Skip to Main Content
OBS crew on job site with shovel

Foundation Repair

No homeowner wants to deal with foundation repair, but foundation problems can affect your home’s safety, appearance, and value.

Schedule Your Free Inspection

Causes

Factors such as expansive clays, hydrostatic pressure, and freezing water can create too much stress on basement walls, causing them to push forward and even collapse entirely over time.

While sandy soils remain stable as water passes through them, soils rich in clay undergo significant changes based on their moisture content.

When clay type soils dry out, they shrink significantly — so much that the ground can become covered with cracks. But after a heavy rain, the cracks are gone and the soil is fully saturated with water.

Because clay soil absorbs so much water, it expands during wet weather. Expansive clay soils can put enormous pressure on your basement or foundation walls. When the pressure becomes more than the wall can handle, the wall will begin to push inwards.

Hydrostatic pressure is the pressure exerted by a fluid due to the force of gravity.

To understand how hydrostatic pressure can damage foundation walls, imagine how much heavier soil becomes when it’s soaked with water. When the weight of water is added to the weight of the soil, you’ve got much greater pressure pushing against a foundation wall.

Hydrostatic pressure effectively amplifies soil pressure against a foundation wall. When pressure exceeds the foundation wall’s ability to withstand it, the wall will begin to bow, buckle, tilt inward at the top, or move inwards at the bottom.

In areas with cold winter climates, frost heaving can sometimes put enough pressure on foundation walls to make them fail.

When water turns to ice, its volume increases by about 9%. If wet soil experiences a deep freeze, the wedging or heaving force that results can be extremely powerful.

Frost heaving can put literally thousands of pounds of force against your foundation walls, causing cracks, bowing, and heaving.

Our Customers Trust Us

  • 5/
  • 5/
  • 5/
  • 5/
  • 5/

They showed up up early, were professional, and finished the job on time. Highly recommend!

View David Leb's Review

David Leb

  • 5/
  • 5/
  • 5/
  • 5/
  • 5/

They were professional and did a great job of keeping everything clean. Thanks!

View John McKenna's Review

John McKenna

  • 5/
  • 5/
  • 5/
  • 5/
  • 5/

And the clean up was amazing. Our basement looks like it did when we moved I. 20 years. I don’t think it’s been that clean. Highly recommend.

View Scott Wamsley's Review

Scott Wamsley

  • 5/
  • 5/
  • 5/
  • 5/
  • 5/

Did fantastic and professional work. Very happy with the results and would use their services in the future.

View Daniel Fishburn's Review

Daniel Fishburn

  • 5/
  • 5/
  • 5/
  • 5/
  • 5/

He was conscientious, knowledgeable and completed the job in good time. He also left the area clean. I would recommend him anytime.

View Barbara Glasener's Review

Barbara Glasener

  • 5/
  • 5/
  • 5/
  • 5/
  • 5/

Everything went super well. The floor looks amazing. He answered all my questions and was super professional. 11/10

View TheColorKay's Review

TheColorKay

  • 5/
  • 5/
  • 5/
  • 5/
  • 5/

Matt Allen and Jon Cruz were fantastic. On time, professional and did a great job. Highly recommend.

View Joclene Inman's Review

Joclene Inman

    Contact Us

    For Your Free Inspection

    * All fields are required.

    placeholder image

    Resources

    Publish Date:

    Last Modified Date:

    OBA Map 2021

    SERVING CLEVELAND, YOUNGSTOWN & NORTHERN OHIO

    OHIO BASEMENT SYSTEMS

    7950 Bavaria Rd.
    Twinsburg, OH 44087
    (330) 235-1229