The Crack Guys always recommend you consult with local experts or professionals in the field when experiencing issues with your foundation, concrete, basement or crawl space — especially given the specific challenges posed by the regional climate and soil characteristics. But we do run into common questions from local homeowners. Keep reading to find answers about foundation repairs and more!
Due to the region’s expansive clay soils, foundations can shift as these soils expand and contract with moisture levels. Additionally, periods of heavy rain or drought can exacerbate these issues, leading to foundation settlement or cracks.
Minor, hairline cracks in concrete can be typical as the concrete ages. However, if you notice uneven surfaces, wide cracks or areas where the concrete is sinking, it could indicate an underlying soil issue or drainage problem.
Yes, with the area’s frequent rainfalls and potential for heavy storms, basements are at risk for water intrusion. Waterproofing your basement can prevent mold growth, structural damage and improve indoor air quality by keeping the basement dry.
Crawl space encapsulation involves sealing the crawl space with a vapor barrier to prevent moisture intrusion. In the humid climate of Alabama and Tennessee, this can help prevent mold growth and wood rot — and improve overall indoor air quality.
The longevity of repairs depends on the quality of the work and materials used. When done professionally, using high-quality materials and addressing the root causes of the problem (like drainage or soil issues), foundation and concrete repairs can last for many years, often with warranties extending for decades.