Friday, July 13th, 2018 by Holly Richards-Purpura
One day you walk down to your basement to catch up on laundry, rearrange seasonal items or look through other stored belongings. And you can’t believe what you see. Your walls are cracking and you think they could be moving or tilting inward. These signs of foundation failure can be alarming to homeowners like you. But don’t panic. We at Ohio Basement Authority have got you and your home covered with several reliable, permanent foundation repair solutions!
Foundation walls can begin to fail at any age for a number of reasons, including hydrostatic pressure. As the soil directly outside the foundation walls becomes saturated, it expands and exerts a lot of pressure on the walls. This continuous force takes its toll on the walls and begins to push them inward. Evidence of this can be seen in horizontal and stair-step cracking patterns and inward bowing or tipping of the walls.
Whether you recently noticed these kinds of issues, or you’ve been putting them on the back burner, it’s important to promptly seek assistance with repairs. The longer you let these problems go, the more you are putting your safety and the structural integrity of your home at risk.
Here’s a peek at the solutions we use to permanently stabilize failing foundation walls:
Durable Carbon Fiber straps firmly adhere to the walls to hold them in their current positions. They also prevent any further cracking or inward bowing. Their dark color may not be the most aesthetically pleasing, but their low profile allows them to easily be covered with paint and basement finishing materials.
PowerBrace beams may look like typical steel I-Beams, but they are far superior. This system is designed to be anchored to the floor and floor joists, and the large-diameter bolt at the top of the beams can be tightened during dry seasons to help improve the wall’s condition and straighten it back to level. These heavy-duty beams are zinc-plated so they are protected from rust, corrosion and damage.
Geo-Lock Wall Anchors
Heavy-duty, galvanized earth anchors are securely embedded in stable soil away from the foundation wall. They are connected to sturdy steel wall plates with long galvanized steel rods. This system will permanently stabilize the wall, as well as offer the best opportunity to straighten it over time. The unique Geo-Lock Wall Anchor system offers the ability to tighten the anchors when exterior soil shrinks during dry periods.
Helical Piers and Push Piers
Foundation settlement is another similar issue related to the soil underneath a home. A home built on poorly compacted fill soil may settle due to the gradual compression of the fill. Along with wall cracks, you’ll also notice problems with sticking windows and doors, and even leaning chimneys.
Our Helical Piers and Push Piers can be installed underneath the settling foundation walls to not only stabilize them, but help raise them back to the proper level. Both of these solutions are driven down to more stable soils. Helical Piers are manually advanced or screwed into the ground, and Push Piers are driven through foundation brackets attached to the footing.
If you notice areas of your first floor are sagging, uneven, soft and bouncy, there’s a problem with the support system below. These issues are the result of failing floor joists and supports in the basement and/or crawl space. Oftentimes, light-duty jack posts, wooden shims, and other quick fixes are used, but they will not solve the problem.
Our SmartJack supports are made of galvanized steel to enhance their durability, as well as resist rust, corrosion and rot. The SmartJacks permanently stabilize the above floors and help raise them back to the proper level. They also are designed to prevent further settling. But if any settling occurs, the SmartJacks can easily be adjusted. The SmartJack system also can support vertical loads exceeding 60,000 lbs.
As soon as you notice any signs of foundation failure or settlement, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We can schedule an appointment for a free inspection and estimate with one of our expert inspectors. Our staff of highly-trained inspectors will come to your home to complete a thorough evaluation. They will be able to assess the condition of the foundation and, because every home and every foundation is different, they will recommend the best solution to help fix and protect your home.