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Foundation Repair

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 Foundation

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.

Bowed Walls

Bowed Walls

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 Cracks

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.

What Type of Foundation Problem Are You Experiencing?

Floor Cracks

Floor cracks can be a sign of a foundation issue from sinking/settlement underneath your home. This stress will cause your home to start splitting on one side (the side that's sinking farther than the other or at a faster rate) causing a crack at the stress point. A floor crack would be best treated with:

  • Foundation Piers

Foundation Cracks

Foundation cracks are usually a sign of foundation settlement, as well, where shifting sides of your concrete base are put under stress. This is an indication of the building/home leaning in one direction and causing a crack to creep up along the base, and sometimes the walls. This is especially harsh to mason/brick built homes where the foundation crack splits along the wall much easier, and is considerably more so when a chimney is at your home. This stress will cause your home to start splitting on one side (the side that's sinking farther than the other or at a faster rate) causing a crack at the stress point. A foundation crack would be best treated with:

  • Foundation Piers

For foundation cracks within a basement area (basement wall cracks), we recommend:

    Wall Braces/Stabilizers

Wall Cracks

Wall cracks can be a side effect of many foundation problems. One issue is due to foundation settlement, one of the most common problems for homes with poorly designed/installed foundations or natural sinking from unstable soil. Wall cracks for sinking foundations would be best treated with:

  • Foundation Piers

Another issue is due to soil & water pressure pushing against your basement walls causing cracks to form. (This is also the beginning signs of a bowed wall). For wall cracks cause by soil/water pressure against the outside of your basement wall we recommend:

  • Wall Anchors
  • Exterior Waterproofing

The last issue is due to crumbling foundations due to age, poorly used concrete material, or poor foundation design unfit to handle the weight/load of your home. Crumbling foundation wall crack would be best handled with:

  • Wall Braces
  • Wall Anchors (If a bowed wall is present)
  • Foundation Piers (If the foundation base is deteriorating as well)

Sinking Home

Sinking homes are a sign of what we like to call 'foundation settlement' where your homes foundation sinks deeper into the ground that is too unstable to handle the weight of your home. Sometimes this is due to location where the soil is softer where the home was built. Sometimes this can be from shifting soil by too much water soaking into the ground with no place to drain. This also causes soft soil conditions. A sinking home would be best handled with:

  • Foundation Piers

FACT: No matter how bad your soil conditions are, foundation piers will stabilize by burrowing deep into the strata plate of the earth's crust giving you a solid base for your foundation. Sometimes yard drains are recommended by other companies, but these are prevention methods only. Once your foundation is sinking, you will need piers to repair.

Bowed Walls

Bowed walls are a serious condition caused by water and soil pressure pushing hard, causing a wall to bow and buckle inward. This issue multiplies in severity due to the weight of your home putting more pressure on the arc of the bow. Bowed walls are best handled with:

  • Wall Anchors
  • Wall Braces (Only for early stages of a wall crack/bow)

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