Helical Pier Installation
Screw Jack Installation
Moisture Control Methods
Foundation Issues Explained
Foundation Repair & Stabilization | Charlotte, NC
Free Foundation Evaluation & Estimate | $300 Value
Inc, of Charlotte NC provides various foundation repair and
stabilization services to homeowners and clients. Structural Works
works closely with structural engineers to provide
solutions that work. We pride ourselves in having the
opportunity and experience to introduce additional engineering value
to the projects.
Foundation Solution Contractor | Charlotte NC
At Structural Works, General Contractor, we have the construction
and engineering expertise to effectively perform foundation upgrades
and retrofits as required to give the homeowners the satisfaction
that the work is performed correctly. Our
services are listed below.
- Pier Stabilization and Foundation Screw Jacks (floor
- Helical Pier Installation
- Wall Stabilization Methods
- Basement Wall Tiebacks
- Moisture Control Methods
- Masonry Repair
- Preventative Techniques (epoxy crack injection, re-pointing,
masonry sealant, surface bonding cracks)
- Re-plumbing of leaning chimney
Signs of Foundation Movement
Inside the House
- Misaligned doors and windows
- Cracks in the sheetrock
- Doors and windows that stick
- Sloping of the floor
- Cracks in the floor or tile
Outside the House
- Cracks in the brick
- Gaps around the doors and windows
- Cracks in the foundation
- Fascia board pulling away
- Separation from the door
- Wall rotating out
- Cracks in the brick or concrete
Basement of the House
- Walls leaning in or out
- Cracks in the poured concrete or block walls
- Water leakage through the cracks at the base of the wall
Why does my Foundation Crack?
Improper Ground Preparation
In most cases, site preparation includes properly
removing inadequate soils from the site, usually the top
several inches. This allows the house to be built
on original undisturbed ground. However, sometimes
the site requires fill dirt to placed to level the
building foundation. If this material is not
properly compacted, it can settle. This settlement
causes foundation failures and interior home cracks.
Due to fluctuations in day to day weather conditions,
the soil can experience expansion and contraction due to
changes in moisture levels. As the moisture
evaporates from the soil, it contracts and the
foundation settles. When the moisture is returned
through rainfall, the soil swells again. This type
of foundation problem is cyclic, meaning the building
will experience settlement then uplift depending on the
current soil conditions.
Water Level Table
Unlike evaporation, changes in the water table happen
less quickly under normal circumstances. Typically
due to seasonal changes or more gradual short term
climate shifts in the area. These foundation
issues are more difficult to diagnose due to their slow
Trees, large plants, or large amounts of vegetation
require large amounts of water. If planted to
closely to the foundation, water will be removed from
the soil and cause foundation settlement.
Leaking pipes typically cause very location specific
problems. The area near the leak can experience
significant soil and foundation movements.
Depending on the severity of the leak, the problem can
progress, if left untreated, to significant foundation
cracking and failure.
Foundation construction techniques vary widely depending
on the age, location, and type of building. This
introduces problems that require the analysis of a
licensed professional engineer to determine the adequacy
of the foundation. Investigations should be made
to determine the size and material of the foundation.
Pool Soil Conditions
Soil conditions vary based on general location of the
building. However, the soil conditions can
drastically differ from one property to the next.
Underlying issues within the soil can also play a role
in the overall stability of the soil. Sometimes
hidden layers of inadequate soil is located below upper
layers of acceptable materials.
Drainage is a key concern on most properties.
Watershed should be accomplished in most cases through
adequate grade near the building. Another common
issue is gutter downspouts draining near the foundation.
This adds excessive amounts of water near the foundation
that will cause foundation movements among other
problems. Other issues include and type of
decorative item that could retain water after rains.