Solutions for Basement Settling

Licensed and insured foundation professionals in northeast Ohio

Sinking foundation repair in Akron, Ohio

Due to their immense size and weight, houses, building and other structures naturally and gradually sink into the soil below. This settling is caused by climate and soil conditions.

Much like small, non-threatening cracks in concrete walls, a small amount of foundation thinking is to be expected – especially for newly-constructed homes.

A strong stable foundation is supported by a strong bed of soil and dirt under it. If the soil fails to effectively hold the basement base and walls, many unnatural problems can result.

Sizable wall cracking, and slanting and sagging upper-level floors are the most obvious symptoms of a sinking foundation. It’s important to note, however, that structural problems don’t often occur quickly. As such, a homeowner can go week, months and even years without noticing growing issues.

Being that your home is huge investment, it’s essential that the foundation that provides support is in the best shape to do its job. Proactively addressing unstable basements and crawl spaces will likely increase the life of the structure while providing permanent stabilization.

We offer free inspections and estimates with no obligation to give you peace of mind.

Get in touch with our team in Akron to find out more about service options and to schedule your assessment in Stark, Portage, and Summit counties.

Signs of basement and floor sagging

As a homeowner, it’s generally not in your routine to examine the walls and floors of your basement for cracking, bowing, leaning, heaving, bulging, leaks, settling, sinking, and other structural problems.

We suggest monitoring your foundation monthly and looking closely for the following signs that your structure might be failing:

  • Emerging and growing cracks
  • Stair step cracks or 45-degree angle cracking
  • Sticking and jammed doors and windows
  • Cracks above windows
  • Drywall cracking
  • Horizontal cracks (sign of soil pressure)

Sinking and settling is typically caused by soil movement. Hot and dry conditions cause soil to shrink while excessive moisture causes expansion.

In areas where soil has a reputation for being unstable, we strongly advise that you check for the above symptoms even more often.

Counter-intuitively, the clearest signs of foundation troubles are most noticeable near the top of the house with cracking and jammed doors and windows.

It’s important to note that these signs don’t necessarily mean that your foundation needs fixing. However, it’s a solid starting point to seek the help of a local repair contractor for an assessment of the structure.

Trusted structure stabilization services

Foundation repair and stabilization is necessary if it’s been determined after investigation that your home has sunk, settled or shifted in its soil.

Several factors can result in basement failure. As this is the case, we determine the root of the issue during our evaluation and deliver a detailed plan that addresses the specific problem.

Depending on the cause of sinking, we provide the following warrantied foundation leveling services:

  • Steel push piers that extend to stronger soil for greater support
  • Helical piers
  • Plate anchors
  • Hydraulic slab lift pier
  • High pressure grout injection
  • Foundation brackets

We use modern equipment and proven methods that offer long-lasting permanent repairs. It is not common for a foundation to have to be completely replaced or rebuilt.

Contact us to find out more about sinking foundation repair solutions and pricing.

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