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Concrete Lifting & Foundation Repair in Miami, FL

Miami’s tropical climate make it a popular vacation hub. But the sandy soils and humid air can cause some problems for your foundation. Here’s what you can do.

Crawl Space Repair and Encapsulation in Miami, FL

Moisture damage can devastate a crawl space in many ways. In turn, your entire home can be negatively affected as well. If you notice standing water in your Miami crawl space, or other signs of crawl space damage such as sloping floors, you shouldn’t hesitate to act. These issues will only get worse over time.

Miami’s wet climate contributes to elevated levels of moisture in your crawl space. The humid, tropical air can seep into the space below your home and cause various issues such as wood rot, or mold spores. Miami tends to experience a lot of rainfall or hurricanes during the summer as well. This makes the moisture levels in your crawl space even higher.

Contact Alpha Foundations as soon as you notice moisture problems in your crawl space. We offer a free inspection and can provide the service necessary to fix your Miami crawl space issues. We use a combination of encapsulation, dehumidification, and drainage systems to keep your crawl space moisture free, so you won’t have to worry in the future.

Foundation Repair in Miami, FL

Your Miami home’s foundation is its most important structure. It keeps every part of your house supported and protected. However, Miami’s wet climate and sandy soils can speak disaster for your home’s foundation. As soil moves and shifts due to changes in moisture, so too does your foundation. This movement causes settlement that can cause problems around your home.

It makes sense that if your foundation is damaged, you’d want to get it repaired as quickly and efficiently as possible. Alpha Foundations can make that happen for you with our pier systems and wall anchors. These tools are built to keep your settling foundation secure and stabilized no matter what happens.

Our piers are designed to anchor into the sturdiest soils below the ground and provide unwavering support for your foundation. No matter if a heavy storm rolls through, or a hot day dries out the ground, our piers can handle it. Meanwhile, our wall anchors can offer even more support against heavy winds, keeping your Miami home well secured during any situation, and for years to come.

Concrete Lifting in Miami, FL

Miami tends to have sandy soil, and these soils can break down easily due to the region’s constant storms and hot days. When soil experiences a ton of moisture, and then dries up repeatedly, it can become weaker over time. This causes concrete surfaces found throughout your Miami property to crack, sink, or become uneven.

In the past, concrete companies would use a process called mud jacking to correct this issue. Unfortunately, this process was messy, long, and very rarely solved the actual problem: problematic surface soil. Today, Alpha Foundations uses a modern approach to concrete lifting called polyurethane injection.

Using PolyRenewal™, our polyurethane injection system, our team can quickly and efficiently re-level any concrete surface at your home. Whether you concrete patio has cracked, or your driveway is sinking, PolyRenewal™ can stabilize the issue. Plus, PolyRenewal™ dries in just 30 minutes and won’t break down due to stormy or wet weather. Over time, uneven concrete can become a tripping hazard for those in your home, so don’t wait. Get your concrete surfaces lifted so you can keep your home safe and looking great.

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About Waterproofing, Crawl Spaces & Foundation Repair in Miami, FL

Foundations are vulnerable to all kinds of moisture damage. For instance, the soil supporting your Miami’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. Miami’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 Miami 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.

Miami’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 Miami 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.

Miami’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 Miami. 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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Broward County, FL

When you need quick and reliable home improvement solutions, Alpha Foundations is the company to call. We provide professional foundation repairs, crawl space repairs, concrete repairs, and more in Broward County, FL.

Coconut Creek, FL

When you need quick and reliable home improvement solutions, Alpha Foundations is the company to call. We provide professional foundation repairs, crawl space repairs, concrete repairs, and more in Coconut Creek, FL.

Concrete Lifting

Cracking and sunken concrete surfaces around your Miami property are unsightly and dangerous. Make sure these are handled the right way with innovative lifting and leveling techniques only available from Alpha Foundations.

Coral Gables, FL

When you need quick and reliable home improvement solutions, Alpha Foundations is the company to call. We provide professional foundation repairs, crawl space repairs, concrete repairs, and more in Coral Gables, FL.

Coral Springs, FL

When you need quick and reliable home improvement solutions, Alpha Foundations is the company to call. We provide professional foundation repairs, crawl space repairs, concrete repairs, and more in Coral Springs, FL.

Crawl Space Repair

A wet and moldy crawl space affects the health and safety of the rest of your Miami home. Trust its waterproofing, repair, and encapsulation to the experts at Alpha Foundations.

Dania, FL

When you need quick and reliable home improvement solutions, Alpha Foundations is the company to call. We provide professional foundation repairs, crawl space repairs, concrete repairs, and more in Dania, FL.

Davie, FL

When you need quick and reliable home improvement solutions, Alpha Foundations is the company to call. We provide professional foundation repairs, crawl space repairs, concrete repairs, and more in Davie, FL.

Deerfield Beach, FL

When you need quick and reliable home improvement solutions, Alpha Foundations is the company to call. We provide professional foundation repairs, crawl space repairs, concrete repairs, and more in Deerfield Beach, FL.

Miami Local Office

Alpha Foundations

66 West Flagler St. Ste. 949
Miami, FL 33130
(786) 745-7911

Hours of Operation

Monday – Thursday: 7 am – 9 pm
Friday: 7 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 3 pm
Sunday: 1 pm – 7 pm

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