that neither places pressure on soil or erodes with water. It cures in 15 minutes and most concrete lifting jobs with the foam can be done in less than a day. AFS contractors are the only ones who can inject this specific foam with the care and expertise your slab requires. As tempting as it may be to try to do it all yourself, you should sit back, relax, and let us do the heavy lifting for you.
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