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Concrete Lifting & Foundation Repair in Pensacola, FL

Being a coastal city in Florida, Pensacola tends to experience humid weather and rainy summers. Heavy moisture can cause foundation damage. Here’s what you can do.

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    Crawl Space Encapsulation and Repair in Pensacola, FL

    When high levels of moisture get into a crawl space, your foundation can experience many negative side effects. In a humid, coastal environment such as Pensacola, crawl space damage can be especially prevalent. Damages include wood rot, mold growth, sagging floors, or pest infestations below your home.

    Waterproofing your Pensacola crawl space is not only important for preventing these issues, but it also prevents your home from structural disaster. Not to mention, mold can cause potential health issues if left unchecked. If you notice any signs of crawl space damage, don’t hesitate to contact Alpha Foundations for your crawl space needs to keep you, your home, and your family safe.

    Our waterproofing solutions use a combination of encapsulation, dehumidification, and drainage systems. All of these tools work together to keep your crawl space dry and controlled. Encapsulation separates your crawl space from moist air and wet soil. Drainage systems and sump pumps remove and relocate water away from your crawl space. Dehumidifiers offer additional dryness that prevents humid air from collecting below your Pensacola home.

    Keep your crawl space clean, safe, and dry with our waterproofing solutions today!

    Foundation Repair in Pensacola, FL

    Pensacola receives around 64 inches of rain per year, while the national average is 38 inches. All of this rain can break down soil over time and cause it to become mushy, crumbly, and unsupportive. Much like your home is supported by its foundation, a foundation is supported by the soil it rests on. If the soil becomes unsupportive, your Pensacola home and foundation will experience settlement.

    Settlement can cause multiple problems inside and outside your 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 a potential sign of foundation settlement, don’t wait until the problem gets worse.

    Alpha Foundations has the solutions you need for foundation repair. Using our galvanized steel pier systems, we can stabilize and support any sinking foundation. Piers are driven into the sturdy soils deep below the soil to ensure they will not move, not matter how rainy or wet the soil gets in Pensacola. Another option are our wall anchors, which are especially useful for walls bowing inward. Both options keep your Pensacola foundation well supported.

    Concrete Lifting Repair in Pensacola, FL

    Concrete can suffer many of the same problems as a sinking foundation if the soil below it becomes weak. Pensacola experiences humid summers and many inches of rain annually. With all this moisture, weak soil is inevitable. Eventually, concrete structures like sidewalks, patios, or driveways may begin to crack, sink, or become uneven atop weakened soils.

    If any concrete structures around your Pensacola property are experiencing these issues, call a foundation expert immediately. Cracked or uneven concrete can become a tripping hazard, or potentially damage vehicles if left unchecked. Thankfully, Alpha Foundations has the answer for problematic concrete.

    PolyRenewal™ is our state-of-the-art polyurethane injection material that securely levels your concrete structures. Unlike mud jacking, which is a tedious and messy process, PolyRenewal™ is installed quickly and dries in just 30 minutes. You can start using your driveway or patio the same day as installation and no longer worry about tripping or damaging a vehicle. Installation is minimally invasive and PolyRenewal™ is a durable waterproof substance that won’t weaken like soil. Call us today for a free inspection and keep your concrete secure.

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

    The floorboards in your house are held up by wooden floor joists that are in your foundation. If a part of your floor feels bouncy, there is most likely a problem with the floor joists. It’s very easy for them to get damaged, especially if your crawl space is not waterproofed. Wood rot can severely damage floor joists, especially in Florida where humid weather is a common occurrence.

    Wood also expands when rain is absorbed into it. Rainstorms are fairly common in Pensacola, so wooden supports in your foundation are at risk. Sometimes, floor joists are too widely spaced. In this case, they are unable to properly distribute the wight of your home and the floor bends because of the weight. Regardless of what is causing your bouncy or saggy floor, it can help to contact Alpha Foundations for a FREE inspection. Our professional team can help you get down to the ultimate source of your foundation problems.

    Bouncy floors don’t automatically mean that your floor joists need to be replaced. Sometimes, all they need is a bit of reinforcement. Depending on the damage, our team may recommend supporting the floor with the IntelliJack™ steel column support system. These steel rods can fit an any accessible crawl space and can support up to 24,000 pounds in weight, meaning your floors will be properly leveled out and stay that way for years to come.

    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.

    Jammed doors and windows are a common sign of foundation settling. Foundation settling occurs when the soil layer under the foundation erodes and becomes uneven. Differential settling is the name given to foundation settlement that causes stuck doors and windows. When differential settling occurs, a house is settling sideways, and part of the foundation is breaking off from the rest of the house. Because the home is at an angle, door frames and window frames become warped and cause jammed doors and windows.

    Sometimes this tilt lifts a home’s floor. If the floor is uneven and one part of it is raised enough to graze the bottom of your home’s doorframes, it can make doors difficult to open. Jammed doors and windows are a huge indicator that the settling has been going on for a while. Consider contacting Alpha Foundations for immediate foundation repair solutions.

    Our team recommends helical and push piers that are installed deep underground in sturdy soils. The piers are also attached to the foundation so that they can transfer the weight of your home to these deep soils. Plus, the rods are made of galvanized steel to prevent corrosion. Both pier systems are permanent solutions to foundation settling, so they don’t require replacing every few years. Your doors and windows will be functional immediately and stay that way forever.

    The crawl space is important for one very simple reason: it contains many of your home’s most important structures and systems. This includes your HVAC system, electrical wiring, plumbing, insulation, your floor’s support beams, and your foundation. None of these items can stand to be so much as splashed with water, much less submerged in a flood.

    Protecting the crawl space should be your primary goal when maintaining your Pensacola home. Your home relies on the many systems installed inside to keep running. If even one of these systems becomes damaged through neglect, then it can quickly spell trouble for the rest of your home, too. For instance, if constant flooding causes the foundation to gradually break down over time, you will notice the other structures in your house starting to be negatively impacted, too. Your crawl space supports your entire home.

    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.

    Pensacola’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.

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

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