While some small cracks are normal, drywall with growing cracks moving in a “stair-step,” diagonal, or 45-degree angle is a sign that foundation problems might be present. This is especially true if the cracks are accompanied by floor or ceiling gaps.
How to repair settling foundations:
Uneven floors that sag or slope and may bounce or squeak when you walk on them. Typically, this is a telltale symptom of an unhealthy crawl space. Failing joists and support beams sag when they can no longer support the weight of your home.
How to correct sagging floors:
If your chimney leans away from your home, separating and creating a gap between them, foundation settlement could be to blame. Other symptoms that arise from this issue could include leaks inside the chimney, cracks where your foundation meets it, and a damaged flashing where your roof meets it.
How to restabilize tilting chimneys:
Concrete slabs that become uneven and cracked aren’t just an eye sore; they also pose a tripping hazard for your family and guests. Cracks let moisture underneath the slab, making it even more susceptible to settling and unevenness.
How to repair concrete:
Mold can pose a serious health threat to both your home and your family. Because it grows best in environments with excessive moisture, it generally means your basement or crawl space needs attention. When humidity problems are ignored, it can cause wood rot to support beams, poor air quality in your home, and a breeding ground for bacteria and pests.
How to prevent humidity and mold:
Leaks and flooding in your home’s basement are sometimes tricky to diagnose. Our experts determine the source of the water so we can take the correct preventative measures to permanently protect your home from water intrusion.
Solutions for water intrusion:
Foundation problems happen because of one underlying cause: soil. Whether the dirt under and around your home is too dry, oversaturated, or unstable, your foundation will suffer. Poor soil conditions can lead to settlement, floor heave, and bowing walls.
How to restabilize foundations:
Cracks in your foundation wall can happen for a few different reasons, each presenting specific symptoms. Cracks that move in a “stair-step” and are larger than 1/8 inch wide typically mean settlement is the problem. If your foundation walls bow and have horizontal cracking, especially accompanied by water leaks, your foundation is suffering from hydrostatic pressure.
How to repair cracked foundations:
Basement walls that appear to lean inward, especially when accompanied by large foundation wall cracks, are a sign that hydrostatic pressure is causing your foundation to fail. This happens when the soil surrounding your foundation becomes oversaturated or expands, putting immense pressure on the walls from outside.
How to straighten bowing walls: