Foundation Pier Systems
Foundation settlement requires strong, durable piering solutions that will stabilize and help return the structure back to level.
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.
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.
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!
This brick wall has stair-stepping which is evidence of foundation movement. The crack is barely noticeable in the after photo.
Candy from Aurora had experienced non-stop problems with her basement flooring for more than 10 years in her home. From cracks to unlevel areas, she was certain there was nothing she could do to fix her concerns. Luckily she heard about RMCBS through a direct mail coupon and decided to give us a call. Our knowledgeable design specialist, Mike, was happy to provide a permanent solution to the concrete floors. Jacob and his crew worked hard to lift the concrete back to its original level and seal off any cracks to prevent future issues. Candy is now worry-free and her floors look great!
Bowing Basement walls in this Brush, CO home were stabilized with wall anchors.
This home in Platteville, CO had the realtor notice that about 10 feet of the outer foundation had been falling apart, and the crawlspace walls were pulling away from the rest of the home. Being a foundation repair dealer in her network, she called on Rod Martin's Complete Basement Systems to come out to the home and do a full inspection of the home. We sent out our design specialist Rob G. to do a full inspection, to confirm her suspicions of a failing foundation. After proposing a piering system to stabilize the foundation, she set the project in stone to install piering. We sent our our foreman Israel and his team to complete the project, who installed 7 helical piers along thew failing wall, permanently stabilizing the foundation and making the home perfect for sale!
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:
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:
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!
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.
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 settlement requires strong, durable piering solutions that will stabilize and help return the structure back to level.
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.
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 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 are installed in deep stable soil strata to stabilize your concrete slab foundation and help lift your home back toward its original position.
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 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™ 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.
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.
Our team of expert design specialists are available to help you every step of the way with your project.
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