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The Ultimate Guide to Home Foundation Repair

crew installing helical piers for home foundation repair

Do you suspect your home has foundation damage, but you don’t know where to start? Learn the best approach in our complete home foundation repair guide.

We understand issues like foundation cracks and settlement are frustrating to discover and deal with. But you don’t have to do it alone.

Our team at Ohio Basement Authority has 15 years of experience in inspecting homes, diagnosing foundation issues, and installing the best repair solutions. You can count on us for reliable, customized repairs, ensuring your home’s safety and longevity.

The key takeaway: contact foundation repair professionals when you notice damage.

Signs Your Home Needs Foundation Repair

If your home suffers from foundation damage, you’ll be able to spot various symptoms both inside and outside your house. Here are common signs something is wrong with your foundation:

Sources of Foundation Damage

After spotting these issues, you might wonder how they happened in the first place. Foundation damage happens for many reasons, but most are due to your property’s soil, its composition, and its drainage capabilities.

Many types of soil throughout Central and Southern Ohio have significant amounts of clay. Clay is an absorbent and expansive soil, meaning it expands and contracts when exposed to fluctuating precipitation.

This leads to issues and secondary causes of damage like foundation settlement, foundation sinking, and hydrostatic pressure. For example, hydrostatic pressure stresses your foundation walls, leading to cracks and inward bowing.

Additionally, unstable soil that cannot properly support your home results in sinking areas and uneven settlement—known as differential settlement. This leads to visible gaps, stair-step cracks, and doors and windows that are difficult to operate.

How to Handle Home Foundation Repair

As you can see, these are complex issues requiring an expert touch. While projects like painting are simple enough to complete on your own, foundation repair is in a league of its own. DIY solutions are temporary and can be expensive and dangerous to install.

If you notice these problems and causes around your home or suspect they might impact your foundation, reaching out to local professionals like Ohio Basement Authority is important. We have the tools, training, experience, and solutions necessary to implement lasting home foundation repairs.

What to Expect with Professional Home Foundation Repair

We want to make the foundation repair process as easy as possible for you. You can start by calling us or filling out our online form to schedule a free inspection with one of our experts at a time that’s convenient for you.

Ohio Basement Authority inspector with a homeowner outside a house

Your inspector calls beforehand to prepare you for the appointment and let you know their exact arrival time. On the day of your appointment, your inspector completes a thorough evaluation of your home, both inside and outside.

This allows them to pinpoint the exact problems and their causes. Your inspector then presents you with a detailed, no-obligation estimate outlining solutions customized to meet your repair needs and budget. They’ll also discuss financing options and scheduling the repair project.

Best Foundation Repair Methods

We’re not going to tell you to install “everything but the kitchen sink.” We recommend only what your specific home needs for permanent stability, nothing more. Some of the tailor-made solutions we may install include:

Foundation Settlement Repairs

A home suffering from foundation settlement requires certain heavy-duty methods providing permanent stabilization and the potential to lift settling sections. These include various foundation piers and crawl space supports.

crew installing push piers for home foundation repair
  • Helical Piers: Steel piers with helix-shaped blades on the end are screwed deep into load-bearing soil to anchor the home’s foundation. They are versatile and ideal for lighter structures.
  • Push Piers: Slender steel shaft sections are driven through the soil using hydraulic equipment. The structure’s weight provides the necessary resistance to “set” the piers into stable soils.
  • Slab Piers: Slab piers are targeted for homes with a concrete slab foundation. These specially designed bracketed piers are pushed through the slab at key uplifting points.
  • Crawl Space Jacks: Heavy-duty IntelliJack™ crawl space jacks permanently stabilize sagging crawl space floor joists. They are adjustable, allowing for potential floor improvement and leveling.

Wall Repair Options

Problems like cracking and bowing basement walls call for another set of solutions. Our wall repair methods permanently stabilize walls and prevent further inward movement.

wall anchors installed in a basement
  • Carbon Fiber Reinforcements: Low-profile carbon fiber straps firmly adhere to basement walls with epoxy. They hold walls in their current positions and are ideal for walls with less than two inches of movement.
  • Wall Beams: Our IntelliBrace™ wall repair system consists of beams installed along interior basement walls. Bolted to the floor and floor joist, they can be adjusted for potential wall improvement.
  • Wall Anchors: Wall anchors off similar adjustability and improvements for walls with more than two inches of movement. A steel rod connects earth anchors and interior wall anchor plates, creating high-tension forces that fight hydrostatic pressure.
  • Channel Anchors: Our channel anchors blend our wall brace and wall anchor systems together. The system includes exterior earth anchors and slender interior wall plates bolted to the floor. They are ideal for shearing basement walls.

Benefits of Professional  Foundation Repair

Expert foundation repairs from Ohio Basement Authority benefit your home and family in many ways, including:

  • Warranty-backed solutions
  • Annual maintenance coverage
  • Permanent stabilization
  • Protection against further damage
  • Improved safety
  • Enhanced home value

Repair Your Home’s Foundation The Right Way Today!

Ohio Basement Authority inspector meeting with homeowners

If your home shows signs of foundation problems, don’t ignore those red flags. Addressing foundation issues promptly is key to protecting your home and family.

The experienced professionals at Ohio Basement Authority are here to help provide peace of mind. Contact us today to schedule a free inspection. We’ll show you how our solutions can safeguard your home’s structural integrity and your family’s well-being for years to come.

FAQs

Repair costs vary based on the extent of damage, size of foundation, and types of repairs required. We provide free inspections, no-obligation repair estimates, transparent pricing, and financing options so you know exactly what to budget.

In most cases, no. Ohio Basement Authority specializes in repair methods that permanently stabilize and restore existing foundations without total replacement. These include foundation pierswall anchors, and other solutions.

Many home insurance policies exclude coverage for foundation damage not caused by a sudden accident or natural disaster, as settling and failure happen gradually over time. We encourage you to check with your insurance carrier, and we can provide documentation to pursue claims if applicable.

Holly Richards-Purpura

Holly Richards-Purpura

Content Writer

Holly is a Content Writer for Groundworks who has written and edited web content for the foundation services industry for almost 10 years. With a background in journalism, her passion for the written word runs deep. Holly lives in Columbus, OH, with her husband. Along with educating homeowners, she also has a big heart for the Big Apple.

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