Foundation problems are a nightmare for homeowners. The costs, labor, and anxiety of finding the right solution can cause a lot of stress. It jeopardizes your greatest asset and your family’s security. Gone unrepaired, it can mean the loss of your home. If you are experiencing cracks in your foundation, it is time to take action. Don’t let the problem get worse. The longer you wait the more costly the repair will be. Fortunately, MDH Construction services has designed numerous solutions to save you from worry and permanently repair your home.
Identifying House Foundation Problems
The Basic Indoor Warning Signs
- A door begins to jam or fails to latch.
- Cracks appear in walls, especially over doorways, windows, or where walls meet ceilings.
- Cracks open in vinyl or ceramic tile over a concrete floor.
- Windows that used to open and close easily suddenly begin to stick or won’t close completely.
The Basic Outdoor Warning Signs
- Gaps between bricks and windows
- Sagging roof line
- Gaps between bricks and windows
- Cracks in the masonry
Check the Outside
Moving outside, check to see if your foundation is straight by sighting down the length of your foundation wall from each corner. The walls should be basically straight, both up and down and from side to side. Check for leaning walls with a level.A bulge or curve in either a block foundation or a poured concrete wall could signal that the foundation has shifted, or that the soil around your foundation may be expanding and contracting, putting pressure on walls.
Probe Concrete for Weakness
Checking Structural Components
Foundation systems have other members besides the perimeter foundation wall. In your basement or crawl space, look for posts and concrete supports, or piers. Posts should stand straight and be firmly planted underneath the beams they support. Bottoms of posts should rest firmly on concrete piers.
You shouldn’t find puddles or see framing that’s wet. Check for rot by probing wood posts with a screwdriver or awl.
Puddles and other signs of moisture in a crawl space may indicate poor drainage around the perimeter foundation. Be sure that gutters aren’t plugged, and that soil slopes away from the foundation at the rate of 6 inches for every 10 horizontal feet.
How MDH Can Help
Getting a Professional Opinion
A structural engineer from MDH can determine whether any of these warning signs point to normal settling or to structural damage.
MDH Construction is a full-service construction company in Daphne, AL. Providing a wide variety of construction services, including custom home construction, bathroom remodels, full-house renovations, kitchen remodels, additions, office remodels, exterior renovations, and custom homes, MDH builds primarily in Baldwin County, AL & Mobile County, AL . We strive to construct sound, energy efficient, and functional projects with the utmost quality. We have a great history of helping our customers by being continuous, honest, and knowledgeable. Owner, Mike Hayes, brings over 20 years of high quality construction experience.
We offer free estimates so don’t wait to give us a call!
Helical piers work well for exterior foundation repair and interior slab repairs. Helical piers are useful for both new construction and as a repair method. Light-loaded areas, such as porch columns or structures with vinyl siding, are great matches for helical piers. Helical piers are the most versatile and used pier in the market.
It doesn’t matter what type of foundation you have – concrete, tile, or cinder block – this system will work with any material. The anchors can be installed quickly and they will be put deep in the earth in stable, load-bearing strata. After the anchor is in place, a plate will be attached inside of the basement on the damaged wall. Next, a metal rod will connect the plate to the anchor, and it can be tightened over time to provide the lateral pressure needed to push the tilting wall back up into an upright position. This is a far better alternative to wall replacement
Steel piers revolutionized the foundation repair process. The steel piers take less time and disturb less landscape than traditional concrete piers. Steel piers have progressed and have become more technical and data-driven to install.
Our financing program is through Acceptance Loan located in Mobile, AL.
Financing is only available to local customers. Applications are taken over the
phone and only take a few minutes to complete.
If approved, the following options are available:
$2,500 to $7,500.00 – 48 months max term
$7,501 up to $50,000 – 60 months max term
This financing program includes no money down, and no hidden fees.
Payments are then made directly to Acceptance Loan once a month. You can
even pay it off early with no penalties. Financing is available on foundation
waterproofing and repair.