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The basis of anything in life – from knowledge to education to relationships – is having a strong foundation. This is especially true when it comes to your home. Figuratively and literally, your house needs a strong, stable foundation.
How confident are you with the structure you and your family call home? Is it “solid as a rock,” or is “the ground falling out beneath your feet?”
Whether you’re noticing wall movement for the first time, or first saw a couple of wall cracks years ago but decided to put their repair on the backburner, you need to take care of foundation issues before it’s too late. The longer you neglect these kinds of problems, the more costly their repair will be, and the more danger you’re putting your family in.
Foundation problems can affect your home’s safety, appearance, and value. The first step to repairing your home’s foundation is to find the source of your problem. Repairing your foundation issue before it becomes a big problem is the most affordable and effective solution.
And Tar Heel Basement Systems is here to help you! As an award-winning foundation repair contractor in North Carolina and Virginia, our expert team will correctly diagnose your foundation problem and provide you with a permanent solution. We use patented products, ensuring that you get effective, long-lasting results. We are proud to serve homeowners in High Point, Lexington, Greensboro, Winston Salem, Lenoir, Mount Airy, Statesville, Bristol, Boone, Taylorsville, Abingdon, and the nearby areas.
On this page, we will explore common questions and concerns we hear from homeowners just like you about their foundations, foundation problems, and foundation repair.
What Are the Signs of Foundation Problems in My Home?
If you notice the following signs and symptoms in and around your house, you’ve got a problematic foundation on your hands.
- Wall Problems
- Bowing Walls
- Wall Cracks
- Sticking Windows & Doors
- Collapsing Retaining Walls
- Floor Problems
- Floor Crack
- Sagging Crawl Space
- Soil Problems
- Foundation Soils
- Foundation Settlement
- Foundation Heave
- Expansive Soils
- Additional Problems
- Street Creep Damage
- Tilting Chimney
What Causes Foundation Issues?
Your house could be falling victim to these issues for several reasons. But there is a common thread that leads to the problems you’re noticing – the ground your home was built on.
The soil under and around your home has a significant impact on the integrity of the structure. Sand, silt, clay, and a mix of any or all these ingredients, make up soil and its texture. Sandy soils tend to quickly drain water, silt soils typically have intermediate drainage properties, and clay soils tend to hold onto water.
Soil composition maps on NASA Earth Observatory show how much of these ingredients can be found across the country. You can see that North Carolina has a good mix of all of them, but sand and clay stand out as the most common. There are hundreds of soil types throughout the state, and you can get a better idea of what kind of soil you are dealing with by searching your specific area and address in the Web Soil Survey from the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service. This survey shows locations along the coast have primarily sandy soils, and silt and clay are the frontrunners in more inland areas.
Here are some different ways soil affects your home’s foundation:
- The Clay Bowl Effect and Hydrostatic Pressure
After your home’s foundation was completely built, previously excavated soil was then backfilled and replaced around the walls. This loose, fluffy, aerated soil is not dense or tightly packed like more stable, undisturbed soil farther away from the house. So, when water collects in the soil directly next to the house, it creates a “clay bowl.” The saturated soil expands and exerts pressure – hydrostatic pressure – on the foundation walls. When this constant force becomes more than the walls can bear, they will begin to show signs of failure in the form of cracks and inward movement. Water also can easily seep through these cracks and further impact the home.
- The Clay Bowl Effect and Hydrostatic Pressure
- Soil Settlement and Poor Supporting Soil for Chimneys
It’s natural for soil to settle over time, and for backfilled soil to settle into place. But as it does, it can do so at an angle. If soil is sloped toward the home and not away from it, water can easily collect around the foundation walls, seep inside, and contribute to hydrostatic pressure. Unevenly settling soil also can lead to uneven settling of your foundation. When this happens, you’ll notice diagonal cracks in drywall and from corners of windows and doors. These windows and doors also may not open or close properly.
Another foundation issue that is more frightening to see is a cracking and leaning chimney. Chimneys aren’t always built on the same soil or foundation as the rest of the home, and they may not have proper footing. When soil cannot support the weight of the chimney, the chimney will begin to pull away from the rest of the structure.
- Water and Moisture in a Vented Dirt Crawl Space
Along with the clay bowl effect and hydrostatic pressure, water can enter homes in other ways. Open crawl space vents allow outside air, water, and pests inside. When this happens in dirt crawl spaces that are not properly sealed or encapsulated, it wreaks havoc on the structural support system under the house. Water and moisture in this space will lead to rust and corrosion of metal supports and rotting, warping, and buckling wooden supports. These will ultimately lead to sagging and soft floors.
- Soil Settlement and Poor Supporting Soil for Chimneys
Why Should I Fix My Foundation? What Are the Benefits?
Maybe the better question is “how can you not benefit from foundation repair?”
Many people choose to ignore even the slightest foundation problem like a crack in the wall because they think it is not a big deal and that it will somehow go away, and they keep putting off fixing it because of time and budget constraints. This is a dangerous mindset that only allows the problem to continue to worsen, which in turn puts the safety of your house and your family in jeopardy.
Instead of keeping those problems out of sight and out of mind, tackle them head-on.
Here are just a couple major perks of finally fixing your foundation the right way:
- Protected Safety and Structural Integrity
Would you feel comfortable knowing your loved ones live in an unsafe environment that could collapse? That’s what will happen if you do not attend to your foundation. When you shore up your foundation and support systems within your house, you are ensuring not only the safety of the structure but the wellbeing of your family as well. A safe, sturdy home is a happy home.
- Enhanced Real Estate Value
Your house is going to be on the real estate market at some point. Whether that’s now or many years down the road, you need to make sure your house is ready. While various factors can impact a home’s real estate/resale value, structural issues carry a lot of weight. Foundation problems can reduce your home’s resale value by 10 to 30 percent, and buyers could have problems getting a mortgage.
As a North Carolina homeowner, you are required to complete the State of North Carolina Residential Property and Owners’ Association Disclosure Statement and disclose any known past or current problems. These include any defects with the foundation, slab, floors, interior and exterior walls, or other structural components. Other related items on the checklist are damage from a past infestation of wood-destroying insects which has not been repaired and defects with grading or soil stability.
Show buyers you care about your home and the finer details by fixing these problems the right way.
How Much Can I Expect to Spend to Fix My Foundation?
One of the burning questions homeowners always have concerns the cost of repair. Which is natural. Money is a big deal, and so is your home. When you purchased your home, you made a long-term investment. So, when it needs work, you want to make sure you’re using the best, cost-effective solutions.
To give you a general idea, average home improvement spending is around $7,500, and most homeowners pay between $4,000 and $10,000 for foundation repairs. Some average foundation repair product prices include $1,000-$3,000+ per foundation pier, $500-$1,300+ for leveling/slab jacking, and $2,000-$6,000 for sealing/subfloor drainage.
Check with your insurance carrier regarding any concerns with repair needs and insurance coverage, as all policies are different. Some policies cover losses from fires, but many exclude coverage for issues such as foundation cracks or settling. Coverage may kick in, however, if the foundation has been damaged from other problems like broken plumbing, for example. (Source: SF Gate)
All that being said, no two foundation problems are alike. Every home is different and requires its own unique repairs. There’s a lot to consider with foundation repair such as the extent of damage, area needing to be repaired, square footage, material needed, etc. This differs from company to company. So be sure to have a thorough discussion with your contractor about pricing and payment.
What Can Tar Heel Basement Systems Do to Help Me?
During your foundation repair journey, we would be honored to work with you in helping create a safer and healthier living environment for your family. As a homeowner and one of our customers, you are our No. 1 priority. We truly care about you, your family, and your home. When you choose to work with us, you become part of our family.
Let us show you how we are different from typical contractors, and how you’ll have a memorable experience while undertaking a serious project.
When you’re ready to get the process started, reach out to us for a free inspection and estimate. We will then work with you to schedule an appointment for you to meet with one of our certified field inspectors. When the inspector visits your home, he will do a complete assessment of your home’s foundation. As he discusses his findings with you, he will put together a written proposal and customize a repair plan with the right products to meet your home’s specific needs. He also will take your budget into consideration and go over payment and financing options.
Take your time to sit with the estimate and be sure to follow up with your inspector with any questions or concerns. Then, when you’re ready to move forward with the work and sign the contract with your inspector, we will schedule the work with one of our crews. Our crew will treat your home as their own, with care and respect, as they install your tailored foundation repair solutions. Their job is not done until you are completely satisfied with the work, so don’t be afraid to voice any concerns if the project isn’t living up to expectations.
Even after the work is completed, we will maintain communication with you. We want to make sure our work and your home is protected, which is why we offer service and maintenance opportunities.
What Will Be Used to Fix My Foundation Problems?
Because your safety – and that of your family and your home – is our top priority, we only use the best, trusted solutions proven to effectively repair and protect your home. Manufactured here in the United States, each product is carefully designed and tested by a team of structural and geotechnical engineers. All our systems come with a long-term written warranty, giving you complete peace of mind.
Our heavy-duty wall reinforcement and piering systems are made with galvanized steel to prevent rust, corrosion, and damage. This protects them against the toughest forces and provides you and your home with a strong, permanent solution.
Here are the different foundation repair systems we use:
- Foundation Wall Repair Systems – Cracking and/or bowing walls can vary in damage and severity, so we offer a few different foundation wall repair and reinforcement options to address their unique challenges.
- Carbon Fiber Supports – Durable Carbon Fiber supports firmly adhere to the walls to not only stabilize them but also hold them in their current positions. They also prevent any further wall cracking or movement and are ideal for walls with minimal to moderate issues. These supports have a smooth finish and low profile, so they can easily be concealed with paint or basement finishing materials.
- Wall Anchors – Strong galvanized earth anchors are securely embedded in stable soil away from the foundation wall, and they are connected to sturdy steel interior wall anchor plates with long galvanized steel rods. This system will permanently stabilize the wall, as well as offer the best opportunity to straighten it over time. This unique system offers the ability to tighten the anchors when exterior soil shrinks during dry periods.
- IntelliBrace™ Beams – IntelliBrace™ beams function the same way as wall anchors in stabilizing and helping straighten shifting walls. They are best to use when there is limited access available outside of the home for exterior wall repair.
- Foundation Pier Systems – Only the most durable solutions are used to properly tackle foundation settlement. These pier systems are installed deep into the ground and to more stable soil to permanently stabilize the home and help lift it back to its original position.
- Push Piers – Push Piers are driven through a bracket attached to the foundation footing and down to bedrock or a stable soil layer. This is the most used type of pier for most foundation settlement applications.
- Helical Piers – Helical Piers are manually advanced or screwed into the ground. These round shaft helicals do not bend like square shaft pieces. These piers generally are used in specialty foundation settlement applications and for light structures like porches.
- Slab Piers – Like Push Piers and Helical Piers, Slab Piers are installed in deep, stable strata. But these are specifically used to stabilize your concrete slab foundation and potentially lift your home back toward its original position.
- Crawl Space Support Posts – Sagging floor joists or floors above a crawl space or basement call for our high-strength IntelliJacks™. These support posts are engineered to transfer your home’s weight onto stable soils and stop settling. IntelliJacks™ are five times stronger than builder’s grade support jacks, and they can support loads exceeding 60,000 lbs.
Additionally, we can install the PolyRenewal™ concrete lifting and leveling system. It typically is used on sidewalks, driveways, and other outdoor areas. But we also can execute interior slab leveling. This state-of-the–art repair method can be used to lift, level, and stabilize cracking and sinking concrete slab floors and garage floors.
You don’t have to live with stressful foundation problems. Tar Heel Basement Systems is here to provide you with quality foundation repair services that will restore the integrity of your home. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you fix your home forever. We look forward to working with you!
We can help you restore foundation damage such as bowing walls, cracking floors, expansive soils, and all other types of problems.
With foundation piers, wall anchors, crawl space jacks, and other products, we have the right solution to all types of foundation issues.
Concerned about cost? Our experts will help you understand everything your home needs and why, ensuring you get the right services and price.
Get the best foundation repair services from your local experts
No two foundation problems are alike, which is why our professionals will carefully examine your foundation and develop a custom repair plan. We have unique solutions for bowing walls, foundation settlement, floor cracks, and all other types of foundation problems.
Each of our foundation products is carefully designed and tested by a team of structural and geotechnical engineers, and all of our systems come with a written warranty, giving you complete peace of mind.
You don’t have to live with stressful foundation problems. Tar Heel Basement Systems is here to provide you with quality foundation repair services that will restore the integrity of your home. Contact us today to request your free foundation repair estimate in Lexington, Winston Salem, High Point, Greensboro, Lenoir, Mount Airy, Statesville, Bristol, Boone, Taylorsville, Abingdon or nearby.