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Your foundation walls are designed to support the weight of your house and to resist moisture that’s surrounding them. When foundations work, you get to live in a stable and dry environment. When they crack, moisture seeps into your basement; it damages valuables like carpeting,
When you notice signs of foundation damage, either cracks in your basement foundation walls, or doors and windows sticking upstairs, the next step you take is critical to the long-term health of your home and your wallet. Because foundation
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
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
There are two basic types of foundation damage.
The more severe, a dropping or sinking foundation, causes major damage to the foundation and the home it supports. Repairing a sinking foundation requires that the foundation and the house be underpinned and raised back
Many homes in the Midwest, including in Milwaukee and northwest Indiana, are sitting on foundations constructed of concrete block. During housing booms, concrete block becomes popular with builders because they can build a foundation quickly and move on to the aboveground structure faster than they
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
So, you’ve spotted a crack, or maybe a few cracks in your basement walls. You’re not sure how long they’ve been there and they don’t look too serious, so you stash them in your mental “to
Let me be blunt: When your foundation is in trouble, it’s bad news. Foundation damage, whether caused by a wall that has bowed or rotated inward or by one that has dropped due to soil shrinkage, can cause serious damage to the
If your home’s foundation has dropped significantly, you’ll see lots of warning signs: cracks in drywall, stuck windows and doors, stair-step cracks running through exterior brick facing. When you go into the basement, the signs are even clearer: major cracks in walls and
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
There have been many changes and advancements in home construction materials over the years. Asphalt shingles have replaced wood shakes, drywall is now the standard over plaster and vinyl siding is far more common than wooden clapboards.
The stuff we use to repair
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 it comes to structural foundation repair, as in many other fields, technology is constantly improving. It used to be that the only repair method for cracked, bulging or tipping foundation walls, whether poured concrete or masonry, was steel.
For the longest time,
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
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