Are you putting a band aide on the structure of your home?

Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Rebecca Poynton


When you see walls cracking do you really know what's happening? When you look at a wall that has visible damage do you know the source of that damage? Most homeowners can only wager a guess and try to put a bandage on the wound. Bandaging doesn't mean fixing and not fixing the source of the issue can lead to critical foundation damage in your future. Here are some solutions you may not have thought about.

The most important first step is to call in a proven, qualified specialist in order to expertly determine exactly what is causing the foundation issue in the first place. You can't prevent a problem from recurring by patching wall cracks when there is a sink hole forming below your foundation. Sink holes sounds far-fetched, but with aging plumbing systems under ground and larger homes being built every day, sink holes are becoming more and more prevalent.

It may also be something more common like soil that is simply not fit to withstand the pressure of a home's weight. Two examples like this make it easy to see that a home's "foundation" has as much to do with the ground as it does to do with the structure itself.

There are multiple ways to tackle any problem in your home. The root of the issue is what will determine the best solution that will be stable AND WARRANTIED not just to the homeowner, but to the home itself. A lifetime warranty can only be given when the source of the problem is resolved.

There are specific solutions for the primary cause of the issue, which are largely addressed with one of the six following items:

Are you putting a band aide on the structure of your home - Image 1Use steel I-beams to strengthen foundation walls with PowerBrace.

 

 

Are you putting a band aide on the structure of your home - Image 2CarbonArmor will reinforce the wall from top to bottom to prevent additional cracking or bowing.

 

Are you putting a band aide on the structure of your home - Image 3Wall anchors are used to support walls from exterior ground pressure, which push at your walls and eventually cause a weakening to the structure itself.

 

Are you putting a band aide on the structure of your home - Image 4Another alternative is the Push pier, which is installed beneath the sunken foundation walls, re-establishing proper levels and preventing additional settling.

 

Are you putting a band aide on the structure of your home - Image 5Helical piers will actual "screw" in your foundation walls to stabilize it.

 

 

Are you putting a band aide on the structure of your home - Image 6Lastly, your foundation issues may be supported under your crawlspace by using the SmartJack.

These are all better than any guesswork you may have tried to address, right? If you want to be secure in knowing you are choosing the best option for your home, call us today and schedule an appointment for one of our certified specialists to come out, evaluate the problem, and give you the best solution that will actually correct the problem and not just put a band aide on it.

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