A homeowner needs to put in effort when it comes to maintaining their home. A big part of that is being aware of its flaws and the problems it faces. The homes in Georgia have structural issues due to how the soil below them erodes. As a property owner, you should be on the lookout for the signs that it’s happening with your home as well.
The erosion of topsoil causes numerous problems for Georgia farmers as it strips the soil of the nutrients that are needed for agriculture. For a homeowner, the problem comes from the soil that is deeper down. The dry periods are especially damaging to Athens soil as it shrinks and holes are created, making it less structurally sound and unable to support the home one top of it.
When this happens, the soil starts to sink and move and the home on top of it starts to shift or sinks as well. In the process, the foundation and walls of your home can get damaged and sometimes be destroyed completely. It’s important to address this problem as soon as you notice signs of it, such as cracks or gaps in the floors.
The good news is that the home can be made structurally sound again with piers and other foundation repair methods. If you’re worried about the state of your home, the best thing you can do is contact the professionals and schedule an inspection as soon as you notice a problem.
Athens Foundation Repair
Many homes in Athens, GA are experiencing foundation problems. That’s due to how the construction codes were applied in the state and due to its climate. It’s important to know when you should take action to repair or address the issues with your foundation. That’s why you should contact an expert in foundation repair to help you customize the solution to your needs. It’s important not to wait too long since structural issues tend to get worse over time.
That’s why we at Aquaguard offer the best solution for homeowners in Athens. We use helical and push piers as support systems that will repair damaged foundations and provide a permanent solution to keep homes leveled. The homes tend to settle when the soil beneath them starts to erode. Installing piers is a way to transfer the weight of the home to stable soil that hasn’t eroded. This will prevent further settling.
One of the ways foundation issues present themselves in Athens is through sagging floors. When a floor sags, you’ll notice that it’s bouncy when you step on it and there are often gaps between the bottom of the walls and the floor. It’s what happens when floor joists fail, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to replace them. Sometimes it’s enough to install IntelliJack support jacks that will stabilize the floor and make it even.
Concrete Lifting in Athens
Concrete structures such as slabs and steps can often become damaged after a few years. This is because the slabs are dependent on the layer of soil that’s supporting them. The soil erodes over time and the concrete starts to sink. When it does that in an uneven way, it also cracks at the pressure points.
There’s no way to prevent this issue but there are ways to repair it.
One of the best ways to deal with this problem is to use PolyRenewal Injections. This is an eco-friendly solution that doesn’t interact with the soil so it can’t damage the garden you may have nearby. It’s also a solution that’s much easier to install. It requires only a few small holes be drilled into the concrete and the foam injected into them. This foam is what will lift the concrete and when it hardens it will also keep it straight. The injection fills the holes that may be eroding soil and thus fixes the cause of the problem rather than just its manifestation.
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About Waterproofing, Foundation Repair & Crawl Spaces in Athens
A lot of homes have drywall to give them a clean and finished look. However, this look won’t be there for a long time if there are now waterproofing measures as well. Mold will appear on the drywall and that’s partly due to the moisture and partly due to the material the drywall is made out of. It’s made out of gypsum plaster with a layer of paper in between. The paper is an organic matter and it’s a good breathing ground for mold to appear.
It’s best not to remove the moldy drywall right away as many homeowners tend to do. A better way to go is to hire a professional and have them inspect the basement for you. Mold is rather persistent and if you don’t clean it completely, it will continue to trouble your home. Experts with experience in dealing with this can remove the mold without damaging the drywall. It’s important to dry the wall in the process and thus prevent further problems.
When the mold is removed, you should consider waterproofing your basement so that there are no conditions for it to appear again. Some molds need very little moisture to survive and you’ll need to remove all the moisture from your home to keep it protected. Keep in mind that in the long run problems with humidity can lead to more serious structural issues in your basement as well.
When you notice that a slab in your home is starting to sink, you should take action to repair it before it cracks. It won’t stay intact forever and as the slab starts to sink more, there’s more of a chance that it will break in the process. It’s a lot harder to fix a broken slab than a sunken one because there are ways to lift the concrete slab but there’s no way to put the broken one back together. It’s useful to make some changes in how you treat the slab once you notice that it’s sinking.
The first thing to do is to contact an expert in lifting repairs since they will know how to get to the bottom of the issue and have the tools to do it. While you wait, it’s best to use the slab as little as possible. Leave it alone if it’s not located in the part of the yard that’s used a lot. If the slab is a part of your driveway, try to use it as little as possible and don’t park on top of it while it’s getting fixed. In the winter, make sure that there’s no snow on the slab because the freeze-thaw cycle will damage it even more. It also adds to the weight of the slab.
Sometimes, there’s nothing you can do and the slab will break as it starts to sink. Sometimes the concrete is made with a low psi and that makes it less strong. It often happens in residential properties. When you notice that the concrete is breaking, the best thing to do is to call for an expert and schedule a repair.
Not that long ago mudjacking was the only way to repair sunken concrete. It’s a solution that has a long history and it’s proven to work. It’s done by injecting slurry cement underneath the settling concrete slab. On the other hand, PolyRenewal uses polyurethane foam to lift the concrete. It’s a superior method because it’s much less invasive, it’s a long-term solution to the issue causing the sinking, and it can be done anywhere unlike mudjakcing, which requires too much heavy equipment.
PolyRenewal is a more convenient method for repairing sunken concrete because it requires only small holes to be drilled into the slab. The holes are the size of a penny and they can easily be covered up once the lifting process is completed. The devices used to inject the foam are also convenient since they are smaller and can easily be used in closed-off areas. The cement used for mudjacking takes about 48 hours to cure and be usable. With the polyurethane foam, you’ll only need 30 or so minutes to get the same effect. That means that you can use your driveway as soon as the repair is done.
Sometimes, the cement used for mudjacking is rough and heavy and in turn, it can damage the soil further once it’s placed on top of it. This will lead to further settling due to the pressure that’s put on the already-damaged soil. Polyurethane foam is strong but it’s also light and it won’t damage the soil once it’s in place. Most contractors recommend PolyRenewal as a more reliable option.
We use push piers and helical piers as a long-term solution for foundation repairs. Foundations tend to settle because the soil beneath them can no longer support them. When the soil starts to shift, it becomes unreliable and affects the home. This is fixed by using foundation piers that stabilize the home and provide the structural support it needs to stay upright. Many falsely believe that once they are installed, the piers alone will support the home and that’s not the case. The piers transfer the weight of the structure to sturdy soil.
The main difference between helical and push piers is in how they are used to stabilize the home. Helical piers are steel rods that have a helix blade attached to one end. The blade is used to drive the rod into the soil and reach the depth it needs. These rods can’t get past the sedimentary rock since they can’t drill into them. Helical piers support a lot of weight but sometimes can stabilize homes that are too heavy and that’s where you need push piers.
Push piers are used for larger structures because they use the counterweight of the building itself to stay in the ground. There are no helix blades to drill and the piers are drilled into the ground on their own by being hydraulically pushed – hence the name “push piers”. They put an incredible amount of pressure on the foundation and stabilize and lift it in the process. The structure returns the pressure right back and that’s how everything stays even. These piers do better on tougher soils and they are the only ones you can use if you have sedimentary rock below your home.
A lot of the time, using the most common solution to fix a problem isn’t the best way to go. That’s the case when it comes to using waterproof paints to fix your leaking basement. They are a commonly used solution because they are cheap and any homeowner can buy them. However, they are not a reliable way to fix the issue with water entering and damaging your basement. A professional solution is more expensive, but there’s a reason for it. When you take into account the damage you’ll have to deal with if your basement isn’t waterproofed as it should be, it’s a less expensive way to go.
Waterproofing paints will only last up to two years and then they will start to chip away and flake off. That means that you’ll have the same expense again in two years but you won’t get the same results with it. Every time you repaint, the paint will be less effective in keeping water away. Your basement will still be damp and you’ll have to do more work every time. Using a vapor barrier is a much better solution because it stops water from entering the basement entirely.
AquaStop Wall Seal is made out of 20 mil polyethylene and it’s much thicker and thus more effective than any waterproof paint. It’s also coated with antimicrobial additives that will help you fight mold. When it comes to waterproof paints, they are often eaten away by mold so there’s always some growing on your walls. The vapor barrier is applied to the wall mechanically and it won’t come off. This solution is, therefore, more expensive but also superior to waterproof paints in every way.
The best way to make sure your home is structurally sound is to notice the problems it’s facing early on and address them right away. That way, the repairs will be smaller, less invasive, and less expensive. The key to doing that is to be on a lookout for potential problems as soon as they appear.
Sometimes, small matters such as gaps and cracks can be a sign of bigger problems. It’s best therefore to inspect the home regularly and that way you’ll notice these as soon as they appear. A yearly check up should become a part of your routine as well as check ups done after heavy storms or other potentially damaging weather events.
Not all cracks and gaps are signs of big problems and when you notice them you’ll do best to call an expert and schedule an inspection. They will let you know if there’s an issue that requires immediate attention and of what kind. These check ups may end up saving you a lot of money on repairs simply by helping you find a problem while it’s easy to repair.
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AquaGuard Foundation Solutions
875 Pickens Industrial Dr
Marietta, GA 30062
Phone: (770) 415-2030
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