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Sinking Foundation

Your foundation plays a pivotal role in your home’s overall stability and your family’s safety. A sinking foundation requires immediate attention and the proper repair strategy to ensure structural integrity. 

Serving homeowners across Northern Ohio for more than 20 years, Ohio Basement Systems specializes in providing industry-leading foundation repair solutions. We are known for our commitment to quality, meticulous attention to detail, exceptional customer service, and proven repair methods. 

By the end of this article, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the sinking foundation issue, why prompt action is crucial, and how Ohio Basement Systems can resolve the problem. 

What Is a Sinking Foundation? 

A sinking foundation, or foundation settlement, occurs when your home’s foundation gradually shifts or sinks into the earth. This movement can happen uniformly or unevenly, with the latter being referred to as “differential settlement.” 

Ignoring these warning signs can result in severe structural problems and jeopardize safety. A professional inspection from Ohio Basement Systems can help you accurately diagnose what’s happening with your foundation. 

What Causes a Sinking Foundation? 

Numerous factors can contribute to your home’s foundation sinking, many of which are tied to the soil conditions on your property. 

Climate Impact 

The various weather patterns in Northern Ohio can affect the soil and, subsequently, your foundation. Our region experiences a humid continental climate with four distinct seasons. 

  • Rain: Cities like Cleveland receive above-average rainfall totaling 40 inches throughout the year, mostly during spring, summer, and fall, potentially overloading the soil. 
  • Snow: Our Snowbelt region often experiences more than 40 inches of snow yearly. Excessive snowmelt can impact soil stability. 
  • Natural Disasters: Floods and, although rare, significant earthquakes can further destabilize your foundation. 

Soil Composition and Conditions 

Soil conditions significantly influence foundation stability. Areas in Northern Ohio often consist of silt and expansive clay soils, prone to erosion and water retention. When the soil is either too dry or too wet, it can compromise your foundation’s stability, leading to sinking. 

Is Repairing a Sinking Foundation Possible? 

Absolutely, a sinking foundation can be effectively repaired. 

While DIY solutions may seem tempting for the sake of a quick fix, they often provide only temporary relief and could exacerbate the issue. Foundation repair should be entrusted to experts like Ohio Basement Systems. 

How to Fix a Sinking Foundation 

Fixing a sinking foundation is a complex undertaking best left to professionals. Ohio Basement Systems offers a variety of long-lasting solutions tailored to the specifics of your case. These include: 

Foundation Piers 

The most reliable method for stabilizing a sinking foundation involves using foundation pier systems or underpinning techniques. These piers are anchored deep into stable soil layers to provide lasting support and can potentially lift portions of your sinking foundation back into place. Our experts can recommend the correct pier type for your situation: 

  • Push Piers: Suitable for heavy structures, these metal tubes are hydraulically driven into the ground. 
  • Helical Piers: Ideal for unstable soils, these piers feature helix-shaped blades to grip the soil, as pictured here. 
  • Slab Piers: These piers attach to the underside of the concrete slab and are designed for homes with slab foundations. 

Why Act Now to Fix a Sinking Foundation? 

Immediate intervention is vital to: 

  • Minimize escalating repair costs 
  • Reinforce structural integrity 
  • Mitigate additional damage risks 
  • Avert safety hazards 
  • Enhance property value 

Don’t risk your home’s safety. Contact Ohio Basement Systems for a free inspection and estimate to restore your home’s stability. 

Contact Ohio Basement Systems for Expert Solutions 

While foundation sinking is common, it’s not a normal or safe living condition. If your home’s foundation is sinking, Ohio Basement Systems is here to provide professional and reliable solutions. 

Homeowners throughout Northern Ohio know they can rely on us for exceptional customer care and trusted permanent solutions. With more than 20 years of experience, we offer flexible financing options and warranties to make the repair process less stressful. Schedule your free inspection today

FAQs

Yes, a sinking foundation can significantly impact the value of a property. It can lead to structural damage, aesthetic issues, and potential safety hazards. These problems can deter potential buyers and cause the resale value to drop. Addressing the foundation damage promptly with the help of Ohio Basement Systems can protect your property’s value. Contact us for a free inspection and estimate. 

The cost of foundation repair depends on factors such as the size of the foundation, the extent of the damage, and the chosen repair method. Ohio Basement Systems provides free inspections, no-obligation estimates, transparent pricing, and various financing options

The duration of foundation repair can vary depending on the complexity and extent of the damage. Ohio Basement Systems will provide a timeline estimation during the initial assessment to give homeowners an idea of the repair process. Contact us for a free inspection to learn more. 

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