Get Quality Helical Pier Foundation Repair in Dothan, AL

What Dothan, Alabama Homeowners Need to Know about Foundation Repair

We get a lot of calls and questions from concerned property owners in Dothan, AL wanting to know what they can do to prevent and repair foundation problems. Due to the demand, and the need for quality work in the area, we now proudly service our neighbors in Dothan, AL with a dedicated crew of structural experts.

Foundation problems sometimes plague homeowners in the Dothan, Alabama area for a variety of reasons. If you suspect foundation trouble, you’ll want to get reliable information you can act on quickly to protect the safety and value of your property.

With the right professional advice and assistance you can ensure years of worry-free living, but it’s important to act early. The longer you wait to check out foundation damage, the more your repair costs can go up.

Consider the local soil conditions

Some people are surprised to learn that geologists classify wide swaths of Alabama land as coastal plains even though they may sit many miles from the shores of the gulf. This has more to do with the elevation of the land and the way it handles water than its physical distance from the ocean.

Coastal plain soils in and around the Dothan region tend to be a mix of clay, loam, and sand. Although building experts consider these broad soil types to be generally good for foundation support, the proportion and distribution (and, as a result, their water handling capacity) can vary widely from neighborhood to neighborhood and even from house to house.

The reason this matters to you as a Dothan area homeowner is that water can be a big contributor to early foundation failure. Water can not only exert a surprising amount of strain on the structural elements of your foundation, but also erode the underlying soil to the point where parts of your foundation begin to lose their load-bearing capacity.

Over time, the repeated force of shifting ground water or accumulated storm water (often referred to as “hydrostatic pressure”) can eventually cause parts of your foundation to sink, heave, and drift out of alignment.

Watch for signs of water damage or structural failure

In just about every home, regardless of the way it was built, some settling is normal and will result in minor cosmetic issues that are relatively simple and inexpensive to repair. In many cases you can perform these appearance fixes yourself with affordable materials you can find at any local hardware or home improvement store.

In homes that sit in a coastal plain area, the gradual forces of water are usually among the top causes of shifting soil underneath your foundation. As parts of the foundation sink or shift out of alignment, other elements of the structure can weaken or separate. These are some of the most common warning signs you’re likely to see:

Inside the house:

  1. Windows or doors that stick or move out of alignment
  2. Uneven, cracking, swelling or tilting floors
  3. Separations where walls meet ceilings or floors
  4. Cracks in sheetrock or interior finish materials
  5. Musty odors, mold, water stains, or mineral deposits

Outside the house:

  1. Cracked bricks – especially jagged cracks larger than one-eighth of an inch
  2. Breaks or cracks in above ground foundation parts
  3. Separations around windows, walls, or garage doors
  4. Separating, deflecting, deforming, twisting, or tilting structural elements
  5. Condensation or moisture that collects  in basements or crawl spaces

Most foundation problems can be taken care of affordably and quickly but you should contact an expert as soon as possible you see any of these classic trouble signs.

Understand your repair options

Brick Structural Piering | Helical Pier | SouthernDry | Alabama Foundation RepairA reputable foundation repair company will most often provide you with a free evaluation. They’ll listen to your questions and explain your repair options in a way that helps you choose the remedy that’s best for your individual situation and budget. Beware of companies that pressure you to make a quick decision and don’t take the time to thoroughly answer all of your repair questions. Also make sure that the repair expert you choose stands by their work and provides reliable warranty protection (we offer a lifetime warranty on foundation repair).

The fact is that the most common foundation problems can be repaired at a reasonable cost using minimally invasive and proven methods. Here’s a quick summary of the most common ones:

  1. Helical Piers – Experts in the engineering community agree that helical piers are among the most versatile for a variety of common foundation repair situations. As with their steel and poured concrete counterparts, they’re designed to efficiently shift load from your foundation to deeper, more supportive layers of soil. They’re cleaner to install and customize, and penetrate deep into the stable soils underneath your home.
  2. Steel Piers – A big technical improvement over old-school concrete piers is the engineered steel pier. They’re effective for stabilizing a variety of foundation issues, but can be installed much more quickly than poured concrete and are a lot less disruptive to your landscape. But they are not as durable or effective as helical piers.
  3. Concrete Piers – Before steel piers, poured-in-place concrete piers were the go-to method for new construction and they can also be useful in repair situations. Although concrete piers are generally reliable and stable, they’re much more invasive to install and may be more expensive by the time you factor in extra labor and the necessary drilling equipment. The foundation repair industry has come a long way since this “old school” method of foundation repair was used.
  4. Spot Piers – For more lightly loaded areas, these smaller, shallow piers are normally hand excavated in engineered positions and then filled with concrete and backfilled. This method is best for minor corrections under lighter loads, such as supporting a carport or a patio cover.
  5. Slab Repair – Unsupported concrete, such as driveways, pool decks, sidewalks, or patios can be stabilized by injecting high-density polyurethane foam below the slab. The advantage of this method is that it’s relatively fast and low cost. In most cases you can drive on a lifted driveway the same day with no additional curing time needed. This same method can also be used on sinking foundations with very little mess, but is not as effective or long-lasting as piering.

Choose the right foundation repair partner

Dothan, AL foundation repair crewWe have been delivering quality foundation repair solutions in Birmingham, Huntsville and Montgomery for years, and now, due to the demand for quality helical pier work at an affordable price in the area, we now proudly serve our neighbors in Dothan, AL!

One of the most important things to know about SouthernDry is that we’re family owned. We’re small enough to give you personalized service and big enough to provide experience and reliability you can count on. We’re a structural foundation repair company first, but we’re also proven leaders in crawl space repair, crawl space encapsulation and basement waterproofing services.

Ensuring decades of worry-free living in your home is the ONLY reason we’re in business. We offer transparent, competitive pricing, and we staff your job with people who care personally about delivering great work and great value. We’ll answer your questions, make the recommendations that are in YOUR best interests, and stick with you until the job is done to your satisfaction.

Homeowners choose us over the big box outfits because we’re relentless about quality. In the unlikely event that something’s out of order, we’ll come back promptly and make it right. For peace of mind about your foundation, schedule a free evaluation today.

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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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