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Foundation Repair in Greater Denver

Solid foundations are needed throughout life as the basis for knowledge, education, relationships, and, most importantly, as we will discuss here, your home. If your house does not sit on a strong and stable foundation, it’s going to have significant problems.  

Have you taken a good look at what’s holding up your house? Whether your basement or crawl space has poured concrete or block foundation walls, or your house was built on a slab, you need to be aware of your foundation’s condition. Some people may notice a small crack in the wall or detect the slightest hint of movement, but they brush these signs off because they see them as minor inconveniences they don’t have time or money to take care of. 

That’s a dangerous attitude. The longer you put off foundation repair, the more it will cost to fix in the long run. You also are putting your family’s safety at risk if you ignore problem signs. Why subject your loved ones to an unstable living environment that could cave in at any moment? Instead, choose to fix it the right way with trusted solutions. 

No homeowner wants to deal with foundation repair, but foundation problems can affect your home’s safety, appearance, and value. If you’ve seen issues such as floor cracks, bowing walls, or other foundation damage, Complete Basement Systems can help. We will find the source of your problem and provide you with a quality foundation repair solution. All of our patented Denver foundation repair solutions are custom designed for your home. We install exclusive warrantied foundation products that are installed by our team of trained professionals. 

We are proud to serve homeowners, as well as commercial property owners, in Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Fort Collins, Thornton, Arvada, Westminster, Boulder, Littleton, Longmont, and the surrounding areas. 

On this page, we’ll cover common questions and concerns we hear from homeowners just like you about foundation issues and repair needs. 

Common Foundation Problems

Since many people associate foundation repair with expensive and invasive projects, homeowners often become overwhelmed. However, correctly identifying a foundation problem before it becomes too severe is the key to limiting the scope of the damage.

Foundation Wall Problems

Have you noticed cracks in your foundation walls? Do you have uneven, bowing walls and sticking doors and windows? If so, you may have a serious foundation wall problem. Common signs of a foundation wall problem include stair step cracking, inward tilting, and bowing or buckling.

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Floor Problems

Uneven and cracking floors can cause major problems in any home. In addition to creating tripping hazards, making the home uncomfortable, and simply looking bad, damaged floors also lower property value. Making matters worse, these issues are often symptoms of a foundation problem.

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Soil Problems

If you've seen cracks in your foundation walls or floors, have bowing or buckling walls, or are dealing with uneven floors, your first instinct is to blame the foundation and the way it was built. However, the real cause of the issue may not actually be your foundation, but the soils around it.

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Our Work in Greater Denver

Here at Complete Basement Systems, we’ve seen it all. Here are some of the foundation issues we repaired in Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, and areas nearby! 

 

Warning Signs

Some homeowners experience the symptoms of a foundation structural issue but are unsure as to what the problem actually is or of the problem's larger implications.

  • Exterior Wall Cracks
  • Tilting Chimney
  • Sloping Floors
  • Foundation Cracks
  • Wall Cracks
  • Gaps in Windows or Doors
  • Basement Walls
  • Concrete Repair

What Are Signs of a Bad Foundation? 

Do you notice any of the following signs throughout your home? If so, you’ve got a foundation issue on your hands.  

What Is Causing These Problems with My Home? 

There are hundreds, thousands of soil types throughout the country, as well as a wide variety in Colorado. But there are three basic ingredients that contribute to soil types and their textures – sand, silt, and clay, as well as a combination of any or all of them. Sandy soils tend to drain water faster, silt soils have intermediate drainage properties, and clay soils tend to hold onto water. NASA Earth Observatory maps show how much of these ingredients can be found across the United States. Colorado has a good mix of all three sand, silt, and clay soils, and some areas are particularly clay-rich. 

As a homeowner or homebuyer, it is important to know what kind of soil you are dealing with. You can use the Web Soil Survey from the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service to find exactly what kind of soil is in the area where you live. 

Here are some other ways the soil can impact your home and its foundation: 

  • The Clay Bowl Effect and Hydrostatic Pressure 
    Once your home’s foundation was completed, the soil that was excavated was replaced around the walls. This loose and fluffy soil is not as dense and tightly packed as undisturbed soil farther away from the house. As a result, water collects in the soil immediately surrounding the home and creates a “clay bowl.” The saturated soil expands and puts pressure on foundation walls. This constant pressure is known as hydrostatic pressure. When the force becomes more than the walls can bear, they will begin to show signs of failure in the form of cracks and inward movement.
  • Poor Supporting Soil for Chimneys 
    Chimneys may not be built on the same foundation or soil as the rest of the house, and they sometimes don’t have the proper footing. When this is the case and the chimney is not properly supported, it will fail over time. If the soil supporting your chimney isn’t strong enough to support the weight, the chimney may start sinking, causing it to pull away from the rest of the home and tilt outward.
  • Water and Moisture in a Vented Crawl Space 
    Not only does water affect the soil around your house, but water and moisture also have a great impact inside the home. If you have a vented dirt crawl space, outside precipitation and water from saturated soil can easily leak inside. Open crawl space vents allow outside air, water and pests inside to wreak havoc on this area underneath your house. When metal or wooden support systems become saturated with water or exposed to excessive moisture, they can corrode, rot, and buckle, and lead to sagging floors. This is because of the stack effect – the movement of air in your home from bottom to top. So, whatever is in your crawl space – like mold, moisture and humidity – also is in the rest of your house and affecting you. 

 

How Will I Benefit from Fixing My Foundation?

Even if you notice a small crack, don’t dismiss it. Putting foundation problems on the backburner is harmful to your living environment and your family. But a properly stabilized house has a longer lifetime, and your family will be happier and safer. 

There are many ways you will benefit from fixing your failing foundation, but here are two major perks: 

  • Enhanced Structural Integrity and Safety 
    Everyone deserves a safe and healthy home in which to grow and live. But it won’t be so safe if there are foundation problems. Instead of worrying about someone stumbling on uneven floors or that a wall could cave in, tackle those problems now before it’s too late and they lead to complete foundation failure. Even if you’ve got other projects in mind, remember that it is best to start from the ground and work your way up by having a strong and stable foundation. Protect your home and your family today and for years to come with trusted, sturdy repair solutions.
  • Improved Real Estate Value 
    Whether you plan to live in your house for the foreseeable future or sell it in a few years, it’s going to be on the market at some point. And before it is, you need to make sure it’s ready. While there are many home buyers out there who enjoy fixer-uppers, most are looking for and expect a home to be free of problems. Foundation problems can reduce your home’s resale value by 10 to 30 percent, and home buyers could have problems getting a mortgage. A safe and stable home is more attractive to buyers as opposed to a house with cracks and uneven floors. Something Colorado homeowners are required to do when selling their home is complete the Seller’s Property Disclosure form to the best of their ability by disclosing known past or current issues. Some items on the checklist that need to be documented are cracks, heaving, settling, and exterior problems. 

 

How Do I Fix My Foundation?

Now that you’ve learned about common foundation problems, their causes, and why you should have them fixed, you’re probably feeling motivated to rid your house of them once and for all. Before you head out to your local home improvement stores to stock up on repair supplies, hear us out. No matter how handy you are, foundation repair is serious work, not a DIY project you and a friend can check off your to-do list in a weekend. 

We’ve seen what can happen with quick fixes, and the results aren’t always pretty. There’s the potential for injury or something going wrong, and temporary solutions result in the need for more repairs down the line. Instead of wasting time and money on fast fixes, why not correct the problems the right way with reliable solutions from a reputable contractor

We understand how intimidating it can be to work with a contractor. You’ve probably heard horror stories about incomplete or botched work that did nothing at all to solve the problem and lead to even more issues. But don’t let your knowledge of a few bad apples completely influence your decision. 

The best thing you can do is educate yourself and do some research so you are comfortable with who you bring into your home. Learn more about the company and ask for reviews; references; proof of insurance, licenses, and other certifications; a written contract; and examples of completed work. 

If you still feel stuck or overwhelmed, don’t panic. The experts at Complete Basement Systems are here to help you! 

How Can Complete Basement Systems Help Me? 

During your foundation repair journey, we would be honored to have the opportunity to assist you. We will make sure you are in capable hands every step of the way. 

When you contact us, we’ll work with you to set up an appointment with one of our certified inspectors so you can obtain a free inspection and estimate. The inspector will visit your home and complete a thorough assessment of your foundation. He will check for cracks and other areas of failure and measure any settlement. During the appointment, the inspector also will discuss his findings with you as well as your goals with a repair project. He will then provide an estimate with recommended solutions tailored to your specific repair needs. He also will take your budget into consideration and discuss payment and financing options

Please take the time to sit with this estimate and ask your inspector any follow-up questions. Then, once you have decided to move forward with the work and have signed a contract, we will schedule your project with one of our highly skilled crews. The crew will install the best products proven to repair and protect your home. We won’t stop until you are 100% satisfied with the job. We also provide service and annual maintenance opportunities to ensure the solutions we installed are continuing to maintain your home’s safety and structural integrity. 

What Will Be Used to Fix My Foundation?

Because we are committed to you, your home, and your family’s safety, we will only use the best, trusted solutions to repair your home. The products we install are manufactured here in the United States. Each product is carefully designed and tested by a team of structural and geotechnical engineers, and all our systems come with a written warranty, giving you complete peace of mind. These products also are designed to work together, as well as with our other services’ solutions, to provide your home with the protection it deserves and give you the most bang for your buck.  

These are the solutions we use to address foundation problems: 

FOUNDATION REPAIR

Foundation Pier Systems

Foundation settlement requires strong, durable piering solutions that will stabilize and help return the structure back to level.

Foundation Pier Systems

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Foundation Wall Repair

Depending on the severity of the problems of cracking and/or bowing walls, as well as any interior or exterior access, we can install a few options to repair and reinforce failing foundations.
Carbon Fiber – Durable Carbon Fiber supports firmly adhere to the walls to stabilize them and hold them in their current positions. Their low profile and smooth finish allow them to easily be painted or concealed by basement finishing materials.
Wall Anchors – Wall Anchors are used to stabilize cracking walls that also are leaning or bowing. They extend out to stable, hard-packed soil beyond your home’s foundation, providing an anchor point to brace the foundation walls. The interior anchor plates can be tightened to help move the foundation walls toward their original position.
IntelliBrace™ – IntelliBrace™ beams act the same as Wall Anchors in stabilizing and helping to straighten shifting walls. They are ideal when there is limited access available outside of the home for exterior wall repair.

Crawl Space Support Posts – IntelliJacks™ are used to stabilize and help lift sagging floor joists and floors above your basement or crawl space. At five times the strength of builder’s grade support jacks, IntelliJacks™ can support loads of more than 60,000 lbs.

Concrete Lifting – While it is mostly used outdoors, our PolyRenewal™ concrete lifting and leveling system can be used to lift and level any cracking, settling concrete in garages and in homes with slab floors.

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  • Helical Piers

Helical Piers that are manually advanced or screwed into the ground are a permanent piering solution used in specialty foundation settlement applications and for very light structures. 

  • Push Piers

Push Piers are installed in deep stable soil strata to stabilize your foundation and help lift your home back toward its original position. This is the most commonly used type of pier for many foundation settlement applications.  

  • Slab Piers

 Slab Piers are installed in deep stable soil strata to stabilize your concrete slab foundation and help lift your home back toward its original position. 

  • Carbon Fiber

Durable Carbon Fiber supports firmly adhere to the walls to stabilize them and hold them in their current positions. Their low profile and smooth finish allow them to easily be painted or concealed by basement finishing materials. 

  • Wall Anchors

Wall Anchors are used to stabilize cracking walls that also are leaning or bowing. They extend out to stable, hard-packed soil beyond your home’s foundation, providing an anchor point to brace the foundation walls. The interior anchor plates can be tightened to help move the foundation walls toward their original position. 

  • IntelliBrace™

IntelliBrace™ beams act the same as Wall Anchors in stabilizing and helping to straighten shifting walls. They are ideal when there is limited access available outside of the home for exterior wall repair.   

How Much Does Foundation Repair Cost?

We’ve saved the best for last, so to speak. The matter of cost is one of the most common concerns we hear from homeowners. And rightly so. Your home is a significant investment and your most valuable asset, so you want to make sure you’re using quality, yet cost-effective solutions to protect it.  

There’s a lot to consider with repair projects such as the extent of any damage, square footage and material usage. That’s why it is crucial for one of our inspectors to physically visit your house and look at exactly what is going on with the foundation. The inspector will customize the solutions to your specific needs. No two foundation problems are alike. Every home is different and requires its own unique repairs. Our solutions simply are not “one size fits all.” So, what may have worked for a friend or neighbor might not be what your home needs.  

To give you an idea, average home improvement spending is around $7,500, and most homeowners pay between $4,000 and $10,000 for foundation repairs. Some average foundation repair product prices are $1,000-$3,000+ per foundation pier, $500-$1,300+ for leveling/slabjacking, and $2,000-$6,000 for sealing/subfloor drainage.  

Foundation issues typically are not covered by homeowners insurance. Some policies may cover losses from fires, but many exclude coverage for things like foundation cracks or settling. Coverage may kick in if the foundation was damaged because of other problems like broken plumbing. (Source: SF Gate) If you are concerned with repair needs and insurance coverage, be sure to check with your insurance carrier, as all policies are different. 

 

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