Homeowners need to be aware of the threat water poses in homes. Water has a huge effect on homes and can actually damage a foundation if it penetrates the walls and the building. If you are having trouble with leaks, it is important to understand the damage the contractor is describing.
StayDry® Waterproofing is focused on providing high-quality waterproofing solutions that can protect homes from water. Our professionals will inspect your home and determine the perfect solutions to keep your foundation strong. We provide homeowners with excellent service and knowledge about foundation repair. This guide is for homeowners to gain a better understanding of foundation repair.
Understanding the Dangers of Damaged Foundations
One of the biggest threats to homes is foundation damage. If you live in a climate that introduces a lot of moisture to your home, you need to be aware of how it affects your foundation. Whether it is humid, raining, or snowing, all of this water plays a role in foundation issues. Here is a look at some of the types of foundation damage that occur:
- Active Soils: Non load bearing soil mass that is moving due to change in moisture.
- Bowing walls: Inward movement of basement walls due to lateral pressure on exterior.
- Consolidated Soils: Soils decreasing in volume due to stress applied to the soil when saturated with water.
- Expansive Soils: Swelling of soil when it is exposed to moisture.
- Foundation Cracks: Fractures in concrete slabs and walls due to foundation settling.
- Foundation Movement: Movement of the foundation after construction. Visible through distress.
- Foundation Settling: Vertical movement of foundations due to shifting soils.
- Heaving: Foundation is raised in areas due to expanding soils.
- Horizontal Cracks: Fractures on walls caused by hydrostatic pressures.
- Hydrostatic Pressure: Pressure exerted by the weight of water in soil.
- Lateral Pressure: Pressure exerted by surrounding soils.
- Sinking Walls: Vertical movement of walls due to shifting soils.
- Skin Friction: Resistance developed between the soil and structure.
- Structural Damage: Visible distress, such as drywall cracks, shifting door frames, concrete cracks, etc.
- Structural Distress: Cracks caused by a change in movement by the foundation, framing, soil, or thermal.
- Vertical Cracks: Cracks caused by settlement or heaving soils.
Foundation Repair Services
Now that you have an understanding of some of the damage you can observe on your home, it is important to find the right solution to keep your home protected. Here is a list of services that can help repair the damage and better stabilize your home in the future:
- Crack Injections: A polyurethane material is used to seal cracks and keep water from penetrating your basement.
- Wall Straightening: Repair bulging, leaning, and shifting walls. Have your walls straightened and reinforced.
- Fortress Stabilization: We reinforce your walls to keep them stable during harsh weather conditions.
- StayWall: A specialized service that reinforces your walls. We attach steel I-beams to your floor joints that add more stability.
- Wall Rebuilds: If your walls have experienced too much damage, they can be rebuilt to be good as new.
Contact StayDry® Waterproofing Today!
If you have noticed any signs of distress on your basement walls, StayDry® Waterproofing offers a wide range of services to fix the issue. Our StayDry® heroes offer expertise that gives homeowners the highest quality repairs. For a free estimate, you can click here or give us a call at 800.782.9379!