Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of a home helps to support its weight. Common issues with this area of the home include foundation settlement, bowing walls, and wall or floor cracks. Prompt action is needed whenever these issues are noticed. Failure to take care of the problem quickly can cause it to escalate into additional damage, or it may cause problems for the structural integrity of the home. Each problem can be repaired using trusted and proven effective repair techniques and systems, including wall anchors, foundation piers, foundation staples and ties, and more.
A structural problem can only get worse and will eventually lead to major repairs such as total foundation repair or replacement, broken utility lines, drywall replacement and more.
Why Should Perma-Seal Look at My Foundation?
- Our Certified Structural Consultants undergo continuous training
- We have successfully repaired thousands of foundations
- We use time-tested repair methods that work
- Our staff can complete most repairs in just a few days
- We have the most competitive, no-haggle pricing
- We have the best transferable warranties in the industry
- We offers a no-obligation, absolutely FREE inspection
Follow the links below to see the two main types of foundation repair services we provide or scroll down further to find the different foundation issues we can repair that happen to homes in our area.
Bowed Wall Repair
If your basement walls are bowing inward or starting to buckle, it is important to have a repair expert properly evaluate the issue and work on getting a repair in place. These walls are what support your home above and it is critical that they are repaired before the collapse.
As foundations settle, they are gradually losing the support that the ground provided when the home was built. Using a system of specially designed foundation piers, we can add a new support structure that will prevent sinking and raise the foundation to the correct location.
When it comes to foundation problems, there are some things that we know to look for that are obvious signs that something is wrong. Please look at the following list of potential problems that you could have and you can view more information about the issue or you can contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our experts.
Cracked Brickwork or Caulking
A common symptom of a foundation problem can be that cracks have formed in your brickwork or caulking. If you have noticed these cracks forming or have had them fixed previously, it could mean that your foundation walls have begun to sink or shift. If this problem is occurring in your home, look for other symptoms of foundation problems and consult a professional. This is one of the most serious threats to the structure of your home, but we can permanently solve this problem.
Foundation Wall Cracks Are Offset
Offset, or uneven cracks in your foundation walls are a common sign that there could be an underlying structural problem with your foundation. Offset cracks are generally proof that your walls have succumbed to movement and you should have your foundation inspected by a trained consultant. There are several reasons that can cause these kinds of cracks, and based upon the type of movement and other foundation symptoms, a trained consultant can recommend a permanent solution that is appropriate for your home.
Floors Are Uneven or Slanting
If you have realized that your floors are uneven or slanting, that is a very sure sign that there is a structural problem in your home. The cause could be a flaw in the way that your home was built, or a problem with your floor joists, but it could also mean that your foundation walls have begun to sink or shift. If this problem is occurring in your home, look for other symptoms of foundation problems and consult a professional. Although this one of the most serious threats to the structure of your home, we can permanently solve this problem.
Our foundation piers are able to lift the home back to its correct position and can even restore the floors to their original slope.
Gaps Under Baseboards
If you have noticed gaps starting to form under you baseboards, that is a very sure sign that there is a structural problem in your home. It could be related to a problem with your floor joists, but it could also mean that your foundation walls have begun to sink or shift. Although this one of the most serious threats to the structure of your home, we can solve this problem permanently.
As with the uneven or sloping floors, a system of foundation piers can lift the foundation back up and help close the gaps under baseboards.
Cracking of Walls or Ceilings
There are many reasons why cracks can form on your walls or ceilings. We become concerned when large cracks, or entire wall cracks, develop in your main level or upstairs living environment. If you have noticed these types of cracks, it could be a sign that your foundation walls have begun to sink or shift, and you should have a professional foundation inspection conducted immediately. If a structural problem is left untreated, it will be more costly and lead to further damage to your home.
Since cracking in this way is an indicator of the foundation sinking, installing foundation piers can restore the foundation and stop the cracks from growing.
Doors or Windows Don't Open and Shut Properly
If you have noticed that your doors and windows are not functioning properly, your home may have an underlying structural problem. Check for other symptoms of structural damage, and, if present, you should have your foundation inspected by a professionally trained consultant. Although a shifting or sinking foundation is one of the most serious threats to the structure of your home, and severely compromises its value, it can be permanently fixed.
When this is happening, this is an indicator that the foundation is not level. Our foundation piers can level the home and allow the windows to open and close again properly.
Chimney Is Pulling Away from House
If your chimney is pulling away from your house, you need to have it fixed immediately. It could be a problem with the chimney itself, but it could also mean that your foundation walls and home have begun to shift or sink. Regardless of the problem, if your chimney continues to pull away from your home, it will not only lead to a collapse of your chimney, but it can lead to water or structural damage to your home, walls, siding, etc.
Sunken Concrete Next to Foundation
If the concrete next to your foundation has begun to sink into the ground, it could mean that there is a problem with the way that your patio steps were installed, however, there could be further issues. Look for other foundation problems inside and outside of your home and consult a professional. There is a chance that this problem could be the side effect of your foundation walls beginning to shift or sink. This is one of the most serious threats to the structure of your home, we can solve this problem permanently.
Basement Walls Lean or Bow
If your basement or foundation walls are leaning or bowed, you need to have a professional inspection immediately. Bowed or leaning walls are sure signs of a structural problem in your home and, if left untreated, could lead to your basement walls collapsing in and causing further damage to your home.
When you've got bowing walls, the best repair is to use a system of wall anchors to pull the walls back into place and prevent them from bowing or buckling inward.
Basement Floor is Cracked or Uneven
If you have noticed that your basement floor is cracked or uneven, there is a chance that you could have an underlying structural foundation problem.
Often, floors can crack and shift due to changes in the soil beneath the floor or because the floor was poured incorrectly. However, If you have noticed that your floor is continuing to lean or crack more in a certain direction, it could mean that your foundation walls have begun to shift or sink. Although a shifting or sinking foundation is one of the most serious threats to the structure of your home, and severely compromises its value, it can be permanently fixed.
If you have any of the problems listed above, don't hesitate to contact us and set up a meeting with one of our experts.