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Foundation Structural Repair Methods

  • Wall Pins
  • Steel I-Beams
  • Carbon Fiber Straps

Foundation non-structural crack repairs either internal or external

Add, relocate or replace the Lolly columns supporting the floor above

Full or partial replacement of foundation walls

Lower basement floors to add headroom

Some of these options may be quite expensive or require an engineering review depending on the severity of the issue

Each year, Value Dry services hundreds of homes that are affected by damaged foundation. If left alone, foundation damage can cause irreparable damage to your home. In most cases, homeowners may not even be aware that their foundation may be at risk. At Value Dry we feel as though it is our job to educate our customers in order to save them time, money, and the hassle that comes with foundation repair.

Expansive soils will retain water and have the ability to expand and contract. During the winter months, expansive soils will absorb water, freeze and expand, while during the warmer months the soil will lose water and contract. Such drastic changes to the soil around your home will cause the foundation to crack. Cracks in the foundation, if left unattended, can lead to structural collapses. 

Indications of foundation issues may be seen both on the interior and exterior of your home. Cracks on your interior walls are typically the first sign of an issue that you’ll notice. Most houses experience some degree of settling during their lifetime. Your home is your biggest investment; always take care of small problems before they become bigger ones.

Unless you are a certified contractor, home inspector or a structural engineer it can be very difficult to accurately diagnose foundation issues. There may be symptoms indicating weak soil, water run-off or maybe there is not a problem at all, only cosmetic issues. Regardless of the circumstances, the best thing is to have a trained professional inspect the problem. By doing this, you will have peace of mind in knowing that your home has been inspected properly and thoroughly by an expert in the field. Our fully-trained, professional consultants are ready to identify any and all foundation problems. With over 20 years in the business, you can be certain that you are working with the best.

Why Fix it Now?

Sometimes homeowners ask, "Why should I fix this problem now?“
To start with most people assume structural issues only impact older homes but new homes can have the same issues when re-purposing rooms or spaces beyond what the builder originally planned for the home. Your plans to grow and use the home in a different way could be halted due to finding an issue out. Living with the structural problems don’t give you the full benefit of using your space to its fullest. And its not just redesign a room for a different use, structural issues can impact any fine finish work you are doing. Fix the structural issue means you wont need to pay a second time for that painter, molding carpenter or drywall team to come again.

Another thing to consider is the resale value of your home. The vast majority of owners sell their house to up size or down size at the busiest times of their life. You wouldn’t want to buy a home with know structural issues and neither would any one else, at least not at full price.

The Real Estate Seller Disclosure Act now demands that issues such as this are required knowledge for the potential buyers. At the moment you are selling your home and need the funds to buy your next dream house you do not want to loose up to 20% of possible income due to something that could have easily been fixed when time was on your side.

It's clear that the issue of a defective structural support is going to have to be dealt with. Fixing these problems now, and forever, can bring you the peace of mind of knowing your greatest investment is once again, safe, secure and fully usable. It's simply an investment that makes sense.

How do you know you need foundation repair?

Cracked Block Foundation - Cracks may be steps along mortar joints, vertical cracks right through the blocks, horizontal cracks along the length of the wall or diagonal from a corner or window. These may indicate that there are lateral pressures on the walls, an undermined footing or a number of other contributing factors.

Cracks in Poured Concrete - Cracks in poured concrete will usually occur within 30 days of the curing process. This is normally a simple repair, but there could be a combination of other warning signs that would indicate the structural integrity of the wall was compromised.

Cracks in Brick - Vertical cracks through several bricks, along mortar lines either horizontally or in a step pattern may be a symptom of movement in your foundation.

Drywall Cracks - Shifts in the foundation often will cause drywall cracks around windows, door-frames and corners. If you see this you should contact a structural engineer or foundation repair specialist immediately. 

Sinking Foundation - This is the most serious of the warning signs! The foundation sinks because it is no longer supported by the soil below. This needs immediate attention to prevent irreparable damage to the structure.

Homeowners have the ability to minimize the cost of such events if they know what to look for and act quickly. To begin, homeowners should inspect the exterior brick veneers. The brick veneers are susceptible to cracks from top to bottom. Most cracks will run diagonal. Take extra time to examine the trim around your windows from both the interior and exterior. Cracks above or below windows are a sign of foundation issues. The same applies to door opening. Due to a shift in your foundation windows and doors may stick upon opening and closing. This too is a sign of a shift in your foundation. Finally, pay close attention to any cracks or waves in your floor finish. This is most visible in linoleum tiling.

Windows not opening or closing easily, cracks in basement floors, stair step cracks on exterior brick, cracks in interior block walls, gaps where wall and floor meet, bowing walls, diagonal cracks coming from corners of door and window openings.

 

Why Fix it Now?

Foundation problems are often the result of a variety of changes that can occur in the soils surrounding your home. Unfortunately, these problems don't get better with time - they only get worse!
Many people associate foundation problems with older homes. However Consumer Reports found that 15% of new homes had serious foundation problems!
These problems were found to have four causes:
Poor Construction
Homes Built On Poorly Compacted Fill Soils
Expansive Soils Damaging The Home
Deteriorating/Inadequate Supports
It's safe to say that foundation problems affect new and old homes alike. The decision to fix these problems permanently is an investment in your home that makes sense.
If you're looking to get started on foundation repair in your area, click below to schedule a free estimate!
Another common fix that homeowners attempt is tuckpointing exterior cracks. This too is temporary, as the cracks will open back up as the problem continues. Repeated tuckpointing often results in varying colors of mortar that detracts from the beauty of your home.
Another thing to consider is the resale value of your home -- since most people sell their home at some point in their life. You know yourself that you would be hesitant to buy a home with a structural defect, and if you did, you would not pay the asking price.
The Real Estate Seller Disclosure Act requires these types of problems must be disclosed to potential home buyers. Realtors tell us that they have to discount a home with foundation structural defects 10 to 20% in order to go forward with the sale of the home. What is your home worth in today's market? Can you see that by not fixing your foundation, it's going to cost you much more money than fixing your foundation?
Sometimes homeowners ask, "Why should I fix this problem now?" Living with the foundation problem doesn't allow you to fully utilize and enjoy your living space without worry. Any finish work done to the home will constantly need to be repaired until the problem is permanently fixed.
In some extreme cases, homeowners have waited so long to fix the problem that entire basement walls have collapsed, resulting in an unlivable home that is very expensive to repair.
It's clear that the issue of a defective foundation is going to have to be dealt with. Fixing these problems now, and forever, can bring you the peace of mind of knowing your greatest investment is once again, safe, secure and fully usable. It's simply an investment that makes sense.

What Causes Structural Issues

Improper design/installation process - Homes that were built without the benefit of mandated building codes and a robust inspection processes.
Deteriorating or lack of proper support elements – lack of a proper footing designed to support the structure or insufficient soil compaction to support the building load.
Seasonal Weather changes - Dry and wet weather cycles produce a constantly changing soil bed under your home’s foundation. The expansion and contraction of the soil over time can weaken the support for your foundation and cause it to settle and crack.
Poor Drainage – Foundation drainage problems can be caused by too much moisture as well as too little. Standing water around your home, large amounts of water dumped by gutter downspouts or a negative slope of the area around your home can cause saturated soil. Water moving past your foundation could be eroding the support soil under your basement floor or footing.
Expansive Clay Soils - Different soils have differing potential to shrink and swell. The more expansive the soil around your home, the more your foundation may by subject to movement.

Value Dry restores structural integrity to your home's foundation, repairing any bowing, cracked, and damaged foundations.

  • Several methods can be used to restore the structural integrity of your foundation walls.
  • Carbon fiber straps can be secured with epoxy along the entire height of your walls and then bolted to the sill plate and footer. The carbon fiber is stronger than a steel I-beam and will hold your wall from any further bowing.
  • We can install wall pins into block walls and fill the pinned cores with concrete to prevent further bowing of the wall.
  • We can install steel I-beams to reinforce the structural integrity of a foundation wall and counter the exterior lateral forces.
  • There are a host of other repair methods using wall anchors, screws and various underpinning methods.
  • Many of these methods require a structural engineering assessment to ensure the repair is appropriate to mitigate the root cause.

As a last resort, if your wall is beyond repair, Value Dry can support your house, remove and replace the wall.

Basement Floor Lowering

careers_img2Do you wish you could finish your basement and install that new recreation area, bedroom, man cave or storage area but the low ceiling height makes this dream impractical? 

Value Dry can help increase your use and enjoyment of your basement space by lowering the basement floor. This can add the additional head room to make your dream a reality. 

Permanent and temporary structural supports would be added based on the depth of the new floor and any sections of floor you did not wish to lower. Your existing floor would be removed along with enough dirt to achieve the desired depth. This is the best time to install a sub-floor waterproofing system. Then a new stone base is installed and your new concrete floor is poured and finished.

The resulting finished space will give you years of enjoyment while increasing the resale value of your home.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a crack in my wall, do I need to get it repaired?

There are several types of cracks and each telling a different story. Many cracks form due to the freeze/thaw cycle homes experience through the seasons. This means that no matter how small it is now it will most likely continue to grow over time. How large, location, difference in size from one end to the other all play into the severity of the crack. Whether it’s a horizontal, vertical or step crack it can be repaired but it’s the extent that it has been allowed to grow that dictates the options and cost. Avoid paying more in the future, stop the crack while it is still easily managed now.

Could I just shoot some caulk into the crack to fix it?

Most cracks result from some form of movement. The caulk most home improvement stores carry will not handle the shifts over time. If there is water coming into the crack it will always push off any simple caulk fix in a short amount of time.

My wall seems to be bowing. Can this be fixed?

Most all foundations can be repaired if addressed early. We have the trained inspectors who can assess the level of bowing and identify a remedy to address your specific problem. You want to work with a team like Value Dry who have multiple options and will take into account how you use the space or plan to use it, not just how to solve the current issue.

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