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Expert Guide: 5 Best Foundation Repair Types

Installer using hydraulic machinery to install piers at a local home.

When it comes to your home, the foundation is as crucial as it gets, acting as the bedrock for everything above ground.  

However, everything from soil conditions and water damage to poor construction can compromise its integrity.  

While it may be tempting to tackle foundation issues yourself, the importance of these repairs requires the expertise of seasoned professionals.  

Choosing the right company for the job—one with decades of experience and a solid track record—is essential to ensuring the safety of your home.  

In this article, we will explore various foundation repair options, providing homeowners with a clearer understanding of solutions before making a decision.

What Leads to Foundation Problems?

Common Causes

Foundation damage can stem from various sources, such as:  

Problem Signs

Signs of foundation issues in your home can include:

Signs of foundation damage. Cracks on foundation wall.

While it might be tempting to attempt DIY fixes for these problems, such repairs can often be unsafe and end up being ineffective in the long term.

Instead, it is highly recommended to seek professional consultation to ensure that any repairs made effectively address the underlying issues with your foundation.

5 Foundation Repair Options

Foundation issues vary greatly, making tailored solutions essential. DIY repairs can be risky and often provide only temporary relief.

For long-term repairs, choose a skilled foundation specialist, like Foundation Recovery Systems. 

We use a range of expert techniques for foundation restoration. Below are some we may suggest: 

1. Foundation Piering Solutions

Our team uses advanced piering techniques like helical, push, and slab piers to solidify your foundation. These methods provide deep soil stabilization, ensuring your foundation is securely supported and evenly balanced. 

2. Basement Wall Solutions

We offer various solutions to alleviate pressure on your basement walls, utilizing wall anchors, carbon fiber strips, and the SettleStop IntelliBrace™ system, tailored to your home’s specific requirements and the severity of the damage. 

3. Crawl Space Supports

With the SettleStop IntelliJack™ system, we deliver solid support to your home’s crawl space, effectively bolstering weakened beams and restoring integrity to sagging floors. 

4. Concrete Leveling with Foam Injection

Our environmentally friendly PolyRenewal™ injection lifts and levels concrete foundations, correcting uneven surfaces and providing a long-lasting fix to settlement issues.

PolyRenewalâ„¢ injection lifts concrete slab floor.

5. Repairing Foundation Cracks

Addressing cracks involves not just filling them but understanding and treating their underlying causes. Our professionals ensure a thorough repair that reinforces your home’s structural integrity. 

Foundation cracks that were filled with no success.


3 Ways to Prevent Future Foundation Damage

Keeping your home’s foundation solid and secure requires forward-thinking and regular upkeep.

By implementing a set of proactive measures, you can significantly reduce the risk of future foundation problems and maintain the structural integrity of your home.

1. Optimize Water Drainage:

  • Implement proper landscaping techniques to ensure that water flows away from your foundation rather than accumulating around it.
  • Install, maintain, and regularly clean gutters and downspouts to divert rainwater effectively.
  • Consider installing French drains in your yard to further enhance water management around your property.

2. Control Soil Moisture Levels:

  • Maintain consistent moisture levels in the soil surrounding your home to prevent excessive expansion or contraction, which could stress your foundation.
  • Utilize soaker hoses or drip irrigation systems during dry periods to prevent soil shrinkage, and adjust your watering schedule based on seasonal changes.
  • Plant trees and shrubs at a safe distance from your home to minimize root intrusion and uneven soil moisture levels.

3. Conduct Regular Inspections:

  • Hire foundation repair professionals to conduct annual inspections of your foundation, especially if you live in an area prone to extreme weather conditions or have experienced foundation issues in the past.
  • Pay attention to early warning signs such as small cracks, doors that won’t close properly, or floor gaps, and seek expert advice promptly.
  • Address minor repairs immediately to prevent them from escalating into more significant, costly problems.

By taking these preventive steps, you not only safeguard your home’s foundation but also contribute to the overall value of your property.

Regular maintenance is key to detecting potential issues before they become severe, ensuring that your foundation remains strong for years to come.

Contact Foundation Recovery Systems for a Free Foundation Inspection! 

Dealing with foundation repair requires expertise and thoughtful action.

At Foundation Recovery Systems, we’re not just experts; we’re homeowners like you who understand the importance of a secure foundation.

Our tailored repair solutions are designed for lasting protection.

Learn how our specialized techniques can fortify your home. Contact us now for a free inspection and a no-obligation estimate. 

FAQs

While small cracks may seem minor, they can indicate larger issues and should be evaluated by a professional to prevent more significant problems.

Typically, foundation repair is not covered by standard homeowners insurance unless the damage results from a covered peril, such as a plumbing leak.

In most cases, yes, but it depends on the extent of the repairs. Your contractor can provide specific advice based on your situation.

Leah Leitow

Leah Leitow

Content Writer

Leah is a Content Writer for Groundworks with nearly ten years of experience working in the foundation repair industry. Her experience ranges from working with homeowners to find the right solution to training inspectors and staff. In her background as a Michigan journalist, she gained invaluable insight into people's lives throughout our state. Leah lives in metro Detroit with her husband and two sons.

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