Even though Florida sees some of the mildest winters in the US, there are several common winter occurrences that can cause foundation problems in your home. Generally, Florida experiences drier weather in the wintertime. This, combined with the chance for colder temperatures every once in a while, can spell trouble for concrete foundations.
The problem with dry weather is that as the soil around your home dries out, it tends to shrink. This soil shrinkage can cause a few different foundation problems, including:
If you have noticed any signs of foundation settlement or upheaval in your home – cracks, uneven floors, sticking windows or doors – call our team right away.
Depending on where you live, you might even see some temperatures close to or at the freezing level during Florida winters. The changes in temperature from warm to cold that sometimes occur during Florida winters can stress your foundation and cause structural problems such as:
Keep an eye out for cold weather foundation problems and contact us as soon as you notice any signs – cracks throughout your home, water entry, sloped floors, gaps between the walls and the ceiling or floor, etc. Keep an eye on any seawalls or lakewalls on your property as well, since these can suffer similar problems to your foundation.
Foundation Professionals of Florida offers several solutions for foundation problems that might occur in your Florida home or business this winter.
For sinking and settling foundations, we offer foundation piering options. We use high-quality steel piers from ECP to ensure that your home is lifted and stabilized effectively to prevent further problems. Both steel push piers and helical piers can be used to lift foundations that have settled due to soil movement or soil shrinkage. If your foundation has cracked or if it has bowing walls due to soil pressure, we can install helical tiebacks to pull the foundation walls back into place or carbon fiber strips and staples to strengthen the concrete and close cracks. We also offer polyurethane injections to fill voids under concrete and lift slab foundations.
If you find that the soil shrinkage or erosion has caused a sinkhole to open up on your property, we offer sinkhole remediation. Our remediation process consists of injecting a cement grout to fill the sinkhole and any voids in the ground and to compact the nearby soil to keep it from shifting again.
We also offer seawall repair in case your seawall as settled or shifted due to shrinking and shifting dry soils this winter. We can inject a polyurethane grout to fill voids and stabilize the seawall, fixing any cracks and keeping it from sinking or leaning.
Whatever the problem in your Florida home this winter, give Foundation Professionals of Florida a call today!