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Sinking/Settling Foundations

A sinking/settling foundation is a serious structural issue that must be repaired fast before it gets worse. D&L offers sinking foundation repair services for home and business owners in the tri-state area of Southern IL, IN, & Western KY. Typically, this kind of problem is caused from poor soil conditions around the home, or from bad materials or techniques used during the time when the home was being built. Some more less common causes of the issue include a soggy spring which accounts for wet and mushy soil that is unable to support the weight of the home, or tree roots growing through the earth and creating voids under the home that the foundation settlement sinks into. Regardless of what has caused the problem at your home, we will be able to take care of it.

You will know that you have this structural problem if you notice the following warning signs: windows and doors don't open or close as easily as they should, interior or exterior cracks form, crack form along window or door frames, noticeable sinking on one or more sides of the home, certain areas of the first floor of the home feel un-level or not very sturdy.

There are many homeowners who worry that total foundation replacement is the only solution to this kind of problem. Fortunately, there have been many advancements over the years in the repair industry, and we can now provide you with an advanced piering system to take care of the problem. This saves a lot of money, time, and aggravation for the homeowner.

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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