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News: Spring Should Be in Your Step, Not Your Hardwood Floors!

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In childhood, many of us loved things that bounced—trampolines, inflatable houses at birthday parties, even the rubber balls that cost just a quarter out of the grocery store machine and would launch sky-high! In adulthood, our tastes have refined when it comes to what we like to see bounce—our hair should be lustrous and bouncy and certainly we want that cushiony softness in our skin. However, one thing that should never take on that springy quality is our hardwood floors.

If you’ve noticed a soft spot in your floor—as in an area that seems to give when weight is placed upon it—it’s likely that your issue extends much further beyond that bounce. And more than just feeling weird and appearing unsightly, saggy areas on your floor can have unpleasant effects on the items in your home that you hold dear. For instance, that China cabinet with all of your grandmother’s Wedgwood can end up tilting, sliding, and even falling if left unchecked. That means heirlooms (and memories) obliterated—not to mention an unnecessary expense to replace the damaged pieces in time for your next holiday dinner.

Often times a bouncy or sagging floor is the result of improper floor support. Luckily, the experienced, knowledgeable team at Alabama Professional Services (APS) is well-versed in getting to the root of the problem. And “root” is appropriate as many unsupported floors must be dealt with on a foundational level. By using APS for your drooping floors, you are calling in reinforcements to reinforce the very surface you stand upon!

APS’ team of driven floor fixers will professionally assess and inspect floor framing elevations and construction types. After the inspection process, they provide recommendations and offer an installation proposal to correct sagging floors, deficient framing issues, and/or damaged floor systems.

Repair proposals may require installation methods involving excavation of soil to install steel reinforced concrete footings—all in an effort to help regain steady footing on the floors of your home! APS then custom manufactures steel columns (based on your home’s specific needs) to be installed and anchored to concrete footings. Just as the APS team makes it their mission to provide you with the best possible support from start to finish, these columns are designed to support either existing floor girder systems or new ones. Once concrete footings have been installed, hydraulic jacks are used to raise the floor system to desired elevations—all based on what your unique home requires. And every inch of the lifting process is monitored and overseen by APS professionals to ensure the lift goes smoothly. As the final step, steel columns are installed and attached to girders for permanent support you can count on to last. The bouncing will be left to your child’s trampoline and the pep in your step when you feel the difference in your newly APS-reinforced floors!

If you’ve noticed sagging or bouncy floors, call Alabama Professional Services at (205) 951-9717, or fill out the online form. APS will provide you with a free estimate and develop a comprehensive plan completely individualized for your needs. Take the bounce out of your house today by visiting calltheshield.com.

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Rainy weather followed by warm, humid temps—sound familiar? In Alabama, it’s a near-constant state of being, especially during this time of year. Aside from the muggy air permeating your lungs and making you feel generally uncomfortable, this Deep South state of being is synonymous with termite swarm season.

Swarm season occurs in full force when a colony of termites reaches a certain size during humid months like March, April, May, and June. However, swarms can occur during unseasonably warm, wet months—making Alabama a prime candidate for early infestations. Swarmers found outdoors near tree stumps and railroad ties are not necessarily an indication that your house is infested, but they can mean that if the pests are close by, it’s only a matter of time before their feeding frenzy makes its way to your home. If you have found swarmers indoors, you have likely become the victim of a termite infestation.

In Birmingham, Alabama, termites cause more structural damage each year than floods, storms, and fires combined. And while we’ve all heard that termites have a real hankering for wood, their appetite is not limited to structures made of lumber. Slab foundations, any wood that makes contact with dirt surrounding the home, and crawl spaces are often particularly susceptible to termites. In fact, a termite colony can damage brick, stone, or stucco as well, destroying everything bite by bite from the inside out. Unfortunately, the extent of the decimation cannot be determined by a simple once-over look from the average homeowner.

As one of the most destructive and relentless insects in the world, the only surefire way to protect the structural integrity of your home and avoid exorbitant costs in repairing the damage done by these pests is to establish a proactive termite protection plan such as the ones offered by Alabama Professional Services (APS).

Long heralded as an expert in termite extermination and prevention, APS uses the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System or Termidor Termite Treatment to nix the threat of termites in your home once and for all. Their process is involved, as various in-depth steps must be taken during the extermination process. An APS trained and licensed technician will provide a thorough property inspection, review those results with you, and then enact a customized treatment plan designed to eliminate those hungry, unwanted guests. The extent of your home’s termite infestation cannot be realized until an expert examines and assesses the area, therefore trusting the protection of your home and your family should be left to the experienced skill and knowledge of the professionals at APS.

And if your home has suffered the wrath of a termite infestation with damage to beams, joists, or walls, APS can also repair many types of termite sabotage thanks to a professional, reliable team of willing fix-it folks who will make it their priority to restore your home and your peace of mind.

The time to act against these trespassers is now! At the very first sign of swarming—whether inside or outside of your home—contact the always-ready team at Alabama Professionals Services to establish a time to come take a look at what should be your place of respite. Serving Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, Gadsden, Shelby County, Alabaster, Pelham, Calera, Chelsea, and Irondale, Alabama Professional Services is ready to assist residential and commercial property owners right now. Call us for a consultation today at 866-253-6035.