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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
Most homeowners understand that water outside their home can easily turn into water inside their home – in the basement specifically. Many, however, don’t understand the extent to which this happens or how easy it is to prevent.
Take rain water, for example.
Structural damage to the foundation is one of the worst problems a house can have, especially when the foundation has dropped or settled significantly. This not only damages the foundation walls and causes cracks and stuck doors and windows in the aboveground structure but it destabilizes the entire
One way to mitigate damage from a structural foundation problem and lower the cost of its repair is to spot the problem early.
Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t know the signs of foundation damage and may ignore the problem unintentionally until it has progressed beyond the
The construction of a home begins with digging a hole. It may be a deep hole to accommodate a full-depth foundation or a shallow one for a crawl space. It may even be a few small holes for footings for a house that is to be built
A slab foundation or, more accurately, a slab-on-grade foundation, is often used in large residential developments where construction is done quickly and homes are built for sale at reasonable prices.
The process begins with stable soil that, in keeping with best construction practices, should be compacted
Structural damage to the foundation is one of the worst things that can happen to a house. Not only can the damage be time-consuming, inconvenient and costly to repair but it can easily lead to other damage in the structure above, including interior and exterior cracking, misaligned doors
You’ve noticed some odd things happening inside your house lately – windows are hard to open, doors are sticking, cracks are appearing drywall.
Outside, too, things don’t seem right. There seems to be some cracking in the brick on the front of
There are lots of things to consider when buying a new home:
Are the schools good?
How high are the property taxes?
What will my commute to work be like?
All very practical considerations for any homebuyer but a smart buyer
Just about every homeowner understands that a period of heavy rain will often result in a wet basement. It’s not that the rain water is running directly into the basement, however; it is quickly saturating the soil around the foundation and the increased ground water
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 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
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
In the basement waterproofing business we talk a lot about cracks. Cracks in poured concrete basement walls and cracks in basement floors are both sources of seepage that create basement water problems that require professional repair. These are generally non-structural cracks, that is, they aren’t
If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, you’ll find all kinds of resources for fixing cracks in drywall and making stuck doors and windows open again.
Just for drywall cracks alone, there’s article after article in magazines and online about securing cracked drywall
You and your family loved your home, liked the neighborhood (and the neighbors) and hated the thought of moving. However, your growing family soon began to make the house feel cramped so you decided to stay put and built an addition on to the house - a couple