Could the hot summer weather be causing your home’s foundation to settle? See how AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists, can help

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This summer have you noticed cracks on the interior or exterior walls of your home? Are your doors and windows sticking? Do those symptoms get better or worse depending on the changes in season?

How Soils in the Summer Impact a Home’s Foundation

Let’s face it. Alabama’s summer temperatures are downright cruel. Along with making us uncomfortable and sweaty, the heat can have a negative impact on your home’s foundation.

This occurs especially when we are having those typical 95 to 100 degree days in July and August. The soils under our homes dry out and literally “shrink” meaning foundation soils will contract. In contrast, today’s rain and previous winter weather cause our soils to erode and expand. This continuous expansion and contraction create pockets of air allowing your home to settle from lack of support.

Warning Sign Checklist

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Knowing the early warning signs of foundation troubles can help prevent long term foundation failures. The sooner you identify potential problems, the easier — and less expensive — it is to fix them.

We asked our local and trusted friends at AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists – A Bayless Company for a checklist of warning signs to help identify problems with your home’s foundation.

Here are four items to look for:

Sticking Windows and Doors: Your windows and/or doors are sticking, jamming, or your doors have locks that don’t work due to uneven floors.

Bowing Walls: Your foundation walls are bowing, buckling or are showing signs of inward movement.

Wall Cracks: You’ve noticed cracks in your foundation walls (interior or exterior).

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Uneven Floors or Floor Cracks: Floors that sag or bounce, or concrete slab floors that show signs of sinking, sagging or settling, require attention. Inadequate structural design, improper spacing of existing columns and even excessive moisture in the crawlspace can be the cause of uneven floors.

Get the complete list – HERE

Ask AFS Foundation and Waterproofing Specialist for a Free Inspection

If you see these potential problems around your home, call the experts at AFS Foundation and Waterproofing Specialists for a free inspection. If there’s work that needs to be done, they will also provide you a free repair plan.

Why Consider AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists?

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A recognized leader in the industry, AFS strives to not just put a band-aid on a foundation problem but to fix it permanently and support homeowners after the work is done.

“Essentially we do permanent solutions,” says Andrew Ramirez of AFS. “We have been around long enough where servicing the customer on the backend is an integral part of our business. Many companies do the work on your home foundation and then you never see them again. Not with AFS.”

At AFS, customer care is paramount.

Their staff, inspectors, installers, and their appointment and call centers are some of the best in the business.-

“The training is where we really shine” added Ramirez. “The amount of knowledge that is poured into each person’s head is impressive, and we are always trying to get better and better continuously training, pushing the bounds every day.”

Look for Symptoms and Take Action

Take a look this summer for those potential warning signs, bowed walls, cracked or uneven floor, cracks on the interior or exterior of your home… If you see problems, take action. Call AFS and they’ll get a Certified Inspector out to your home for a thorough FREE inspection and repair plan.

AFS-A Bayless Company has repaired and waterproofed tens of thousands of homes in the Birmingham area over the past 20 years. Visit their website or give them a call at 877-340-8479 to set up your free inspection.

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