Category Archives: Drainage Solutions

French Drains Could Save Your Foundation

Airlift Concrete Experts knows that the key to your foundation’s success lies within the surrounding soil and grass. It’s hard to imagine that cement or bricks could be significantly damaged by rainfall or puddles, but the reality is that over time this can present a huge problem to the structure and integrity of your foundation. If you have too much water in your yard, which then absorbs into the soil, it may build up around your foundation, causing hydrostatic pressure around foundation walls. This can cause bowing walls, wall cracks, and leaking into the crawl space.

Photo of a French Drain system which shows a trench dug in the dirt with two pipes near the bottom and gravel surrounding everything.

Example of a french drain system.

These foundation issues are important to address because they can lead to damage to the structural integrity and safety of your home, and they could cause unnecessary extra costs that could have been easily prevented. There are several options for proper drainage in a yard, but the best option for most people in Arkansas is a french drain.

The french drain is an affordable and efficient solution to this problem. To install a french drain, a trench is dug unto the yard, and a pipe (or two) are placed within the trench to redirect the water. Then, the pipes are covered with gravel to propertly direct water down and away from the home. This is a great idea for Arkansas homes because of the large amount of rain and humidity throughout the year. Plus, it doesn’t need to be an eyesore–you can easily cover the french drain with sod after it is installed for a polished look.

Your foundation will be protected for years to come with a french drain system, but in some cases, it’s also advisable to have a sump pump for any extra water issues.

Please contact Airlift Concrete Experts for a free consultation and to see what your options are for waterproofing and repair. We are happy to work with you every step of the way to ensure that you are getting the best fit for what works best for your yard and foundation.

Pier and Beam Foundations: Common Problems & Repairs

Pier and Beam FoundationUnlike a typical slab foundation, pier and beam foundations are elevated above the ground to provide room for a crawl space. Although they are a fantastic structure when it comes to stability in southern clay soil, they can deteriorate over time. If you have a pier and beam foundation, you need to sufficiently protect it from water damage.

How To Protect Your Pier and Beam Foundation from Water Damage

As a homeowner in Arkansas, the best thing that you can do for your pier and beam foundation is to keep it protected from moisture. Here are a few things that you can do to sufficiently protect your foundation from water damage:

  1. Clean out your gutters. If your gutters are clogged by leaves, branches, and other debris, rainwater will pour over directly onto your foundation.
  2. Extend your downspouts. Once your gutters are cleaned out and allowing water to flow properly, make sure that your downspouts are extended at least 5 feet away from your home. This will ensure that rainwater is being directed far enough away from your home to not pool around your foundation.
  3. Install a french drain system. If your home is on a slope or hill that allows rainwater to run onto your foundation, consider installing a french drain system to keep water away from your home.

Common Problems With Pier and Beam Foundations

Water is a structure’s worst enemy, especially if your home has poor drainage. If water is able to accumulate near your foundation, run toward the foundation, or collect underneath the foundation, it can cause your piers to heave and sink into the soil. Over time, the wood may rot and encourage termite activity. Look out for these common problems in your pier and beam foundation:

  1. Cracks in your piers and beams
  2. Sagging or sloping floors in your home
  3. A wet or damp crawl space
  4. Rotted wood beams
  5. Mold or mildew on your beams

All of these issues can indicate that you are having problems with your pier and beam foundation. An unstable foundation is very dangerous for your home, and will only get worse over time. It is important to have any suspicious signs inspected so that your foundation can be stabilized as soon as possible.

Pier and Beam Foundation Repair Solutions

When a pier and beam foundation begins to deteriorate, the affected wooden members need to be replaced. Replacing the structural members of your foundation is a difficult and complicated task, and will require a professional foundation repair specialist that has the correct tools and equipment to perform the job.

We have repair solutions for any issues you may be experiencing with your pier and beam foundation, including steel piers, crawl space supports, concrete piles, and more.

Airlift Concrete Experts has all of the elite equipment needed to support and repair your pier and beam foundation. With years of experience and highly trained professionals, our foundation repair services are second to none.

Call Airlift Concrete Experts today for professional foundation repair for your pier and beam home. Our expert team will identify the structural issues in your home and determine the best solution for your specific needs and budget. Contact us today for a free estimate!