Interior Foundation Repair in Alabama
Most of us spend around 90% of our time indoors, and much of that time is spent in our homes. It’s where we relax, entertain, and enjoy life with the people we love! And when something’s “off,” we notice — cracks in the ceiling, sagging floors, a door that doesn’t open like it once did.
At Alabama Foundation Repairs, we notice the little things, too, since they can have the biggest impact on the most important part of your house — the foundation. Your home’s foundation is only as good as the soil or ground it is built on. Over time, small movements in the ground beneath the house can cause the foundation to shift. The movement in the ground can damage the structure of your home, and in turn, it’s worth.
Help protect your home’s integrity and value. Learn how to spot interior signs that foundation repair is needed and see how Alabama Foundation Repairs can help you.
Common Interior Signs of Foundation Problems
Symptoms of foundation trouble can surface on the inside or outside of your home. Look for the following identifiers for signs your foundation is shifting.
- Cracks in interior wall(s): When the foundation of your home starts shifting or settling, cracks may appear in the interior walls. Hairline cracks above windows and doors are usually due to settling. Large diagonal or jagged cracks can also indicate significant structural problems. Read all about different wall and ceiling cracks on our blog.
- Sloping, uneven floors: Are your floor beams and joists made from wood? When the foundation of your home is shifting or settling it can cause your floors to become unlevel. Uncovered wooden beams in a crawl space will typically bend instead of break when put under stress or exposed to varying degrees of moisture.
- Windows and doors sticking: Common sources of stuck windows and doors are foundation settlement and settling, shifting, or deteriorating crawl space supports. Watch for windows and/or doors that stick or jam, and locks that no longer function properly. Stuck doors and windows may coincide with diagonal cracks toward the top of door and window openings, and openings that are no longer square.
- Creaking/sagging floors or cracked tiles: The wood frames or beams supporting the floor can become damaged over time. As the supports fail, your home’s floors can begin to sag and the entire structural integrity of the house can become compromised. When you’re looking for interior signs of foundation problems, look for floor sagging close to the middle of the home. Perimeter walls and floors don’t settle as much and are not as likely to sag.
- Cracks in concrete slab floor: Does your garage, patio, or crawl space have a concrete slab floor? Concrete slabs can settle and become uneven and crack over time. Concrete can also crack no matter how well your builder does their job. While some concrete cracks are little cause for concern, other cracks could be letting a dangerous amount of moisture penetrate your home and home foundation.
- Bowing basement walls: When the soil around your home is over saturated with water, it can put too much pressure on the foundation walls and cause them to bow, crack, or sometimes collapse.
You could be dealing with a foundation problem in your Alabama home if any of these signs seem familiar. Thankfully, there’s a solution for every one of them. Call the professionals at Alabama Foundation Repairs for a thorough review of your home’s interior. We’re one of middle and northern Alabama’s most trusted foundation repair contractors.
Didn’t see your foundation repair symptom listed above? Take a walk around your home’s exterior and check out exterior signs of foundation trouble.
Types of Interior Foundation Repair
How do you fix foundation problems and is there any foundation repair you can do from the inside of the home? Every house in Alabama is unique, and so is every interior foundation repair project that we undertake. We will customize your foundation repair to match your home’s age, lot positioning, soil conditions, and your foundation type. You may have a concrete slab foundation, basement foundation, crawl space foundation, or a pier foundation. We’ll also work to solve your foundation problems in a way that’s compatible with your budget.
In general, interior foundation repairs can include the following solutions:
- Wall Braces: Wall braces help when water has built up in the soil around your home and caused the basement or crawl space walls to lean, bow, or crack. Wall braces are steel beams that connect to the interior walls in your basement or crawl space to stabilize the location.
- Helical Tie Backs: We can also use helical tie backs to straighten a leaning or bowing wall. A helical tie-back anchor is a steel shaft with round, corkscrew-like plates that is used to reinforce the foundation and retaining walls. Helical tie backs “screw” into the soil and become an anchor to help stabilize and support the walls.
- Underpinnings, Pilings, or Piers: For interior beam foundation repair, we can install underpinnings to the impacted area by either tunneling underneath the foundation or installing them along the interior beams inside of the home. Tunneling underneath the home to install additional support is ideal if you want to avoid replacing interior flooring and dealing with a mess.
- Mudjacking: Though an older technique, mudjacking will almost always be relevant under some circumstances. Mudjacking is the process of injecting “mud” (a combo of sand, soil, water, and cement) underneath a sagging foundation. The installation process involves drilling holes in the basement or first floor of the home, above the part of the foundation that is sinking. The mud is injected into the holes so that the foundation (and floor) is lifted back to the proper elevation.
- High-Density Polyurethane Foam Injection: Polyurethane injection is the 21st century version of mudjacking. High-density foam can be utilized to stabilize and level concrete floors and foundations. Polyurethane foam is injected under your home’s slab to fill voids and raise it to the proper level.
Call Now for Interior Foundation Repair in Alabama
Give us a call or send an email at the first interior sign that something might be wrong with your home’s foundation. We’ll conduct a free in-home consultation and let you know if you’re dealing with a foundation problem or something else entirely. The sooner you catch foundation problems, the smoother the repair process. Alabama Foundations offersa affordable foundation repair solutions for all Alabama homeowners.
We service almost all of Alabama, from Selma to Florence, AL, and we’d be happy to visit your home and give you an on-site consultation.