Serious structural damage can often be fixed quickly and affordably. Services we offer include:
  • Sump Pump Installation with Complete Drain Systems
  • Helical Piers
  • Pressure Injections
  • All Types of Concrete and Structural Repairs
  • We are licensed and insured for YOUR protection!

Warning Signs of a Cracked Foundation

Interior Warning Signs
  • Cracks in drywall or ceilings
  • Sticking Windows and doors
  • Cracks in concrete floors
  • Gaps around door and windows
  • Misaligned doors and windows
  • Spaces between wall and ceiling or floor
  • Uneven or sloping floors

Exterior Warning Signs

  • Gaps around doors and windows
  • Cracks in foundation
  • Stair step racks in brick mortar
  • Chimneys are tilting or leaning
  • Separation cracks b/w the floor & walls
  • Walls rotating outward

Basement Warning Signs

  • Walls leaning in or out
  • Bowed walls
  • Cracks in the poured or block walls
  • Water leaking from cracks at base of walls
  • Cracked floors
  • Water stains on floors and walls









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How Moisture & Soil Composition Contribute To Foundation Failure


Expansive Clays
Clay soils are considered expansive when they have the capacity for extreme volume changes with fluctuations in water content. This most commonly occurs during the rainy seasons in the local areas.

In short, expansive clays swell when wetted and shrink when dried. Expansive, swelling clays against basement walls can exert lateral pressures on the walls of the magnitude of several tons per square foot!

This type of damage will only get worse as the foundation continues to buckle under the pressure, and is most cost-effectively dealt with during an early stage.
Horizontal Wall Cracks
Horizontal foundation wall cracks are potentially very serious problems that can sometimes lead to the complete failure of the foundation walls. These cracks occur when pressure builds against the side walls and forces them inwards. Given time, this pressure can snap the walls, creating an enormous and devastating problem.
 
Foundation Wall Cracks
Foundation wall cracks can easily get worse if they're left untreated, especially in the case of cinder block wall foundations. Any crack or opening in the foundation at all can become a passageway for water to enter. Because the foundation wall is literally cracked through, the gap will continue to worsen as the walls move and become influenced by pressure from outside the walls. One crack in the foundation walls will lead to another, and no crack will ever improve on its own. All cracks should be repaired if they're allowing water through, and even a hairline crack can be evidence of a larger problem and should be inspected by a professional immediately.

Foundation Repair Services

Bricks crack when foundation walls sink. Masonry can support loads from above only when it has sufficient support from below. Soil that settles below a foundation often causes part of the foundation to crack and sink.

Fortunately, foundation repair specialists have affordable engineered solutions to foundation settlement problems. Foundation settlement problems are surprisingly common, mainly because buildings are heavy and some types of soil have poor load-bearing capability. Foundation settlement typically occurs when soil compresses (settles) or is washed away because of heavy rain or a water leak.

Foundation Waterproofing
Keep basements dry with effective waterproofing techniques. The goal of keeping a basement or crawl space dry is an important one. You need a waterproof foundation if you plan to use the basement as living space. But foundation waterproofing is necessary even in unused basement and crawl space areas because high moisture content causes mold to grow on organic materials like wood, fabric, paper and latex paint. Mold not only destroys materials; it also fills the air with hazardous mold spores.

Each waterproofing technique has distinct pros and cons. There’s been a great deal of controversy about the effectiveness of different foundation waterproofing techniques. Advocates of exterior foundation waterproofing stress the value of an impermeable membrane barrier applied to the exterior of foundation. These people agree that the best time for this approach is during new construction when freshly built foundation walls are exposed.

Once the foundation walls are covered with dirt, installing an exterior waterproof coating or membrane becomes prohibitively expensive and much more disruptive if the house is occupied.
Special coatings are also available for waterproofing foundation walls from inside the foundation. The trouble with waterproof paint is that it rarely works when the ground stays wet and there’s significant hydrostatic pressure against foundation walls. Moisture traveling through the foundation wall from outside typically leaks through the paint film or causes it to bubble or peel, admitting water into the basement or crawl space.

Interior Drains & Sump Pumps
Interior drains and a sump pump harness water pressure instead of fighting it. Instead of attempting to hold back a large, high-pressure volume of water, interior French drains take a different approach to foundation waterproofing.

Installed just inside the foundation walls, this drainage system captures water before it reaches the basement or crawl space floor and directs it to a sump pump. The pump automatically ejects water to the exterior when water reaches a preset level in the sump pit. Thanks to advanced sump pump technology pioneered by Basement Systems, this active waterproofing system has proven to be very effective in keeping basements and crawl spaces dry.

Before & After Sump Pump Installation
 

Helical Piers
Installed with a torque drive mounted on a mini hydraulic excavator, this viable approach to foundation support requires pre excavation to the bot tom of a structure’s existing footings. The approach is best suited for one to 2½ story structures.

As in the case of mini piles, if no foundation exists, one must be installed. Helical anchors are advanced to refusal, the depth of which will vary greatly from site to site. The 7″ to 12″ diameter anchors are best suited for sites with silty to gravelly soil, with relatively shallow excavation depths. As with mini piles, a bracket is fitted to the top of anchor 2.75″ diameter shaft. This bracket grabs the edge of the footing or angle iron (if required) and is affixed to the footing. The bracket has two tensioning bolts which are tightened to transfer the structural load onto the piles.

Pile spans are typically 5-8′ and allow adequate width to pass conveyors and mini excavators. On completion of contaminated soil dig out, the foundation must be replaced.

The purpose of a helical pier is to transfer the load of the structure through the unsuitable soil to a stronger, more suitable soil deeper in the earth. Helical piers are a deep foundation solution. Helical pier applications can be considered when plans call for caissons, driven piles, mini piles, etc.
 
If you own a home, you may need helical piers if you are experiencing cracks in your drywall, foundation, or your home’s exterior. These are all signs of a failing foundation that can be corrected by installing helical piers.

In the commercial arena, you may need helical piers if you are working on a new construction project where a soils report requires a deep foundation system, or over excavation to support typical building loads.

Industrial projects use helical piers because of their ability to be installed in limited spaces, with minimal disruption to the daily operations of the plant and affected equipment.
Helical piers are a deep foundation solution.

Pressure Injections
A low pressure concrete crack injection using either epoxy or polyurethane resin is the best method. While there are numerous ways to temporarily patch cracks, to get a permanent repair you must do two things: stop moisture penetration from the outside and eliminate or accommodate any wall movement. Low pressure injections are done from inside the basement. The procedure will fill the crack from front to back and bottom to top thus completely sealing the crack. In addition, when using polyurethane foam, you will fill any void behind the crack.

A two part liquid resin is allowed to flow under low pressure into the concrete crack in the wall from inside the basement. This resin is introduced into the crack through small ports glued over the crack. The resin travels all the way through the wall to the outside where the concrete wall meets the dirt. The polymer chemically reacts and then solidifies filling the space within the crack.

Low-pressure injection is ideal for fixing cracks in most poured-in-place residential basements. But in some cases you may need to pursue other remedial measures, along with crack sealing, to guarantee a complete fix.

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