Unlike 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:
- Clean out your gutters. If your gutters are clogged by leaves, branches, and other debris, rainwater will pour over directly onto your foundation.
- 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.
- 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:
- Cracks in your piers and beams
- Sagging or sloping floors in your home
- A wet or damp crawl space
- Rotted wood beams
- 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!
Diagnosing Cracks in Your Foundation
Cracks in your foundation come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. It is not unusual for foundation cracks to form within the first year of new construction, often near windows, corners of the walls or floors or in the longer sections of your foundation. Most are due to foundation settling and are usually not a cause for concern. If cracks become larger or allow water to seep through, call an expert right away before the damage becomes worse.
Is My Foundation Crack Normal or Dangerous?
If you are unsure about your foundation cracks, monitor them to see if they are increasing in size. Simply use a pencil to mark off and date the ends of each crack. Within a period of time you will be able to tell if the crack is due to natural settling or if it indicates a more serious problem. Tracking them will also help foundation repair experts determine how they were formed and the best way to fix them. Take a look at the types of foundation cracks below to determine if your foundation crack is a cause for concern.
Vertical and Diagonal Foundation Cracks
Usually a diagonal or vertical crack in the foundation wall is the result of settling in the concrete foundation and is quite common in new construction. Because concrete shrinks while it cures, these cracks are called shrinkage cracks. They usually run vertically or diagonally, are often located in middle section of walls and are less than 1/8 in wide.
Frequently you will find vertical cracks in block foundations. If the crack is located closer to a corner andis wider than 1/8 in, it is probably not due to shrinkage but indicates a more serious foundation issue. If your vertical foundation crack is wider than 1/8 of an inch, call a professional to get it inspected as it may be a cause for concern.
Horizontal Foundation Cracks
Horizontal cracks often indicate a more serious problem. They are caused by hydrostatic (water) pressure from the outside of the walls and can lead to a failure in the foundation. Most foundations are designed to handle the pressure of water and soil. Additional pressure due to heavy rains or flooding can create serious horizontal cracks that need to be repaired as soon as possible.
When is a Foundation Beyond Repair?
Fortunately, most foundation issues can be repaired with underpinning solutions and hydraulic lifting. A foundation may be considered beyond repair if the investment that it takes to restore it does not add enough value to the home. Although very uncommon, this sometimes occurs when a foundation has completely collapsed and the damage to the home is detrimental.
Listed below are some of the most serious foundation problems that we have seen that should be addressed immediately before your foundation collapses and fails:
- Cracks that change direction
- Bulging walls due to water pressure
- Sloping and weak floors above the foundation
- Vertical foundation cracks wider at the top than the bottom
- Fitting a dime through a foundation crack
If you have any of these signs in your Arkansas home, contact a professional contractor as soon as possible. If walls are bulging after a recent flooding, your foundation may be in danger of an imminent collapse. Contact Airlift Concrete Experts immediately.
Repairing Vertical or Diagonal Cracks
Vertical and diagonal cracks in your home’s foundation are most often a sign of foundation settlement and not necessarily a sign of structural damage in your home. If the crack seems even when you run your finger across it, it probably isn’t a sign of a major problem.
Sometimes homeowners and contractors will try to repair the crack by chiseling out an inverted V-groove into and filling it with hydraulic cement. While the new cement will fill the hole, it doesn’t bond with the original cement. Usually within a couple of years, the concrete wall will fluctuate with changes in temperature and moisture and cause the plug to leak again.
Airlift Concrete Experts has professional solutions to fix your vertical foundation cracks once and for all. If you have small cracks and/or water seepage, we can use epoxy injections to repair a diagonal or vertical crack. Once a crack is large enough to insert a dime, you may have a foundation problem and you will need to invest in structural repair.
Repairing Horizontal Cracks
Horizontal cracks on foundation walls often indicate serious problems that may eventually lead to complete foundation wall failure. If the soil around your home is not properly graded and drained, water will eventually saturate the ground around the foundation walls and increase the hydrostatic (water) pressure which may exceed the weight-bearing capacity of the walls and cause them to crack or bow. Homes with clay soils that expand and contract significantly are particularly vulnerable to lateral pressure on their walls.
One of the best methods used for crack repair is epoxy injections. Epoxy injection is a system that welds cracks back together. It restores the original strength and loading of the original concrete. Epoxy injections also restore the design and structural quality and make the concrete seem as good as new. The epoxy seal makes the foundation impervious seal to air, water, chemicals, debris, and other contaminants.
Go Crack-Free Forever With Professional Foundation Repair
Sometimes filling horizontal cracks and repairing other cosmetic problems simply isn’t enough. They won’t solve the underlying issues of a failing foundation. So what should you do? If you want to benefit from long-lasting results, contact the team at Airlift Concrete Experts. We have the foundation repair solutions that you need to keep your home strong, stable, and crack-free for years to come.
Most homeowners in Arkansas rarely think about their crawl space. After all, it’s not a place that you spend a lot of time in! However, your crawl space is more important than you may realize.
Did you know that 40-50% of the air that you breathe inside of your home originates from your crawl space? Considering this, it’s important to keep your crawl space clean and healthy. If you have a wet, damp, or musty crawl space, it can promote mold growth and cause a health hazard for you and your family. Wet crawl spaces also lead to structural failure, which can lead to serious issues and costly repairs.
How can you know if your crawl space needs repair? Look for the following signs:
- Musty, strange odors
- Sagging floors
- Sloping or uneven floors
- Squeaking and buckling floors
- High moisture levels
- Indoor humidity and condensation
- Standing water in or around your home
- Foundation cracks
Your crawl space is a major load-bearing part of your home, which is why it is important to get it repaired as soon as possible. Waiting to implement repairs will only allow the damage to get worse. If you are unsure about the condition of your crawl space, call Airlift Concrete Experts for a free inspection.
Crawl Space Repair in Little Rock, AR
For all of your crawl space repair and restoration needs in Little Rock, Arkansas and surrounding areas, look no further than Airlift Concrete Experts. We have an expert crew that will help you understand the repairs that need to be implemented, and quote you a fair price.
Our crawl space repair solutions include:
- Crawl Space Jacks: These jacks are steel columns that are custom sized for your crawl space. Once installed, they will raise your sagging crawl space beams and provide permanent support for your crawl space.
- Steel Piers: Sometimes, crawl space issues point to foundation failure. When this is the case, we install steel piers underneath your home to provide permanent stability and prevent future settlement.
- Crawl Space Vapor Barriers: To promote a clean and moisture free crawl space, Airlift can encapsulate your crawl space with a water-resistant barrier. This strong material is heavy duty and puncture resistant and will keep your crawl space healthy and dry for years to come.
For a free quote on any of the above services, contact Airlift Concrete Experts today. We serve the entire state of Arkansas including Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Fayetteville, Alexander, and beyond.
Do you have cracked or sunken concrete on your property? Like many Arkansas homeowners, you may have noticed chipping concrete on your porch steps, or a sloping driveway or walkway. Concrete problems like these are not uncommon, especially on Arkansas soils.
What Causes Concrete Damage?
One of the main causes of concrete chipping or cracking is soil expansion. When the soil beneath your home becomes heavily saturated with water (due to weather, drainage leaks, or excessive watering), it will create hydraulic pressure against your concrete. When the pressure is great enough, your concrete will chip, crack, settle, or heave.
You may be ignoring concrete repair because it seems like a large (and expensive) undertaking. However, damaged concrete is unsightly, lowers the value of your home, and presents a tripping hazard to you and to guests. Airlift Concrete Experts cares about the quality of Arkansas homes and the safety of you and your family – which is why we offer free quotes for all of your concrete repair needs. We also offer a method that is affordable, quick, and requires no demolition or disturbance to your property.
Our Solution for Cracked and Chipping Concrete
Polyjacking is a concrete repair method that consists of raising, filling, and leveling your concrete slab with a polyurethane foam. We drill a small hole into your concrete and inject the foam, which then expands underneath the ground and fills every crack and void. Your concrete will be raised and leveled back to its original state. Some of the benefits of polyjacking include:
- Affordable method
- Can be completed within hours
- No disturbance to property
- Leaves concrete permanently resistant to water
- Fills voids and holes of any size underneath concrete
- Can be used on big or small projects
- Permanent solution
Call Airlift Concrete Experts in Little Rock, AR and surrounding areas for a free quote on polyjacking today. Let us help you restore your concrete and give your home or business a fresh new look. We can repair cracked driveways, sloping sidewalks, settled garage floors, crumbling foundations, chipping concrete, porch steps pulled away from your home, and more. We are a reputable company in Arkansas that is known for our quality work, honesty in pricing, and integrity.
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