A solid foundation is a key component of the structural integrity of your home. A crack on the foundation may not seem like a big deal, but if left neglected it can cause serious structural damage to your home. A crack may indicate a structural failure in the worst-case scenario or just a simple waterproofing crack repair. Your home depends on a solid foundation because without it you will diminish the structural stability of your home. The purpose of your foundation is to transfer an entire load of your home’s frame to a solid footing. The footing of a foundation is the most important key component of your structure because if your footing is cracked then you have a serious structural foundation problem.
Ground movement can cause a shift affecting your home’s foundation to settle unevenly. Water problems are usually caused by grading problems around your foundation. Having a drainage issue may cause a big impact leading to foundation failure. Everdry Waterproofing is the most trusted and experienced company in the Chicagoland area.
Foundation Repair Problems
Cracked Foundation Walls
The appearance of cracks on your building’s foundation can have any homeowner worried. The causes of these cracks and the impact that the cracks have on your building may cause your foundation walls to bow. If you have noticed these cracks forming or have had them fixed previously, it could mean that your foundation walls have begun to sink or shift. If this problem is occurring in your home, look for other symptoms of foundation problems and consult a professional. This is one of the most serious threats to the structure of your home, but we can permanently solve this problem.
Bowed Wall Repair Techniques
Are your walls starting to bow or buckle? If so it is important to have a repair expert properly evaluate the issue and work on getting a repair in place. These walls are what support your home above and it is critical that they are repaired, because it is possible if the foudation walls are not supported your walls and foundation could callapse.
Extra Space Under Your Baseboards
You’ve installed the baseboards, caulked in the tops and all the corners, and ready for paint If you notice small gaps starting to form under your baseboards, that is a sure sign that there is a structural problem in your home. It could be related to a problem with your floor joists, but it could also mean that your foundation walls have begun to sink or shift. Although this one of the most serious threats to the structure of your home, we can solve this problem permanently.
Cracks In Your Foundation Walls Are Uneven
Several different factors can contribute to foundation damage. Loose soil, overly dry or wet soil, inadequate drainage, poor construction, earthquakes, and frequent changes in temperature can all cause foundation cracks. Offset cracks are generally proof that your walls have succumbed to movement and you should have your foundation inspected by a trained consultant. There are several reasons that can cause these kinds of cracks, and based upon the type of movement and other foundation symptoms, a professional can recommend a permanent solution for your home.
Wall or Ceiling Cracks
Whether drywall, plaster or concrete, walls are susceptible to cracks. Even walls in newly-built homes are prone to cracks, which normally occur from settling. We become concerned when large cracks, or entire wall cracks, develop in your main level or upstairs living environment. If you have noticed these types of cracks, it could be a sign that your foundation walls have begun to sink or shift, and you should have a professional foundation inspection conducted immediately. If a structural problem is left untreated, it will be more costly and lead to further damage to your home.
Reasons Why Your Chimney Is Separating From Your Home
A tilting chimney is a serious home problem that should be dealt with as soon as possible. The bricks could fall on someone’s head or crash on your roof. Water and bugs could get in the gap where the chimney has pulled away from the siding.If your chimney is pulling away from your house, you need to have it fixed immediately. It could be a problem with the chimney itself, but it could also mean that your foundation walls and home have begun to shift or sink. Regardless of the problem, if your chimney continues to pull away from your home, it will not only lead to a collapse of your chimney, but it can lead to water or structural damage to your home, walls, siding, etc.
Windows And Doors Are Not Closing
Get a breath of fresh air and open your windows. Do they require a little tug to open or some muscle to get them shut? If your windows begin to stick or refuse to close properly, it could mean that you have a foundation problem. Check for other symptoms of structural damage, and, if present, you should have your foundation inspected by a professionally trained consultant. Although a shifting or sinking foundation is one of the most serious threats to the structure of your home, and severely compromises its value, it can be permanently fixed.
Your Concrete Is Sinking Next To Your Foundation
Most concrete sinks due to poor or no compaction of the soil base, or occasionally, poor drainage or soil erosion. With that said, there are actually several reasons why concrete sinks. If the concrete next to your foundation has begun to sink into the ground, it could mean that there is a problem with the way that your patio steps were installed, however, there could be further issues. Look for other foundation problems inside and outside of your home and consult a professional. There is a chance that this problem could be the side effect of your foundation walls beginning to shift or sink. This is one of the most serious threats to the structure of your home, we can solve this problem permanently.
Bowing or Leaning Basement Walls
Bowing walls occur when a home’s foundation walls curve inward, forming a “bow.” The most common cause of a bowing or leaning wall is excessive lateral pressure on the exterior. When the pressure becomes too much for the wall to handle, it starts to bow, crack, or even break.If your basement or foundation walls are leaning or bowed, you need to have a professional inspection immediately.
Basement Floors Are Cracked, Uneven or Slanting
If you have realized that your floors are uneven or slanting, that is a very sure sign that there is a structural problem in your home. The cause could be a flaw in the way that your home was built, or a problem with your floor joists, but it could also mean that your foundation walls have begun to sink or shift. If this problem is occurring in your home, look for other symptoms of foundation problems and consult a professional. Although this one of the most serious threats to the structure of your home, we can permanently solve this problem.
If you have noticed that your basement floor is cracked or uneven, there is a chance that you could have an underlying structural foundation problem.
Often, floors can crack and shift due to changes in the soil beneath the floor or because the floor was poured incorrectly. However, If you have noticed that your floor is continuing to lean or crack more in a certain direction, it could mean that your foundation walls have begun to shift or sink. Although a shifting or sinking foundation is one of the most serious threats to the structure of your home, and severely compromises its value, it can be permanently fixed.
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