Foundation Repair Problem Signs
Solid foundations are needed throughout life as the basis for knowledge, education, relationships, and, most importantly your home. If your house does not sit on a strong and stable foundation, it’s going to have significant problems.
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We can straighten your bowing, buckling foundation walls! Our solutions are long lasting, warrantied, and can usually be installed in a day!
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Any opening made in a wall represents a weak point, especially for load-bearing exterior walls. That’s why foundation settlement will often cause cracks around window and door openings.
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If your walls are cracking due to foundation settlement issues, foundation piers may be your solution. If your foundation walls are failing due to expansive soils, a wall anchor system may solve your problem.
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Uneven floors are rarely caused by problems with the floor system itself. Instead, it’s often a settling or shifting foundation issue that has impacted the floor system.
When it comes to your home, your foundation plays an integral role in keeping it upright and safe. If it becomes damaged in any way, it can cause destruction throughout the rest of your home. Things such as bowing walls, sticking windows and doors, uneven floors, and wall cracks are all signs of foundation damage that should be addressed immediately.
Many problems with your foundation arise due to the soil it lays upon. In Colorado Springs, for example, the area’s unstable, expansive soil can lead to foundation settlement and shifting which can cause cracks and a slew of other issues. It’s important to schedule an inspection with a member of our team at Complete Basement Systems to pinpoint what your foundation is experiencing. We offer a variety of proven products and solutions that can help restore your home’s structural integrity so that you can have confidence in your foundation once more.
Causes of Foundation Problems
Here are some ways your foundation can be impacted.
Understanding foundation soils is the key to understanding foundation repair problems. The type of soil your home sits on plays a huge role in the risk of foundation damage you have. Sand and sandy loam soils allow water to pass through, making them more stable and less likely to expand and cause foundation problems. On the other hand, clay soils absorb water, expand, and put pressure on the foundation. This pressure can lead to floor cracks, wall cracks, and other foundation problems.
There are several layers of soil under your foundation, including bedrock, untouched “virgin” soils, and the active zone, which is where foundation problems can happen. The active zone is the area that is affected by moisture and climate change, causing soil to expand and contract. These soil movements can severely impact your foundation, causing bowing walls, wall and floor cracks, and lessening stability. Depending on where you live, the active zone can be a few feet below grade or as much as 30 feet below the surface. Our foundation repair services can solve a wide variety of foundation soil problems.
The soil under your foundation is comprised of several different layers, some of which were disturbed when your foundation was originally dug out. When one of these layers can’t support the weight of your foundation, it will begin to sink and settle. This is a slow process that will not be immediately obvious, but over time it can have serious effects on your home.
Common signs of foundation settlement include floor cracks, stair-step cracks in walls, cracks in interior drywall, and windows and doors that are difficult to open and close. Foundations usually settle unevenly, causing damage to walls and floors that can eventually lead to failure if not addressed. We use foundation piers to stabilize settling foundations and provide a long-lasting solution.
Foundation heave occurs when soils under your home expand and force the foundation upwards. This process is generally caused by over-saturation of soil. Underground water, prolonged or heavy precipitation, poor drainage, and frost heave can all be causes of foundation heave. Foundation heave will cause cracks in floors, bowing walls, and sticking windows and doors.
It’s important to note that although the symptoms of foundation heave and foundation settlement are very similar, the causes are very different and the solution for one won’t work for the other. One easy way to spot heave is to examine floor cracks and see if they form an enclosed loop. The area inside that loop is where the greatest pressure is being exerted. In order to fix foundation heave, we use solutions such as improved drainage, soil stabilization with polymer injections, and mechanical foundation repair.
When your foundation is dug out, the removed soil is backfilled into the empty space once the foundation is poured. Backfill behaves differently than “virgin” soil because it no longer has the tightly packed, watertight properties that undisturbed soil develops over decades and decades. When excess moisture enters backfilled soil, it expands and exerts pressure on your foundation walls. This is known as hydrostatic pressure, and it can cause serious damage to your foundation walls.
Foundation walls that are subject to pressure from expansive soils will bow inwards and develop cracks. If too much pressure builds up over time, the foundation walls could eventually fail. We can repair this problem with our wall anchor system, which will stabilize the wall by tying it to stronger soils and preventing inward movement.
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Foundation Repair Solutions
No homeowner wants to deal with foundation damage, but foundation problems can affect your home’s safety, appearance, and value. Complete Basement Systems can help. We have more than two decades of experience with helping homeowners resolve and repair their foundation problems. Here are some of the solutions we offer.
Is Foundation Repair the Right Solution for Me?
If your home is experiencing sticking windows or doors, uneven floors, bowing walls, or cracks along the footing or walls, you may need foundation repair. Your foundation can be exposed to damage in a number of ways, but it’s likely to be because of the soil on which your home was built. If the soil under your home erodes, washes out, or settles, your foundation may be at risk. Fortunately, at Complete Basement Systems we specialize in repairing and restoring foundations so that your home is safe and stable once more. By setting up an appointment with us, a member of our team will come to your home for a free inspection and pinpoint what’s going on with your foundation. Afterward, we’ll provide you with a written estimate of our repairs and which tailored solutions will work best for your situation.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Repairing foundation damage, which is often the root cause of drywall nail pops, is a process that is both complex and intensive. This is why you should not attempt to undertake this work alone. Doing so could have incredibly negative impacts on your home as a whole. Getting professional help, however, will yield far more consistent and effective results.
The Benefits of Professional Work
Hiring a professional to undertake your foundation repairs is a great idea for a number of reasons including cost-effectiveness, durability, and time. Professionals have everything they need already on hand including the tools, training, products, and perhaps most importantly, the experience to deal with foundation damage as well as the many secondary issues it can cause. This is particularly good because it is often these secondary issues that catch DIY enthusiasts by surprise.
Professional repairs tend to be quicker and less disruptive to your property than DIY repairs would be. This speed is part of what makes professional repairs more cost-effective when it comes to serious structural repairs like those required when there is foundation damage. Add to this the durability of professional-grade tools and products, and the overall cost of repairs becomes lower because of the lower likelihood of the recurrence of damage.
Why You Shouldn’t Try DIY
Just as there are a number of benefits attached to seeking professional help for your foundation problems, there are also a number of potential dangers to attempting a DIY solution. As well as the risk of increased costs due to the need to hire heavy excavation and installation equipment and buy the actual repair products, there is the matter of safety. DIY repairs are risky precisely because structural repairs involve dealing with a home that has become inherently unstable.
There is risk involved in any structural repair, even when they are undertaken by professionals. The difference is that learning to manage this risk is something that professionals learn to do as a part of their training. When you consider the reduced risk, increased quality, and generally higher cost-effectiveness that comes with professional repairs, it just makes sense to let the experts deal with your damaged foundation.
Why is Foundation Repair Needed?
Whether it is a small crack or a sticking window, foundation problems are not to be ignored. Putting these issues on the backburner can be harmful to your living environment, energy bills, and the structural stability of your home. Here are some reasons why repairing your foundation at the first sign of trouble is best for you, your wallet, and your family.
Enhanced Structural Integrity and Safety
Your home is supposed to be your safe haven and sanctuary, and when its structure becomes compromised it can spell trouble. When problems begin to surface such as uneven floors or bowing walls, it’s best to find the root of the problem and fix it as soon as possible. If these problems are left to persist it could result in complete foundation failure. Protect your home and your family today and for years to come with trusted, sturdy repair solutions from Complete Basement Systems.
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. Before that time comes, it’s important to make sure it’s ready for the next homeowners. While many home buyers enjoy fixer-uppers, most are looking for and expect a home to be free of problems. On average, foundation problems can reduce your home’s resale value by 10 to 30 percent, and buyers could have problems getting a mortgage because of it. A safe and stable home is more attractive to buyers as opposed to a house with cracks and uneven floors.
Protects Against Mold and Mildew Growth
Some homeowners think that mold is a relatively small issue in the grand scheme of things. Nonetheless, mold in your house is a serious issue that can impact your home and your health in many unexpected ways. Thankfully, a mold removal professional can safely and effectively remove formations. Of course, it would be far preferable to prevent mold from forming in the first place by ensuring your foundation is repaired and free from cracks or water damage.
Common Foundation Repair Tips & Mistakes
Helpful Tips for Foundation Repair
- Trees’ expansive root systems can also compromise the structural integrity of your home. As these root systems grow, they may come to butt up against your foundation. They may even crack it in their attempt to continue growing. If you want to keep roots from interfering with your home’s market value, try to plant any new trees or landscape features at least 20 feet away from the perimeter of your home. This will ensure your foundation is safe from damage.
- When considering the damage to your foundation, it’s also important to keep in mind the grading of your landscape. If your yard has a negative grade, whenever it rains or the snow melts come Spring, water will flow towards your foundation. If your yard has a positive grade, the water will flow away from your home and be less likely to cause problems.
- Water sitting next to the foundation of a home can cause issues such as structural failure and water leaks. As the soil gets wet, it expands, and as the soil expands it begins to push against the foundation walls. This pressure can cause cracking and create paths for groundwater penetration. To avoid water sitting next to the foundation, it is a good idea to make sure downspouts are properly installed. It is recommended that downspouts are run at least 8 feet away from the foundation walls so that the water runs away from the home and does not accumulate around the foundation walls.
Mistakes to Avoid When Dealing with Faulty Foundations
- By not fixing a foundation crack or leak you could be at risk for higher energy bills. How? Think of it this way: the more water gets into your home, the harder your air conditioner or heater must work to try and control your home’s internal temperature. If you remove the source of moisture, then you’ll be able to control that temperature more easily. When there’s less work for your HVAC systems to do, your energy bill will lower.
- Not only can animals and insects get into your basement if your foundation is damaged, but mold particles can as well. Mold loves nothing more than a damp, dark space in which to grow. Not only will it have the opportunity to get into the nooks and crannies of your basement, but it may start to settle within your foundation. This can mean worsening allergies or illnesses down the road as well as a weakened foundation if repairs aren’t made.
- Nothing is more unpleasant than climbing a ladder to clean out your gutters, but it’s an important part of keeping your foundation from cracking. When you clean out your gutters, you prevent rainwater from diving straight down onto the perimeter of your home. As a result, you lessen the amount of water damage your foundation has to endure, preventing cracks as you do so. A little bit of routine housekeeping can save you a lot of money when it comes to your foundation.
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Colorado Springs, CO
Don’t let Colorado Springs’ dryness or varying soil conditions wreak havoc on your home. Local experts can help you permanently repair and protect your foundation.
It is likely that your home's foundation, basement, concrete, and crawl space will sustain damage if you reside in Denver’s dry environment with expansive clay.
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Foundation damage is common in homes throughout Fort Collins-Loveland, but it should not be ignored. Let local experts ensure it’s forever protected by the best solutions.