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Signs of Foundation Problems

wall-crack-above-door-web-page-small Signs of Foundation ProblemsThere are several warning signs that your home might need foundation repair. It’s important to pay attention to your home and watch for anything unusual. These are a few signs that every home owner should know about.

Cracks in the Foundation & Dry Wall

At AquaDry Solutions, we get a lot of phone calls for cracks in the foundation walls, cracks in the dry wall and ceilings, as well as cracks on the exterior walls of the home. Cracks typically mean that the foundation has settled in some areas causing part of the foundation to shift or sink. This unbalance causes the foundation to separate and crack, and as a result the walls will start to crack.

Doors & Windows are Sticking

Another very common foundation issue is doors and windows begin to stick and become difficult to open and close. This is another sign that the foundation has settled and most likely the home will need some foundation piers to level the foundation and fix the problem. As a home owner, it is important to do some research on the different types of foundation piers that each foundation repair company uses. Be sure to have a good understanding of the different types of foundation piers. This will help when it comes time to make a decision.

Water is Leaking Into the Basement or Crawlspace

Depending on where you live in North Carolina, you may or may not have a basement. Whether you have a basement or crawlspace, water leaking into these areas is bad and can cause damage.

Water leaking in the basement or crawlspace, is another common foundation problem that we can fix quickly. Water can get in a number of ways including, leaking over the top of the foundation, leaking floor cracks, seeping between the basement wall and floor, leaking wall cracks and windows. We find the source of the water leak and fix it fast. It’s important to take care of it sooner rather than later so that there is no major water damage to the home.

If you see signs that your home may need foundation repairs, call us and we will come do a free home estimate. It’s important to remember that proactive foundation repair is much less expensive than reactive. Often times home owners can save themselves a lot of money by fixing a foundation problem early rather than waiting to long for it to get bad. So call us today for a free home estimate.

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Strong winds expected Tuesday night


Heavy downpours overnight caused flooding issues early Monday morning. Charlotte recorded nearly 1.2 inches of rain since midnight.

There is a threat for windy conditions later in the evening with gusts in Charlotte that could reach 20 mph.


A huge tree came down around 2 a.m. Monday in south Charlotte, blocking lanes on Providence Road near Sharon Amity Road, and there were several roads closed because of high water.

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  • Addison Drive (McMullen Creek flooding)
  • West Arrowood Road at Whitehall Park Drive near I-485
  • 800 block of Westinghouse Boulevard
  • 2800 block of Providence Road (tree down)
  • Elm Lane ant Endhaven Lane
  • Marvin Road at Ardrey Kell Road, near the Union County line

Those strong winds also caused some power outages across the area. At 4:30 a.m., York County had the most outages, with about 900 customers in the dark, while Lincoln County had nearly 400.

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No severe weather is expected Monday, but steady rain and strong wind can be expected. Wind gusts could get up to 30-40 mph across the Carolinas.

Sunshine will finally return to the Carolinas by Tuesday, with temperatures staying well above average in the mid-60s. Mostly sunny conditions will continue Wednesday, with highs near 70 degrees.

LATER IN THE WEEK: The warm temperatures won’t hang around for long, as a front moving through on Thursday will bring rain and cooler weather. Highs Thursday and Friday will stay in the 40-50s with sunshine returning by Friday afternoon.


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Water on Road, Water in Basement: NC trooper caught on camera flying past motorcyclists in the rain

Danger comes in all sizes; water in the wrong place can be dangerous. Flooded basements can even cause house fires.
AquaDry WaterProofing services can lifetime seal basements from flooding.

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) — A North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper was caught on camera flying by a group of motorcyclists on New Year’s Day.

In the video it’s clear the motorcyclists driving on a Charlotte highway are already going fast and the trooper zooms right past them using the shoulder of the road.

The trooper doesn’t use his siren, and there don’t appear to be any emergency lights.

Seba Medford, the man who recorded the video, said this happened on Interstate 485 about 15 miles from Interstate 77 in north Charlotte.

The road was rain-soaked and Medford wants to know why the trooper was driving so fast.

“I don’t expect anyone to shoot past me that fast especially in the emergency lane. It takes one second for somebody to switch lanes and it could have been a lot different,” said Medford.

Medford said his group was going maybe 75 mph.

He thinks the trooper had to be going at least 100 mph. He said he didn’t want to get anyone in trouble in posting the video, and just wants all drivers to be safe on the road.

Officials with the Highway Patrol confirmed that they had been issued the video and said that it is under review to determine if any policies were violated.

They said appropriate action would be taken after review of the video.


NC trooper caught on camera flying past motorcyclists in the rain

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Why has the flooding in North Carolina been so bad?

Story highlights

  • Heavy rain plagued North Carolina in the weeks before Matthew’s arrival
  • It could be a week or two before the Lumber River drops below flood stage

(CNN)Hurricane Matthew, the first Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic in nine years, left a trail of destruction from the Caribbean to the Southeastern United States.

After killing hundreds in Haiti, the powerful storm moved north and paralleled the US coast from Florida to the Carolinas. Perhaps its most significant impact in the United States, and certainly the greatest loss of life, occurred inland in North Carolina. At least 29 US deaths were blamed on the hurricane, including 22 in North Carolina, the scene of heavy flooding.

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Why did such disastrous flooding occur in a state where Matthew never made landfall, and why are we still seeing new floods more than four days after the storm moved out to sea?

Heavy rain even before Matthew

The setup for flooding in North Carolina began before Matthew was even a named storm. A series of heavy rain events plagued the state in the weeks before Matthew’s arrival.
Much of eastern North Carolina saw 15 to 20 inches of rain during September, which is 200% to 300% above normal. The rainfall left the ground saturated and river levels also well above normal.
Rainfall from Matthew moved in late Friday, while the center of the hurricane was still off Georgia, and heavy rain lasted about 36 hours.
The storm’s center storm passed to the south, leaving eastern North Carolina with heavy rains during Matthew’s entire passage through the state. Rainfall totals ranged from 6 to 12 inches for most of the region, with up to 14.82 inches in Fayetteville.
The rain ended early Sunday, but the worst of the flooding was just beginning.
The saturated ground could not absorb any of the rain, leading to immediate flash flooding and excessive runoff into swollen rivers and streams. As the smaller creeks and streams brought more and more water into rivers making their slow march to the Atlantic, the crests continued to climb, overflowing river banks and compromising dams and flood defenses. As this crest of water slowly moves downstream, new areas will flood — including some that already experienced flash flooding from Matthew last weekend.
Matthew was not the first hurricane to dump extreme rain on the eastern half of North Carolina. Residents still remember Hurricane Floyd in 1999.
Unlike Matthew, Floyd made landfall in North Carolina and moved north through the eastern part of the state. But Floyd was similar in that it dropped a deluge — more than 15 inches — on the Interstate 95 corridor. Nearly all the river gauges in this part of the state set flooding records during Floyd, but now several have seen Matthew eclipse those records.
Floyd’s rainfall raised the Neuse River near Goldsboro to a record height of 28.85 feet in 1999. This week, it topped out nearly a foot higher, at 29.74 feet.
The US Geological Survey reported that at least 14 river gauges in North Carolina have broken stream flow records, most of which had been set during Hurricane Floyd flooding.

The forecast

The forecast for North Carolina remains grim. Lumberton, where the Lumber River is beginning to fall, will not see a drop below the previous record flood level until early next week. It could be a week or even two before the Lumber River drops below flood stage.
The bubble of floodwater continues to drain toward the ocean, and it looks as if the town of Kinston, along the Neuse, could be the scene of the next disaster. The river is quickly approaching its record crest of 27.7 feet (at 27 feet as of Thursday morning) and still rising.
The US Geological Survey warns of “disastrous flooding” when the floodwaters reach a level of 27 feet, and the forecast calls for this level to be exceeded by 2 feet on Friday. Fortunately, no additional rain is in the forecast for five days.


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Matthew: 3 killed in NC as Hurricane Matthew dumps rain on state


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1533024_630x354 Central NC: SANDHILLS RESIDENTS DEAL WITH STORM'S SOGGY AFTERMATHBishop J.V. Porter of Christ Cathedral in Fayetteville, spent the day at his church on Murchison Road.

“Water covered the entire floor,” said Bishop Porter as he surveyed the damage inside.

Walking through the carpeted areas, you could hear the water squishing through the fibers with each step. Church members could be seen throughout, already starting to clean up.

At the height of the flooding, Porter describes the building as sitting in a lake.

“The water was three to five feet high,” Porter said.

Bishop J.V. Porter points out the flooded church.


The church’s portable storage units were swept away by rushing waters.

The church is located next to a creek that overflowed from the overnight rain. The rushing water was so powerful, it even sent two of the church’s portable storage units right through a chain-link fence in the back, floating them right onto the next property.

Porter said they have some drainage issues, but that they haven’t had this bad of flooding at this location in about three to five years.

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The aftermath of the heavy rain was felt through the entire county. Throughout the early morning and day, the rising waters closed dozens of roadways. The water even washed part of Sykes Pond Road away.


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Cars could be seen half under water, stranded in parking lots. The danger even closed schools and sparked states of emergency.

“We’re trying to ask folks if you don’t have to come out in these areas that are flooded, please don’t put first responders’ lives and your own lives at risk,” said Fayetteville Interim Police Chief Anthony Kelly.

At the height of the flood, there were more than 20 water rescues in the county.

Residents watched as the water started to recede throughout the day and reveal the damage left behind.

“We already contacted the insurance company they’re getting back with us to see where we are with this process,” Porter said.

WATCH: Meteorologist Steve Stewart reports from flooded areas of Cumberland County

ABC11 Meteorologist Steve Stewart reports from flood-plagued Cumberland County.

On Thursday afternoon, Cumberland County Schools announced schools would be closed Friday for students. All athletic activities and other after-school activities for Friday have been canceled, including high school football games.

It will be an optional teacher workday.

Fayetteville Mayor Nat Robertson has declared a state of emergency. At a news conference Thursday afternoon, he urged residents to be careful if they have to travel.

“Know before you go,” he said “Don’t drive into standing water.”

Authorities released a 911 call from a man who said he didn’t see water and drove into it at Ames St. and Bragg Blvd. He said he couldn’t swim and was trying not to panic as the water reached the top of his doors.

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May Spill Over throughout State – Tropical Depression Eight to Bring Rain

Outer Banks NC Under Tropical Storm Watch from TD8

Meteorologist Danielle Banks forecasts the expected path of Tropical Depression 8.

Story Highlights

Tropical Depression Eight will pass near eastern North Carolina on Tuesday.

Locally heavy rain and high surf are possible impacts.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for portions of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Tropical Depression Eight will be a nuisance to your last-minute summer getaway to the Outer Banks of North Carolina through Wednesday.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for portions of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This means tropical storm-force winds are expected within the warning area in the next 24 hours or less.

Current Tropical Storm Warnings

Winds greater than 39 mph are possible in the tropical storm warning area within the next 24 hours.

The depression was centered about 70 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, as of late Tuesday morning.

(MORE: T.D. Nine a Gulf Coast Threat)

Current Storm Information

T.D. Eight still has a chance to strengthen if the convection can persist near the center of circulation, but has been quite disorganized so far Tuesday.

As the forecast path from the National Hurricane Center shows, this system will hug the Outer Banks of North Carolina through early Wednesday. Thereafter, a cold front will move across the Northeast and will likely whisk it away from the rest of the East Coast.

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Projected Path

The red-shaded area denotes the potential path of the center of the tropical cyclone. Note that impacts (particularly heavy rain, high surf, coastal flooding) with any tropical cyclone may spread beyond its forecast path.

There will be three main impacts from this system, mainly from Tuesday into early Wednesday:

  • Tropical moisture will fuel showers and thunderstorms with locally heavy rain in far eastern North Carolina. One to three inches of rainfall in eastern North Carolina is likely with localized amounts to five inches possible.
  • The system will also generate high surf and dangerous rip currents along the coastal Carolinas. However, swells from distant Hurricane Gaston are also arriving on the East Coast early this week.
  • Any surge flooding should be 1 foot or less above ground level from southern Pamlico Sound to the beaches north of Cape Lookout, according to the National Weather Service.
  • Gusty winds may impact the Outer Banks, as well, but widespread, damaging winds are not expected.

Check back with us at for updates on this system.

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Storms popped up across the ABC11 viewing area Wednesday evening, bringing high winds and hail and knocking down trees.

At the height of the storm, more than 9,300 Duke Energy customers were reportedly without power in Wake County alone, and more than 5,500 outages in Durham County. The total across the state was reported at more than 34,000.

In Durham, the strong winds toppled large trees at Woodlawn Memorial Park off Miami Boulevard. The falling trees tore large holes in the ground and knocked over gravestones. About 15 were damaged.

Right across the street from the cemetery, the Vargas Family spent Thursday picking up branches, leaves, and debris at their property. Even the little ones were helping with the massive cleanup effort.

“We were like ‘Oh my Gosh.’ We look at our back yard and our furniture is flying away!” said Ahtziri Vargas.


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