Now that warm weather has arrived, families in Indiana are spending more time outdoors on their decks and patios. Over time, most patios, whether concrete, stone, or brick, deteriorate to the point where they become unattractive or present a tripping or slipping hazard. Spring is the best time to do patio repair so you can spend the rest of the summer enjoying it. In addition, having an attractive patio will be a selling point and increase your home’s value when you decide to sell it.
Patio problems most often occur because the patio was poorly constructed in the first place or because the underlying soil has shifted over time. Following are common signs of patio problems:
There are a few things you can do yourself to correct problems with your patio, but most patio problems will require the services of a concrete repair or bricklaying professional.
Frequently, water accumulation is due to poor drainage after a heavy rainfall. The easiest solution is to dig a small trench at the lowest end of the patio and fill it with stones that will absorb the excess water. If water is spilling onto your patio from a roof or overhang, cleaning the gutters or installing new gutters will correct the problem. When water accumulates in specific areas of the patio, it may be because it is sinking or sloping.
The most common reason for a sinking, sloping, or uneven slab is a problem with the soil beneath it. Excessively wet or dry soils may not be able to support the weight of the concrete slab. Trees and other vegetation near the patio can also steal moisture from the soil beneath the foundation. If the patio was constructed quickly without allowing enough time for soil compaction, it then becomes compressed with the weight of the slab.
For patios that are uneven or showing signs of sinking or settling, a concrete repair contractor, such as McAtee Foundation Solutions, can lift and stabilize the slab by injecting polyurethane foam beneath it. This simultaneously seals and levels it. Because the foam expands to 20 times its liquid volume, it will also fill in any voids and keep your patio from settling again.
Cracks in your patio’s surface may also be a sign of unstable soil beneath it. In some cases, you may be able to fix it yourself with a grout or epoxy injection. If the crack is wide and getting progressively larger, the best and most permanent solution is to hire a concrete repair professional to lift and repair the slab by injecting polyurethane foam beneath the patio.
Flaking and crumbling concrete is often a sign of age-related deterioration. Because replacing the entire slab can be a hassle, small cracks can usually be sealed with epoxy injections. Another method to repair flaking concrete is by cleaning off the loose pieces and bonding the surface with a new layer of concrete. Unfortunately, the new concrete surface may eventually start cracking and crumbling if there are still problems with the underlying soil.
If you notice that your entire patio is starting to pull away from your home’s main structure, this is most likely caused by a serious issue with your home’s foundation sinking or leaning. Most gaps and other foundation problems are due to soil compaction or excess water pressure. It is important that you contact a foundation repair specialist who will solve the proper by driving steel piers deep into the ground to lift and stabilize the foundation.
McAtee Foundation Solutions has been repairing patios and providing other foundation repair and waterproofing services since 1984. We have a reputation for outstanding customer service and even offer financing if you need it. We have served Marion and other Indiana communities (See our service area). For cost-effective and long-lasting patio repair, contact us today!
If you are like many homeowners in Indiana, you may have a damp crawlspace that you have ignored. Most homeowners have no idea that crawlspaces are a common source of moisture and humidity in the home that can lead to a number of issues. McAtee Foundation Solutions (MFS) is a leading provider of services to remove moisture from many homes in Fort Wayne, Marion, and other Indiana communities.
There are three primary reasons why there could be excess moisture in your crawl space. MFS has treated many Indiana homes for these common problems.
Standing water in the crawlspace could be due to a drainage problem or a plumbing leak. Often builders don’t pay attention to grading the yard or waterproofing crawlspace areas because they reason, “It is just a crawlspace.”
Crawlspaces with a dirt floor are particularly susceptible to ground moisture which evaporates in the crawlspace and entire basement area. Installing a polyurethane vapor barrier and vents are sometimes helpful, but scientists have found that they are not sufficient to prevent moisture problems.
Crawlspace vents actually create more moisture problems than they solve. Indiana springs and summers are often “muggy”, meaning that there is a high vapor content in the air. As temperatures increases outside, the air holds more humidity. When that humid air enters the cooler crawlspace area, the relative humidity increases by 20% on the inside for each 10 degree difference on the outside. It is common for the crawlspace level to reach a 65% humidity level, which is the critical level for mold, mildew, and related problems to occur.
Many homes in Indiana have crawlspaces that are often ignored because homeowners have no idea that they are a source of moisture that can cause a number of problems, including:
McAtee Foundation Solutions offers two services to remove excess moisture and humidity from your crawlspace, crawlspace encapsulation and exterior waterproofing systems. Both are designed to remove water and moisture from your crawlspace so that your home’s structure will be protected for many years.
MFS offers crawlspace encapsulation using a vapor barrier. We use the best vapor barrier in the industry, manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP). Crawlspace vapor barriers reduce energy costs and protect against moisture, mold, radon and unwanted pests. Crawlspace encapsulation has the following benefits:
Another solution we offer is exterior drainage systems. This system is designed to stop water from entering the crawlspace in the first place. The drainage system consists of the following components:
Installing a concrete slab over a dirt floor helps keep ground moisture out of the crawlspace area. It also helps to make sure that vents do not allow humid exterior air from entering the crawlspace. Finally, installing humidifiers keeps the air in the crawlspace, basement, and home interior at a comfortable and safe humidity level.
McAtee Foundation Solutions offers a full range of foundation repair, concrete repair, and water management services, including crawlspace repair. Whether you need a concrete slab on your dirt floor, exterior waterproofing system, or complete crawlspace encapsulation, we are the ones to call for your Indiana home. Contact us today for a free quote.
The cost of foundation repair can be expensive. If you own a home, its foundation is the support for the entire structure and should be considered one of the most critical parts of your home. Depending on how severely the foundation is damaged, it is important to determine the underlying cause, best repair solution and estimated cost of foundation repair. In some cases you may need to raise a concrete foundation or install a new one. The sooner you repair foundation issues, the less likely you will need to incur the additional expense of replacing it.
If you need foundation repair, you want to hire the most qualified firm for the job. The key to selecting a good foundation repair specialist is not necessarily choosing the one who is the cheapest or the most expensive. What is most important is that your contractor has a good reputation and experience in foundation repair, maintains good working relationships with workers or subcontractors, and can provide good references.
In Indiana, the most frequent reasons foundations need repair are cracking and settling. The choice of repair depends on the kind and severity of the damage to the floors, walls and foundation. There are pros and cons for each alternative, including cost considerations. The cost of repair depends on which solution is best for your foundation’s issues. The primary solutions for foundation repair include the following:
Anchoring attaches anchors to the walls to straighten them. Piering places underground supports beneath a foundation to lift and reinforce it. Mudjacking or polyjacking places cement grout or a polyurethane foam beneath the foundation to lift and level it. While mudjacking has been around for many years, polyjacking is the preferred method for long-term water protection.
The cost of foundation repair is dependent upon many factors, including the kind of structure, size of walls and floors, soil and drainage conditions, and the type, location and extent of damage to the concrete foundation or basement floor. Any reputable foundation repair contractor will be able to assess your particular situation and provide you with a detailed description and estimated cost of repairs. You should also expect to receive a long-term warranty for the parts and repair costs.
According to HomeAdvisor, the national average foundation repair cost was $3,857, normally ranging from $1,761 – $5,955. Repairing minor cracks can cost as low as $500, but major foundation repairs using hydraulic piers could cost more than $10,000. Estimated foundation repair costs are highly dependent on the size and type of structure, soil and weather conditions as well as the cost of labor in various parts of the country.
MFS Basement & Foundation Repair has been in business within a 100 mile radius of Marion, IN since 1984. We use the latest products made in the USA by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the preferred US manufacturer of foundation repair products. We would be happy to recommend the best solution for foundation repair and a detailed estimate of your home’s foundation repair cost.
Sometimes a foundation can’t be repaired because it has moved or shifted due to soil-related issues. Most homes in Indiana are built on clay soil, which absorbs moisture and expands. This affects the overall stability of concrete, block or brick foundations. Additional pressure against the foundation walls causes them to bow and buckle over time. As a home continues to experience cycles of wet and dry conditions, the damage only becomes worse over time. Finally, the only option is a foundation replacement.
When are you likely to require a foundation wall replacement? For homes that have extensive foundation damage through cracking, bowing, crumbling and leaking, basement wall and foundation replacement are the best solutions. Frequently the following homes are candidates for foundation replacement:
According to HomeAdvisor, the average national cost for foundation repair was $7,677, ranging from $4,166 – $11,657. Some cost up to $20,500. Again, the cost for a foundation contractor to perform foundation replacement is highly dependent on many variables, including the size, shape, materials and condition of the structure and foundation, the soil and weather conditions, as well as the cost of parts and labor in various parts of the country.
MFS Basement & Foundation Repair has been performing foundation replacements in Indiana since 1984. If you need foundation repair or replacement in your home, call us today for a free estimate!
When most people think of spring, they think about cleaning their homes, sprucing up the cabinets, and removing clutter. But spring is also a perfect time for home maintenance. After the snow and ice melt and the heavy rain begins to fall, check the following areas of your home to prevent future foundation problems.
Ignoring these maintenance tips could allow water to seep through cracks and flood your basement. Poor drainage can also promote foundation failure, causing cracks to widen over time.
If you notice sloping floors, wall cracks or bowing walls, contact our experts today. At MFS Basement and Foundation Repair, we offer waterproofing and foundation repair solutions to make sure your home’s foundation stays intact for many years to come. We are your service provider for the Marion, IN area. Call us today for a free quote!