D&L Waterproofing also offers efficient foundation repair for home and business owners experiencing certain foundation problems that threaten the security of their house. We have had years of experience in the field, helping residents get their foundation fixed quickly and secured with our foundation repair systems. Having problems with your foundation can have many symptom, side effects, or warning signs to look out for, even if you're not an expert. Here at D&L we have the tools and knowledge to help work with whatever type of foundation problem you may be having, and provide the proper solution you need. We provide foundation repair services in the tri-state area of Southern Illinois, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky.
Common Foundation Problems
Generally there are only three types of foundation problems that occur in a home suffering from structural wear and tear. Through years of research, certifications, training, and experience, we have the technology and resources to fix each type of foundation problem individually. Take a look at the list below to see some common foundation problems that we can deal with:
Sinking & Settling Foundation
Foundation settlement or a "sinking home" is often caused from poor soil conditions around the home. Whenever backfill soil isn't properly compacted during the construction of the home, it can cause voids to develop underneath it. Also, the freeze/thaw cycle in your area can lead to problems with the earth, as well as a very soggy spring. When the soil is wet, it becomes unstable and it isn't able to hold up the weight of your home. This is when it starts to sink on one or more sides, or it falls into the voids mentioned above. A foundation settlement problem is serious, and it must be taken care of quickly before your home becomes uninhabitable. This problem can be taken care of with foundation piering.
Bowing walls are caused from too much hydrostatic pressure in the soil surrounding a home. When it rains and you have absorbent soil around your home, it's going to take in a lot of moisture and swell up. When the earth expands, it starts to put a lot of pressure on your basement walls, and this pressure is known as hydrostatic pressure. Eventually, it proves to be too much for the wall, and it will start to lean into the home. Sometimes, these leaning walls are accompanied by vertical, horizontal, or stair-step cracks. The problem can be taken care of with the use of wall anchors and plates, and the walls can be strengthened with I-beams.
Foundation Wall Cracks
Foundation wall cracks are sometimes caused from the natural shrinkage and curing of concrete materials. However, sometimes these cracks can be an indication that there is something else more serious going on with the foundation, such as settlement or a bowing wall. The cracks can be vertical, horizontal, or in a stair-step pattern, and they can also be in various sizes and depths. It's important to get these cracks filled and sealed immediately before they start letting water seep inside.