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Crawl Space Waterproofing & Concrete Lifting in Tampa, FL

Residents of Tampa know that it can sometimes be a stormy place. When it’s not raining, it can be quite humid. Either way, your foundation, concrete, and crawl space could be at risk – here’s how to protect it.

Waterproofing Your Tampa Crawl Space

While Tampa certainly has beautiful days throughout the year, the area is no stranger to heavy storms or humid summers. Both of these phenomena create a ton of moisture in your Tampa crawl space. When this happens, your foundation is put at risk for various problems such as wood rot, mold growth, or sagging floors.

As storms roll through and humidity rises, the ground below your crawl space is saturated with water. When the water evaporates in your crawl space, problems arise. Wood rot can threaten the structural integrity of your Tampa home, while mold growth can become a health hazard to you and others. 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 Tampa

If your foundation is at risk, your home is at risk. That’s because the foundation supports every part of your home. Since Tampa often experiences heavy rainfall and humidity, the soil below your foundation goes through a constant cycle of absorption and drainage. As this process unfolds, the soil becomes weaker and cannot support the weight of your Tampa foundation. Over time, the foundation begins to sink and settle below the soil.

Settling foundations cause multiple issues inside and outside your home. Signs to look for inside your home include cracking walls, uneven floors, or stuck doors and windows. Outside your home, you might notice a tilted chimney or stair-step cracking patterns along the walls. If you notice any of these signs, don’t hesitate to call Alpha Foundations – we have the solutions for a settling foundation.

For most settling foundations, our team uses various pier systems. Piers are long galvanized steel rods that are driven into the sturdy soil deep below the ground. They are then attached to the footing of your Tampa home’s foundation to provide unwavering support thanks to the strong soils below the ground. Wall anchors might also be used for a settling foundation, especially if your home’s walls are bowing inward. Both tools provide strong support that lasts for years.

Concrete Lifting in Tampa

Since water often permeates the soil in Tampa, the same settlement that occurs with foundations can also affect concrete structures. You may notice cracking, uneven segments, or sinking concrete on your driveway, patio, or other concrete structures around your property. If you see signs of this, it’s best to call a foundation expert right away.

Alpha Foundations has the solution to sinking, cracking concrete. We use PolyRenewal™, a durable, polyurethane material that is injected below the concrete to level everything out to its original position. Unlike older methods such as mud jacking and slab jacking, polyurethane injection is clean, quick, and waterproof. Weather, heat, and water will not affect the strength of PolyRenewal™.

The best part is that PolyRenewal™ dries in just 30 minutes. You can start using your concrete surface the same day is installation. With this solution, you avoid potential tripping hazards or damage to your vehicles, and you restore the curb appeal of your home ten-fold. Alpha Foundations has all the solutions to your foundation needs.

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

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 Tampa. 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.

Alpha Foundation’s drainage systems are very thorough and will completely waterproof your Tampa home from any moisture that tries to seep through. We can offer your home either an interior or an exterior drainage system. As their names imply, these systems are installed along the interior and exterior of your home respectively.

The interior drainage system is installed in the floor and along the walls of your crawl space, which is where most water tends to gather when it floods. The exterior drainage system will be installed along the outside perimeter of your home and will collect any water that gathers out here instead. An interior drainage system will then redirect this water to the sump pump, which in turn will deposit this water out into a nearby storm drain or other drainage trench far away from your home.

An exterior drainage system can benefit your home, as well. Rather than relying on a storm drain far from your home, exterior drains redirect water out onto your lawn. The cap over the drain prevents water from spilling back in and flooding your home. These systems are also guaranteed to never clog. Should any mud, dirt, or other debris flow inside, these drainage systems will then push it out along with any excess water that tries to get into your home.

The sump pump is a major part of the entire Alpha Foundations drainage system. All the water that the system collects will flow into the sump pump. The float system installed inside the sump pump will detect when enough water has entered its system and thus activate the pump on its own. The pump will then redirect this water out the exit pipes down to a nearby storm drain or trench that lies far from your home.

The fact that our sump pumps also have optional back-up battery packs on hand may also be some relief for you. These pumps will not significantly raise your electric Tampa bill, nor will they shut down in the middle of any particularly bad storm. Its comprehensive alarm system will sound to let you know when it has turned on and when it is running low on battery as well. Our powerful pumps are capable of pumping out thousands of gallons of water from your home.

Another great benefit to our sump pumps is the fact that it is encased in a solid cast-iron. Many cheaper sump pumps are made of plastic and tend to burn out and even melt when they are the least bit overworked. Our sump pumps will continue to pump away thousands of gallons of water without any trouble whatsoever, even during a harsh Florida storm. You can rely on our sump pumps to keep your basement or crawl space completely dry no matter the weather conditions.

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 Tampa. 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.

Tampa’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 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 Tampa 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.

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Bradenton, 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 Bradenton, FL.

Brandon, 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 Brandon, FL.

Concrete Lifting

Concrete cracks and uneven slabs steal away from your Tampa home’s appearance and make it unsafe. Fix the problem at the source with innovative lifting and leveling solutions from Alpha Foundations.

Crawl Space Repair

Your Tampa home could have a wet, moldy crawl space that impacts the health of your family. Remedy these issues with trusted crawl space repair and encapsulation solutions from Alpha Foundations.

Dunedin, 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 Dunedin, FL.

Englewood 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 Englewood Beach, FL.

Foundation Repair

If your foundation is cracking, settling, or otherwise damaged, it will not be able to support the rest of your home. Permanent foundation repair from Alpha Foundations ensures its safety and stability.

Lawtey, 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 Lawtey, FL.

Palm Harbor, 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 Palm Harbor, FL.

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3723 Hogshead Rd
Apopka, FL 32703
(321) 450-7569

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