Foundation Repair in Naperville
Failing Foundation Symptoms: Sinking Foundation | Foundation Wall Cracks | Basement Floor Cracks |
Basement Wall Cracks | Sticking Windows and Doors
Every home, old and new, can experience this common structural problem.
No matter where you live in the Chicagoland area, your foundation can
be affected by poor soil conditions around your property. If the ground
backfill or site preparation wasn’t adequate when you foundation
was constructed, your home may experience foundation problems. During
periods of extreme rain, extreme drought, or snowmelt, the ground can
become soggy and unstable, potentially unable to support the weight of
your house. In addition, trees growing too close to the house may cause
roots to alter your foundation’s structure.
Is Your Foundation Sinking?
Common warning signs of a sinking foundation:
- Interior cracks forming in drywall and around door frames
- Exterior cracks in foundation blocks or brick walls
- Windows and doors that stick or become difficult to open and close
- Uneven floors and noticeable sinking of one or more sides of the home
- Chimney is tilting or pulling away from the home
- Cracked windows
The longer you wait to get the problem taken care of, the more likely it
becomes that the structural integrity of your family’s home will
be jeopardized, creating an even more costly situation.
We Can Fix Your Settling Foundation
We will assess your specific foundation needs and our professional, experienced
team will stabilize your foundation and level your home. We are licensed,
bonded, and insured for your confidence.
Foundation cracks can be caused by a number of issues, including ground
moisture, soil settlement, extreme drought, and bowing walls. Other possible
causes include improper construction materials or techniques when the
home was constructed. Regardless of the cause, it is crucial to have any
foundation cracks assessed by a trained foundation professional to determine
the cause as well as the best way to repair your home’s foundation.
can allow water from the surrounding soil to seep inside your basement
or crawl space, causing damage to anything you may have stored there while
also promoting the growth of mold and mildew.
How To Fix A Cracked Foundation
Each house is different and thus each foundation is unique. Our team of
foundation repair professionals will assess your unique situation, outline
the causes of the problems, and carefully plan the best way to go about
fixing it. We can install piers to support your foundation and level your
house. Carbon fiber strips, or staples can be installed to resist excessive
soil pressure. We can also fill in foundation cracks using epoxy injection
techniques which will prevent seepage from allowing water inside to cause
damage, and will actually weld to foundation wall back together.
Basement Floor Cracks
Cracks in the floor of a concrete basement are most likely caused by hydrostatic
(exterior water) pressure in the ground around your home. Periods of heavy
rain or melting snow it can affect the level of the water table. Because
water is relatively heavy when compared to soil, the rising and falling
of the water table creates excessive pressure. This pressure pushes in
an upward direction against the bottom of the floor of the basement, which
will slowly deteriorate the floor and cause cracks to appear. If the floor
cracks are not repaired quickly, moisture seepage will begin during periods
of higher water tables, which in turn will damage basement walls and anything
you might have stored below your home. Another cause of basement floor
cracking is foundation settlement, where voids form beneath your home
and the basement floor loses structural support, causing the floor to
weaken and for cracks to eventually form. Installing
interior drain tile systems
exterior darin tile systems
will also help with these issues.
How To Fix A Cracked Basement Floor
The first step to repairing a cracked basement floor is an on-site assessment
of the problem. If we determine the cause is ground settlement (voids
below your home) we can install our piering system which will provide
support to the foundation and the basement floors. Additionally, we will
fill the cracks in the floor with a water-resistant epoxy material to
prevent any further seepage.
Basement Wall Cracks
Basement wall cracks are usually caused by excessive hydrostatic pressure
(standing water pressure) from the surrounding soil on the exterior of
your home’s foundation. Cracks can also be formed due to foundation
settlement, site settlement, or from improper construction techniques
during the construction of your home. Cracks in foundation and basement
walls allow moisture to seep into the basement where it can cause serious
damage, including wood rot and the growth of mold and mildew. During times
of heavy precipitation, water can often be seen trickling down the interior
of the basement wall or collecting in puddles on the basement floor.
How To Fix A Cracked Basement Wall
The first step to repairing a cracked basement wall is the determination
of the exact cause of the foundation problem. If your basement walls are
cracked by external hydrostatic/soil pressure, we can install carbon fiber
strips which will strengthen the wall and stabilize the foundation which
will prevent additional cracking or leaning. If, however, the foundation
problem is caused by the settling of the ground and soil beneath your
home, we will install our patented piers which will level, support and
stabilize your entire home. Any existing cracks will be sealed with an
epoxy injection material which will prevent future moisture seepage into
Sticking Windows & Doors
If you’ve noticed windows or doors in your home that have become
difficult to open or close, that is a potential warning sign of an underlying
structural problem in the foundation. If you have sticky windows and doors
in your home, we encourage you to act promptly and not delay getting the
problem assessed and repaired. Be delaying repairs, there is a good change
for additional damage to be done to the foundation and structure of your
home. In addition to sticky doors and windows, it’s very common
for interior and exterior cracks to form around door and window frames.
How To Fix Windows or Doors That Are Stuck
If your doors and windows are stuck to do a larger foundation problem,
we will consider repairing your foundation with a pier system. Typically
this problem is caused by settling of the soil and ground around the home.
This can be alleviated with a piering system which lifts, levels, and
stabilizes your foundation and home. Installation is quick and the piers
will shift the load of your house off of the weakened foundation and onto
the pier structure.
Bowed Basement or Foundation Walls can occur as a result of soil loads
pushing against the wall. Compounded with depth and other factors and
the lateral forces surpass the foundation's original resistance to
these loads. Over time, these factors can produce lateral bending and
the foundation or basement wall becomes bowed. This condition also produces
significant cracking. If left unattended this condition will worsen with
time jeopardizing both the structural integrity and resale value of the property.
We can also reinforce a concrete wall that is still within tolerance at
it's current condition without straightening. Historically, I-beams
were used to correct a bowed wall by erecting the beams in a fashion that
provides lateral concrete reinforcement. While remaining an effective
method, installation can be expensive and the end result are obtrusive
beams sticking out from the wall.
Bowed basement walls can be resolved using the latest carbon-fiber technology
developed by Fortress Stabilization Systems. Using carbon-fiber kevlar
sheet straps in combination with specifically designed epoxies, foundations
can now be repaired and arrested with little to no obtrusiveness. The
repaired bowed basement wall can then be painted thereby creating an almost
invisible repair, thereby increasing the resale value of your home.
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Soil pressure can fracture a block or concrete foundation wall, causing
horizontal and vertical cracking or even bowing. The foundation must be
stabilized to assure that your home will maintain its strucutral integrity,
and retain its full value.
Fortress Stabilization Systems has developed a Carbon Fiber/Kevlar grid
strap that will halt any further movement of a block or concrete wall
easily, safely and without any outside excavation. Our typical installation
is one day for most homes.