The foundation of your home is one of the most important parts. It supports all of the weight and items in your home. There is a handful of different types of foundations in our area. These are cinder block and stone, those with a crawl space, those with a basement, and a monolithic slab foundation. Regardless of the type, they all serve the same main purpose and need to be stable and level to properly perform that job. If there are problems with your foundation, it can make your home dangerous and they need to be repaired and stabilized before the problems get worse and cause possible damage to your home.
At CLS Foundation Repair & Waterproofing, we understand the necessity of a strong foundation as well as the variety of problems that can happen with your foundation. Our team is trained to carefully investigate your foundation and ensure we've got the best repair procedure in place. We will thoroughly explain both the problem and solution before we start any work so you know what we will be doing. You may be asking yourself; what type of problems can your foundation have?
The biggest issue we face is foundation settlement. This happens when the soil below your home is not capable of supporting the weight of the foundation and the home. The cause of this is generally one of two things: the type of soil is unable to support the weight, or water has degraded the soil to be unable to support the foundation. Some warning signs of foundation settlement are cracks in your bricks, sometimes in a stair-step pattern, and doors or windows sticking when you open or close them. These signs happen when the foundation is sinking in one area and putting strain on the rest of the foundation and your home.
If you see any of these warning signs, they are all indicative of a problem with your foundation.
- Obvious sinking of one or more wall
- Exterior or interior wall cracks
- Doors and windows hard to open or close
- Bowing walls in the basement
- Chimney leaning or pulling away from the house
When these signs are prevalent and your foundation is sinking or settling there is really only one permanent and ideal solution to the problem: foundation piers. We will use one of two types of piers depending on the situation and what we determine to be the best for your home.
The two types of piers are push piers and helical piers. The push piers are inserted a few feet at a time using a hydraulic press and they go all the way down to bedrock to offload the weight of your home from the soil onto the piers. These work best in what is relatively softer soil and are used when we don't think the soil will ever have the capacity to properly support your home. The helical piers perform the same job but differently. They are shaped with threads like a large screw and will be able to support weight on the threads and do not have to be installed as far down as push piers. They are installed by screwing them into the ground below your foundation until we are certain they can support the weight and the foundation is rested on them.
Regardless of the pier choice, they serve the same purpose: to support the weight of your home and prevent future settlement.
Bowing Basement Walls
If you notice your basement walls have cracks and are bowing inward, this is an issue that needs to be addressed quickly. If the problem gets worse you can find your walls unable to support your home and major damage can occur. If you are unsure about the status of your basement walls, head over to our bowed wall repair page for more information.
In addition to our foundation and wall repairs, we offer comprehensive basement waterproofing services as well as crawl space repair services. Please visit their respective pages for more information.
If you've noticed any of the foundation problems we outlined above, please do not hesitate to head over to our contact us page or fill out the form below to set up a free estimate for any of our services.