foundation problemsFoundation Problems

At first glance, a foundation problem may seem like an extreme problem. However, if you identify the damage before it becomes too advanced, most foundation issues have simple, permanent solutions -- many of which can be completed within a day! The key is to recognize the problem early and make sure you call in a foundation repair specialist with the tools and expertise to effectively tackle the problem.

Basement walls may be pre-cast concrete, masonry blocks or even part of a post tension slab system. Common problems with basement walls, especially load bearing walls, includes walls that bow inward or outward, and cracks in basement walls. When basement walls show these signs your home could be very close to having a major structural problem. Problems with basement foundations can cause pressure on your wood framing and cracks in your interior drywall or exterior brick, block or stone walls.

So what's wrong with your foundation? We've created this helpful online guide to the most common issues. This will help you learn more about the damage to your foundation -- and what can be done about it.

You don't have to solve the problem alone! We have a team of expert in-house foundation contractors that are here to help you identify and solve your issues with warranted products and services. We provide free, no-obligation foundation repair quotes in Birmingham and throughout our Alabama service area. Call or e-mail us today for your appointment!

Common Foundation Problems

bowing foundation walls in Alabama
Bowing Foundation Walls
foundation walls cracked due to settlement in alabama
Settling Foundations
sagging floor joists and girders in birmingham
Sagging Crawl Spaces
stair step cracking on a foundation wall in birmingham
Foundation Wall Cracks
a huge crack in a concrete slab floor in hoover
Floor Cracks
an unlevel floor above a crawl space in aniston
Uneven Floors
foundation heaving cracks in a slab floor in birmingham
Heaving Foundations
foundation cracks along a window in birmingham
Sticking Windows And Doors
tilting, leaning chimneys in pelham
Tilting Chimneys
a collapsing retaining wall in Leeds
Collapsing Retaining Walls

Common Foundation Issues

Bowing Foundation Walls

bowing walls in birminghamFoundation walls begin to bow and buckle inward when the force against them exceeds their ability to withstand this pressure.

Failing foundation walls will crack and leak, and if you have a finished basement, they can lead to cracks in the finished walls. Bowing walls may eventually collapse and should be addressed right away.

Our solutions will do more than simply stop inward movement -- they can also be used to straighten the walls back to their original position.

Settlement and Cracking

foundation settlementFoundation settlement occurs when the soils underneath a foundation are unable to support the weight of the structure that's resting on them.

A settling foundation will mean a great deal of damage to your home -- including cracked foundation walls, cracked drywall, doors and windows out of square, and tilting chimneys. As foundation damage goes unaddressed, it will become more difficult to repair.

Foundation piers are a great option for repairing sinking structures of all types.

Sinking Floors

sinking floors leedsFloors over crawl spaces begin to sink in three scenarios: When there are too few supports, when the supports begin to sink into the ground, and when the structural wood holding up your floor begins to rot and grow mold.

When crawl space structures experience settlement, the entire home above can begin to show damage. Drywall will crack, doors will stick and floors will become uneven. If the crawl space is damaged by mold, there may also be moldy, musty odors upstairs.

Rugged steel supports can quickly restore your structure. If your structure was sinking due to mold and rot, your crawl space should also be dehumidified and encapsulated to prevent further damage.

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