Water damage is insidious. It can rot wood, erode brick, and cause your foundation to crack and lose integrity — all before you even know you have a leak.
Flooding is an ever more present danger in Arkansas with increased rainfall and erratic storm patterns. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that the most pressing environmental concern for Arkansas over the next decade is an “increase in heavy rain events, severe flooding, and storms.”
These dangers can apply to any business in Arkansas, but they are especially dangerous for businesses with some pre-existing foundation damage. Existing cracks provide an entry for water and the accompanying erosion.
To protect your business from water damage, consider the new foam foundation repair methods. Fixing foundation problems now could save you thousands of dollars in commercial foundation repair or even from a possible rebuild.
Can You Fix Foundation Problems to Prevent Water Damage?
The short answer is: Absolutely. There are several commercial and house foundation repair techniques that can protect your business from costly water damage.
The longer answer depends on how much you want to pay and how much time you have for repairs.
If your replies are “not much” or “not long,” your options narrow considerably. Traditional commercial foundation repair requires digging up your foundation and the area around your business. Depending on the location and layout of your business, this could mean digging up parking lots and sidewalks or closing the building altogether while work is completed.
Delays and closures lasting for weeks at a time, lost productivity as employees are distracted, and customers driven away by obnoxious noise levels add up. You will lose valuable time and see a reduction of productivity and even profits. However, when you need commercial foundation repair, you do not have a lot of choices! You certainly do not want your building to become unsafe or sink underneath you.
Luckily, when it comes to foundation repair, Arkansas’ FoamWorx has a better solution — cost-effective, environmentally-friendly foam injections.
Foamworx uses high-density polyurethane foam as a fast but low-cost way to repair your foundation and protect it from erosive water damage. The high-density polyurethane foam is injected into or under your foundation. It expands as it is exposed to air, safely filling cracks and lifting your foundation in a matter of minutes.
Depending on the size of your building and the amount of existing damage to your foundation, the project may be completed in less than a day. The Foamworx method of commercial foundation repair saves you money, time, and peace of mind when compared to traditional construction.
How to Fix Foundation Problems
Even if you are located on a well-drained foundation on top of a hill, you are still not completely safe from foundation problems caused by water damage. Flash floods, poor drainage practices, lack of gutter maintenance, and internal leaks can all surprise you by causing a truly shocking amount of damage to your foundation in a short amount of time.
Preventing the Need for Foundation Repair in Arkansas
The best way to fix foundation problems is by preventing them in the first place. In Arkansas, this means taking seasonal weather patterns into account, preparing for heavy rains or floods, and maintaining your gutters — especially during pollen season and in the fall.
Examine your property for any surface water the next time it rains. Large puddles, water running towards your foundation, or soggy ground near buildings can all be indicators your foundation needs to be managed proactively.
Try to limit runoff from gutters by pointing them downhill and away from your building where possible. If water regularly gathers at the base of your building after rain, consider installing drains or having the entire foundation raised to prevent damage.
In its 2010 report on “Mitigation Ideas For Reducing Flood Loss,” FEMA suggests elevating your home or business as one of the best preventative measures against water damage. It also suggests building retaining walls and setting up interior foundation drainage systems.
The Foamworx process for lifting and leveling concrete can lift and level your foundation and prevent soil erosion caused by poor drainage or high water in as little as 24 hours. It can also shore up concrete floodwalls and help support inflow and infiltration systems.
Foam Foundation Repair Methods
The use of polyurethane foam to lift and repair concrete is quickly becoming more popular as a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional demolition and replacement.
Foamworx is Faster
Polyurethane concrete lifting is 80% faster than other injection repair methods (and incalculably faster than traditional repair). The foam hardens within minutes, which means your repair or elevation will be completed within a day. Public use can resume within the hour — as soon as the foam has dried. Foam injection requires smaller holes (three-eighths of an inch) than alternative concrete lifting methods, requiring less drilling and less damage.
Foamworx is Smarter
The Foamworx method of foam lifting provides unrivaled precision and accuracy to within 1/100th of an inch. With other methods, shrinkage must be taken into account, but polyurethane foam expands and dries quickly, making it easier to control. The Foamworx material is specially formulated to resist wet conditions and repel water without compromising integrity.
Foamworx is Stronger
Our foam foundation repair methods have a huge advantage over other materials — namely the ability to provide a solid, dense, void platform to permanently support the slab. Our foam has the unique ability to expand up to 20 times its liquid volume. As foam seeps into the subbase of the concrete, it binds soil particles together to add extra durability.
For More Information
If you have questions about repair costs in your area or about general foundation repair, Arkansas’ Foamworx has the answers! Contact us online for a free, in-person estimate or call us today at (501)214-7910.