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Foundation Wall Crack Repair

Identifying the cause of your foundation wall cracks — and how to repair them

a foundation wall crack on a London home.

At Ohio Basement Authority, we can inspect your foundation at no charge, providing you with a written solution that’s warrantied to permanently stabilize your home’s structure.

In many cases, we may even be able to close the cracks, straighten doors and windows, and return your foundation to its original position.

The Problem:

You’ve noticed cracks in your foundation walls.

Telltale Signs:

  • Horizontal or vertical wall cracks
  • “Stair-step” or diagonal cracking
  • Bulging, buckling foundation walls
  • Pushing in at the bottom of the wall
  • Sliding in at the top of the wall

How to Fix It:

Foundation wall cracks have several different causes, and each has its own unique solution.

Concrete walls may experience small cracks as they cure. These are normal and may be no cause for alarm.

If your walls are cracking due to foundation settlement issues, foundation piers may be your solution.

If your foundation walls are failing due to expansive soils, a wall anchor system may solve your problem.

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  • Wall Anchors Stabilize Cracking, Failing Foundation Walls in Columbus, OH
    Wall Anchors Stabilize Cracking, Failing Foundation Walls in Columbus, OH

    Wall Anchors Stabilize Cracking, Failing Foundation Walls in Columbus, OH

    After living in their house for almost 25 years, homeowners in Columbus, OH, were working on finishing their basement. After they removed paneling from the walls, they noticed that two of these foundation walls were showing signs of failure in the form of various cracks. The walls also were slightly tilting inward.

    This greatly concerned the homeowners, as they were worried about the safety and structural integrity of their home. After learning more about Ohio Basement Authority from a trusted friend who shared her remarkable experience with our company, the homeowners were eager to contact us for a permanent solution.

    After meeting with one of our experienced inspectors, the owners were equally excited for one of our expert crews to install a trusted repair solution. Eight Channel Anchors were installed on the two failing foundation walls. These types of anchors are ideal for walls that are pushing in at the bottom or tilting in at the top. The anchors will permanently stabilize the foundation walls and offer the best opportunity to straighten them.

    To install the anchors, earth anchor holes first were carefully augured in stable soil away from the foundation walls. Small holes are drilled through the walls, galvanized steel rods are driven out, and earth anchors are installed and attached to the rods. The interior vertical plates are attached and tightened to seat the earth anchors.  They also are mounted to the floor for extra support.

    The owners now have peace of mind knowing this repair process has helped them create a safer forever home.

Different Types Of Foundation Wall Cracks

Foundation cracks vary in severity from a simple cosmetic issue to a major problem with your home. However, even serious foundation problems, when addressed early on, can be quickly and permanently fixed.

Cracks form in foundation walls for three main reasons:

diagram of foundation push piers and helical piers stabilizing a ranch house foundation.

Repairing Foundation Wall Cracks

Whether the problem is expansive soils or unstable soils underneath your foundation, there are effective solutions that can permanently repair your foundation or structure.

  • Foundation Pier Systems are an excellent way to stabilize and potentially lift a foundation that is resting on soils that cannot support the weight of the home. Foundation piers are a permanent solution for homes that are settling, and they can be installed year-round.diagram of a foundation wall anchor system repairing a cracked wall
  • Push Piers stabilize foundations by transferring the weight of the home deep below the foundation, reaching to bedrock or competent strata.
  • Helical Piers are an excellent way to stabilize foundations when there is sufficient knowledge of local soil conditions. They are advanced into the soils underneath the foundation via a helical blade.
  • Wall Anchor Systems are ideal for stabilizing and potentially straightening foundation walls that are buckling due to pressure from expansive soils. Wall Anchors use the soils beyond the foundation walls to exert counterpressure on failing foundation walls. This holds the walls in place in the short term, and it allows your contractor to attempt to straighten the walls back to their original position over time. This solution requires access to the soils beyond your foundation walls. If exterior access is limited or not possible, we recommend installing the IntelliBrace™ Wall Repair System as an effective solution.

Can I Have A Settlement Issue If My Foundation Walls Aren’t Cracked?

A large drywall crack in an interior wall in Lancaster

Do you have cracks in the drywall on the inside of your home but no cracks on the foundation wall?

Your problem may be a sagging crawl space and not settlement of your foundation walls. Alternatively, your floor could be sinking down or experiencing upheaval.

There are several foundation problems that can occur even when your foundation walls themselves are not cracking.

Sagging Crawl Spaces

Crawl spaces can sag when the support beams sink into the ground. They can also sink when mold and rot weaken floor joists and girders, or when too few crawl space support posts are in place to adequately support the structure bearing down from above them.

As crawl spaces sag, the floor above will also sink. As the floor sinks, it can pull on the partition walls attached to it, leading to drywall cracks.

More about sinking crawl spaces.

Heaving Or Sinking Slab Floors

When the soils underneath slab floors settle or are washed away, the floor itself will begin to sag. Likewise, when the soils underneath a concrete floor expand, the slab will begin to lift upwards.

Either way, the movement of concrete floors can lead to cracks along drywall and the floor itself.

More about concrete floors that sink or heave.

We Do Foundation Wall Crack Repair In OH

No matter what kinds of problems you’re experiencing with your foundation walls, our in-house team of foundation experts is here to help. At Ohio Basement Authority, we repair foundations throughout Ohio every day,

We’d like to offer you a free, no obligation foundation wall repair quote to help you decide what repair solution is best for your home. Each of our free quotes comes at no obligation and includes an on-site inspection, a personal consultation, and a written estimate.

To schedule your free quote, call or e-mail us today! We serve Columbus, Springfield, Cincinnati, Dayton, Mansfield, and throughout southern Ohio.

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