Concrete Lifting & Foundation Repair in Jacksonville, FL
Like much of Florida, Jacksonville is often hot and humid. Your foundation is at risk. Our experts provide quality and permanent fix solutions.
Crawl Space Encapsulation and Repair in Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville experiences wet conditions all year round. Sometimes this is in the form of rain, but humidity is the main cause. High moisture environments can cause problems for any crawl space, and your Jacksonville crawl space is no exception. Most crawl spaces have air vents that were designed to allow steady airflow throughout. Unfortunately, this design backfired and actually causes more crawl space problems than solutions.
See, when the air is humid outside, it travels into your crawl space through the vents and gets trapped below your home. When it rains, groundwater seeps into the soil below your home as well and eventually evaporates, causing the air in your Jacksonville crawl space to become even more wet. All of this moisture leads to crawl space issues such as wood rot, mold, sagging floors, or standing water.
Thankfully, Alpha Foundations has solutions that work in tandem to address all of these moisture issues. With our CrawlSeal™ crawl space encapsulation system, we separate your crawl space from the air and soil in order to create a clean and controlled environment. With our drainage systems and sump pumps, we move water away from your crawl space into nearby retention ponds or other water collection sites. With an AquaStop™ dehumidifier, you can also keep your crawl space extra protected from moisture.
Foundation Repair in Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville’s sandy soil doesn’t offer the best support when exposed to heavy rain or humidity. Since Florida is no stranger to either, your foundation can suffer. When soil gets caught in a cycle of high moisture and repetitive drying, it begins to break down over time. Just like your foundation supports your home, the soil supports your foundation. If the soil breaks down, so will your Jacksonville foundation.
Weak soil leads to foundation settlement which causes multiple issues both inside and outside your Jacksonville home. When indoors, look for cracking walls, uneven floors, or stuck doors and windows. When outdoors, look for stair-step cracking in exterior walls or a tilting chimney (if you have one). If you notice any potential signs of foundation settlement, contact Alpha Foundations immediately.
We have all the solutions needed for foundation settlement and the various issues associated with it. Our galvanized steel piers stabilize your foundation and prevent further settlement. These large rods are inserted into the strong soils deep below the ground so that weather or moisture won’t affect their integrity. Wall anchors are recommended for bowing walls, as they offer additional support for your Jacksonville home and foundation as well.
Concrete Lifting in Jacksonville, FL
Similar to foundation settlement, sandy soils can cause various issues for concrete structures around your Jacksonville property. This includes cracking, sinking, or uneven surfaces. If sandy soil underneath your driveway is washed away by a storm or weakened by humid weather, your concrete will eventually crack and sink due to lack of support. The same can happen to a concrete patio or sidewalk.
Damaged concrete poses a risk to your loved ones, as the uneven surfaces can become a tripping hazard. Damaged concrete might also damage vehicles as the enter or exit a driveway. Avoid costly vehicle repairs and potential injuries by contacting Alpha Foundations before your concrete issues get worse. Our solutions are guaranteed to keep your concrete safe well into the future.
Our company uses polyurethane injection to lift and straighten concrete. Polyurethane is a durable, waterproof material that replaces outdated concrete repair techniques such as slabjacking or mudjacking. These old methods took a long time to complete and were extremely messy. Plus, they rarely solved the actual problem: soil being weakened by moisture. Alph Foundations uses PolyRenewal™, a polyurethane material that supports your concrete effectively. Even better, PolyRenewal™ dries in just 30 minutes and makes virtually no mess – you can get back to using your driveway, sidewalk, or patio the same day as installation. Give us a call to learn more about our foundation solutions.
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About Waterproofing, Crawl Spaces & Foundation Repair in Jacksonville, FL
Foundations are vulnerable to all kinds of moisture damage. For instance, the soil supporting your Jacksonville’s foundation is made of loose sandy soils that are susceptible to washout. Even just one large storm can easily wash away sandy soil and cause the foundation to begin sinking. The already loose nature of sandy soil does not help. In fact, loose soil can start even before your home has been built.
Basically, contractors need to dig a large hole in the area where they plan to lay down the concrete slab foundation or crawl space. After each component is secured, there will be some space left around them that the contractors will then backfill in with some of the soil they initially dug up. This leads to the clay bowl effect. When this occurs, the much looser fill soil is far more susceptible to washing out as a result of the contractors’ construction methods.
Another way your foundation becomes damaged is through hydrostatic pressure. Jacksonville’s consistent rainfall can lead to the soil absorbing far more water than it is realistically capable of holding at once. This can create immense pressure against the foundation and cause it to shift out of its original placement or even crack apart.
A proper crawl space insulation material can reduce your Jacksonville home’s energy consumption by 15%. However, not all insulation materials are good for crawl spaces and some of them might even cause issues you’re your home and foundation. Here’s a few reasons why your crawl space insulation could be wet.
Some insulation materials are not suitable for a crawl space environment. Many times, fiberglass insulation is installed because it is a cheap and common insulation material. However, fiberglass is quite absorbent, so when it’s located within a humid crawl space, it tends to take in all the surrounding moisture. Eventually, moisture weighs the insulation down, causing it to fall out of place.
There are two other reasons as to why your crawl space insulation may be wet. If the crawl space is humid enough, condensation may form on the insulation material. Another reason could be mold, which can sometimes feel wet and mushy to the touch. Even if your insulation isn’t absorbent, if it’s made of any kind of organic material, there’s a chance for mold to grow on it. Regardless of the kind of insulation you have, if you feel like it’s damp, you need to replace it and focus on revamping the waterproofing solutions in your crawl space.
Jacksonville’s soil is mostly sandy, which also means that it is more likely to wash out in a storm or hurricane. In Florida, your home will also face plenty of rain and wet weather which can drastically affect your soil and foundation.
When sandy soil around your home attempts to absorb far more water than it is actually capable of holding it creates huge pressure that presses up against the foundation. This phenomenon is called hydrostatic pressure, and it can cause your foundation to shift out of its original alignment or even crack into pieces.
Additionally, the soil may have been loosened by the clay bowl effect. This phenomenon occurs when builders construct a new home. They will dig up a large hole in order to lay down the concrete slab foundation or crawl space. Once these structures are set, there is typically a little space left around them that the builders then will backfill with the soil they dug up. This makes the already loose sandy soil even more susceptible to washing out and causing foundation damage.
The encapsulation process consists of four key components: waterproofing with an interior drainage system and a sump pump, vapor barrier, vent covers, and dehumidifiers. Having all four of these systems combined can ensure that this space will never face moisture issues again. The interior drainage system and sump pump will cut off any leaks or floods from infiltrating this space, instead redirecting it far away from your home. The vapor barrier will encompass the entire crawl space, preventing any groundwater, mold, mildew, or pests from getting inside. The antimicrobial additive this barrier is coated in will also prevent mold or mildew from growing along the outside surface as well.
Contractors once believed that leaving open vents around a home’s crawl space would help to circulate dry air around this space. Unfortunately, it also lets in more moisture, mold, pests, and other issues into the crawl space as well. This is why you need to seal off your crawl space after all other repairs are implemented. Our sturdy vent covers will completely cover up any open vents.
Before we close off your crawl space completely, however, we recommend installing one of our powerful dehumidifiers first. These dehumidifiers can keep the air inside circulated, drier, and fresher than before. With our sump pumps handling any large floods, the vapor barrier and vent covers blocking off moisture, and the dehumidifier taking care of any humidity, you can count on this process to keep your Jacksonville crawl space totally dry!
Your foundation is not the only concrete structure that is impacted by moisture or washout. The other concrete slabs that make up your sidewalk, driveway, and other structures will be just as vulnerable to this moisture damage, too. Soil washout is the most common cause of settling or cracked slabs around your home. Unfortunately, many homeowners may focus on protecting the concrete above and neglect the soil underneath because they are unaware of the importance of this supporting soil.
Jacksonville’s consistent rain patterns don’t help either. The constant washout of your soil can also cause the remaining soil to dry out much faster, which makes the soil shrink in size. This causes the slabs to settle even deeper. You should then take measures to protect both the concrete slabs and the soil to prevent this from happening. Calling the concrete experts at Alpha Foundations is your best bet.
Our SettleStop PolyRenewal™ solution works to stabilize both the concrete slabs above and the soil beneath. The foam injected through the slabs can fill in any cracks, gaps, or other damage in the concrete and extend down to the soil to repair that as well. You might be concerned that this solution will leach harmful chemicals in your soil. While it does bolster the soil against washout, it is also made up of eco-friendly materials that will not harm your soil nor poison the water that flows through it. It will not affect your lawn or landscaping in any way. One of its biggest benefits also lies in its quick cure time. In just 15 minutes, you will be able to walk on your concrete and get back to your regular routine.
Typically, the average homeowner will be able to tell when their concrete is uneven. You will see parts of the concrete that are sinking into the soil more than others. This isn’t the only damage your concrete will face, either. This concrete damage can also affect your foundation and impact the rest of your home. You might find your floor starting to sag or your doors and windows getting stuck.
If you want a fairly simple way to tell if your concrete slabs have become uneven, all you have to do is wait for rain. Thankfully, rain is quite common in Jacksonville. Normally, puddles form on even concrete slabs during a storm. However, they quickly drain away from the concrete through cracks in the concrete. If you notice pools of water sticking around days after a storm, then your concrete has become uneven.
Unfortunately, it is not always easy to spot when the concrete has become uneven, which can make foundation damage that much harder to prevent. Taking advantage of Alpha Foundations free concrete inspections can definitely help out. You can get an expert opinion on how to handle your sunken concrete.
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Jacksonville, FL 32246
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