The Top 7 Causes of Foundation Settlement in Alabama

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Foundation settlement is a fact of life for many Alabama homeowners. Although the loamy soil that covers a large part of our state is generally good for foundation support, no home is one hundred percent immune from foundation settlement. It’s a natural occurrence even for the best designed and built structures.

Here’s why. Loamy soil is usually a mix of clay, silt and sand in proportions that vary depending on where you live. The reason loam is better than average for foundation support is that it tolerates seasonal moisture changes without a lot of differential movement. Civil engineers describe this differential movement as ground action that causes soil to either drop away from your foundation or place added pressure on more sensitive parts of the structure.

7 common signs of foundation settlement

For a variety of reasons we’ll cover in just a bit, even the most stable and weather tolerant soil can gradually erode, recede, shift or sink. When this happens, parts of your foundation can be left unsupported, causing slabs, footings, basements or crawl spaces to sink, buckle or tilt. Foundation settlement can happen gradually or suddenly, depending on the severity of differential movement, but in either case, it presents similar telltale signs:

  1. Doors and windows that used to move freely start to stick.
  2. Mineral blooms or deposits begin to appear on basement or crawlspace surfaces.
  3. Floors that were once level start to sag or give you a “downhill” feeling.
  4. New cracks appear in ceilings or drywall, especially where surfaces meet.
  5. Exterior masonry begins to show stairstep or zigzag cracks that get bigger over time.
  6. Exterior slabs or walkways start to crack, sag or separate.
  7. Basement or crawlspace walls begin to buckle or appear out of plumb.

If you notice one or more of these 7 common signs of foundation settlement, don’t be in a rush to assume the worst, but don’t ignore them either. Some settlement is a normal occurrence in just about every residential property, and may only cause light cosmetic damage that’s inexpensive to repair. A reputable inspector will give you the straight story on what you can take care of yourself and what needs professional attention. What you want to watch out for and take quick action on are persistent foundation settlement issues.

7 contributing factors that can lead to foundation settlement problems

Left to themselves, even minor settlement problems are likely to get worse over time. If you’re handy and like home improvement projects, you can correct some issues as a DIY enthusiast.

Here are 7 foundation settlement causes to watch out for:

  1. Excess water pooling around the outside of your home.
  2. Moisture accumulation or musty, moldy odors in your basement or crawl space.
  3. Faulty gutters or downspouts that don’t drain water away from your foundation.
  4. Poor grading, especially due to incomplete or incorrect building practices.
  5. Flooding events that displace soil around your property.
  6. Higher than average rainfall that causes a sudden increase in groundwater.
  7. Extended droughts that cause a sudden decrease in groundwater.

If any of these conditions persist around your property, whether it’s residential or commercial, it’s a good idea to have a trained inspector check for foundation settlement. For single family homes, the inspection is usually free, and an established, trustworthy company will often give you DIY recommendations and a complete rundown of repair options that fit your budget.

Here are just a few of the things you can do on your own to protect your foundation:

  • Do a little fine grading with a few bags of extra top soil to ensure water drains away from your foundation.
  • Inspect and replace faulty sections of gutter and install downspout extensions to direct water away from your house.
  • Check your basement or crawl space for water leaks and apply caulking around all wall penetrations.
  • Do an annual plumbing check to make sure no water is leaking around your foundation.
  • Dig french drains (small gravel-filled trenches) around areas where standing water might accumulate on your property.

Things to know before you commit to foundation settlement repairs

You might be surprised to learn how affordable it can be to restore a settled or sagging foundation. In many cases, the issue can be corrected on a spot basis to stabilize your home and bring it back into alignment. Helical pier technology is cost effective, reliable and requires far less excavation than old-school driven piles or cast-in-place supports.

Helical piers (also known as “screw piles”) such as the ones installed by SouthernDry take up minimal space, are virtually indestructible, and retain their alignment and foundation supporting strength due to the circular bearing plates welded along their length. These bearing plates safely and securely distribute foundation loads evenly across stable soil. They’re fast and simple to install and cause minimal disruption to your property.

If you notice signs of foundation settlement around your property, consider contacting a reputable and knowledgeable foundation repair company like SouthernDry. We don’t do high pressure sales. We’ll help you identify the problem and educate you on the most cost effective solution to correct it. SouthernDry technicians treat you like they want to be treated. It’s common to get a few quotes from other contractors, but we urge you to have us out and talk to us before you make a final decision. We want to earn your business and provide you with a great experience.

We offer free inspections and estimates to homeowners and businesses in Birmingham, Hoover, Pell City, Bessemer, Anniston, Jacksonville, Cullman, Gadsden, Albertville, Jasper, Talladega, Tuscaloosa, Oxford, Montgomery, and the surrounding areas. Complete a contact request form or call us today!

The top 6 causes of basement leaks and what to do about them

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Water leaks in your basement can kick off a mix of troubles that put the durability of your home (and the health of the people who live there) at risk. Luckily there are affordable steps any homeowner can take to head off basement leaks at the source and ensure years of worry-free living.

These steps fall into three main categories:

  1. Learn what to look for — stay alert for the top causes of leaky basements
  2. Take early action — put the right leak prevention measures in place
  3. Know when to get help — bring in a trusted professional at the right time

The top 6 causes of leaky basements

Your first line of defense against basement leaks is to do regular inspections as part of your upkeep routine. In most cases, unwanted water around your property is coming from one or more of these six main sources.

  1. Eroded or improper grading. Proper grading includes a “crown” that gradually slopes away from your house. This standard (a six-inch fall every 10 feet) is meant to channel water away from the foundation and keep it from seeping into your basement. Some builders skip this step, or the crown can erode naturally over the years just from normal wear and tear.
  2. Defective or incorrectly installed gutters. Sometimes the downspouts from rain gutters channel water toward your foundation instead of away from it. In other cases, worn or broken gutters can allow water to leak and pool around the house before it gets to a properly installed downspout. In this scenario, even small amounts of water can seep into your basement and do incremental damage over time.
  3. Faulty window wells. In homes with window wells, it’s common for drains to become clogged, allowing even normal amounts of water to collect and threaten your basement. Improper installation of the wells can also cause water to accumulate and seep through small cracks or imperfections in concrete or masonry basement walls.
  4. Water pressure around your foundation. The natural moisture in the soil that surrounds your foundation and basement walls changes with the seasons and the weather. This normal variation, combined with the differing water tolerance of local soil, can put a surprising amount of force (called hydrostatic pressure) on basement walls and drive unwanted water inward.
  5. Construction quality issues. When builders pour concrete basement walls, they often hold the forms in place with temporary tie rods that go all the way through the wall and leave holes when the forms are stripped off. This can be a huge leak risk if they don’t patch and seal the holes correctly. Faults in materials and installation can lead to other cumulative leak risks.
  6. Seasonal flooding or weather damage. You don’t have to be a Weather Channel™  buff to know that severe storms and flooding are a real risk to homeowners all over Alabama and throughout the southeastern U.S. Any accumulated water from these events can break down your basement’s defenses, creating new leaks and making old ones worse. The majority of the leaky basement problems are found in Birmingham, Huntsville and Montgomery.

The 4 best preventive measures to fight basement leaks

Once you have a simple inspection routine in place (just like all the other lawn or exterior maintenance you’d normally do) you’ll have a good idea where put a few extra protections in place. Here are four that are simple and inexpensive.

  1. Restore the grading around your foundation. Build up eroded areas of soil close to the house to restore a proper drainage slope. Again, you want the earth to fall six inches over 10 feet so that water can’t collect next to your foundation and seep into the basement. Most home improvement stores sell water-resistant soil mixes that are affordable and easy to spread yourself.
  2. Clean and repair your rain gutters.It doesn’t take long for leaves and debris to build up to the point where water overflows and pools next to the house instead of running off through the downspouts. Remove clogs every year or install leaf guards. You can also buy inexpensive downspout extensions to channel water into your yard and away from the foundation.
  3. Plug all visible interior gaps. Inside your basement there are penetrations where vents or utility services come through from the exterior. Joints between floors, walls and windows can also leak. Check all of these locations on a regular basis for signs of basement leaks and make sure that you plug them fully with water-resistant caulking, joint or sealing materials.
  4. Clear and repair footing and window well drains. Not all houses have them, but some have footing drain pipes that were installed when the basement was built to draw water away and prevent accumulation. Make it a regular practice to open the cleanouts and remove any clogs. If you have window wells around your basement, it’s also important to frequently clear the drains of leaves and debris.

6 signs that it’s time to call a basement leak expert

With some basic vigilance and routine upkeep, basement leaks don’t have to be an expensive problem. Many issues can be prevented or corrected with affordable do-it-yourself solutions. Still, it’s important not to ignore the common signs of a leaky basement. If you see one or more of these problems showing up or getting worse, you should call a reputable basement repair expert for a no-obligation assessment.

  1. Areas with obvious flooding or standing water
  2. Stains on walls, ceilings or floors showing signs of past water damage
  3. Strange or musty odors
  4. Mold, mildew or white powdery residue
  5. Peeling paint or cracked, blistery concrete
  6. Persistently damp soil around foundation exterior

When you need professional basement leak repairs

A good basement repair expert will be transparent with you about pricing and help you choose the repair option that’s best for your situation and budget. They should also give you advice on things you can do to prevent more basement leak trouble in the future. Here are some of the most effective options when you need more extensive repairs:

  1. Basement vapor barriers – completely seals your basement areas with a watertight surround that’s engineered for a dry and healthy home.
  2. Wall and floor sealing – corrects minor cracks that are hard to locate and patch using standard consumer solutions.
  3. Sump pump installation – removes recurring water accumulation that can’t be prevented by other means and drains it away from the house.
  4. Interior basement waterproofing – an effective, affordable and minimally invasive product that safely prevents basement leaks.

Although basement leaks may not be an immediate cause for alarm, they can do a lot of costly damage to your home if you ignore the warning signs. The cumulative effect can not only cause lasting damage to the structure of your house, but also lead to lingering health problems for your family from hidden mold and mildew.

SouthernDry is a trusted basement and crawl space repair specialist located right here in Alabama. We can help you get rid of your basement leak worries with affordable and proven preventative measures like the Guardian® interior basement waterproofing system, wall linings, sump pumps, basement interior drainage options, and advanced sealing techniques that will improve the living experience for your whole family.

Sagging floors and what to do about them

Sagging floors are often a warning sign of hidden structural damage underneath homes in Alabama. If you notice that your floors are starting to slope, or feel soft or springy in spots where they used to feel solid, it’s a good idea to take a closer look and see what’s going on. Symptoms like this tend to get worse over time.

Depending on the age of the house, local soil and weather conditions, and the relative quality of construction methods and materials, floors above crawl spaces and basements tend to be more at risk for sagging. With the right professional help, you’ll be happy to know that there are affordable ways to repair sagging floors and restore “like new” stability to your home.

To help you find out if you have a problem, especially if you own an older home, we’ve put together a few basic facts about what causes floors to sag or bounce, what to look for, and the steps you should take if you suspect trouble.

Five common causes of sagging floors in Alabama homes:

  1. Have there been any alterations to your house, especially new routing cuts for wires, pipes or heating and cooling ductwork? If any construction best practices were skipped, the support members holding up your floors could be compromised. Notches shouldn’t be bigger than one quarter of the depth of a joist or beam, and you don’t want holes anywhere in the middle third of any load-bearing member.

  2. Is there unexpected moisture or humidity in your crawl space or basement? Over time, accumulated moisture can cause wood posts and beams to break down and lose their load-bearing capacity. Eventually, the house will start to sink and settle around these weak spots causing stress in other parts of the structure, possibly including interior finish materials.

  3. Are there unwanted visitors underneath your house? Where there’s moisture, there may also be pests. Destructive varieties like termites, carpenter ants and certain kinds of wood boring beetles are attracted to damp, protected spaces. Once they find a comfortable place in your crawl space or basement, they can multiply quickly and start doing serious damage to the wooden structures holding up your floors.

  4. Were the structures supporting your floors properly installed by the builder? Pier-and-post supports are a common way to support residential floors, especially in combination with a crawl space home. There’s a right way to build them, and unfortunately there are also shortcuts contractors use to save time and money. Poorly installed posts can rot and weaken before their time, leaving critical beams and joists unsupported.

  5. Was the soil beneath your house properly graded and compacted? The soil holding up your foundation and floor supports could sink, shift or settle because of erosion or hydrostatic pressure around your house, or because of poor construction methods. A related cause might be that masonry or concrete supports were spaced too far apart by the original builder, allowing the beams and joists above to fail.

Any one of these alone, or in combination with other contributing factors could be the root cause behind a sagging floor. A qualified Project Planner can quickly and efficiently help you find the source of the trouble and recommend remedies that best fit your situation and budget.

How to repair a sagging floor

There are several time-tested methods for restoring sagging floors to their original straight and level condition. While they all offer different advantages, some take more time and money than others. It’s also important to consider how much disruption each method might cause to your property and your lifestyle while repairs are underway.

  1. Jacking has been a go-to remedy for many years, but it’s a brute force approach. It also has to be done very slowly to avoid cracking surrounding materials in your house. The bigger the sag, or “deflection,” in your floor, the longer it will take to raise one or more carefully placed jacks intermittently until the floor is stable and level again.

  2. Another approach is to add metal or plywood reinforcements to the damaged area of the support member, after realigning it with jacks or temporary supports. These reinforcing materials have to be placed and installed very carefully, and according to strict engineering guidelines, in order to effect a lasting repair.

  3. Instead of spot repairs, some companies recommend bolting long sections of identical new material along the entire failed beam or joist to restore its original strength and alignment. Again, this can be a risky approach unless you can be sure you’re not replicating the original design fault that may have caused the failure in the first place.

  4. Other repair contractors combine the new material in option three (above) within a sandwich of steel or plywood reinforcements called “flitch plates.” While this approach can often be successful, it may consume a lot of expensive material, take a considerable amount of time, and it leaves you with the same engineering risks as some of the less invasive measures.

The method we use at SouthernDry quickly and cost-effectively restores the strength and alignment of your floor.

Our SoDry galvanized steel jacks are easily adjustable and can support a tremendous amount of weight. This approach gives you a more permanent solution for sagging floors, and ensures that your crawl space is structurally sound for many years to come.

The SoDry system can also be paired with crawl space encapsulation for a cleaner, healthier crawl space environment.

Alabama homeowners choose SouthernDry over “big box” companies because we’re obsessed with customer satisfaction and quality. This is our family business, so our reputation is on the line with every repair. We give you personalized attention from the initial estimate to final clean-up at the end of the job. We’ll answer your questions and stick with you until the job is done to your satisfaction.

Call us today for a free professional consultation about your sagging floor or crawl space situation.

Not all foundation repair companies are alike – the top 5 questions to ask before you do business with a foundation repair contractor

southerndry project plannerYour home is one of your biggest and most important lifetime investments, so if you’re worried that foundation repair bills might be in your future, it’s important to arm yourself with the right information from a trusted source. Industry authorities estimate that a worst-case scenario foundation restoration for an average sized home needing hydraulic piers installed along the perimeter can cost as much as $35,000. On the other hand, repairs for small cracks or superficial settling may only run you a few hundred dollars.

According to a recent Home Advisor survey of 2,600 customers, the typical Alabama homeowner can expect to pay around $8,500 to get their foundation back in “like new” condition. The national average runs a little over $9,200 according to the same survey, but it’s important to keep in mind that not everyone pays this much. Your actual repair bill will vary depending on the age and location of your home, and your local soil and climate profile.

Regardless of the cost, what matters most is to feel confident that the estimate you get is honest, complete, a good value, and that it includes the materials and methods that make the most sense for the overall condition of your home. You want a repair solution that not only takes care of the immediate need, but also ensures that your house will stay structurally sound for years to come, no matter what happens with the weather or surrounding soil.

Correcting foundation problems

All homes and foundation types will settle over time. The amount of settling will vary, even among houses in the same neighborhood, depending on a few basic factors:

  • The soil types underneath the house, and how much they expand and contract
  • The amount of natural groundwater nearby and how it interacts with your foundation
  • Seasonal moisture changes like rain, runoff, drought, or flooding
  • How the ground was prepared and graded prior to construction
  • The materials and methods used to build the structure

Any of these things (or the wrong combination of them) can put too much strain on your foundation, or cause support to fall away from underneath it. Over time, the results show up as odd structural faults like tilted floors, sagging exterior concrete, irregular cracks, bowed basement walls, or doors and windows that gradually drift out of alignment and start to stick.

If you see any of these classic signs of foundation problems, there’s no need to panic, but it is important to get a professional evaluation sooner rather than later. Although many repairs can be done very inexpensively, things can get worse if left unaddressed for too long. Here are a few of the top corrective measures that experienced foundation specialists use:

  1. Basement repair – When most of the foundation is structurally sound, bowed basement walls can often be straightened independently with reinforcement technology. This not only corrects existing damage, but also helps to resist future shifting and buckling. Options include tiebacks, anchors, carbon fiber straps, epoxy crack injections and wall braces.
  2. Helical piers – For foundations problems that are larger, or more spread out across your property, helical piers are the best solution. They’re preferred by reputable foundation repair companies and recommended by several engineers for their versatility, durability, and cost benefit. Helical piles can be installed along the perimeter as well as interior of the home’s foundation.
  3. Crawl Space Repair – Sagging floors can be recovered by replacing damaged crawl space support stations with stronger, more durable steel posts that can be adjusted.

5 important questions to ask your foundation repair contractor before you sign

Before you sign any repair contract, be sure that the repair expert you’ve chosen can give you satisfactory answers to these important qualifying questions:

  1. How many jobs do you typically have going at one time? You want your contractor to be big enough to demonstrate the experience and skill to do a great job, but not so big that you get lost in the shuffle. Many companies push volume over customer service.
  2. What happens if I have a question or a problem while repair is underway? Companies that are family or employee-owned have a personal stake in your satisfaction. You want a repair specialist who responds quickly to issues and relies on customer reviews to build their reputation.
  3. What repair methods can you offer and which ones do you recommend? Your foundation repair expert should put your budget and long term needs above their sales goals. Make sure they can back up their recommendations with actual field observations.
  4. Do you offer warranty protection? The best foundation repair companies will give you a transferable warranty that will stay with your home if you sell it. This can be a big differentiator in the real estate market, besides the immediate peace of mind you get.
  5. Does your company offer payment plans? Your home is one of the most precious lifetime investments you’ll ever make, and maintaining it should be affordable. Reputable foundation repair companies that are confident that their work will last will have no reservation helping you set up a payment plan for bigger jobs.

Alabama homeowners choose SouthernDry over “big box” companies because we’re obsessed with quality and customer satisfaction. We give you one-on-one attention from the initial estimate to final clean-up at the end of the job. This is our family business, so our reputation is on the line with every repair. We’ll answer your questions and stick with you until the job is done to your satisfaction.

Call us today for a free professional consultation about your individual foundation situation.

 

What’s the bad smell in my crawlspace smell and what can I do to eliminate it?

If you’re like most homeowners, you probably only visit your crawl space when you absolutely have to. People usually go down there only to check heating or cooling equipment, change a filter, or turn an obscure plumbing valve – and normally only when they can’t pay somebody else to do it.

Before we get into solutions, let’s explore the most common causes of crawl space odors.

Common causes of crawl space odors in Alabama homes

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Many Alabama homeowners don’t realize that even when a house is still and quiet, the air inside is always moving. As warm air leaves the attic or vents through windows, cooler air from underneath rushes upward to replace it. This process happens naturally in just about every house, and it’s known as the “stack effect” or “chimney effect.”

Alternating periods of hot and cold weather create seasonal changes in moisture and condensation underneath your house. If your crawl space has never been properly sealed, these conditions can soon lead to mold, mildew, and rot. Pests like insects and rodents can also get in through gaps and vents. The stack effect we described can pull the resulting smells straight up into your living areas and allow them to permeate just about everything you own.

Here is how the stack effect works against your home, causing air quality and moisture problems

Does “bad” crawl space air raise any health concerns?

Strange smells are one thing, but the picture gets even worse when you consider the potential health risks to you and your family.

In addition to bad smells, as crawl space air moves upward, it can also carry mold spores or toxins that off-gas from building materials or contaminated soil according to the EPA. These can attack your respiratory system or cause other health problems. More than a few mystery ailments have been cured when folks discovered they were being slowly poisoned by their own homes.

Here’s how you can eliminate bad smells from the crawl space

encapsulation helps get rid of bad smells coming from the crawl spaceSo what can you do if your crawl space smells bad, or worse, when crawl space odors are coming up into the living areas of your home?

Crawl space encapsulation technology has come a long way in the last few decades, and the good news is that there are a number of highly effective and affordable corrective measures to choose from. Here are a few that are recommended by the most reputable service providers:

  1. Crawl space encapsulation: Using special purpose lining materials that won’t deteriorate or give off odors of their own, encapsulation surrounds your crawl space with complete protection against unwanted moisture. This can easily be coordinated with other corrective measures like drainage improvements and dehumidification.
  2. Drainage: The right professional or do-it-yourselfer can make sure that excess water is properly drained away from your crawl space with a tailored mix of aggregate, perforated piping, or landscape grading. Also consider sealing cracks and vents to keep water from getting in. And don’t forget to ensure your gutters are clean, free of debris, and include downspout extensions that keep water away from underneath the home.
  3. Dehumidification: For chronically damp conditions, there are dehumidifier units that are specially designed to keep crawl spaces clean, dry, and healthy for your family. These work especially well when combined with crawl space encapsulation.
  4. Sump pumps: Crawl space sump pumps take water management to the next level by forcibly removing any excess water. At SouthernDry, we offer a wide variety of sump pumps, including battery backup systems and WiFi enabled models

When it comes to smelly crawl spaces, your number one enemy is unwanted moisture.

Once dampness begins to accumulate under your house, the stage is set for invasion by mold and mildew, which can cause your building materials to rot and deteriorate. These all come with their own odors, but remember that the same conditions may also attract insects and rodents that create even more offensive smells. It’s important to get a trustworthy professional assessment on all these conditions so you can choose the repair options that are best for your situation.

SouthernDry has been a trusted crawl space and basement repair partner for years in Alabama. We can help you protect your family with affordable and proven preventive measures like crawl space encapsulation, dehumidification, and a complete array of reliable foundation repair services that will improve the living experience for your whole family.

My basement walls are bowing inward. What should I do?

Bowed basement walls can be a sign of serious structural trouble under your home. If one or more of your basement walls is starting to bow inward, it’s important to act quickly before the damage spreads. Here are the most important things you should know right now.

When it comes to basement wall damage, here is what you should look out for

The most common cause of bowed basement walls is excess moisture around your home.

Even natural groundwater can put a surprising amount of strain on your foundation. Added factors like excess storm runoff or improper drainage can greatly increase the amount of moisture in the soil. Structural engineers call this force “hydrostatic pressure” and it’s powerful enough to stress vulnerable parts of your foundation with the weight of an average family car.

This constant (or at least seasonal) pressure can build up against your basement walls over time and cause them to crack, bow and buckle inward. In turn, this can weaken their load-bearing capacity and eventually threaten the structural integrity of your whole house. The damage can range from a few superficial cracks to severe visible inward bowing and separation.Options to repair a bowed basement wall

Options to repair a bowed basement wall

The good news is that affordable repair methods are available to get your basement walls back in top load-bearing shape. Several proven technologies exist that can not only restore structural integrity, but also make cosmetic improvements and help prevent future deterioration.

The most important next step is to find a trustworthy technician who can evaluate your basement and give you reliable advice on the repair options that are best for your home and budget. Here are a few of the best approaches they might recommend:

  1. Carbon fiber straps: This is a highly reliable and relatively inexpensive interior repair option that reinforces the wall and helps to evenly resist and redistribute any outside pressure. Once installed, they can be painted to match the wall and are nearly invisible.
  2. Wall braces: Similar in concept to carbon fiber straps, this is an engineered steel option that can be anchored in place and then gradually adjusted to pull the wall back into alignment again. While engineered brace installation is mostly an interior job, it might be supported with some light outside excavation.
  3. Wall anchors and tie-backs: These devices usually come in multi-part kits. An interior wall plate connects to a threaded locking rod, which is in turn attached to an exterior ground plate embedded in the nearest stable soil. The number and spacing of the kits is determined by the severity of bowing. From there, they work mechanically similar to braces.
  4. Epoxy injections: To prevent moisture coming through minor cracks, epoxy injections offer both low cost and high structural integrity. Repair material can be applied from inside with no exterior excavation and little to no interior grinding or surface preparation.

The Force spring-loaded bowing basement wall repair system

In most cases, any of these basement wall repair options can work well with both block construction and poured concrete.

Hyrdrostatic pressure is working against your basement and must be addressed

Hydrostatic pressure is the most common reason why your basement walls might be starting to bow or bulge inward and must be alleviated through exterior grading, gravel backfill and drainage. Other causes, which may or may not contribute to the primary hydrostatic pressure issue could include:

  • Poor construction practices or inadequate grading on your home, or on neighboring sites.
  • Excessive amounts of rain or unusual flood events.
  • Tree roots that are spreading into parts of your foundation.
  • Heavy driveway or patio paving elements that add pressure to basement walls.
  • Hidden plumbing leaks due to poor installation or unexpected damage.

We an experienced basement wall repair company serving most of Alabama

If you see bowed walls in your basement, or if you suspect that any of these other warning signs might be present, you should have a trained technician help you assess the situation. SouthernDry has qualified and experienced technicians who will take a look for free and give you a no-pressure evaluation of the state of your foundation and present you with the best repair options.

SouthernDry has been a trusted basement and crawl space repair partner for years in Alabama. We can help you seal and straighten your basement walls with affordable and proven preventative measures like basement wall braces, basement wall anchors, epoxy injections, wall linings, sump pumps, basement interior drainage options, and advanced sealing techniques that will improve the living experience for your whole family.

Dealing with pests and insects in your crawl space or basement?

Home is a place where everyone in your family should feel safe and comfortable. For our own families at SouthernDry, we want our homes to be a refuge from the pressures of daily life, and that includes freedom from the health and property risks that can happen when you have pests living in your basement or crawl space.

In Alabama, especially around the Birmingham area, the most common pests that can invade your house through the crawl space and basement areas may include silverfish, roaches, spiders, termites, rodents, and ants. Spiders can be a tough call, because a few of them are natural predators that help keep the populations of other pests under control, but that doesn’t neccisarily mean you want to share your home with them.

How do pests get into crawl spaces and basements?

Depending on the seasonal conditions around your home, most of them show up in search of food, water, warmth, or a combination of the three. Many have adapted in amazing ways to get through tiny — sometimes nearly invisible — separations in your foundation or ground floor building materials where you’d never imagine they could fit.

Once inside, crawl space pests can quickly establish nests and reproduce at alarming rates. Many are only active at night, so they can get a head start before you even know they’re there. Pests like silverfish, termites, and carpenter ants can cause serious property damage, but even the ones that don’t physically destroy your house can pose health risks for your family.

What attracts basement and crawl space pests?

silverfish in crawl spaceFirst, know that many of these creatures have been around for thousands if not millions of years and they’re part of the world’s natural order. You can have a perfectly maintained and ordered home and yard, and some of them are going to show up no matter what — that’s what they do. That said, there are some conditions you can watch out for to help minimize your exposure.

Moisture accumulation is a big draw for unwanted crawly visitors. This can show up as condensation around basement or crawl space appliances, leaky plumbing, or improper drainage of exterior water that finds its way through gaps in your foundation or seeps through basement walls. Food sources like exposed wood, spilled garbage, or even things like a forgotten bag of wild bird seed that’s been stored and left to decay can be a pest magnet.

Tips to maintain your basement or crawl space to help prevent pests from making it their permanent home

At least once a year, maybe during your usual spring cleaning or winterizing cycle, it’s a good idea to do a whole-house inspection. Make a quick visual check of all the places you can reach that could hold food or moisture that might attract basement or crawl space pests. Clear out what you can and make a note of any new or unusual signs of water accumulation. These might include building material stains, mineral bloom on block work, or musty odors.

What to do if you think you have a rodent or insect problem in your basement or crawl space

If you think you might have a pest infestation, there are two things you should do right away. First, consult a pest removal professional to make sure that you get rid of not only the visible pests, but also their eggs or nesting areas so that you eliminate their reproduction cycle. Once you know you’ve cleared the immediate problem, it’s time to think about prevention.

The best bug and insect solution? Sealing your crawl space or basement and improving air quality

Crawl Space | SouthernDry WaterproofingOne of the most effective ways to eliminate unwanted moisture is a process known as crawl space encapsulation. It’s a general term for an engineered assortment of vapor and moisture barriers that keep your crawl space clean and dry. Depending on how moisture prone your property is, it’s possible to add dehumidification to help control airborne moisture. In tougher cases with heavier drainage issues, there are sump pumps designed for these kinds of spaces that can remove larger volumes of water that attack your home from outside.

Our team isn’t scared of bugs, rodents or even snakes! We can get the job done right

SouthernDry has been a trusted basement and crawl space repair expert for years in the Birmingham area, and we proudly serve most of Alabama. We can help you “shut the door” on common pests with affordable and proven preventive measures like vapor barriers, wall linings, floor linings, drainage options, sump pumps, dehumidifiers, insulation and advanced sealing techniques that will improve the living experience for your whole family.

Helical piers: what are they and what do they do?

helical pier foundation repair

Industry experts say that helical piers are the best solution for most home and business foundation repairs, but not everyone knows what they are, what they do, or why they work better than older foundation repair methods.

Here’s a quick rundown to help you decide if they’ll work for you.

helical pier vertical imageThe word “helix” has different meanings depending on whether you’re talking about science or construction. For our purposes, it’s just a fancy name for a spiral shape that’s formed around a central core. Helical piers are earth anchoring devices made for deep foundation support. To qualify as a true helical pier, it’s got to have three defining parts:

  1. a termination point at the top that connects to the structure you want to support
  2. a central shaft that distributes load to the bearing plates
  3. at least one helical bearing plate (usually several) to distribute load to the soil

This simplicity is one key trait that makes helical piers work so well. They’re backed with 100 years of engineering experience to give you the best load-bearing advantages, with the least disruption to your property. The ones we use, manufactured in the United States by A.B. Chance, are certified to meet ISO 9000 international quality standards, and they comply with all national building codes. This means you can install them with complete peace of mind.

So why are helical piers a better choice than old-school foundation repair methods like driven piles, cast-in-place concrete piers? For one thing, because they’re precision-designed steel, you can load them immediately without having to wait for concrete to cure. The helical shape of the bearing plates make installation fast and easy, and they don’t require the costly and extreme excavation needed to drill and place concrete piles under your structure.

Choose helical piers when:

  • You want durable, efficient foundation repair at a lower total cost
  • You’re concerned about the environmental impact of the materials you use
  • You want to avoid unnecessary excavation on your property
  • You have access restrictions that make heavy equipment impractical
  • You have a high water table or weak surface soils like the variable types in Alabama
  • You need assurance that your repair will be able to resist wind or seismic forces

Advantages of Helical Piers for homes & businesses

helical pier foundation repair support graphicOne of the biggest advantages of helical piers, especially for Birmingham area property owners, is that they create almost no visible soil disturbance. When you use the kind of industrial auger you need to install a concrete pier, the auger blades mix and loosen the surrounding soil, creating more instability around your foundation. In contrast, the helical bearing plates are designed to glide into place and transfer structural loads to deeper, more stable soil layers.

Another good reason to choose helical piers is flexibility. When you work with the right installer, they’ll be able to advise you on the right configuration to deal with variations in Alabama soil. The load-bearing considerations might change depending on whether your property sits on clay, loam, or a mix of the state’s 21 other soil types. Helical piers can be easily field modified and grouped for light, medium, or heavy loads, depending on the extent of the repairs you need.

Finally, because helical piers are environmentally friendly, they’ve become a preferred solution for sensitive areas like protected wetlands and forests. In Alabama, you’ll often find them underneath the boardwalks and walkways that allow people to access our natural wonders without disturbing habitats for plant and animal life.

Get a Free Helical Pier quote

We’d be happy to talk with you about helical piers and whether they might be the right choice for your property. If you think you might be dealing with foundation problems, give us a call and we’ll arrange for a trained technician to give you a free assessment – no pressure and no obligation. You might be pleasantly surprised to learn how affordable foundation repair can be.

Foundation – New Market, AL 35761

SouthernDry | Foundation | Crack Before

Page Title:

Foundation in New Market, AL 35761

Customer Name:

Rob M.

Problem:

Rob called SouthernDry after finding several cracks in the brick exterior of his house. He had vertical cracks above windows, and stair-step cracks in other areas. These are telltale signs of foundation problems. The customer disclosed that he had two other foundation repair companies providing estimates and would be comparing all three.

Solution:

Once the initial appointment was set, Calvin met with Rob to inspect the house. After a full inspection, Calvin determined that eleven AB Chance Helical Piers were needed. This would stabilize the foundation. Rob was also concerned about some areas where cracks would need to be tuck pointed and Calvin assured him that SouthernDry would match the mortar as closely as possible. The helical underpinning piers were installed under a 14 foot depth clause, with only four going beyond that – the deepest was 27 feet. The customer was very satisfied from start to finish of the project.
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Quotes from the homeowner:

Entire team was very professional. They were excellent at
communicating what needed to be done. They were always on time and let you know every step
of the process. There was no high pressure sales techniques. They give you the quote and you
can start on your timeline. Just call them when you are ready. I got quotes from the more widely
advertised foundation repair companies as well and SouthernDry gives you the same product and
same warranty at a great price. They worked hard to work around the landscaping. They also did
an excellent job of cleaning up. I highly recommend them.

Rob M.

Crawl Space Encapsulation – Bremen, AL 35033

SouthernDry | Dirty | Before Crawlspace

Page Title:

Crawl Space Encapsulation – Bremen, AL 35033

Customer Name:

Calvin Barnes

Problem:

Jalon called and spoke to Russ about problems in his crawl space. He was concerned about high humidity, in turn causing mold growth. He was currently renting the house with plans to purchase within 60 days and needed the issues in the crawl space taken care of in order for that to happen. He stated that the seller of the house would be paying for any necessary repairs. Russ educated the customer on encapsulation during the initial phone consultation. An appointment was then set to inspect the crawl space and provide a plan of repair.

Solution:

SouthernDry’s Project Planner, Calvin arrived on time for the inspection. He determined that encapsulation was necessary to reduce the humidity in the crawl space, along with remediation of mold. Calvin’s estimate included almost 1700 square feet of WhiteCap
20 mil vapor barrier, a Santa Fe Compact 2 dehumidifier, antimicrobial wash and HEPA
vac treatment for mold remediation, and a new crawl space door. Additionally, Calvin
told the customer that SouthernDry would sister 6 floor joists. Another waterproofing company had met with Jalon prior to Calvin’s appointment, but Jalon decided that SouthernDry provided the best plan of repair for the best price and felt that he would get the best customer experience. Once the crew had completed the project, the customer was extremely happy and took comfort knowing his crawl space had gone from funky to fresh.

Cast Study: Crawl Space Encapsulation – Birmingham, AL 35005

Before Crawl Space Encapsulation | High Humidity | Birmingham Alabama

Project:

Crawl Space Encapsulation for a customer in Birmingham, AL 35005.

Customer Name:

Tonja B.

Crawl Space Problem:

nasty crawl space with pestsA homeowner, in Birmingham Alabama, called SouthernDry because of high humidity in her crawlspace. She was concerned about escalating costs of heating and cooling her home. She was also concerned about the long term effects that humidity and moisture can have on a crawl space (ie. damage to joists and subfloors, mold etc.)

She was getting other quotes from crawl space companies near her and liked the SouthernDry website (who doesn’t love that duck?).

More importantly – having been burned by a large franchise in the past; this customer was passionate about doing business with a local, family company with roots in Alabama.

Crawl Space Solution:

dehumidifier with vapor barrier for alabama crawl space homesAfter a thorough inspection by a SouthernDry project planner, it was determined that the best solution for the customer was total crawl space encapsulation using the WhiteCap System.

First our installers removed the existing damp fiberglass insulation and debris from the crawl space. Next we installed 20 mil WhiteCap reinforced poly vapor barrier on the walls and floor to seal the crawl space from the outside elements.

Our final steps were installing a professional sealed crawl space door and a high capacity dehumidifier to clean the air and manage humidity.

The crawl space was completely transformed into a healthy new area that can be used for storage and improves the health of the entire home. SouthernDry communicated with the customer throughout the entire process to make sure every detail was understood and the project was completed to satisfaction.

Crawl Space Services Delivered

  • Crawl Space clean-up
  • Crawl Space Dehumidifier from Sante Fe
  • 20mil Crawl Space Vapor Barriers (floors and walls) from WhiteCap
  • Not needed – crawl space sump pump, battery back-up & crawl space drainage. Because at SouthernDry, we never try to sell you more than you need!

Quotes from the homeowner:

Southern Dry did a great job encapsulating my crawl space. I would definitely use them again!!
Tonja B.
Birmingham, Alabama 35005

Crawl Space Encapsulation in Andalusia, AL 36420

Before Crawl Space Encapsulation | Andalusia Alabama

Page Title

Crawl Space Encapsulation in Andalusia, AL 36420

Customer Name:

Jon H.

Problem:

Hot and humid south Alabama provides a perfect environment for mold and moisture in a crawlspace. That is exactly what Jon was dealing with at his home in Andalusia. And that is exactly what he wanted to get rid of. In addition to mold and moisture, Jon’s crawl space had become a regular Motel 6 for various critters so he called SouthernDry to remove his unwanted tenants.

Solution:

The homeowner had already received a quote from another company, but wanted to get a second opinion. SouthernDry provided Jon with a detailed description of the work to be provided including warranty information on the two sump pumps, and dehumidifier. With no stone left unturned, Jon was ready to get the work scheduled. SoutherDry’s all-star crew arrived on-site early Monday morning to begin work. Using a combination of a HEPA vacuum and anti-microbial wash, the crew was able to rid the crawlspace of mold, but before they could begin encapsulation they had to evict two very large snakes (yes, snakes) who had made themselves at home in the crawl space. The crew installed over 2000 square feet of WhiteCap 20 mil vapor barrier, two sump pumps with battery backups and a Sante Fe Advance 2 dehumidifier. In less than two days, the job was complete. The customer was happy with the assurance that his crawl space was now a clean space.

“The crew worked diligently with a good attitude. The crew leader as well as the other two workers displayed a lot of hustle. The crew leader was very helpful and had a great attitude. Have not had any issues yet, so I cannot comment on any follow-up/warranty type issues at this time. I would give this firm a very good recommendation.”

-Jon H.

Wet Basement Waterproofing in Birmingham, AL 35242

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Page Title

Wet Basement Waterproofing in Birmingham, AL 35242

Customer Name:

Tammy P.

Problem:

As is true with most wet basements, a homeowner in Birmingham Alabama called SouthernDry after a period of hard rain in utter panic. Her basement was flooding and she needed it fixed as soon as possible. She had no idea where the water was coming from, but water was covering the floor. Her son was trying his best to remove the water with a shop vac but to no avail. She needed help and felt SouthernDry could give her the answers that she needed. She scheduled a free inspection and consultation with a SouthernDry specialist to find her solution.

Solution:

Calvin and Russ were able to make some adjustments to the calendar to visit Tammy and provide her an estimate the same day she called. After inspecting and assessing the basement, Calvin advised the homeowner that she needed a footer drain system, sump pump with battery backup and 12 mil vapor barrier in the living space. The Guardian is the interior waterproofing system we use and it effectively collects the water from the walls as well as from under the floors, delivers it to our high capacity sump pump system and then out away from the home. The 12 mil on the walls ensures that any water leaks or seepage entering the home is directed to the waterproofing system. The only question that remained was how soon the work could be done. Obviously a flooding basement requires some urgency. SouthernDry was able to work Tammy’s job in just a few days later, and she could not have been more pleased. Now she no longer has anxiety during heavy rains because she has the assurance that her basement is staying completely dry.

Helical Tiebacks | Basement Foundation Repair | Ashville Alabama 35953

Page Title:

Bowing Basement Walls Repaired With Helical Tiebacks In Ashville, AL 35953

Customer Name

Mable F.

Problem

SouthernDry received a call from a homeowner who had a bowing wall in her basement. She had already had another basement repair company come out to fix the bowed walls, but after they installed carbon fiber strips on the walls, the problem persisted. Not only did the previous contractor fail to repair the wall, they failed to educate the customer. SouthernDry takes pride in educating homeowners, and they execute that philosophy with every appointment. Upon inspection, the diagnosis was that hydrostatic pressure was causing the wall to bow and carbon fiber was not the proper repair solution.

Solution:

SouthernDry’s inspector educated the customer on the causes of the cracks and explained the process of providing a solution. They both agreed that installing Chance helical tiebacks, along with The Force wall braces would be the best plan of permanent foundation repair for the bowing basement walls. Knowing the amount of force these walls had on them from Alabama soils and hyrdrostatic pressure, the helical tiebacks were installed to provide horizontal stability and keep the walls from bowing further inward. Next The Force bracket was installed which uses steel I-beams or C-channel and a spring coil design, to provide 1,000 pounds of constant pressure against the wall. This ultimately restores the wall to a more plumb position over time. The Force system requires little to no maintenance, providing the homeowner peace of mind knowing their foundation wall is secure. In addition, SouthernDry provided the homeowner with a lifetime warranty of the structure to ensure complete satisfaction.

Mold Remediation & Basement Waterproofing – Jasper, AL

Before Mold Remediation | Wet Basement Block Wall | Jasper Alabama

Page Title:

Mold Remediation & Basement Waterproofing in Jasper, AL 35501

Customer Name:

Nate R.

Problem:

The homeowner called into SouthernDry because he noticed the presence of mold on his walls. He stated that his basement walls were wet and had a mildew type of smell. Dangerous mold is a key contributor to many household allergies and upper respiratory infections. The homeowner knew it wasn’t safe or healthy to have a problem like that in his home and wanted to have it checked out. He understood his next move would be to contact a professional contractor and have them perform a mold inspection. He scheduled a free estimate with SouthernDry to find a solution to his basement mold and mildew issues.

Solution:

SouthernDry sent a well experienced inspector out for an assessment of the moldy basement. His knowledge of mold removal made him a great candidate for this project. The contractor’s main objective was to figure out what was causing the mold issue and how to stop it. After a thorough inspection, the inspector suggested a special two part epoxy wall coating that would eliminate the mold and seal the wall. The epoxy wall coating also restores the appearance of the wall and covers the ugly water stains. By sealing the basement wall, it would route whatever water was entering through the wall previously and send it through weep holes drilled in the bottom of the block. The inspector proposed the Guardian interior waterproofing system be installed on the footer to capture the water, send it to a sump pump and then carry the water away from the foundation. After discussing the options of mold remediation and interior basement waterproofing with the homeowner, SouthernDry was able to secure this project. The team came together to make sure the installation was as smooth and successful as possible for the homeowner. The homeowner was satisfied with his dry basement because he didn’t have to deal with the smell of mildew and the appearance of mold anymore.

Leaning Wall Repair – Birmingham, AL 35005

After Leaning Wall Repair | Basement I Beam | Birmingham Alabama Foundation Repair

Page Title:

Leaning Wall Repair in Birmingham, AL 35005

Customer Name:

Ron & Kim L.

Problem:

The homeowners called into SouthernDry because they noticed that the south wall in their basement was titled their west wall had a slight lean as well. This was a major concern for them because no homeowner wants to see instability in their foundation. They had no idea of leaning wall repair costs, but they felt the urgency to get this job done fast. They were searching for a contractor that could offer a reasonable basement leaning wall repair estimate and came across the website. Ron and Kim scheduled a free inspection with SouthernDry to find the best solution.

Solution:

SouthernDry sent a qualified professional out for an inspection of the bowed basement wall. The Inspector had vast experience in bowed basement wall repair and was a great fit for this project. He wanted to address the leaning wall and offer the best solution before things got worse. After a thorough assessment, he suggested the force basement wall bracing. The force is a revolutionary structural brace specifically created to realign the wall back within the foundation. During the structural inspection he also made the homeowners aware of the warranty they’d be receiving with this powerful device. After discussing these options with the homeowners, they agreed to move forward with SouthernDry as their contractor. The SouthernDry team took over to ensure the basement wall bracing project was smooth and successful. In the end, the homeowners could actually rest knowing that their foundation would be secure.

Basement Waterproofing in Riverside, AL 35125

Before Basement Waterproofing & Sump Pump Installation | Riverside Alabama

Page Title:

Basement Waterproofing in Riverside, AL 35125

Customer Name:

Mary S.

Problem:

The homeowner called because she noticed water on her basement floor. Water infiltration can be frustrating for a homeowner, because their mind immediately starts pondering the source of the issue and cleanup. In this basement, the water entered at the cove, or the point where the wall and floor meets and she noted that her basement floor was only wet during times of moderate to heavy rains. She also noticed her sump pump making a loud consistent sound and that it wasn’t dispersing water properly. This was very scary for her since she did not have a lot of money in her budget for a problem like this and she was concerned that a contractor would try to get over on her. With all of this out in the open in the initial phone conversation, she decided to schedule a free inspection with SouthernDry to find a solution to her leaky basement.

Solution:

An inspector was sent out for an assessment of the wet basement and his objective was to locate the problem, suggest the best solution and take the process slow knowing the concerns from the homeowner. After a thorough inspection, it was suggested that the homeowner have her basement waterproofed to manage the water that was entering the home and avoid future costly headaches. The contractor suggested a new dual sump pump and the Guardian interior basement waterproofing system. Sump pumps are very important, especially during periods of heavy rain, and a working sump pump makes sure water flows appropriately away from the house. The interior waterproofing system would provide ample drainage and function by capturing the water coming from the wall and up from the ground, dumping the water into the sump pump basin and then carry the water away from the foundation. After discussing repair and installation options with the homeowner she agreed to move forward with SouthernDry on the basement waterproofing project. The team did an excellent job of making sure everything was installed properly and successfully. They gained her trust by working within the budget and schedule of the homeowner. Mary now has peace of mind knowing that her basement is nice and dry.

CrawlSpace Encapsulation – Greenville, AL 36037

Before CrawlSpace Encapsulation | Wet & Humid | Greenville Alabama

Page Title:

CrawlSpace Encapsulation in Greenville, AL

Customer Name:

Clyde M.

Problem:

SouthernDry received a phone call from Clyde with concerns of high humidity and dampness in his crawl space as well inside his house. Mr. Clyde stated his house was slightly on a hill and had some drainage/grading issues that led to water getting under his house. He had researched crawlspace encapsulation online and felt this was a possible option for him, however after getting other quotes, he felt this option was out of his price range.

Solution:

The team at SouthernDry assured Clyde that they could work within his budget and suggested setting an appointment to have his crawl space inspected for free. An appointment was set and John Kabel, owner of SouthernDry, met with Clyde to inspect the crawl space and determine the best solution to the problem at hand. After the inspection John suggested a full interior perimeter drainage system with a battery backup sump pump, to protect against flooding during power outages, followed by a total crawlspace encapsulation using a 20mil WhiteCap vapor barrier. After Clyde and John agreed on a price, the work was performed by SouthernDry’s certified installers and the problem of high humidity and dampness was solved. Clyde will no longer live in discomfort of having allergens and humidity in is crawl space. Clyde will also have the peace of mind knowing that the work performed came with a transferable life of the structure warranty!

Any Quotes from the homeowner:

I have had the total encapsulation for one week now, I am proud to say my relative humidity in my house now stays around 38-40%, I have actually had to raise my thermostat due to it feeling so much cooler and comfortable in my house with the lower humidity levels. I called around and compared prices and Southern Dry was by far the least expensive and the most personable and easy to work with. And my crawlspace is dry as a bone. If you have moisture problems or high humidity in your home I would definitely recommend giving John Kabel with Southern Dry a call.

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Staci Hickman
Staci Hickman
2021-08-26T19:33:50+0000
Excellent company to deal with. They explained the quote in detail and completed the work on time as scheduled. Their... warranty and customer service set them apart from the crowd.read more
Dylan Sewell
Dylan Sewell
2021-08-22T18:57:53+0000
SouthernDry was very timely. After dealing with other contractors who would take months, they showed up in less than a... week to look at my issues. They were very knowledgeable, honest, and straightforward. I was given a quote immediately after the inspection for work that would help fix my issue. That quote was consistent throughout the entire process. Their inhouse financing was simple and easy to apply for. They were very good at notifying me about timeline changes due to overages on other jobs. The crew was very respectful, quick, and clean. John was always available if I had questions. Overall terrific experience and I would highly recommend SouthernDry for any crawlspace or foundation problems you may have.read more
Deirdra Maddux
Deirdra Maddux
2021-08-13T22:47:18+0000
From beginning of the project to completion SouthernDry did a excellent job.
Lane Stewart
Lane Stewart
2021-08-12T20:56:57+0000
We highly recommend Southern Dry! They did an outstanding job with our crawl space clean up! The crew was friendly... and explained everything. We give them a 5 star rating!!!!!!read more
Courtney Evans
Courtney Evans
2021-08-12T19:55:22+0000
I’m giving Southern dry company a five star rating for the following reasons. The crew was on time honest and... courteous. They did a great job repairing our foundation. We haven’t had any problems since the repair. There a company that you can trust. I will highly recommend this company.read more
Victor Duskin
Victor Duskin
2021-08-10T20:29:23+0000
Highly Recommend! Outstanding Crew! When it comes to Keeping you high and dry this is the company to choose! Top Shelf... Folks!read more
Justin Wagner
Justin Wagner
2021-08-10T12:32:00+0000
Very professional, completed work in one work day. Crew of four worked very hard, very efficient.
Jerica Bolix
Jerica Bolix
2021-08-05T22:38:57+0000
I recommend southerndry for all foundation repairs.
Chris Smith
Chris Smith
2021-08-05T21:55:10+0000
Honest, professional, willing to go the extra mile. Exactly the kind of business you want to work with. From beginning... to end the entire process and staff was easy to work with. This is an investment in your property, this is the company you want! I can’t say enough about how great these guys are.read more
Marvin Alexander
Marvin Alexander
2021-08-05T20:25:14+0000
They are prompt and very professional
Jen Craker Sides
Jen Craker Sides
2021-08-05T19:18:31+0000
Highly recommend! Professional and very friendly staff, quick response time, great communication, honest (and free)... quote. They did an excellent job on our crawl space and quickly too! They left everything very neat and tidy when they finished. Their price was very reasonable as well. I would use them again if needed!read more
Renee Taylor Prisock
Renee Taylor Prisock
2021-08-02T19:02:24+0000
My basement was leak free within a few days! Everyone was super polite and answered and questions quickly. I felt safe... with the workers as they were very informative,neat and respectful!read more
Wesley Champion
Wesley Champion
2021-07-29T19:53:42+0000
Very prompt, professional, and excellent service. The install crew was awesome. Fast and clean. Would highly... recommend this company for crawlspace encapsulation.read more
Donnie Payne
Donnie Payne
2021-02-18T21:24:38+0000
These guys do a great job. They are responsive to phone calls and highly recommend.
Garland Culbreath
Garland Culbreath
2020-10-24T13:55:38+0000
Jonathan was great with our quote and answering all our questions. They were amazing working with us to get our project... underway. The crew was fantastic... very professional, super kind, and explained our system to us in great detail before wrapping up the job. Our hardwoods had started cupping from humidity. Since Southern Dry completed our project, a little over a month ago...our floors have settled back as they should and our crawl space looks pristine. We would highly recommend Southern Dry. Great service, great work, great warranties.read more
Danny Hillis
Danny Hillis
2020-03-17T05:45:04+0000
I have worked for several foundation company's in north Al afs included and I must say I like the way John does... business he goes to no limit to make sure his customers get the working system they were promised. southern dry will always be my 1st and only choice for repairs.read more
Ramsay Young
Ramsay Young
2019-12-06T18:50:55+0000
Very professional group from the estimate to the installation. Kept me informed all the time. the installers were great... with no disruption. Very pleasedread more
KarlaJohnson Bullock
KarlaJohnson Bullock
2019-11-28T01:46:16+0000
Very efficient and hard working men. They go out of their way to make sure the customer is satisfied. I highly... recommend this company. KB. Glencoe, Alread more
Meredith Smildsin
Meredith Smildsin
2019-11-26T18:40:07+0000
Fantastic customer service and high quality workmanship! The team at SouthernDry was great from start to finish. Came... out for a free estimate, presented recommendations, assisted with financing, worked around my busy schedule, and got the job done QUICKLY! Work crew was professional and efficient. Highly recommend!!read more
Valerie Dawson Miles
Valerie Dawson Miles
2019-10-07T16:52:07+0000
I highly recommend Southern Dry and their crew. They are very responsive and do a great job. I truly appreciated the... way they kept me informed of when they would be arriving, the expected timeline of the job and when then when job was complete. Each person I interacted with throughout the process from beginning to end was professional and courteous. 5 Stars.read more
Daniel Hutcheson
Daniel Hutcheson
2019-09-29T21:30:42+0000
SouthernDry came by the house and answered all of the questions and concerns that we had about our house. They... presented multiple solutions and helped us choose the best one for us. The crew that installed all components were very professional and courteous. Kudos to SouthernDry also saved us a lot of money.read more
Brad Wright
Brad Wright
2019-09-10T17:01:30+0000
Everyone was great. The owner is super nice and worked with me on a lot of things. The crew was great. Definitely... treated like family. A++ all around.read more
Caleb Danley
Caleb Danley
2019-09-09T21:47:06+0000
Excellent service, excellent product, excellent people. Very reliable company with great communication. I would... recommend this company to anyone. 10/10read more
Caren Stone
Caren Stone
2019-07-05T19:51:20+0000
I am so pleased with the waterproofing Southern Dry did for my basement and den area. When I asked the team to cover a... large portion of sheeting of the wall that was not covered in their quote, they did it free of charge. upon completing the work, the crew cleaned up the construction debris meticulously. All the crew men were professional and pleasant and answered all the questions I posed during the process. Definitely 5 stars earned.read more
Nelden Smith
Nelden Smith
2019-05-25T13:52:06+0000
Very fast, very good--and they were very willing to work with me to find a solution that met all my needs without going... over my budget! Thanks John, Calvin, and Russ, for your customer service and offering such a nice quality product.read more
Kathy Morris Ryan
Kathy Morris Ryan
2019-04-23T01:21:20+0000
I am very satisfied with the work these guys did with the foundation of my house. It was a great experience from... Calvin's inspection and quote to the guys that did all the work. Great group and I highly recommend them.read more
Kennedy Todd Davis
Kennedy Todd Davis
2019-04-16T20:06:14+0000
Very professional! They got the job done quick and cleaned up and didn’t leave anything behind!
Bob Curry
Bob Curry
2019-04-09T21:29:13+0000
Very professional company and the work performed was first rate. I would highly recommend this company and I highly... recommend having your crawl space properly sealed and a dehumidifier installed. I had check pricing from several different companies in my area that do this kind of work and they were the most reasonable. I live in Alexandria AL which is in the deep South with very humid weather. I had some serious moisture damage this fall with mold forming from a clogged HVAC unit under my house. Water was puddling onto the plastic under my house, I was not aware of this and it had been going on for several months. By the time I discovered it the damage had already been done to my house flooring. Thank goodness the homeowners insurance covered the floor repair to the tune of $30,000. I wanted to make sure this would never be an issue again even if I had some kind of water leak. They completely clean out all the old plastic, vacuumed the under side of the flooring and removed any construction trash from under the house and then properly sealed my crawl space. My dehumidifier has an app that I can check anywhere in the world and see my temp and humidity levels under my house. There is also a water sensor installed so if water is detected, it will send me a message.I could not be happier and it was worth every penny!read more
Eddie Wendy Akers
Eddie Wendy Akers
2019-03-19T14:56:33+0000
Great company. Good communications. Gteat job. No problems
Dona Warnick Jones
Dona Warnick Jones
2019-03-15T15:58:28+0000
Southern Dry was very easy to work with during the encapsulation process. Luckily I did not have foundation damage but... my house needed french drains, sump pump, dehumidifier and the crawl space encapsulated. The job was completed as promised and I am very satisfied with the end product. The entire crew was professional and efficient. I recommend Southern Dry.read more
Rita Murphy Lueth
Rita Murphy Lueth
2019-03-15T01:52:12+0000
Southern Dry was responsive an professional from start to finish, from the moment I phoned them, through the... installation process, and through follow-up phone calls. The workers showed up on time on the scheduled day, completed the work efficiently, cleaned up, and left. I would definitely recommend them.read more
John King
John King
2018-08-15T11:29:36+0000
Very courteous and professional. They were 50% less than a estimate I received from a competitor. Great communication... and speedy installation!!!!!read more
Jay Watts
Jay Watts
2018-08-13T12:56:16+0000
Very professional.
Amy Lambrecht
Amy Lambrecht
2018-08-08T17:13:46+0000
From start to finish, Southern Dry treated me as a customer with courteous responsiveness. They answered all my... questions, made practical recommendations (without the up-sale in mind) gave references that had glowing praises all around. The workers were neat and efficient with their time. It made the whole process smooth and pain free.read more
David Johnson
David Johnson
2018-06-16T13:16:45+0000
Everyone I spoke with from Southern Dry was top notch. I prefer doing business with people who are average, regular,... down-home folks trying to make an honest living. If you're like me and want someone straight up to give you a reasonable quote on your repairs, call Calvin. They were fast, gave me a date to begin, started that morning early and did a fantastic job. Juan was the foreman on my project and if I had a question he had an answer for me. He was extremely nice and knowledgeable about what was being fixed and done. I was never left in the dark about anything. I had some pretty major foundation issues on one side of my newest house. The back sill plate was rotten and the floor was sagging from no support in the rear. Juan and the crew installed 6 piers, replaced the sill plate, cleaned the crawlspace completely, installed 5 jack supports, encapsulated it all and installed a dehumidifier and battery back up, and made me a 2 new doors in 3 days! So Calvin, Russ, John, Juan, and the other crew, thank you for a job well done. The house looks a million times better! I really appreciate it!read more
Dustin Hughes
Dustin Hughes
2018-05-30T17:49:10+0000
Very fast, very good--and they were very willing to work with me to find a solution that met all my needs without going... over my budget! Thanks John, Calvin, and Russ, for your customer service and offering such a nice quality product.read more
Rob Mackintosh
Rob Mackintosh
2018-05-24T21:44:39+0000
Entire team was very professional. They were excellent at communicating what needed to be done. They were always on... time and let you know every step of the process. There was no high pressure sales techniques. They give you the quote and you can start on your timeline. Just call them when you are ready. I got quotes from the more widely advertised foundation repair companies as well and SouthernDry gives you the same product and same warranty at a great price. They worked hard to work around the landscaping. They also did an excellent job of cleaning up. I highly recommend them.read more
Stephanie Stephens
Stephanie Stephens
2018-05-13T14:54:49+0000
Great customer service. Guys that came out to complete the job worked fast and communicated each step of the process.
Nadder Fawaz
Nadder Fawaz
2018-03-21T02:23:50+0000
Forgive me for the long review, but great service is hard to find these days. When it’s found, it should be celebrated.... John and his crew were incredible from day 1. Water was pooling in our crawl space on a new construction and we were eager to have it resolved quickly to avoid the formation of mold and spores and potential health hazards for our family. John came out immediately and assessed the situation, explained all the issues, and developed a plan. We had a guaranteed price in our hands within minutes; fair middle road pricing for extremely high quality work. Many estimates came in 2x higher, just fyi. There was plenty of trash and construction debris left under the house from the contractors; SouthernDry crew removed every piece of debris and leveled out the ground before installing the drains and pumps and encapsulation material. John and his crew returned a week later because they wanted to make a modification to the system that they believed would be more efficient. I would have never known the difference, but because they care about the quality of their work, they made the modifications to ensure the efficiency and longevity of the system. After a month, I finally made it back to the far corner under the house and noticed water pooling under the encapsulation in one area. One phone call and 24 hours later, the crew showed up, assessed the situation and implemented the necessary modifications, installing additional drainage at no additional cost to me. Using SouthernDry was the easiest and best decision we made!read more
Sable Mayfield
Sable Mayfield
2018-03-15T18:52:46+0000
Denise Patty Etter-Collins
Denise Patty Etter-Collins
2018-02-20T23:02:51+0000
They were prompt, thorough and curteous. Prices were the best. I would highly recommend a conversation and inspection,... at the very least.read more
Jerry Wayne Rich
Jerry Wayne Rich
2018-01-22T20:42:59+0000
The initial estimate was entirely too high. they wanted more money than afs. then, after review the owner came out... himself and gave me a second estimate that was reasonable. im looking forward to doing business with this company.read more
Clyde Mills
Clyde Mills
2017-07-06T00:18:24+0000
I have had the total encapsulation for one week now, I am proud to say my relative humidity in my house now stays... around 38-40%, I have actually had to raise my thermostat due to it feeling so much cooler and comfortable in my house with the lower humidity levels. I called around and compared prices and Southern Dry was by far the least expensive and the personable and easy to work with. And my crawlspace is dry as a bone. If you have moisture problems or high humidity in your home I would definitely recommend giving John Kabel with Southern Dry a callread more
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