We take the phrase in a more literal sense. You literally need to have a solid foundation for your home, or it’s going to crumble.
All houses, no matter their age, can experience foundation problems. Maybe the builder didn’t use strong enough materials, or the soil around your home could be the problem. Whatever the reason, any kind of issue with your home’s foundation means trouble not only for the structure, but for your family.
Is there a crack in the wall you’ve been meaning to fix but kept putting it off? Don’t let it go too long. The longer you put off addressing the problem, the more involved and expensive the repair is going to be. And your safety and your loved ones’ wellbeing will be in danger. Why expose your family to a hazardous and unsafe home? Fix it the right way the first time with the right solutions from the right people.
The experienced professionals at Ohio Basement Authority are here to help! You are our No. 1 priority, and we take the safety of your home and family seriously. We are proud to serve homeowners in Columbus, Springfield, Mansfield, Westerville, Newark, Lancaster, Zanesville, Chillicothe, Marion, Dublin, and the surrounding areas.
In this section, we’ll cover common questions our team hears from homeowners just like you who want to know more about their foundation issues and how they can be fixed.
After living in his house for 18 years, a homeowner in Athens, OH, was ready to address longtime structural problems. One of the home’s foundation walls was cracking and tilting inward, and these issues only appeared to be worsening with time.
Significant damage and safety hazards, as well as costly repairs, can result the longer these signs of foundation wall failure are neglected. The homeowner wanted to fix these problems once and for all, and he began to research how to best address these problems.
He was motivated to contact Ohio Basement Authority after finding information about our company and our repair methods online. He then met with one of our inspectors who assessed the condition of the wall. Our inspector then recommended one of our many trustworthy foundation repair solutions.
One of our crews then installed several Carbon Fiber supports along the problematic foundation wall. These durable supports firmly adhere to the wall to permanently reinforce it and hold it in its current position. The straps also protect the wall from any further cracking or inward bowing. This repair method may not appear to be very attractive, but the straps’ low profile allows them to easily be covered by paint or other basement finishing materials.
The homeowner is now pleased to have a safe and structurally sound living environment because of this reliable repair method.
During the last several years, homeowners in Thornville, OH, have noticed a structural problem only getting worse with time. Some areas of the floor felt soft and uneven, indicating the floor joists in the crawl space were sagging and failing to properly support the above floors.
The owners recently renovated the home’s interior, and they did not want to have to worry about additional problems caused by sagging floors. They were motivated to address these issues once and for all, so they started to research how to remedy these problems. They came across information online about Ohio Basement Authority, and they were motivated to contact us for further guidance.
They met with Inspector John Becker Sr. who ventured into the tight crawl space to assess the condition of the floor joists. John found that one area of floor joists were being supported by small round concrete columns that had been shimmed with wooden pieces. This is not an ideal or proper support system, so John recommended one type of our many reliable foundation repair solutions.
One of our crews installed several IntelliJacks underneath the main support beam in the crawl space. Made of galvanized steel, the heavy-duty IntelliJacks permanently stabilize the floor and floor joists. They prevent further sagging and offer the best opportunity to lift the floors back to level. IntelliJacks also will not rust or corrode, and they are designed to stop settling. If any settlement occurs, however, the IntelliJacks can easily be adjusted.
The homeowners are pleased to now have a safe and stable living environment because of this trustworthy repair solution.
After living in their house for several years, homeowners in Newark, OH, knew they could no longer ignore structural issues that have plagued them for quite some time. One of the foundation walls was severely cracking and beginning to tilt inward, which indicates this wall is failing.
Concerned with the safety and structural integrity of their home, the owners were finally motivated to address these issues. After seeing some of Ohio Basement Authority’s TV ads, they were eager to contact us to learn about how our repair methods could help them. Once they met with one of our inspectors who evaluated the wall’s condition, the owners were equally excited for one of our crews to install the perfect solution.
We placed several IntelliBrace beams on the problematic foundation wall to permanently reinforce it and help improve its stability and condition. Similar to the other products, IntelliBraces also reinforce the walls and prevent any more damage. After the beams are fastened and secured to the floor joists, they are plumbed against the wall as level as possible. The bottoms of the beams are then anchored to the floor. The unique design of this system allows the beams to be tightened for wall improvement.
The homeowners can rest easier knowing these reliable repairs have helped them create a safer and healthier home.
Not long after moving into his house, a homeowner in Pickerington, OH, noticed some structural issues in the basement. One of the foundation walls was cracking and appeared to be slightly tilting inward. While these are common signs of foundation failure, the homeowner wanted to fix these problems as soon as possible.
The homeowner turned to his realtor, and the realtor highly recommended Ohio Basement Authority based on his experience with our company. The homeowner was then eager to contact us to learn more about how we could help him. The owner met with one of our inspectors who completed a thorough evaluation of the condition of the problematic foundation wall. He then presented the owner with one of our reliable foundation repair solutions.
One of our crews then installed several Carbon Fiber supports on this wall. These heavy-duty supports firmly adhere to the wall to permanently stabilize it in its current position. The straps also protect the wall from any further cracking or bowing. While their dark appearance may not be aesthetically pleasing, the low-profile supports can easily be covered by basement finishing materials.
The homeowner is pleased this trustworthy solution was used to help him create a safe and stable living environment.
The owners didn’t want these problems to worsen to the point of serious damage, so they began to research how to best address these issues. They came across Ohio Basement Authority’s website, and they were eager to contact us to learn more about how we could help them. They met with one of our inspectors who evaluated the condition of the wall. Our inspector then recommended one type of our many reliable foundation repair solutions.
Foreman Jose De Jesus Tellez Ortiz and his crew then installed several Carbon Fiber supports along this wall. These heavy-duty supports firmly adhere to the wall to reinforce it and stabilize it in its current position. These strong supports also prevent any further cracking or inward bowing on the wall. These supports may not appear aesthetically pleasing, but they can easily be concealed with paint or other basement finishing materials.
The owners now have peace of mind knowing this trustworthy solution has helped ensure the safety and structural integrity of their home.
If your foundation is failing, there are various problem signs you’ll notice throughout your home. Do any of these issues sound familiar?
Your house could be experiencing the above foundation problem signs and symptoms for a variety of reasons. But the biggest offender is the ground your house was built on. The soil under and around your home, as well as the health of that soil, has a big impact on your house.
There are so many kinds of soil types throughout the country, including hundreds in Ohio. But there are three basic ingredients – sand, silt, and clay, or a combination of any or all of these – that contribute to soil types and their textures. Maps from NASA Earth Observatory show how much of these ingredients can be found across the United States. Sandy soils that tend to drain water faster can be found in southern states, clay soils that hold onto water and silt soils that tend to have intermediate drainage properties can be found across the country.
Ohio has a good mix of all three ingredients. The state soil is Miamian soil, which has more silt. But Ohio also is rich in clay soil. So, various areas of the state will have more well-drained soil as opposed to others with expansive clay soils. To get a better idea what kind of soil you are dealing with, you can search your county and address in the Web Soil Survey from the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service.
There are different ways soil can affect your home’s structure. Here are the most common ways:
Maybe the better question is “how can you not benefit from foundation repair?” There are so many reasons why fixing foundation problems is good for you, your family, and your house, but here are two major benefits:
Now that you’ve learned about typical foundation problems, how they start, and why they should be fixed, don’t you feel motivated to address these issues once and for all? Before you make a trip to your local home improvement store, hear us out.
You may be very handy, but foundation repair is serious work that is not meant to be a quick do-it-yourself project. A lot can go wrong that will end up costing you time and money in the long run. Learn more about this in our blog, “The Worst Advice About Foundation Repair.” Instead of relying on quick fixes that won’t work, invest your money in long-lasting solutions from a reliable contractor.
You’ve probably heard horror stories from friends and family members who had awful experiences with contractors who didn’t finish the job, used sub-standard materials, left a mess, or caused even more problems. Some people may see this as the norm for working with contractors. But it most certainly is not. Don’t let a few bad apples completely influence your decision. There are some of us out there who are challenging and changing the contractor experience and disrupting the industry.
We know how intimidating it can be to hire a contractor and invite some unknown person into your house. Empower yourself to research and learn everything you can so you will be 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. Another important step is checking third-party sites like the Better Business Bureau for ratings.
The cost of repair is by far the top concern we hear from homeowners, which is completely understandable. Money spent on repairs is a big deal. Your home is your most significant investment and asset, and you want to make sure you’re fixing and protecting it with quality, cost-effective solutions.
We also understand how frustrating it can be to not get a straight answer right away. But that’s because there’s a lot to consider with foundation repair such as the extent of any damage, square footage and material usage. This differs from company to company, so make sure you have a thorough discussion with your contractor about pricing and payment.
To give you an idea, average home improvement spending is around $7,500, and most homeowners spend anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000 on 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 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.
It would be our pleasure to assist you along your foundation repair journey.
When you contact us, we will work to schedule an appointment for you to meet with one of our certified field inspectors for a free inspection and estimate.
It’s crucial for the inspector to physically be in your home to look at exactly what problems are going on. That way, he can complete a thorough assessment of the foundation and be able to recommend the best solutions for repair. No two foundation problems are alike, which is why our professionals will carefully examine your foundation and develop a custom repair plan.
Also during the appointment, the inspector will go over 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.
Take your time to review the estimate and don’t be afraid to reach out to 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 experienced crews. The crew will treat your home as their own, with the utmost care and respect, as they install the best products proven to repair and protect your home.
Rest assured that the work is not done until you are 100% satisfied with the job, so please speak up if you notice any issues. Additionally, we provide service and annual maintenance opportunities to ensure the solutions we installed are continuing to maintain your home’s safety and structural integrity.
As part of our commitment to our customers, we only install trusted solutions that will properly support your home and stand the test of time. The foundation repair products we install are manufactured here in the United States, and each is carefully designed and tested by a team of structural and geotechnical engineers. All our systems come with a written warranty, giving you complete peace of mind.
Here are the solutions we use to address your foundation repair needs:
We can help you restore foundation damage such as bowing walls, cracking floors, expansive soils, and all other types of problems.
With foundation piers, wall anchors, crawl space jacks, and other products, we have the right solution to all types of foundation issues.
Concerned about cost? Our experts will help you understand everything your home needs and why, ensuring you get the right services and price.
Don’t let time or fear of the unknown hold you back from having the safe and structurally sound home you deserve. If you have any questions along the way or just want to know how to get started, don’t hesitate to give us a call! We look forward to helping you repair, protect, and support your home!