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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
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
When a home suffers serious structural damage to its foundation it can require a major repair job and, to be frank, a major price tag.
Unfortunately, some foundation repair contractors that may either lack the required engineering knowledge to design a proper repair or who may be
There are lots (and lots) of home repair, home construction and do-it-yourself TV shows on these days – almost as many as there are featuring colorful characters in pawn shops. These programs are a bit of a double-edged sword in that they provide an educational opportunity for homeowners
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
When there is structural damage to a home’s foundation it’s a pretty big deal. Depending on the nature and extent of the damage, the potential for further harm to the home can be devastating and very few homeowners allow the problem to continue without
We’ve all heard the stories about how hard it is for contractors to work in the city of Chicago. There’s all the rules, the building codes, the inspectors, the permits. Oh, boy, the permits! Makes you wonder how anything gets
When a foundation wall is damaged by settling or by lateral pressure from swollen soil it places the entire foundation at risk. Whether the foundation wall is poured concrete that has cracked and begun to rotate inward or concrete block or other masonry that is bowed or bulging
Carbon fiber is an amazing material. It’s incredibly strong and unbelievably light and it has been replacing steel, aluminum and other metals in a variety of applications. A carbon fiber bicycle, for example, is so light it can be easily lifted with
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
The past few years have featured a broad offering of weather in Chicago. Cold spring, warm spring. Wet summer, dry summer. Lots of snow in the winter, no snow in the winter. Interesting to Tom Skilling, no doubt, but mystifying and occasionally
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
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
You’ve begun to notice things, things around the house that just don’t seem right. Windows stick when you try to open or close them. Doors are jammed shut or won’t close at all. Cracks in the drywall
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
When your home suffers structural foundation damage, it’s pretty serious business. It’s not a repair you can put off because the damage to your foundation – and the rest of your home – can only get worse. It’s
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
Home repairs are no different than any other field of endeavor – methods change as technology improves and what was standard practice just a few years ago may have been replaced by something better, faster or stronger.
Plumbers, for example, had to fit lengths
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
Structural foundation damage is one of the most serious problems that Chicago homeowners can face. It not only leads to water infiltration but, left unrepaired, can threaten the very structure and stability of the house itself. It’s nothing to take lightly.
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