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Basement Crack Repair - 6 Things You Need To Know

Dec 8, 2016 • By Matthew Stock with Mike Likvan.

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, keepsakes, and furniture; it...

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Foundation Repair Estimates – 7 Things To Consider Before You Buy

Sep 9, 2016 • By Matthew Stock with Mike Likvan.

Foundation Repair Estimates – 7 Things To Consider Before You Buy 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...

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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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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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What to Expect from an Estimate to Repair Foundation Walls in Chicago

What to Expect from an Estimate to Repair Foundation Walls in Chicago

May 10, 2013 • By Matthew Stock.

  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 to level – and stabilized there permanently. The...

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Tags: foundation repair, foundation repairs, foundation repair estimate, foundation wall repair

How to Repair a Bowed Concrete Block Basement Wall

How to Repair a Bowed Concrete Block Basement Wall

Mar 8, 2013 • By Matthew Stock with Barry Schilling.

  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 can with poured concrete. A...

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Tags: cinder block walls, foundation repairs, home foundation repair, concrete block foundation, structural foundation repair, carbon fiber foundation repair, steel foundation repair

When is the Best Time to Do Structural Foundation Repair?

When is the Best Time to Do Structural Foundation Repair?

Feb 22, 2013 • By Matthew Stock with Barry Schilling.

  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 been in this position at least once and can sympathize but sometimes...

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Who Can Repair a Cracked Foundation in Chicago?

Who Can Repair a Cracked Foundation in Chicago?

Feb 15, 2013 • By Matthew Stock with Barry Schilling.

  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 worry about later” file. Fast forward a month or so and you wander into...

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When is Steel the Best Structural Foundation Repair?

When is Steel the Best Structural Foundation Repair?

Feb 8, 2013 • By Matthew Stock with Barry Schilling.

  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 rest of your home. When this kind...

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Home Foundation Repairs - Steel Push Piers vs. Drilled Concrete Piers

Home Foundation Repairs - Steel Push Piers vs. Drilled Concrete Piers

Jan 25, 2013 • By Matthew Stock with Barry Schilling.

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 floors, gaps under support beams, etc. Obviously...

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