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Water is a symptom – sometimes of poor drainage that had destroyed a specific area of your foundation wall, of a pathway certainly, but water is water. Sometimes it’s a symptom of structural issues, something critical. (See Causes and Solutions) Water in your basement or crawl space is a waterproofing problem, which normally requires a waterproofing solution. Failure to address this problem can often lead to foundation and structural problems. You may be asking, “What is the difference?”

The difference is degree. If you have water coming though your floor, or wall, or through a crack in the wall, then you have seepage. If the wall starts to bow, or if the crack is displaced a certain degree, e.g. – an inch or more – then you may have a structural issue, which can no longer be ignored, or you risk foundation failure, and tremendous loss of property value. Could take 2 days, 2 months, 2 years, 200 years. I can see into the future. Just not precisely enough to quote ‘how many years’ for sure. If your wall has a small crack, which is structural, then the repair is not prohibitive.

The repair to a structural problem is determined by its magnitude – the stage that it happens to be in. If the crack widens, and the wall is displaced by a few inches, the repair cost increases. If your wall is about to fall down or collapse, then the repair is expensive, since a wall rebuild is now necessary.

Here you have a wall in Cheverly that was failing quickly. We properly rebuilt part of the wall that was failing, and then braced it with Carbon Fiber / Kevlar™.

Listed below are indicators you can look for to determine possible expansive soil related movement and / or structural damage. The probability that your foundation has experienced some movement increases with the number of indicators observed, their frequency, and location in the structure.

Exterior Indicators:

 

  • Diagonal(stair stepping) Cracks in brick walls. Cracks may go through brick or mortar and vary in width

 

  • Sagging brick lines when sighting along a wall

 

  • Bowed or non-vertical walls

 

  • Separation of wood trim joints at corner

 

  • Separation of concrete driveway, patio, or sidewalk from foundation

 

  • Tilting of landscaping/retaining walls

 

Interior Indicators:

 

  • Cracks in sheetrock walls or ceilings

 

  • Bowed or non-vertical walls

 

  • Bottom of wall separating from the floor

 

  • Cracks at wall corners

 

  • Cracks above doors

 

  • Sticking doors.(warped door frames)

 

  • Sticking windows

 

  • Sloping floor surface

 

  • Cracks in ceramic or vinyl tile

 

  • Cracks in concrete floor

 

Structural repair may be complicated and when we diagnose a structural issue, then we require an engineer’s report from an engineer with specialized knowledge to both analyze and develop repair plans. The Foundation Expert is a licensed and certified engineering firm – we can come to your home and assess your problem.

They will determine the amount of foundation movement that has occurred and what the recommended course of action may be; e.g. – If the foundation wall has shifted or bowed inward, we may recommend a wall bracing to restrain and stabilize the wall to prevent further inward movement. If it is determined the foundation footing has cracked we may recommend a foundation underpinning system to prevent further vertical settlement.

Regardless, if left unattended, foundation structural problems will only deteriorate further, leading to higher costs, and a loss of value in what is likely your largest and most valuable investment. We have qualified inspectors with over 30 years’ experience. Don’t let the problem continue. Call our office today to speak with one of our Licensed and Certified professionals. (877) 344-1155 http://www.TheFoundationExpert.com