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Living in the Midwest means living through the changing of the seasons. Who doesn’t enjoy the warmth of spring to break the back of winter or the crisp air of fall as leaves are changing colors? Having four seasons also means dealing with severe temperature
When smart people need foundation repair they know they should enlist an expert. When they think of experts, one name that would be at the top of their list would be Mike Holmes. He is internationally known, highly-experienced with residential building and remodeling and has been called
When your house foundation moves, it can cause everything from below ground seepage problems to cracks in the rooms above. That’s why foundation movement should not be ignored. The causes should be identified and addressed early, along with treating the symptoms. If this isn
Gutters and downspouts play an important role in managing rain water around your house. When configured properly, they effectively direct roof water away from your home. When they are not, large amounts of water are allowed to dump next to your foundation causing seepage and even worse, foundation
Shiny new appliances, new siding, new cabinets and beautiful new floors, what is there not to love? The house is in the right location, has the right look and the price is right…time to put in an offer right? Not so fast, unfortunately there can
Here in the Greater Chicagoland Area, there are two main types of foundation walls - poured concrete and concrete block. Both are widely used and can be severely damaged by soil pressure on the exterior of the foundation walls.
When soil pressure against a foundation wall
Rain barrels are a way some homeowners use to save money by capturing rain to water their gardens and lawns and wash their cars. But there’s another side to these containers that can cause serious headaches beyond the commonly known rain barrel problems (like roofs
A large number of cracks, particularly if they are on an angle or are substantial in width (more than 1/8” wide), in a foundation wall are good indicators that the wall is experiencing what is referred to an inward movement. Essentially the wall has fractured and is rotating
A majority of homes have concrete sidewalks, patios or driveways around them. If it does, there is a good chance that this concrete has settled over time as well. This settled concrete is unsightly, takes away from the value of your home, causes water in your
Although there may be a few exceptions found in older homes, houses in the Chicago area will generally rest on one of two types of foundations: concrete or masonry.
All modern foundations, whether concrete or masonry, start with footings or “footers,” which are concrete pads
The residential real estate market in Chicago has begun to bounce back and people are once again listing homes for sale and eager buyers are traipsing from house to house in search of their dream home.
A key player in this residential real
One smart thing a homeowner can do when a house is suspected of having a settling foundation or other type of structural foundation damage is to arrange an inspection with a consulting engineer. Consulting engineers are experienced professionals who provide their technical services for hire for businesses and
Damage to a home’s foundation is usually a pretty big deal. The below-ground damage, severe enough itself, also damages the structure above, ranging from small cracks in drywall and stuck windows and doors to large cracks in exterior walls, separating chimneys and cracking
Drive or walk through any city and its surrounding suburbs, perhaps with a detour into the countryside, and it will quickly become apparent that there are lots of different kinds of homes. Obviously, there’s a wide range of sizes, from small ranches and
Most homeowners have experienced some degree of foundation settling. When a home is new, it may settle a little as the newly excavated site compacts under the weight of the structure. This is not a critical problem and the small cracks and misalignments that result
We recently met a homeowner who had suffered some serious foundation damage to his home. His foundation was dropping significantly and had apparently been doing so for a number of years. He had declined to have the foundation repaired after an inspection by another
There are lots of reasons that homeowners put off home repairs. The problem is minor. The repairs cost too much. The work would be intrusive, messy or otherwise bothersome. They have other priorities, etc., etc.
Just about everybody’s
It all started with cracks.
One day you looked up and noticed cracks in the drywall in your dining room that you had never seen before. Curious, you checked the kitchen and the living room. More cracks.
Then came a nice spring day
When there are cracks in a home’s foundation walls, something is wrong.
Not every foundation wall crack is structural; most narrow cracks won’t affect the integrity of the foundation but they can allow seepage. These cracks can be repaired
Let’s face it, we all put things off and most of the time the consequences don’t amount to much. Put off doing laundry and you wear mismatched socks to work. Put off the grocery shopping and you get creative for
OK, we’re human. Whenever we can put things off, we do. If the car mechanic says some work can wait, most of us let it wait. We put off replacing the roof “just until next year.”
So, you’ve started noticing cracks.
First it was cracks in the drywall upstairs, starting at the corner of your bedroom doors.
Then you went into the basement and saw more signs of foundation damage: tipping walls and cracks in the corners of
When we were kids, we read and heard all sorts of stories, myths and legends and they were great, weren’t they? Those stories helped us develop imaginations and creativity and many of us still enjoy them as adults.
However, when we become homeowners it
Structural foundation damage is one of the most serious problems a homeowner can face. It can result in inconveniences like sticking doors and unsightly cracks in drywall but, left undiagnosed and unrepaired, it can also cause the entire structure of your home to become unstable.
Structural foundation damage to your home is serious business. At best, it’s a pain in the neck – stuck doors, tilting floors and jammed windows. At worst, it’s really bad – open cracks in the above-ground structure, chimneys separating from the house and
Most houses will undergo a slight amount of movement in their foundations. Maybe it’s settling or minor shifting, but as long as it’s small, it may not be a big worry.
As with all signs of foundation movement, the signs of
The very word “foundation” sounds solid. It’s used widely to describe a solid basis for an idea, a business, a relationship. It’s something to build upon.
The foundation of your home should be no less solid. A competent