Know the signs. Stair-step cracks are among the most common signs of potentially serious damage to foundation walls.
Have you noticed cracks in your foundation walls? Do you have uneven, bowing walls and sticking doors and windows? If so, you may have a serious foundation wall problem.
Ohio Basement Authority specializes in providing quality foundation wall repair. Our trained professionals can diagnose the cause of all types of foundation wall problems and provide you with a long lasting solution that will stabilize your home.
If you have issues with bowing, buckling or cracked foundation walls in your home, contact us online to learn more about how we can help you. We offer free estimates in Columbus, Springfield, Mansfield and throughout the surrounding areas.
Maintaining a safe and stable home is important to longtime homeowners in Fredericktown, OH. That is why they were motivated to address a worsening structural issue before it resulted in serious damage.
The homeowners noticed the exterior retaining wall adjacent to their garage was beginning to cracking and bow outward. Retaining walls can fail due to a variety of issues including poor construction and hydrostatic pressure exerted on the wall by the soil.
The owners contacted Ohio Basement Authority after seeing one of our TV ads, and we installed some of our many reliable foundation repair products. These included a Helical Pier and two Wall Anchors. Both of these durable products permanently stabilize, straighten, and reinforce the retaining wall.
The homeowners now have peace of mind knowing these reliable solutions have helped them create a safer living environment.
During the several years that she has lived in her house, a homeowner in Sunbury, OH, has been keeping an eye on a structural issue in her basement. She noticed one of the foundation walls was cracking and bowing inward, and these problems were worsening over time.
Cracking and bowing are common signs of foundation wall failure, and they will only result in significant safety hazards and costly repairs the longer they are neglected.
The homeowner was motivated to address these issues for good. She contacted Ohio Basement Authority after a friend and happy Ohio Basement Authority customer referrer her to our company. One of our many highly trained inspectors specializing in foundation repair presented her with the perfect permanent repair solution.
One of our many reliable foundation repair crews, led by Foreman Zach Wells, installed five Channel Anchors on the problematic foundation wall. These unique anchors permanently stabilize the foundation wall, and they offer the best opportunity to straighten the wall back to level.
The homeowner was excited this reliable solution was installed so her home will be a safe and stable living environment for many years to come.
Homeowners in Columbus, OH, may decide to sell their house in the future, so they wanted to take proactive steps to ensure its structural integrity and resale value.
The owners have lived in the house more than 30 years, and during that time they have noticed issues such as foundation wall cracking and bowing starting to get worse.
These are common signs of foundation wall failure, most often caused by hydrostatic pressure. As the soil outside the foundation walls expands from saturation, it exerts pressure on the walls. This constant force then causes the walls to fail.
Hoping to find a permanent solution, the owners contacted Ohio Basement Authority after learning more about our company through home repair resources like Home Advisor. We then installed some of our reliable foundation repair products.
Five Wall Anchors were installed on the problematic south foundation wall. This wall had significant gaps between the cracking blocks, but the sturdy wall anchors corrected this. Not only do these galvanized steel anchors permanently stabilize the wall, they offer the best opportunity to straighten it. Their unique design allows them to be tightened at intervals for wall improvement.
Six Carbon Fiber supports were installed on the east foundation wall that was also cracking and bowing, but not as severely as the south wall. These heavy-duty supports also permanently reinforce the wall and prevent further cracking and inward bowing. They can easily be concealed by paint, drywall or paneling.
The owners now have peace of mind knowing the home will be structurally sound not only for themselves, but for future homeowners for many years to come.
Bowing walls are being pushed inward, usually by expansive soils or hydrostatic pressure. Expansive soils push against the wall due to water or frost effects. Hydrostatic pressure is when underground water applies inward force against your wall. Common symptoms of this problem include horizontal or stair step cracking along the foundation wall, diagonal cracks in the corners, inward bulges, and walls leaning in at the top or bottom. Any of these issues can severely impact the structural integrity of your foundation.
Over time, bowing walls can lead to serious damage to the home and impact property value. We solve bowing walls by using wall repair products such as Wall Anchors, which secure the wall to stable soils further away from the home. With these products, we can prevent further inward movement and potentially return your wall to its original position.
Wall cracks come in a variety of types, including horizontal or vertical cracks running the length of the wall, stair step cracks, and diagonal cracks in corners around doors and windows. Foundation wall cracks are generally caused by the natural shrinkage of concrete as it cures, foundation settlement, and expansive soils. Though a small crack may not be cause for concern, any significant crack could be an indicator of structural problems with your foundation.
We use different solutions to repair different types of wall cracks. Foundation piers are a good solution for settling foundations in weaker soils, as they provide an extra level of support for the home. Cracks in walls on living levels are sometimes caused by sagging crawl spaces, which we fix with our crawl space support jacks. Our experts will identify the cause of your wall cracks and provide you with the right solution.
Retaining walls are designed to resist the lateral pressure of the soil, but they are still susceptible to tilting, cracking, and buckling. The easiest ways to tell if your retaining wall is damaged is to look for tilting at the top of the wall or separation between the retaining wall and the adjacent structure. These issues can be caused by poor construction, poor drainage around the wall, and expanding soils. All of these factors create additional pressure on the wall and cause it to deteriorate. When you see these problems, your retaining wall needs repair or it will eventually fail completely.
We use two different methods to restore failing retaining walls: wall anchors and helical tiebacks. With both methods, support shafts are attached to the wall and installed in competent soils further away from the wall. This process stabilizes the wall to prevent additional movement and can also restore your wall to its original condition. Our experts will help you decide on the right product depending on the location of your wall and the makeup of the soils around it.
If you’re having problems with damaged foundation walls in your home, call the experts at Ohio Basement Authority today. We offer complete foundation repair services to ensure that your home is safe, stable, and maintains its value.
If you have a foundation problem in your home, contact us online to get started with a free estimate! We proudly provide foundation wall repair in Columbus, Springfield, Mansfield, Westerville, Newark, Lancaster, Zanesville, Chillicothe, Marion, Dublin and throughout the surrounding areas.