Foundation & Concrete Lifting Repair in Panama City, FL
Panama City is close to the gulf. Its sandy soil can be weakened by high moisture, and your foundation is at risk
Crawl Space Encapsulation and Repair in Panama City, FL
Panama City has many beautiful days throughout the year, but the area also experiences high amounts of rainfall and moisture. These can create a ton of moisture buildup in your Panama City crawl space. When this happens, your foundation is at risk for various problems such as wood rot, mold growth, or sagging floors.
As moisture levels rise, the ground below your crawl space becomes saturated with water. When this groundwater evaporates into your crawl space, a few problems arise. Wood rot threatens the structural integrity of your Panama City home, while mold growth becomes a health hazard to you and others in your house. Not to mention, high levels of moisture can cause your electric bills to skyrocket as your air system works on overdrive to even things out.
Alpha Foundations has a number of solutions to waterproof your crawl space. These include encapsulation, drainage, and dehumidification. Encapsulation works to separate your crawl space from moisture in the ground and air, creating a controlled environment below your home.
Drainage systems take any groundwater that collects below the soil and moves it away from your home to reduce the risk of moisture. Finally, a dehumidifier keeps your crawl space especially dry. We also offer IntelliJack™ support beams that correct your sagging floors due to wood rot. All of these solutions keep your crawl space protected for the long haul.
Foundation Repair in Panama City, FL
Panama City’s sandy soil doesn’t offer the best support when exposed to heavy rain or humidity. Since Florida’s Gulf coast 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 Panama City foundation.
Weak soil leads to foundation settlement which causes multiple issues both inside and outside your Panama City 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 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 Panama City home and foundation.
Concrete Lifting Repair in Panama City, FL
Panama City 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 Panama City 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 Panama City concrete surfaces lifted so you can keep your home safe and looking great.
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About Waterproofing, Crawl Spaces & Foundation Repair in Panama City, FL
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 Panama City crawl space totally dry!
The majority of Florida is comprised of sandy soil, also referred to as Myakka – the Native American word for “big waters”. Southern Florida soil often contains more limestone due to the limestone bedrock below the surface. Meanwhile, Northern Florida soils in the panhandle contain small amounts of clay.
Both types have advantages and disadvantages. Central and South Florida soils are more susceptible to soil washout due to sandy soil’s loose properties. Northern Florida soils with small deposits of clay may absorb water a bit better, so they can avoid washout easier. However, clay is much more susceptible to shrinking when it becomes dry.
The hot Florida sun can cause North Florida soil to crack and shrink after a storm, potentially causing foundation damage. South Florida soils are less likely to be affected by shrinkage, but it can happen anywhere. Either way, all soil in Florida is sandy at its core. Florida’s regular rain and storms can cause foundation damage, so be aware of the soil in your area and take precautions accordingly.
Mold is a microorganism that is capable of triggering allergies, illness, or in the worst case scenario, hazardous breathing problems. Long-term exposure to mold damages your respiratory system, so a moldy crawl space is a health hazard. Even if you don’t spend much time don’t in your home’s crawl space, mold can still cause health problems because of the stack effect.
This is because the air in your basement or crawl space rises into your home and pollutes the air. Mold releases spores in the crawl space, so the air that rises into your home is infected with spores and other particles from the crawl space. Breathing this poor air quality in for months on end can lead to health issues. Plus, your nose quickly becomes used to the smell of mold, which can make identifying it even harder. Stay alert.
Mold is so persistent that you need to get remediation specialists to remove it. Professional mold removal is guaranteed to remove all mold from your Panama City crawl space, even the mold in places you never considered. Next, you’ll want to waterproof your basement with the help of the experts at Alpha Foundations. If moisture can enter your crawl space, mold always has a chance to grow.
Pier systems can be a little confusing to those who are not familiar with their function. Basically, these systems are long, galvanized steel rods that are driven into the deepest layers of soil underneath your foundation. In this way, they offer additional support to your home and foundation as the rods transfer the compact strength of the soil to the underside of your foundation. These piers can also lift the foundation back into its original position and close cracks that have formed in concrete.
Alpha Foundations can provide your Panama City home with our two most common pier systems – helical piers and push piers. The main difference between the two lies in how they are installed under your home. Helical piers have spiral-like attachments along the bottom that make it easier for the expert to hydraulically drill them down into the deeper layers of soil. Then, they are attached to your foundation via a sturdy bracket. Once this is complete, the entire system can protect your foundation against any future settling.
Push piers are manually pushed into the soil by our experts rather than drilled in. Additionally, both pier systems will not be visible from the outside or mess up the landscaping around your home.
A proper crawl space insulation material can reduce your Panama City 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.
Many Panama City homeowners will often try to repair any damage they see around their home by themselves. While some projects like painting can be completed by homeowners, foundation repair is not something you should DIY. The foundation is perhaps the most crucial structure in your home; it holds up your entire home from the soil around it and ensures that it will not sway or tilt even during the harshest weather.
This is why you need to leave these complicated repairs to the experts at Alpha Foundations. We can offer your home free foundation inspections and give our professional opinion on how to go about the repairs. Our experts will be able to pinpoint the exact cause of your foundation damage, offering free quotes on all our powerful repair solutions while we are there, too. Feel free to ask us any questions you may have about our various systems and solutions during this visit as well.
We have plenty of foundation repair solutions that will tackle foundation damage in different ways. Our pier systems, for instance, can stabilize and even lift a settled foundation. They can also brace your foundation against any potential settling damage in the future. Our wall anchors work to stabilize and help repair bowing foundation walls.
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