Your home means the world to you and your family. On a regular basis you probably go around and check your foundation for any signs of damage. Any time you see a crack in the wall, you will need to investigate it further. Any type of crack can lead to further damage such as water leaking in or insects and critters making their way to your basement. When water leaks in, not only can your possessions get ruined, but the damage to your foundation walls puts your house at risk.
Water damage often leads to bowed walls or leaning walls. When there is too much water in the soil, it puts pressure on the walls pushing them in and creating the bowing walls and making cracks in the foundation. When there is a lot of water in soil, it can get under your foundation and weaken the support under your house. Another thing you may notice is that your windows and doors are sticking. This may be due to weather conditions of humidity, but it also another signal to you that you may have foundation issues. No matter what the issue is with your foundation, you should always have a professional come out and take a look to assess any damage you are seeing.
Many homeowners often try to fix any problems themselves to save a little money. Foundation repair is not usually a do-it-yourself project. Filling in some of the gaps in the foundation with caulk may help for the moment. If there is more of a major issue, you are only putting off the help you may need from an experienced foundation repair company. When you put off getting the extra help, you may be creating bigger problems that will cost you even more money. Many foundation companies use some of the best products on the market from Earth Contact Products (ECP).
A foundation repair contractor might suggest that helical piers and steel piers be used to support your foundation. These products are driven into the soil until stable bedrock is found. Now your house is lifted to level it should be at. This will take care of any settlement issues you may be having with your foundation. You may also need to have some plate anchors installed by your contractor to help brace your walls. The plate anchors will eventually straighten your leaning wall. Once you have done all this with your professional contractor, you may need to add interior and exterior drainage systems to your to do list. This will keep all the work you have done safe and your home stable.