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A stable foundation is vital to the structural integrity of a house. If your home has a shifting or sinking foundation, it’s important to call on an experienced professional like Premier Wall Anchor & Waterproofing. Located in Stow, Ohio, we serve homeowners and house flippers throughout Northeast OH. Our team specializes in assessing and repairing sinking and shifting home foundations.
What Are the Signs of a Sinking Foundation?
A foundation that is shifting or sinking may not be noticeable at first, but over time, you’ll see the effects throughout your home. In some cases, the foundation can pull away in one direction as it sinks. This can lead to problems inside the house that may seem small at first but can become progressively worse. Interior signs of a sinking foundation can include:
- Floors that crack or feel uneven
- Doors or windows that stick when you try to open or close them
- Visible cracks that go up the walls and across the ceiling
- Gaps where walls meet the floor, the ceiling, or both
- Drywall screws that stick out of the walls
- Vertical or diagonal cracks running across basement walls
At first glance, these might look like issues that you can fix with basic DIY skills. However, they are indications of a much larger problem. You may also see signs of foundation problems on the outside of your house. These exterior signs can include:
- Sagging in the middle or at one end of the roofline
- Cracked masonry
- Visible gaps between windows and brickwork, or between a fireplace and an exterior wall
If you’ve noticed these issues around your home, it’s best to have them inspected by a professional. These might look like simple wear and tear, but they’re the result of a sinking foundation. The only way to solve the root cause of these issues is to use a professional basement repair service provider.
How We Repair a Sinking Foundation
If your home’s foundation is sinking, we can provide a structural repair to correct the issue and prevent any further damage. At Premier Wall Anchor & Waterproofing, we use industry-tested products to stabilize your home’s foundation. Our company is an authorized installer of Piertech Helical Piers, also known as piles or anchors.
Helical piers act like giant screws that hold the basement walls in place. First, the piers are driven into the ground. Next, lifting brackets are attached under the portion of the foundation that is sinking. We then attach hydraulics to the lifting brackets to raise the foundation into its proper position. Finally, we remove the hydraulics but leave the piers in place. By threading the piers through your basement walls and into the surrounding soil, you have an extra layer of support to hold the foundation in place and resist further sinking.
Because helical piers can be threaded into the ground, we’re able to minimize the amount of excavation required to repair the foundation. This means a shorter time frame to complete the repair and less disruption to the soil surrounding your home while ensuring a safe and thorough repair.
Foundation Stabilizing Solutions
In some cases, a house’s foundation is shifting, not sinking. While the interior and exterior signs may be similar, the repair process is different. With a shifting foundation, we will install wall anchors to stabilize your home. This repair uses heavy-duty anchors embedded in the ground outside your home. A rod connects each anchor to a wall plate inside the basement, pulling the wall into the correct position and holding it in place.
Because many of the visible symptoms of a shifting foundation are the same as those of a sinking one, it’s best to consult with an expert to determine the source of the issue. We also provide foundation crack repair and basement wall rebuilds.
Choose Premier Wall Anchor & Waterproofing for Foundation Repair
When you need an experienced contractor to care for your home, count on Premier Wall Anchor & Waterproofing. Our team has over 13 years of experience serving homeowners throughout Stow, OH, and the surrounding area. We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured, and are accredited by the Better Business Bureau. To learn more about our foundation repair services or to request a consultation, contact us today.