The climate in Pensacola, FL is a very humid subtropical climate. Afternoon thunderstorms are common due to the high land temperature, high humidity and the cooler water temperatures. Extreme changes in the moisture content in the soil beneath your foundation can cause the soil to shift and move. The wet weather can cause the soil to heave and the dry weather can cause the soil to shrink. This constant shifting of the soil will also cause your foundation to shift and settle. There are some signs in and around your home that may indicate that your home or business may have foundation failure or settlement. Some of these signs are:
If you notice any of these signs, it is important to contact a professional that can come and inspect your entire home or business to see if there is a foundation problem. Foundation Professionals of Florida has the experience to see what type of foundation problem you are having and offer the best solutions for your repair needs.
If we find that you are in need of foundation repair, we offer underpinning products such as helical piers and steel push piers to lift and stabilize the foundation. These piers are driven deep into the ground until they reach a solid soil layer and then the entire weight of the structure is transferred onto the piers. Your foundation will be back to its original level and stabilized for many years to come. We use only the best products for foundation repair. These products are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leader in the manufacturing of foundation repair and waterproofing products in the industry. You know you are getting the best when you have products made by ECP.
Florida has more sinkholes than any anywhere else in the United States. This is because Florida has limestone terrain. Limestone is very porous so when acidic rain runs through the limestone, it erodes it. Over a period of time, large cavities are formed due to the eroding limestone, and the ground above the cavity collapses into it, forming a sinkhole.
Some of the signs that there may be a sinkhole forming on your property are:
There are three types of sinkholes; collapse, solution, and subsidence. Collapse sinkholes appear suddenly. Solution sinkholes form slowly due to layers of sandy sediments covering the limestone. Subsidence sinkholes are similar to solutions sinkholes. The difference is that there is a thick layer of soil that covers the limestone.
Let Foundation Professionals of Florida inspect your property and see if you may be in danger of having any of these types of sinkholes develop around your home or business. We have geotechnical engineers that are experienced in forensic investigation. The methods we use for testing include soil sampling, laboratory soil testing, and drilling.
After the testing is completed, and we find that you may be in need of protection from a sinkhole forming, we use compaction grouting that is a polyurethane foam that expands when injected into the soil and increases the density of the soil.
If you have already experienced the forming of a sinkhole, we can get your foundation back to its original level and structurally sound again with our underpinning products. The steel push piers and helical piers that are driven deep into the soil to a stable soil laer, will lift and stabilize your structure.
Foundation Professionals of Florida use cement grouting to repair sinkholes, floor repair, slab lifting, soil stabilization and void filling. Cement ground is the injection of a specialize cement mix that is used to strengthen and reduce permeability. Polyurethane grouting is also used to repair sinkholes, slab lifting, soil stabilization and void filling. This type of chemical grouting is a specialized field that creates a sub-grade grout barrier into the soil to strengthen it and stabilize the soil to prevent sinkholes from forming.
Foundation Professionals of Florida uses two techniques of polyurethane grouting; permeation and compaction. Permeation grouting saturates the soil with a low viscosity resin. Compaction grouting uses a two component injection that rapidly sets and is a highly expansive structural foam which fills voids and compacts the soil. Both of these techniques will fill voids, therefore, lifting and stabilizing foundations and slabs and also creates a strong soil layer to prevent sinkholes.
Cement and polyurethane grouting are done with minimal disruption and because of the fast curing time, the repaired area can be used immediately after the repair is done.
Don’t wait for foundation failure or sinkhole damage to occur in or around your home or business. Let the experts at Foundation Professionals of Florida keep you and your property safe. We have the experience and products to help you with any of your foundation repair or sinkhole prevention needs. Contact us today!