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Foundation Repair

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

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Have you noticed uneven floors in your home? Are wall cracks growing and worsening? While it is common to see these problem signs in your home, they can indicate significant foundation damage beneath the surface. This is dangerous for your home and family, and it is important to have these issues fixed before serious injuries result. When it comes to repairing and protecting your foundation, you are not alone. Our experienced, friendly team at Ohio Basement Systems will accurately diagnose what’s going wrong with your foundation and recommend solutions best suited to your home’s repair needs. Get started by requesting your free inspection today! 


The Causes of Foundation Problems

Factors such as expansive clay soil, 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.

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Is Foundation Repair the Right Solution for Me? 

Just as your foundation is responsible for ensuring the structural integrity of your house, it’s your responsibility as a homeowner to give it some help from time to time. Your home may need foundation repair solutions to help ensure its durability and combat common foundation issues. 

It doesn’t matter how old a home is or how recently a house was built. Homes of all ages have the potential to experience foundation problems like cracking and bowing walls, sagging floors, and sticking windows and doors. Issues with construction can sometimes come into play, but the root of damage to a home’s foundation is usually what lies beneath – the soil. Areas around Greater Cleveland and Northern Ohio have a mix of soil types including sand and silt, but clay is the most prevalent and problematic. 

When overly saturated clay soil expands – thanks to the region’s wet weather – it creates hydrostatic pressure that is forced upon foundation walls. Too much pressure leads to wall cracks, bowing, and basement leaks. Wall repairs and reinforcements are needed to better protect the foundation from these hazards. 

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Recognizing the signs of foundation settling will save you from having to spend money on repairs that won’t solve anything until the foundation has been stabilized. If the problem is caught early on, it will also save your home from experiencing extreme structural damage.

Here are typical signs you’ll notice if your foundation is settling:

  • Sticking doors and windows
  • Drywall cracked
  • Drywall nail pops
  • Wall and floor gaps
  • Sagging, uneven floors
  • Cracking, tilting chimney
  • Exterior brick cracks

Foundation settling often gets detected after the house is falling apart. If you’ve spotted the problem signs and have determined that your foundation is failing, you need to act fast. Settling only gets worse with time, which means that what you are seeing will become more of a problem later on. If allowed to go on for too long, the house may even become too structurally unsound to live in. Before that happens, call your local foundation experts for repairs.

Foundation problems are not something you can just DIY, like a paint job or hanging a painting. For the job to be done right, professional solutions are required. At Ohio Basement Systems, we provide the best foundation repair options for the homeowners of Youngstown, OH, such as helical piers and push piers. These pier support systems will permanently stabilize your foundation and completely stop the settling. The piers even have the potential to lift your home and even it out again.

After repairs are done, you can go about repairing any damage created by the foundation settling. If any door and window frames are warped, get them replaced. If any walls have cracks, get those patched up. It’s not worthwhile to repair your home when it’s settling, since anything that isn’t a support pier will not stop the damage caused by settling. If you haven’t already, also consider waterproofing your foundation, since some problem with the foundation drainage may have caused the settling.

One common misconception about trees on a property is that the tree roots will damage your foundation. The truth is, it isn’t really the tree roots themselves that cause the problem, but the soil.

As tree roots grow to find moisture, they move the soil around. Displaced soil is looser, allowing for easier soil erosion. Properties with loose soil tend to have more foundation and concrete settling problems.

If you have a tree that is close to your home, consider getting a root barrier and cutting down and replanting the tree. Trees should be 15 to 20 feet away from the house.

When you first move onto a new piece of land, you’ll want to do what you can to stabilize the soil beneath and around your home. While professionals can do the bulk of the hard work for you – and should – there are a few other experts you can work with if you want to protect your home. 

Assess the Stability of Your Landscaping 

Landscapers in your area may be able to make more sense of your trees and grade than others. If you’re moving onto a new piece of land, then, you can work with them to ensure that your concrete slab is as stable as possible. 

Professional landscapers can do what contractors in your area may not be able to when it comes to the environment’s impact on your concrete slab. While landscapers can’t install waterproofing measures around your home, they can help you relocate trees whose roots might otherwise destabilize your soil. Similarly, they can regrade your lawn, ensuring that moisture rushes away from the perimeter of your home. You can take all of these steps long before your concrete slab starts to show signs of instability. This means that you can get ahead of the worst of the slippage that might otherwise negatively impact your home’s value. 

Work with Area Professionals to Protect Your Home 

The professionals in your area are among the best people equipped to make sure that your soil stays exactly where it needs to. You can work with area professionals to inject your soil with polyurethane foam or concrete slurry even before your concrete slab starts to show signs of wear. 

Above all else, though, area professionals can regularly inspect the conditions in your basement, crawl space, and foundation. Because professionals will know what signs of damage to watch for, they can help you act when something starts to go wrong in your home. They can also help you maintain any home waterproofing measures you install, ensuring that you limit your repair expenses later down the line. 

Why is Foundation Repair Needed?

Here are just a few of the many benefits foundation repair can have on your home:

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Protected Safety and Structural Integrity

You may have other home improvement projects in mind, but it is best to start with your foundation and ensure your home’s safety from the ground up. A structurally sound home is a safe home and vice versa. Foundation repairs such as piers or wall anchors reinforce your foundation and not only immediately protect it but ensure its safety and stability for years to come. 

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Repair is More Cost-Effective Than Replacement

A lot of people weigh their options of foundation repair vs. total foundation replacement. The latter is very invasive and time-consuming and won’t actually get to the root of the problems. But various repair methods will permanently solve the issues, so you won’t have to worry about them again. 

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Improved Real Estate Value

Before selling your house, it’s important to make sure it’s ready and that it has retained its market value. Most home buyers expect to see houses that are free of problems like foundation cracks. A problematic foundation can decrease your home’s value by 10 to 30 percent, and buyers could have problems getting a mortgage. But a house that is structurally sound and properly protected is more attractive to buyers as opposed to a house with cracks and uneven floors. 

Common Foundation Repair Tips & Mistakes 

During our more than 20 years in the foundation repair industry, we have heard and seen a lot of repair attempts. Here are some things to consider when addressing your foundation concerns, as well as what to avoid: 

Helpful Foundation Repair Tips:

Foundation Repair Mistakes to Avoid:

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CLEVELAND, OH

Cleveland, OH

Cleveland's wet weather can wreak havoc on your basement and foundation. Damage is common, but permanent repair and protection are achievable with our trusted team and solutions.

YOUNGSTOWN, OH

Youngstown, OH

Wet basements and settling foundations are common because of Youngstown’s consistent rain and problematic soils. Ohio Basement Systems can help you protect your home with trusted basement, foundation, crawl space, and concrete repair solutions.

Akron OH

Akron, OH

Wet basements and settling foundations are common in Akron. High-quality solutions from Ohio Basement Systems combat these forces for permanent repair and protection.

MANSFIELD, OH

Mansfield, OH

Mansfield is home to a diverse number of soils vulnerable to poor drainage. This can cause structural issues to your property down the line—is your home protected?

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    Westlake, OH 44145
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    Youngstown, OH 44512
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