If you live in Atlanta and have a commercial project coming up or are in need of commercial foundation repair, the spring season is the perfect time for Atlas Piers of Atlanta to help you with your commercial underpinning needs. Continue reading
Damp or Wet Crawlspace are Unhealthy for Atlanta and Birmingham Families
With the warmer weather coming, you may notice a musty smell coming from your crawlspace. This is a sign that your crawlspace is damp or wet. It is a good idea to check your crawlspace from time to time to see if water is entering it. A damp or wet crawlspace can create health issues for you and your family. Mold and mildew form and grow in dark, damp areas such as a crawlspace.
The exposure to mold can cause several health issues such as:
- Nasal stuffiness
- Throat irritation
- Coughing or wheezing
- Eye irritation
- Skin irritation
- Chronic lung illnesses
You may not realize that your chronic illnesses are coming from a wet or damp crawlspace. Not only can a damp crawlspace cause mold and mildew, the moisture will rot the wood in the crawlspace and will also be a place where for bug infestation.
There may be signs in your living area too, that you have a damp or wet crawlspace. Some of these signs are:
- Musty smell
- Soft or rotten wood floor joist or support beams
- Damp floors or walls
- Sagging floors
- High humidity
A wet crawlspace can endanger the structural integrity of the home’s foundation. This damage occurs when the moist environment exposes joists, sill plates, support beams, subfloor and block foundation walls.
Water enters the crawlspace from a variety of sources such as heavy rain, ground water, and plumbing leaks. The subsurface soil base, open-earth evaporation and exterior perimeter drainage all contribute to the crawlspace becoming susceptible to mold, mildew, insect infestation, and fungus.
The water that is in your crawlspace will saturate inside exterior walls, insulation, up to the roof and attic spaces. This raises the humidity level in your home.
Don’t let a wet or damp crawlspace cause not only damage to your Atlanta or Birmingham home, but comprise the health of you and your family. When you notice any of the signs of a wet or damp crawlspace, contact the experts at Atlas Piers of Atlanta. We have the solutions for your wet or damp crawlspace.
Solutions for a Wet or Damp Crawlspace in Alabama and Georgia
Atlas Piers of Atlanta can help you with your damp or wet crawlspace with crawlspace encapsulation. This is the process of installing a vapor barrier on the walls of your crawlspace. This waterproofing material stops ground moisture from entering the crawlspace.
The material we use for crawlspace encapsulation is made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), and is an impermeable material. They are manufactured using a triple-ply woven high density polyethylene membrane and is puncture resistant.
Creating a healthy home starts from the ground up. If your crawlspace is full of moisture, the moisture will move upward into living spaces. Up to half the air you breathe in your home comes from the basement or crawlspace. By letting Atlas Piers of Atlanta provide you with crawlspace encapsulation in your Alabama or Georgia home, the moisture will stop migrating into your living spaces, creating a healthier environment for you and your home.
The vapor barrier we use is either 10-mil thick or 16-mil thick. Hardware stores usually carry a think sheeting that is 6-mil thick and is not puncture resistant. Once the vapor barrier is punctured, it is useless. That is why if you need crawlspace encapsulation, it is a good idea to have the professionals at Atlas Piers of Atlanta come in and install our vapor barriers. It will save you money in the long run. A vapor barrier can lower your energy bill, too.
Atlas Piers of Atlanta have been in business since 1987 and serve cities in the states of:
With the heavy rains coming this spring and summer, let the experts at Atlas Piers of Atlanta install a vapor barrier in your crawlspace so that you and your home stay healthy.
We can also provide you with any foundation repair needs you may have. Our underpinning products are the best in the industry and will stabilize your home back to its original level.
Don’t hesitate. Once you see the signs of a wet or damp crawlspace, contact Atlas Piers of Atlanta. We will come and inspect your home and crawlspace and offer the best solution for your crawlspace repair needs. Hiring a company with experience and that uses the best products in the industry, you will be getting the very best.
Underpinning Products Atlanta
The task of keeping your foundation in good condition is vital to the stability and safety of your home or commercial building. Sturdy foundations make for a well supported home; you won’t have to worry about your home becoming unsafe. Plus, a home with a good foundation has significant more value than one with an unstable foundation, as the foundation repair costs can be quite high. Often, the symptoms of a failing foundation (leaning walls, bowing walls, sloped or uneven floors, floor cracks, wall cracks, sticking windows, sticking doors, etc.) lead homeowners to seek out repair methods on their own. While this may sound like a tempting alternative, the only real solution to effectively repair a shifting foundation is underpinning products Atlanta, which should only be used by professionals such as those at Atlas Piers.
Underpinning is the method used to lift and stabilize sinking or settling foundations. This process involves extending the foundation into a deeper soil layer. The soil directly beneath a foundation is often susceptible to movement, especially if the water level fluctuates dramatically. The soil a few layers deeper, however is much more stable and less likely to shift. By adding additional supporting piers, piles, or anchors to the footings, we can provide adequate support for the unstable structure and lift the foundation back to it’s original level.
How Underpinning Products Atlanta Work
The most common underpinning products Atlanta are steel push piers and helical piers. These are the two types of piers used most often to repair a sinking foundation. Steel push piers are long steel rod anchors that work as explained above; they drive deep into a layer of stable soil in the ground and support and lift the foundation. The installation process for push piers is minimally invasive and can be completed without the use of heavy equipment. Because Atlas Piers uses multiple piers in each job and utilizes high pressure hydraulic jacks during the weight transfer, the load on each individual pier is reduced to a manageable amount. Helical piers are very similar to push piers, but there is one important difference between the two. This difference is the threads that are present on helical piers. These threads allow the pier to be screwed into the ground instead of being merely driven into the ground, providing extra stability.
Other types of underpinning products include: micro pull down piles, which are similar to helical and steel push piers and use steel beams and bearing plates to support the structure; and helical slab piers, which are like helical piers, only equipped with a bracket for installation on a slab foundation. Here at Atlas Piers, your satisfaction is our chief priority. That’s why we use the best quality products from reliable foundation repair supplier, ECP (Earth Contact Products). The underpinning products Atlanta from ECP are the best in the business. Make sure your home is properly supported for years to come, with underpinning services from Atlas Piers. Contact us today for more information on how we can save you failing foundation.
Commercial Building Foundation Piers
When it comes to commercial foundation repair, Atlas Piers has the necessary solutions to keep your structure stable. The integrity of your establishment relies heavily on the stability of the foundation. as the foundation supports the entire building. If your building has a shifting or sinking foundation, you may need to invest in commercial building foundation piers. Foundation piers are an excellent solution for most failing foundations. They are able to effectively lift and stabilize the foundation to keep your building from developing other problems. Atlas Piers provides a selection of different foundation pier services for your commercial foundation repair needs.
When the soil beneath your foundation erodes or shrinks due to drought conditions, voids may form under the foundation. This lack of support beneath the foundation can cause it to sink or settle. This problem might also be the result of too much hydrostatic pressure in the soil around the foundation, pushing on it and making it crack or shift. Fortunately, a settling foundation can usually be fixed or prevented with the installation of foundation repair products like helical piers or steel push piers.
Foundation piers are important to your commercial buildings because they can help to prevent and repair most common foundation problems. If your foundation fails, it will cause other problems throughout the structure, such as: bowing walls, leaning walls, cracks in the walls and floors, sticking windows, sticking doors, and sloped or uneven floors. These are annoying issues that can result in expensive repairs. They can also be hazardous to you and anyone else that frequents the building. By investing in commercial building foundation piers for your business, you can save money in the long run and keep your building safe.
More Uses for Commercial Building Foundation Piers
Typically, there are two types of foundation piers. These are steel push piers and helical piers. To repair a failing foundation, steel push piers are driven into the ground, anchoring in stable soil deep beneath the surface. Then, the weight of the structure is transferred onto them and they can be used to lift it to it’s original position. Helical piers work in much the same way. The biggest difference is that they are screwed into the ground instead to provide more support and stability. The installation process of these piers can be done in small spaces, making them ideal for nearly every foundation situation.
In addition to foundation repair, foundation piers can also be installed with new construction. Using helical piers in your new commercial construction will keep the structure stable and prevent foundation problems from arising in the future. When you are starting to establish a new company or business, the last thing you want to worry about is foundation repair costs. Choose commercial building foundation piers for your new commercial construction, and rest easy knowing that your building is secure.
For the highest quality commercial foundation products and services, choose Atlas Piers. We use quality products from renown supplier ECP (Earth Contact Products) to ensure your satisfaction. Contact us today for more information!