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What Mike Holmes Doesn’t Know About Foundation Structural Problems.

Dec 23, 2016 • By Matthew Stock with Todd Bunge.

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 “Canada’s most...

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Tags: structural foundation damage, structural foundation repair, foundation damage, foundation cracks

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What Causes Foundations To Move?

Nov 1, 2016 • By Matthew Stock with Mike Likvan.

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’t done, the movement can continue...

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Tags: structural foundation damage, foundation damage

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Water From Downspouts - 5 Surprising Facts You Need To Know

Jun 3, 2016 • By Matthew Stock with Mike Likvan.

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 movement. In...

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Tags: foundation damage, extending downspouts underground

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Buying a Flipped House? 4 Things to Look Out For

Jun 1, 2016 • By Matthew Stock.

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 be a lot of...

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Tags: basement waterproofing facts, structural foundation damage, structural foundation repair, foundation cracks, foundation damage, home foundation repair, foundation waterproofing, house foundation repair

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Leaning Foundation Walls and When to Straighten Them

May 17, 2016 • By Matthew Stock.

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 is greater than what...

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Tags: structural foundation damage, structural foundation repair, foundation damage, foundation cracks, foundation repairs, basement crack, cracks in basement walls, foundation repair

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Rain Barrel Problems – 3 Things To Consider Before You Buy

May 11, 2016 • By Matthew Stock with Mike Likvan.

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 contaminating the water, the...

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Tags: rain barrel, chicago basement waterproofing, basement waterproofing chicago, basement waterproofing facts, structural foundation damage, basement waterproofing solutions, foundation damage, cracks in basement walls, basement crack

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Leaning Foundation Wall? What to Expect from an Engineer’s Report

May 9, 2016 • By Matthew Stock.

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 into...

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Tags: structural foundation damage, structural foundation repair, foundation cracks, home foundation repair, foundation damage, foundation repair, foundation repairs, engineering

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How to Repair Settled Concrete

Apr 25, 2016 • By Matthew Stock.

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 basement and creates...

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Tags: foundation damage, settled concrete, foundation repair, foundation cracks, home foundation repair, slab jacking, concrete raising

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