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Foundation Repair Articles

Our foundation repair articles are your resource for more information on foundation repair. Do you want to learn more about the source of your foundation problems? Or what you need to do before you remodel your basement? Or what steps you need to take to make sure your foundation stays strong? Foundation Repair Articles

If you still have questions, give us a call at 757-301-4820. Our team of foundation repair experts are always happy to answer your questions and provide a free inspection of your home’s foundation. Every foundation repair consultant is extensively trained by our Professional Engineers before they can provide you with a foundation inspection.

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Causes, Clues & Solutions to Foundation Problems

~By Jesse Waltz, Professional Engineer

It’s a home owner’s worse nightmare – foundation problems. You look up and find a drywall crack in your living room. Or find a cracked brick when you’re planting your spring flowers. What do you do now? Read more…


Deep Foundation Soils Explained

When the soil your home is built on can no longer support the weight of your home, the structure will start to settle. An expert may recommend installing a deep foundation system to stabilize your home. Read more…


Carbon Fiber Foundation Repair Explained

 You’ve heard the buzz about carbon fiber foundation repair. How it’s the newest and most efficient way to repair your foundation. And you’re probably wondering if it’s true. And the answer is: it depends on the type of foundation problem. Read more…


Deep Foundations

~By Jesse Waltz, Professional Engineer

A deep foundation is a type of foundation that has support columns, pillars or piles that have been driven deep into the ground or until they reach bedrock. This is done to provide additional stabilization when the surface soil can no longer support the weight of your home. Read more…


Cracks in Your Foundation Walls

A crack in your foundation wall could be a sign that your home has a structural problem. In some cases a hairline concrete crack is just that. But in other cases, a crack is a sign that your foundation needs to be repaired by an expert. A crack in your foundation wall can be caused by a variety of things. Read more…


Concrete Foundation Chipping

Chipping concrete is also called spalling or scaling. This is caused by water entering the concrete and expanding (i.e. freezing). If the concrete is poorly mixed, it’s more likely to spall. And if you live in an area that freezes often then you’re also more likely to find chipping. Read more…


Foundation Waterproofing

There are two types of foundation waterproofing: internal and external. Internal foundation waterproofing is a waterproofing solution that’s installed inside the home’s crawl space or basement. While external foundation waterproofing is involves installing a barrier on the foundation’s exterior. Read more…


Foundation Underpinning

Foundation underpinning or stabilization can be performed using several foundation repair methods, including piering, wall anchors or mudjacking. Piering can be performed with round shaft piers, square shaft piers, or concrete piles depending on the foundation stabilization situation and should be determined by a professional engineer at a reputable foundation company. Read more…


Helical Foundation Systems

Helical foundation systems are also called helical piers or piles. This is a type of deep foundation system that stabilizes existing structures or can be installed before construction to ensure that the building will remain stable. Read more…


Soil & Foundation Health

Soil is a critical component when it comes to the health of a building’s foundation. If the wrong footing is built for the soil or waterproofing solutions aren’t provided for certain problem soils then the foundation can be subject to structural problems. Read more…


Foundation Repair Methods

~By Jesse Waltz, Professional Engineer

There are many foundation repair methods out there; all of which claim to be the best. But when it comes to the east coast there are foundation repair methods that work best for the climate, soil and geography. Underpinning of your foundation and stabilization of your foundation walls are proven methods for permanent foundation repair. Read more…


Choosing A Foundation Repair Contractor

Since your home is typically your most valuable asset, it is very important to be cautious when hiring a foundation repair contractor to work on it. Make sure you address the following 10 questions BEFORE choosing someone to fix your foundation. Read more… 


How Much Does Foundation Repair Cost?

Before the inspection a lot of homeowners ask, “what’s the foundation repair cost?” And the answer isn’t necessarily what you’re looking for: It depends. Read more…


Shrink-Swell Soil Issues

Shrink-swell is the movement of the soil caused by the amount of water in the soil. A lot of rain or a very dry season can change how your soil acts around your foundation. Soil shrinkage occurs when the water is removed from the ground. This can be caused by a drought, heat wave or just an extended dry period. Read more…


Thinking About Remodeling? Don’t Overlook Your Foundation.

~By Jesse Waltz, Professional Engineer

If you’re thinking about adding an addition, a second story or even remodeling your kitchen or bath with tiles and granite counter tops, be sure you consider the extra weight that it is going to be added to the over all structure. Why do most structures settle? Because the weight of the home is greater than the bearing capacity of the soil. Read more…


Winter: A Great Time to Inspect Your Home’s Foundation

~By Jesse Waltz, Professional Engineer

Winter is an ideal time to inspect your home’s foundation since the summer soil shrinkage has passed and soil expansion from spring showers has not yet occurred. You can check your home’s structural integrity yourself or request a free inspection and we’ll do it for you. To perform the maintenance check yourself, you will need a laser level, paper and a pencil. Read more…


Expansive Soils Create Foundation Damage

Expansive clay soil, shrink-swell, heavable soil. These are all different names for the same thing: expansive soil. Expansive soils are responsible for more damage to buildings than any other natural hazard. Read more…


Fall Foundation Checklist

Fall is here! While you’re out enjoying the cooler weather and raking your leaves, don’t forget to take a few steps to get your foundation ready for winter. Read more…

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I was having a settlement issue and it was starting to cause problems like cracks in the brick. I went to work one day, and when I came home, JES had installed 3 push piers and lifted the house back to where it was supposed to be! The settlement cracks in the brick closed back up and I finally have a peace of mind. I am certain that if I would have allowed the settlement continue, the cost to repair would have easily doubled or tripled in the next year or two. They did great work and were very clean in doing so.


~ Ray H., Amelia Court House, VA

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