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Knowing the Foundation Repair Warning Signs

Problem signs like these are most often symptoms of serious foundation problems, and the underlying issues need to be addressed. You need proven solutions from experts in foundation repair, and a thorough inspection to ensure the safety of your home’s foundation

Crawl Space Foundation Cracks

Of the variety of crawl space problems you may have, foundation cracks may be some of the most worrisome. Many people worry about whether all foundation cracks portend disaster, while some people ignore genuinely troubling cracks.

The good news is that you can take foundation cracks seriously without overreacting to cracks that are only surface level. There’s a difference between the types of foundation cracks, and understanding those differences is an important part of making sure you tackle them properly.

Foundation Cracks and Repair in Virginia, Maryland, and DC

Identifying and Understanding Foundation Cracks and Crawl Space Structural Issues

Do These Cracks in the Crawl Space Foundation Look Familiar?

Take a look at these images of various crawl space foundation cracks. They include a variety of types of cracks: stair-step cracks, vertical foundation cracks, and other types of foundation issues. If you’re starting to see cracks that look this significant, you should talk to a JES expert about your options immediately, because an expert can give you the advice you need to fix them.

Foundation Cracks FAQ

Especially if you already have some cracks in your foundation, you probably have a lot of questions. What cracks should I look out for? Are these cracks really that bad? When is it time to get a professional involved? Don’t worry: there are answers to all these questions.

Some people worry about their foundation cracks because they often seem like they came from nowhere. Is there something you’re doing wrong? Are these foundation cracks just supposed to be there?

The good news is, there are reasons for foundation cracks. These are some of the most common reasons: 

Poor Drainage and Grading

Your home needs to have an acceptable drainage system. If you don’t have the right drainage system in place — a drainage system that removes water around your foundation and directs it to the appropriate areas — you’re going to have a difficult time with foundation stability as a whole.

These issues can arise from multiple areas. It’s very common for people to have issues with draining after a flood, and that problem may largely arise from issues with the downspouts and associated drainage. If you don’t have proper drainage systems set up throughout your entire home, not only in your basement or crawl space, you’ll tend to have water damage problems. 

Natural Disasters

This water damage can come from natural disasters; hurricanes, for example, can cause a significant amount of rain in a very short period. This often leads to flooding as the ground has a difficult time soaking up the water, and the drains may not be designed for that much water.

There are other types of natural disasters that can cause serious foundation problems as well. For example, earthquakes and tornadoes can lead to serious problems across the entirety of your home. If you’ve recently been through a very significant natural disaster, especially one that caused damage to the upper part of your home, talk to an expert about an inspection to make sure your foundation is okay. 

Excess Rain or Drought

Another natural reason for foundation cracks is brought on by issues that aren’t necessarily natural disasters. If you’re experiencing seasons with more rain or more drought than usual, you can end up with excessive house settling. That can seriously impact your foundation, and it’s an important thing to pay attention to.

The problem with this is that it’s usually less easy to recognize. A natural disaster is easy to notice as it causes lots of damage to all parts of your home. However, it’s easy not to recognize excess rain or drought. This is one reason you should have an expert inspect your home’s foundation every so often just to check for problems. 

Plumbing Leaks

You might think that most water damage comes from natural water outside your home. However, water damage can occur on the inside of the home as well. For example, when plumbing leaks occur they impact the inside of your home as well and can have a direct link to your crawl space.

If you’ve experienced a plumbing leak in the general space of your home, you need to think about whether or not water may have entered your crawl space. Additionally, if you’re having signs of a minor plumbing leak, like low water pressure and higher water bills, but you’re not seeing symptoms, consider looking into your crawl space to see whether there is water in there. 

Flooding

There are many potential reasons for flooding. You may start to notice flooding after a natural disaster, during which water can start to sink into your home. If the area around you is flooding, it’s likely that your crawl space will flood if you have open crawl space vents or other entrances for water.

Flooding in your crawl space can cause all kinds of problems, no matter the reason for the flooding. You need to get the water out, dehumidify the space, and make sure the water can’t come back in again. This can be a tall order, but if you get the right expert to help you with the flooding problems, you can do it.

Something you need to pay attention to is different foundation cracks. That’s because different types of cracks can have different repercussions in your space. If you want to tackle them properly, it’s a good idea to determine which type of cracks you have.

Do you have stair-step cracks? What about vertical foundation cracks? Here’s what to know about the different types. 

Stair-Step Cracks

A stair-step crack is a type of foundation crack that looks like stairs. It typically threads through brickwork; because the bricks are laid out in a stair-step-like pattern, it’s often the pattern that’s easiest for the cracks to form.

However, don’t just write it off as “normal” cracking. Stair-step cracks are a big deal. That’s because they’re a sign your house is settling unevenly. One side is settling more quickly than the other, causing more stress on that side.

This is a serious foundation problem. If you’re seeing stair-step cracks in your crawl space, talk to a JES expert about what you can do to fix it. 

Horizontal Cracks

These cracks most commonly tend to form between bricks and grouting in a brick wall. However, they can also form in walls that don’t have any grouting and they’re usually less even.

Horizontal cracks form when the foundation can’t stand up against the force of the dirt pressing against it from outside. If you leave these cracks alone without fixing the underlying problem, they’ll turn into bowed walls. Left long enough, the walls could eventually collapse.

Clearly, it’s important to tackle these horizontal cracks as soon as possible. If you’re starting to see horizontal cracking in your walls, talk to a JES expert now for a free inspection so you can start handling the problem. 

Vertical Cracks

What if these cracks just go straight up and down? Vertical foundation cracks are typically caused by house settling.

These types of cracks tend to be more of a cause for concern if they’re not just thin, narrow cracks in the center of the wall. If it’s wider at the top or bottom, near the corners of the foundation, or near the soil line of the foundation, it’s very possible that it’s evidence of a serious problem.

If you see these vertical foundation cracks, contact a JES expert to learn more about the problem during a foundation inspection. 

Hairline Cracks

These are cracks that are narrower than one-sixteenth of an inch. They’re called “hairline” because they may look like a small hair lying on the surface of the concrete, rather than an actual crack in the foundation.

Of all the different types of cracks, this is the one with the least potential for concern. Of course, you should take it seriously because they can always get bigger.

If you’re only seeing one or two small hairline cracks, especially if they’re forming within the first year after the concrete was poured, it’s likely the cracks come from shrinking concrete. However, if you’re having other foundation problems, it’s still a good idea to talk to a professional about it.

What are your best options when it comes to foundation cracks? If you have cracks in your foundation, you’re going to have to fix them eventually. The thing is, this isn’t a DIY project; it’s something only an expert can really help you with.

If you do have cracks in your foundation, here’s how you must fix them.

Fix the Underlying Problem

One of the reasons foundation cracks aren’t a DIY project is because you must fix what’s going on. You can’t just assume the problem is only surface-level and try to fill it over with grout.

Instead, you need to know what’s causing the problem and fix it. Do you have excess water in your crawl space? Is your crawl space suffering from hydrostatic pressure? Is your home starting to settle, especially more on one end or the other?

The only way for you to know what’s causing the cracks, and therefore how to fix them, is to have an expert look at your foundation and the rest of your crawl space. Talk to JES to schedule your free inspection today. 

Encapsulate Your Crawl Space

If moisture is an ongoing problem for your crawl space, you’re probably going to need to pursue encapsulation. That may mean closing open crawl space vents, laying down a vapor barrier, or insulating cold water pipes.

Crawl space encapsulation is an important part of home repair if you have a dirt crawl space. You don’t want moisture in your crawl space because it can have very serious long-term impacts on your family’s health and the health of the space.

Don’t try to do crawl space encapsulation on your own. It’s common for DIY homeowners to try and fix a problem but miss crucial steps that an expert would be able to notice. Instead, discuss your problem with a JES expert who can help. 

Maintain Your Foundation

After all this, it’s vitally important that you maintain your foundation’s health. You can put as much work as you want into making a healthy foundation, but it won’t really have a significant impact if you allow the problem to recur.

Instead, you need to take steps to maintain your foundation. That may mean putting a dehumidifier in the space or pursuing additional long-term changes. There are many ways to maintain a crawl space.

Regardless of what you need to do to keep your crawl space healthy, it’s best that you get that information from a professional who knows what they’re doing. Talk to a JES expert today to learn more about what you can do to maintain your foundation.

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The good news is, there are reasons for foundation cracks. These are some of the most common reasons: 

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Poor Drainage and Grading

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Natural Disasters

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There are other types of natural disasters that can cause serious foundation problems as well. For example, earthquakes and tornadoes can lead to serious problems across the entirety of your home. If you\u2019ve recently been through a very significant natural disaster, especially one that caused damage to the upper part of your home, talk to an expert about an inspection to make sure your foundation is okay. 

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Excess Rain or Drought

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Plumbing Leaks

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If you\u2019ve experienced a plumbing leak in the general space of your home, you need to think about whether or not water may have entered your crawl space. Additionally, if you\u2019re having signs of a minor plumbing leak, like low water pressure and higher water bills, but you\u2019re not seeing symptoms, consider looking into your crawl space to see whether there is water in there. 

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Flooding

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Flooding in your crawl space can cause all kinds of problems, no matter the reason for the flooding. You need to get the water out, dehumidify the space, and make sure the water can\u2019t come back in again. This can be a tall order, but if you get the right expert to help you with the flooding problems, you can do it.

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Something you need to pay attention to is different foundation cracks. That\u2019s because different types of cracks can have different repercussions in your space. If you want to tackle them properly, it\u2019s a good idea to determine which type of cracks you have.

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Do you have stair-step cracks? What about vertical foundation cracks? Here\u2019s what to know about the different types. 

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Stair-Step Cracks

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However, don\u2019t just write it off as \u201cnormal\u201d cracking. Stair-step cracks are a big deal. That\u2019s because they\u2019re a sign your house is settling unevenly. One side is settling more quickly than the other, causing more stress on that side.

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This is a serious foundation problem. If you\u2019re seeing stair-step cracks in your crawl space, talk to a JES expert about what you can do to fix it. 

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Horizontal Cracks

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These cracks most commonly tend to form between bricks and grouting in a brick wall. However, they can also form in walls that don\u2019t have any grouting and they\u2019re usually less even.

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Horizontal cracks form when the foundation can\u2019t stand up against the force of the dirt pressing against it from outside. If you leave these cracks alone without fixing the underlying problem, they\u2019ll turn into bowed walls. Left long enough, the walls could eventually collapse.

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Clearly, it\u2019s important to tackle these horizontal cracks as soon as possible. If you\u2019re starting to see horizontal cracking in your walls, talk to a JES expert now for a free inspection so you can start handling the problem. 

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Vertical Cracks

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If you see these vertical foundation cracks, contact a JES expert to learn more about the problem during a foundation inspection. 

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Hairline Cracks

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These are cracks that are narrower than one-sixteenth of an inch. They\u2019re called \u201chairline\u201d because they may look like a small hair lying on the surface of the concrete, rather than an actual crack in the foundation.

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Of all the different types of cracks, this is the one with the least potential for concern. Of course, you should take it seriously because they can always get bigger.

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If you\u2019re only seeing one or two small hairline cracks, especially if they\u2019re forming within the first year after the concrete was poured, it\u2019s likely the cracks come from shrinking concrete. However, if you\u2019re having other foundation problems, it\u2019s still a good idea to talk to a professional about it.

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If you do have cracks in your foundation, here\u2019s how you must fix them.

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Fix the Underlying Problem

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One of the reasons foundation cracks aren\u2019t a DIY project is because you must fix what\u2019s going on. You can\u2019t just assume the problem is only surface-level and try to fill it over with grout.

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Instead, you need to know what\u2019s causing the problem and fix it. Do you have excess water in your crawl space? Is your crawl space suffering from hydrostatic pressure? Is your home starting to settle, especially more on one end or the other?

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The only way for you to know what\u2019s causing the cracks, and therefore how to fix them, is to have an expert look at your foundation and the rest of your crawl space. Talk to JES to schedule your free inspection today. 

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Encapsulate Your Crawl Space

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Don\u2019t try to do crawl space encapsulation on your own. It\u2019s common for DIY homeowners to try and fix a problem but miss crucial steps that an expert would be able to notice. Instead, discuss your problem with a JES expert who can help. 

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Maintain Your Foundation

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Instead, you need to take steps to maintain your foundation. That may mean putting a dehumidifier in the space or pursuing additional long-term changes. There are many ways to maintain a crawl space.

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Let JES Help You with Your Foundation Cracks

Foundation cracks aren’t a problem any homeowner wants to deal with. It can be worrisome to see these cracks pop up in your crawl space foundation. Whether they showcase a very serious structural problem or a cosmetic issue, it’s equally important to handle them with care.

That’s exactly why you should trust JES. At JES, you can get a free crawl space inspection, which will uncover any problems you’re dealing with. Then you can proceed with a personalized plan of action.

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JES Service Area Map

Service Areas

HAMPTON ROADS & NE NC

1741 Corporate Landing Pkwy
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

NORTHERN VA & DC

8122 Bethlehem Rd
Manassas, VA 20109

MARYLAND

1250 Reames Rd
Middle River, MD 21220

CENTRAL VIRGINIA

2410 Southland Dr
Chester, VA 23831

WESTERN VIRGINIA

456 Old Courthouse Rd
Appomattox, VA 24522

SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

1401 Southside Dr
Salem, VA 24153

uneven floors foundation problem sign

Uneven floors can be a very frustrating issue to deal with. If you have an uneven floor in your house, it can be a chore to set up furniture or even just walk, depending on how uneven the floor is. However, even beyond the cosmetic issues, there are other problems uneven floors may herald.

Generally, uneven floors are a symptom of a much bigger problem than just the floor sagging. Fixing uneven floors is an important part of making sure your home is safe to live in, even if you have no problems getting around.

Uneven Floors and Sagging Floor Repair in Virginia, Maryland, DC

Keep reading to learn more about how to fix uneven floors and why it’s such an important thing to do. When you take advantage of a free inspection from JES, you can get personalized information showing you how to fix your uneven floor.

Do These Uneven Floors Look Familiar?

Uneven Floors FAQ

Let JES determine if your uneven floors are caused by house settling which may require foundation repair.

It can definitely be difficult to manage the sagging floor repair cost if you want to do it right. To manage these repair costs, some people wonder how to fix uneven floors on their own. Are uneven floors a problem you can fix yourself? The fact is, it’s basically impossible to fix uneven floors if you’re not a trained professional. There are many reasons it’s better to leave this to the experts. 

You Shouldn’t Mess With the Foundation Alone

Almost always, uneven floors exist because of a problem with your home’s foundation. That means if you want to fix the sinking floor, you’re going to need to go underneath it and actually fix the foundation of your home.

That’s a problem for DIY home repair. It’s a very bad idea to mess around with your home’s foundation when you don’t know what you’re doing because you can actually end up making it worse.

If your floor is uneven, you need to request a free inspection from the foundation repair experts at JES. They know what they’re doing, which means they can perform an inspection and let you know what needs to change. 

One Wrong Step Can Lead to Worsening Problems

Another reason you shouldn’t try to fix your uneven floors on your own is that you can actually make it worse. Again, the foundation is an integral part of your home. Improperly changing it can lead to other issues.

The last thing you want is to actually make the problem worse because you moved something wrong. That’ll just make the sagging floor repair cost even higher, which completely negates the reason you tried to change it on your own in the first place.

An expert foundation repair consultant from JES knows exactly what to do to determine what’s wrong without making the problem worse. Rely on their knowledge rather than trying to do it on your own. 

Quick Fixes Rarely Last 

If someone’s told you how to fix an unlevel floor in a way that doesn’t require a foundation inspection, you should be very skeptical. Sure, you may be able to do it on your own, but is it worth it?

Most of the time, these fixes aren’t actually going to help your floor. They’ll either prolong the inevitable of you contacting an expert or actually accelerate the process at which your floor is sinking. Even if you’re not going down to the foundation or crawl space, you can still harm the foundation of your home.

Don’t put your faith in a quick DIY fix. Instead, put your faith in trained experts from JES who know what they’re doing and can help you with your sinking floors.

Now that you know some of the reasons uneven floors may exist in your home, it’s time to try and get rid of them. For most people, this is an uphill battle. It’s definitely possible to get rid of uneven floors in a house, but you need to know what you’re doing. That means investing in an expert solution to fix the problem for good. 

Many Different Fixes

Depending on why you’re experiencing uneven floors, you may need to try a different fix. A floor that’s sagging due to waterproofing issues will require foundation waterproofing, while one that’s sagging due to poor support design may need additional support struts.

There’s no one method of fixing uneven floors. Unfortunately, it’s something you’ll have to diagnose and fix individually.

That’s exactly why it’s so important to book a free inspection with JES. When you talk to a foundation repair consultant from JES, you’ll learn more about what’s actually happening under your home, so you can take steps to fix it. 

The Foundation Needs to Be Solid

One thing to take away from this entire situation is that it’s vitally important to maintain a solid foundation. Though it has many different causes, a sinking floor often arises from a foundation problem.

The foundation is an extremely important part of the home. It’s what ensures the rest of your home stays solid and standing. When you invest in maintaining the foundation of your home, you’re making sure your home lasts for many years.

Even if you’re dealing with uneven floors in an old house, steadying the foundation should be a top priority. A JES foundation repair consultant can perform an inspection and let you know what’s causing your sinking floor. 

A Permanent Solution Should Be the Only Solution

Quick fixes often fail in more ways than one. It’s common for temporary solutions to create even more problems down the line, which can inflate your sagging floor repair cost and make the problem much worse in just a few months.

That’s why it’s important to focus exclusively on permanent solutions. Sure, you can try a quick and easy fix that only works for a few months, but it’ll come back to bite you.

At JES, you’ll only find high-quality, permanent fixes. When you only consult high-quality contractors and experts, you’ll get only the best responses, and that’s what JES prides itself on.

If you’ve noticed you have an unlevel floor, you might not even know how it happened. Especially when it comes to uneven floors in an old house, this typically happens over many years. It’s not something that magically shows up overnight.

From a completely uneven house to a kitchen floor that’s uneven, there are typically three factors that contribute to an uneven floor. If you’re dealing with one of these, the uneven floors are just a symptom of a deeper problem. 

Poor Support Design

The area underneath your floor is made up of a complex web of support columns and floor joists. This web should be able to hold up the weight of your whole home. Obviously, that’s not an easy job. The thing is, if it’s a job that someone undertook poorly, you’re going to feel the repercussions of it.

If the original construction team that built your home created a poorly designed support system, you’ll feel it through the entire lifespan of your home. For example, if the support columns were spaced too far apart, your home can have sagging, squeaky floors and gaps between the floor and the wall. 

House Settling

The ground on which your home is built should be able to support the weight of your home. To make sure it’s primed and ready, a construction crew will pack the dirt down tightly and scout the area to make sure it’s not likely to have support problems. However, what happens if that prediction doesn’t come true or the construction crew doesn’t do its job properly?

If the ground starts to shift and move underneath the foundation of your home, you’ll run into settling issues. This can happen because of poor construction, poor planning, or even just unfortunate weather conditions. Regardless of why it’s happening, this can cause a variety of problems, including bricks cracking and uneven floors. 

Waterproofing Issues

Have you seen standing water in your basement, flooding in your crawl space, or dampness around your foundation? This isn’t just annoying. It can be indicative of an incredibly big problem because it can create foundational issues.

Moisture creates a perfect environment for mold, wood rot, settling, and more. If your foundation, basement, or crawl space doesn’t have proper waterproofing, you may start seeing these issues. Sometimes, that can start with uneven floors.

These pictures show a few examples of uneven floors. You may have floors that look very much like these. You can also see an example of how the sagging floor joist underneath a home may look, leading to the floor dropping in the house. When you fix these early, you can avoid having them turn into a serious problem.

Some people wonder, why does it matter that the floor’s uneven? Surely uneven floors in an old house are normal. Maybe it doesn’t even need a fix. Because uneven floors are usually a symptom of a foundational problem, it’s actually very important to note if your floor is uneven. If you choose to fix it now, you’ll get a variety of benefits from it. 

Catching It Early Means a Cheaper Fix

If you’re willing to invest money into fixing your floor now, there’s a higher likelihood that you can fix it more easily. Simple fixes typically work best when there’s only a small issue.

It’s going to be much more serious if you wait until your floor is dropping in your house or it’s so bad you can barely walk around at night. In fact, because this is a sign of a foundation problem, you may even run into serious issues like walls collapsing.

Instead, you should contact JES for a free inspection long before you absolutely have to. That way, you’ll understand what’s going on with your foundation. 

Foundation Problems Can Be Deadly

If you just leave a foundation issue without fixing it, you’re gambling with you and your family’s safety. After all, the foundation is what makes sure your home stays standing.

You don’t want to chance having your home literally crumble around you. If you start noticing uneven floors, it’s important that you get in contact with someone who can help.

When you request a free inspection from JES, you’ll get actionable information. That means you can actually decide how you’re going to proceed with fixing these foundation problems, knowing all the information beforehand. 

A Professional Can Give You the Best Options 

You don’t need to know very much about how to fix a foundation. After all, that’s not your specialty. However, a professional foundation repair consultant understands all the pieces involved in fixing a foundation.

When you consult a professional, you’re drawing on highly specialized knowledge. That’s why they’re there. If you’re willing to take advantage of it, you’ll get the best possible results.

The foundation repair consultants at JES want to make sure you can live in your home for many years into the future. That’s why it’s such a good idea to utilize the expert knowledge they provide when you’re dealing with uneven floors.

Sagging and Uneven Floors: Your Next Steps

If you’re handling sagging and uneven floors today, it’s important that you get help as soon as possible. That will make sure you don’t end up with a completely collapsed foundational wall in the future.

Regardless of the foundation problems you’re running into, from sagging floors to cracked brick to crawl space water and beyond, JES can help. Request a free inspection today to get more help from a trained foundation repair consultant who can let you know your next steps.

I had them place pilings under a portion of the foundation of my home that was showing a very noticeable crack and replace a jack under the kitchen area to hold up a sag in the floor joists. Everyone was professional as could be. They all showed up on time and stayed until the work was complete. [When they installed] it was very rainy and the guys took the time to clean everything up like they were never there! I would recommend these guys for any structural/foundation work that you would need.

~ Jim F., Petersburg, VA

Sagging or Uneven Floors Solutions

If after the inspection we find that your sagging floor joists need support or your home’s foundation needs repair we may recommend using IntelliJack, JES Helical Piers, or JES Push Piers.

Every home’s foundation repair needs are different based on soil type, type of foundation problem, and climate. We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to your home’s foundation repair – we want to provide you with the correct solution. And we will work with you to create the best foundation repair solution for your home.

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JES Service Area Map

Service Areas

HAMPTON ROADS & NE NC

1741 Corporate Landing Pkwy
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

NORTHERN VA & DC

8122 Bethlehem Rd
Manassas, VA 20109

MARYLAND

1250 Reames Rd
Middle River, MD 21220

CENTRAL VIRGINIA

2410 Southland Dr
Chester, VA 23831

WESTERN VIRGINIA

456 Old Courthouse Rd
Appomattox, VA 24522

SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

1401 Southside Dr
Salem, VA 24153

Chimney Brick Cracks | Chimney Foundation Repair -

You don’t have to live with chimney brick cracks or a leaning chimney. Learn how to fix them by requesting a free professional foundation evaluation. You’ll also receive a Free Homeowner’s Guide to Foundation Repair.

Chimney Crack Repair in Virginia, Maryland and DC

Identifying and Understanding Issues Related To Leaning Chimney Repair and Chimney Foundation Repair:

  • Chimney Brick Cracks
  • Chimney Crack Repair
  • Chimney Foundation Repair

Do These Chimney Cracks Look Familiar?

Common Signs of a Failing Chimney

Chimney brick cracks are a sign that you have a house settlement problem. Your chimney is the heaviest portion of your home and there’s a lot of weight concentrated in a small space. If your foundation isn’t stable or the soil your foundation sits on is unstable – your chimney will start to lean or bricks will crack. Look for the following signs:

  • Leaning or Cracking
  • Cracks Where Chimney Foundation Meets Home
  • Gaps Between the Brick Chimney

The Causes of Chimney Brick Cracks

Leaning Chimney Repair

A chimney can weigh tens of thousands of pounds, and since most homes’ chimney foundations are added, the soils underneath the foundation become unable to support the weight of the chimney. Your chimney’s foundation is built separately from your home. And like the rest of your home’s foundation, your chimney’s foundation is affected by soil changes that result in house settlement.

House settling happens when the ground under your home becomes weakened and is unable to support the weight of your home and foundation. Too much water, poor drainage, a dry and hot summer or poor soil preparation by the home’s builder can all weaken soil and cause house settling.

Chimney brick cracks or a leaning chimney indicate that you have a foundation issue. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you can just patch the cracks or have to demolish your chimney. Your chimney can be saved; you just need the help of a foundation repair expert!

Can I Repair My Chimney Myself?

Some contractors recommend tying the chimney to the house with steel cables, which is also called chimney strapping. This doesn’t address the underlying foundation issue and can result in your chimney pulling the part of your home that it is strapped to – forcing the house to lean even more and creating large, ugly brick cracks and gaps on your home’s facade.

In order to repair the chimney brick cracks or the leaning chimney, the foundation problem needs to be repaired by a foundation repair contractor.

Homeowners have also been advised to knock down their leaning chimney and told that it can’t be repaired. This is a very messy and labor-intensive process that leaves you with an ugly bare spot on your home. Not to mention it’s a waste of time, money, and energy since most of the time your chimney can be saved. Read more here.

What Do I Do Now?

JES offers several foundation repair solutions, also known as underpinning. Underpinning is the process of stabilizing your home’s foundation by installing support piers underneath the foundation. The piers are installed into a stable layer of soil, offering a permanent solution to house settling and a cracked or leaning chimney.

Are you still unsure if your chimney brick cracks are a sign that your foundation needs help? Request a free, no-obligation inspection, and one of our professional foundation repair consultants will visit your home and take a look. They’ll take the time to conduct a thorough investigation of your home’s chimney brick cracks and foundation – looking for signs that your home may need foundation repair.

If your leaning chimney or foundation needs repair, we’ll work with you to create the best solution for your home. And if your chimney brick cracks are just cosmetic, we’ll tell you. After all, we’re here to help you and provide a solution – not hard sales pitch that you don’t need.

JES specializes in foundation repairs of all kinds — including those related to tilting, leaning chimneys. Our warranted solution will quickly and permanently solve your foundation issue.

JES installed foundation supports around three sides of my home in August 2008. I have had soil shrink/swell issues around my house for over 10 years, every time there is severe drought in my area, my house experiences foundation movement. It was most noticeable on one of my chimneys where there was a 4-inch separation from the house at the roofline. The foundation support closed this separation to where there was only a minimal gap between the chimney and roofline that was sealed with mortar. Overall the quality of work was very good, and the crew did a good job of cleaning up and restoring.

~ Tom G., Virginia Beach, VA

Our service area includes Northern Virginia, including Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, McLean, and surrounding areas; all of DC & Southeastern Maryland, including Montgomery, Anne Arundel, Howard, and Prince George’s County; Central Virginia including Richmond, Petersburg, Midlothian, and surrounding areas – throughout Charlottesville, and all of Hampton Roads, including, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News, and Williamsburg, and Northeastern North Carolina. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!

Chimney Brick Crack Solutions

JES Helical Piers and JES Push Piers are some of the underpinning solutions we offer that can fix your chimney brick cracks and leaning chimney. However, everyone’s foundation repair needs are different. So a one-size-fits-all fix is not always the best option. We believe in designing the best solution for you to ensure that you’re receiving a permanent solution.

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JES Service Area Map

Service Areas

HAMPTON ROADS & NE NC

1741 Corporate Landing Pkwy
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

NORTHERN VA & DC

8122 Bethlehem Rd
Manassas, VA 20109

MARYLAND

1250 Reames Rd
Middle River, MD 21220

CENTRAL VIRGINIA

2410 Southland Dr
Chester, VA 23831

WESTERN VIRGINIA

456 Old Courthouse Rd
Appomattox, VA 24522

SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

1401 Southside Dr
Salem, VA 24153

Bowing basement wall close up

Bowed basement walls are caused by too much pressure pushing against your basement walls, and are a serious foundation concern. Learn how you can save yourself time and money by requesting a professional foundation evaluation and receive a Free Homeowner’s Guide to Foundation Repair.

Bowed Basement Walls and Basement Wall Repair in Virginia, Maryland, DC

Identifying and Repairing Issues Related To Basement Wall Failure

Bowed Basement Walls – Look Familiar?

The Causes of Bowed Basement Walls

Bowed basement walls are caused by too much pressure pushing against your basement walls. When water drains into the ground by your foundation, the soil expands as it absorbs water, pushing against your basement walls. And as the soil dries, it pulls away from your basement walls, creating weak areas in your foundation. Look for the following:

Tilting

The top of the wall is being pushed inward by soil pressure.

Bowing

Only part of the wall has weakened and is being pushed inward.

Wall Cracks

Cracks typically appear when a wall tilts or bows. If the foundation wall (or retaining wall) is made from concrete block, cracking will often occur along joint lines between individual blocks.

hydrostatic pressure bowed basement walls

Increased soil moisture conditions increase hydrostatic pressures on basement walls. Combined hydrostatic pressure and earth pressure (exerted by the surrounding soil) on the wall exceed the wall’s design capacity, the wall will crack, bow, lean, or shear.

Heavy rain, underground water, poor drainage, and inadequate grading can all create a big foundation problem. When the soil surrounding your basement foundation absorbs water, it expands. As the soil expands it presses against your foundation (a.k.a. hydrostatic pressure) – after all the soil has to go somewhere.

The continued pressure from the wet soil pushing against your foundation will start to cause damage. The damage may start as a horizontal crack, or maybe some water will start to leak through the block foundation joints. If these problems are left alone or you try to fix them without the help of a Professional Engineer, the result will always be the same: bowed walls which will collapse.

Bowed Basement Walls – A DIY Fix?

The inspector spent quite a lot of time going over our basement foundation, inside and outside, and was very helpful with suggestions. We were very pleased that there was no charge for this assessment and would definitely recommend JES to others or use it again ourselves if a future situation arises.

~ Leah G., Rockville, Maryland

Bowed wall repair is a job for a professional foundation repair contractor. It cannot be safely done with kits, bracing, or retaining walls. These quick fixes don’t address the foundation problems, can be expensive, and can cause more damage to your home’s foundation.

It’s best to have your home inspected by a foundation repair contractor who can pinpoint the problem and provide you with a solution that repairs the foundation problem and bowing walls.

Bowed Basement Walls Solutions

Some of the solutions we may recommend for bowed walls include Carbon Fiber, JES Wall Anchors, and IntelliBrace. However, the solution to everyone’s foundation problem is different so make sure to speak with an expert to find the best solution for your home’s bowed walls.

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JES Service Area Map

Service Areas

HAMPTON ROADS & NE NC

1741 Corporate Landing Pkwy
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

NORTHERN VA & DC

8122 Bethlehem Rd
Manassas, VA 20109

MARYLAND

1250 Reames Rd
Middle River, MD 21220

CENTRAL VIRGINIA

2410 Southland Dr
Chester, VA 23831

WESTERN VIRGINIA

456 Old Courthouse Rd
Appomattox, VA 24522

SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

1401 Southside Dr
Salem, VA 24153

Major Door Ajar

Stuck windows and doors can be signs of foundation damage. Doors and windows can stick, swing open after being pushed shut, or have gaps around the top and bottom when your foundation is sinking. A sinking foundation is caused by house settlement: when the soil your home is built on is no longer able to support the weight of your house. 

Understanding Sticking Window & Door Problems in Virginia, Maryland, DC

Identifying & Repairing Issues Related To Stuck Windows & Doors

Do These Stuck Windows & Doors Look Familiar?

Why Do I Get Stuck Windows and Doors?

The soil around your home grows when wet and shrinks as it dries – changing the amount of space surrounding your home’s foundation. The constant change can cause your foundation to sink or lean – creating serious structural problems which can create additional, costly home repairs.

  • Mother Nature
  • Poor Soil Preparation
  • Inadequate Drainage Solutions

All of these reason can dramatically change the amount of water in the soil surrounding your home’s foundation.

If you’re unsure if a stuck door or stuck windows are caused by your house settling, check for these other problem signs: uneven floors, drywall cracks, or gaps between the wall and floor. If you have any of these other problems then you probably have a sinking foundation.

Can I Fix Stuck Windows and Doors Myself?

Occasionally stuck windows and stuck doors are the result of warping due to moisture, which may indicate you have a basement waterproofing problem. But stuck windows and stuck doors may also indicate that your home has foundation issues caused by house settlement.

Before spending money replacing your doors or window frames, have your home inspected for free by one of our professional foundation repair contractors. We can help you determine if your foundation needs to be repaired or if you have a moisture problem.

What Do I Do Now?

Often, the solution to stuck doors and stuck windows is to repair your foundation. JES offers several underpinning solutions that will stabilize and level your home, solving your problem with sticking doors and stuck windows.

Underpinning is the process of installing additional support under your home’s foundation to stabilize your foundation and stop house settling. Support piers are installed under your foundation – can not be seen after the installation – and are driven into stable soil or bedrock. Underpinning provides a permanent solution to your house settling problems.

I was very happy with the whole experience working with JES. We had an addition that had begun to sink and move away from the house due to the foundation not being on solid ground. They performed all the work when they said they would, obtained all the necessary permits, and were cleaned up and out actually a little early. The foreman on the job was great and even took the time to show and explain to me the process at various points. I recommend them and would use them again.

~ Sam W., Midlothian, VA

Stuck Window and Door Solutions

Every home’s foundation repair needs are different, and we’re committed to designing the best solution for your home. Some of our stuck door and window solutions include JES Helical Piers, JES Push Piers, JES Slab Piers, and JES Wall Anchors

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JES Service Area Map

Service Areas

HAMPTON ROADS & NE NC

1741 Corporate Landing Pkwy
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

NORTHERN VA & DC

8122 Bethlehem Rd
Manassas, VA 20109

MARYLAND

1250 Reames Rd
Middle River, MD 21220

CENTRAL VIRGINIA

2410 Southland Dr
Chester, VA 23831

WESTERN VIRGINIA

456 Old Courthouse Rd
Appomattox, VA 24522

SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

1401 Southside Dr
Salem, VA 24153

It’s not entirely uncommon for a home to start developing a crack between the wall and the floor. If you’ve ever looked closely at your home’s baseboards and noticed a gap between the wall and the floor, you’re not alone.

This space between the floor and the wall is a feature that frequently develops because of your house settling. Although it happens to many people, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe. It can be a safety risk.

If you’re starting to notice the floor separating from the baseboard or you’ve started to find gaps between the floor and the wall, keep reading to get more information about that problem. You can start fixing it with a free inspection from JES.

Understanding Floor and Wall Gaps, Cracks & Separation in Virginia, Maryland and DC

Identifying and repairing foundation issues related to foundation settlement – these cracks are symptoms of foundation settlement.

Do These Floor and Wall Gaps Look Familiar?

Floor & Wall Gaps FAQ

Finding a space between the wall and floor immediately starts to raise a variety of questions. What’s actually going on when you find these spaces in your home?

Home repairs can be expensive, especially when you’re repairing an extremely important part of the home like your foundation. To save money, some people turn to DIY repairs, hoping it’ll make the process a little easier. Although this can be very helpful for some repairs, it’s not helpful for all of them, and that includes floor and wall gaps. 

Quick Fixes Quickly Fail

Beware of any DIY fix that promises a quick solution for these gaps. These gaps form over many years because of a variety of factors. That means you’re not going to be able to fix them overnight.

Anything that promises a quick fix will likely end up failing just as quickly. Plus, you’re dealing with your home’s foundation in this case, which requires a very delicate touch. If you don’t know what you’re doing, that failure can become much more serious.

Instead, trust the experts at JES. The JES foundation repair experts will help you understand more about your foundation and give you in-depth information about the repairs they’re recommending. 

Different Issues Need Different Fixes

Even if you’re experiencing the same issue as someone else on the surface, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s happening for the same reason. You need to fix the problem, not fix one specific symptom.

For example, if you have a separation between the floor and the wall, you may be having an issue with soil under your home or it could be sagging floor joists. Those two problems will need dramatically different solutions, and you can’t transpose one over the other.

Instead of trying to determine the right solution from the symptoms you can see, you can call in a foundation repair expert from JES. With the diagnostic tools these experts use, it’s easier to see exactly what the problem is so you can fix it. 

Professionals Know What They’re Doing

At the end of the day, it’s better to call in a professional simply because professional consultants know what they’re doing. You might not know a lot about your home’s foundation, and nobody’s expecting you to. However, that means you shouldn’t go poking around in your foundation alone.

A professional foundation repair expert, on the other hand, knows how to diagnose issues and repair them. That makes it easier for you to get back to living in a strongly constructed home.

Instead of trying to do this complicated fix on your own, contact JES for a free inspection. You’ll get the information you need to start an efficient and effective fix.

A separation between the floor and the wall is no small matter, and it’s important that you’re able to fix it. You need to make sure you’re actually fixing this gap, rather than just plastering over it, because it’s often symptomatic of a deeper problem. When you go to fix the space between the wall and the floor, remember to keep these tips in mind. 

More Than Just a Cosmetic Problem

Obviously, a gap between the wall and the floor is a cosmetic problem in some ways. You don’t want to be able to see into the next room from your current room. However, that’s not the only thing happening.

You need to recognize a space between the wall and floor for what it is: a serious foundation problem that may need a variety of different fixes. Once you understand that, you’ll be able to call in the experts and get an answer to your problem.

Don’t try to just put plaster in the cracks and call it a day. Contact JES to get a free inspection and learn more about what may be happening under your home. That way, you’ll get to the root of the problem before it becomes unfixable. 

Determine Foundation Issues

Because floor and wall gaps typically come from foundation issues, it’s important that you determine what exactly is going on with your foundation. Is it sinking? Is it pushing in too far? What’s the problem, and how can you fix it?

Your home’s foundation is a uniquely important part of your home. You need to treat it with lots of caution and respect. After all, if something goes really poorly with your foundation, it can lead to serious problems — as serious as your home falling down.

With consultation from JES, you’ll learn more about what’s going on under your home. The foundation repair experts at JES have specialized tools and top-tier knowledge, which will let you make an informed choice for your home. 

An All-Encompassing Fix

It’s important that you invest in an all-encompassing fix for your floor and wall gaps. Whether the baseboard is just barely separating from the wall or there’s a clearly visible crack between the wall and the floor, you should treat it with the same seriousness either way.

An all-encompassing fix should also take into account your home’s unique issues. Mobile home settling problems will need a different fix than homes with a more solid foundation.

When you want a fully encompassing fix, you need to make sure you talk to JES. Foundation repair consultants have lots of knowledge. They’ll be able to help you make a determination about what to do next.

It’s confusing to see your floor actually separating from the wall. What causes these gaps? In general, it’s caused by your home settling unevenly. This exerts pressure on the home in different ways, which may show up as a gap between the wall and the floor. These are just a few reasons you may be experiencing settling in your home. 

Soil Expanding When Wet

Underneath your foundation, your home rests on soil. Although the construction company should have packed the soil down firmly before constructing your home, the soil may have settled since then, or the company may not have packed it down as firmly as it should have.

When the soil gets wet, whether because of rain, plumbing issues or groundwater, it expands and mixes into mud. The wet soil pushes up because there’s nowhere else for it to go. That puts pressure on the foundation, which can force the walls in and even lead to walls collapsing. 

Soil Shrinking When Dry

When the soil gets wet, it can force pressure on the foundation. However, what happens when it dries afterward? Unfortunately, the repeating process of the soil becoming wet and then drying can be a big factor in your home’s uneven settling.

Drying soil shrinks and contracts. As the water evaporates, the soil under your home will start to shrink and pull away from the foundation. That leaves a gap between the soil and the foundation, allowing the home to then settle outward. This in-and-out movement leads to uneven settling and pressure on the foundation. 

Sagging Floor Joists

This problem may happen if the construction company that built your home placed the support pillars underneath too far apart. Your home needs even support across the entire foundation, and uneven spacing of support pillars overloads the floor joists, causing them to bend and sag.

If you’ve started to hear squeaking and cracking noises from your floorboards, especially when you walk around, sagging floor joists may be the problem. Sagging floor joists can also cause a hardwood floor separating from the baseboard. These problems require quick intervention to save the whole home.

Take a look at these pictures, which showcase different types of separation between the floor and the wall. You can also see an example of the ceiling separating from the wall. If you’ve started to see things in your home like this, you may need immediate intervention to fix it.

If you’ve just started seeing floor and wall gaps in your home, it may be tempting to put off fixing it for the time being. After all, maybe you’ll be able to wait until you have more money, time, or energy. The fact of the matter is, it’s much better to just get it over with now. There are many benefits you may be able to take advantage of if you call JES today instead of in a few months. 

The Potential for Just a Patch

The earlier you get help with your foundation problems, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to implement a simpler solution. Who knows — you may be able to fix that gap between the wall and floor with just a patch.

However, you can only implement these simple fixes if you get in early. Otherwise, you may need to do something as drastic as completely renovate the foundation of your home.

JES can help you understand what you need. If you only need a quick and easy patch fix, a foundation repair expert will be happy to let you know that. The earlier you call, the more likely it is that a patch will fix things. 

Your Foundation Will Seriously Impact the Rest of Your House

It may seem like a crack between the wall and floor only impacts a small area of your home. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

In fact, because this typically represents a foundation problem, it means it’s impacting your whole home. If you don’t opt to fix it right now, you’re putting the rest of your home in danger. In very serious situations, this can lead to your entire home collapsing.

From mobile home settling problems to entire foundations that are cracking and crumbling, a JES expert can help you get to the bottom of your problems. That’ll make it easier for you to fix it. 

Call in the Experts to Know What’s Right

Experts are called that for a reason: they know what they’re doing. If you want to know what to do with your foundation problems, you should enlist the help of an expert.

An expert will be able to fix the problems you’re experiencing with your foundation and your home. That also means diagnosing any problems you didn’t recognize and sparing you the grief of finding them on your own.

A foundation repair consultant from JES will give you the information you need. Whether you need a complete overhaul of your foundation or you just need a patch, you’ll get that information with no sugar coating or overselling.

Floor and Wall Gaps: Your Next Steps

What’s next? If you’re experiencing any of these problems, you should understand how important it is to get in touch with a foundation repair consultant from JES. That way, you’ll get the full story and be able to choose what to do next.

From very slight baseboard peeling to serious cracks, you’re experiencing across your whole home, an expert from JES will be able to give you more information. Get in touch to book your free inspection today.

JES put 8 stabilizers under my poor sinking house. I was very pleased with their whole operation. No hard sell from the foundation inspector. He just told me what needed to be done and the price. It was intense work, under difficult circumstances. Anything I asked of JES, JES did. I can say that my floors are more even and that the creaking in the floors has gone away.

~ Nancy L., Williamsburg, VA

Floor and Wall Gap Solutions

JES specializes in repairing your home’s foundation, sagging floor joists, and wall gaps. Some of our solutions include JES Slab Piers and IntelliJack. It is important to remember that every home’s foundation repair needs are different. Your foundation repair solution should solve the problem, and be designed to address your home’s unique conditions.

We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all solution and will work with you to create an economical solution for you and your home. Give a call today at 757-301-4820 to schedule your free inspection.

OUR EXPERTS ARE HERE TO HELP

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JES Service Area Map

Service Areas

HAMPTON ROADS & NE NC

1741 Corporate Landing Pkwy
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

NORTHERN VA & DC

8122 Bethlehem Rd
Manassas, VA 20109

MARYLAND

1250 Reames Rd
Middle River, MD 21220

CENTRAL VIRGINIA

2410 Southland Dr
Chester, VA 23831

WESTERN VIRGINIA

456 Old Courthouse Rd
Appomattox, VA 24522

SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

1401 Southside Dr
Salem, VA 24153

Sinking Foundation - Sinking Front Porch

Ground sinking near your home’s foundation indicates that you have a serious foundation problem. It may not be the first thing you notice so look for other common foundation problem signs like drywall cracks, stuck windows, house settling noises, and cracked bricks.

Understanding Sinking Foundation Problems in Virginia, Maryland and DC

Identifying & Repairing Issues Related To Sinking Foundations & Foundation Settlement

Do These Foundation Problems Look Familiar?

Sinking Foundation FAQ

We’re here to help you find the perfect solution for your home, and determine if the ground sinking around your foundation is causing house settling which may require foundation repair.

Foundation settlement is a job for a professional foundation repair contractor. It cannot be safely done with kits. Quick fixes don’t address the foundation settlement problems, and can be expensive and can cause more damage to your home’s foundation.

It’s best to have your home inspected by a foundation repair contractor who can pinpoint the problem and provide you with a solution that repairs the foundation problem.

The ground sinking tells you that there’s a problem and it could be affecting your foundation. Filling the area in with more dirt or gravel isn’t going to solve the real problem: your home could be built on soil that has been compromised and you have house settling issues.

If the ground sinking near your foundation or house settling is caused by poor drainage, then the solution will involve more than just cleaning your gutters. Your foundation may need underpinning to level your home and provide added stability.

Underpinning your home should only be done by a foundation repair expert. All of our foundation repair specialists are extensively trained by our team of Professional Engineers – who are the industry’s respected authority on foundation underpinning solutions.

The ground sinking near your foundation tells you that there’s a problem with the soil that your home is built on, and you have house settling. When the soil can’t support the weight of your home, your home sinks, and settles. There are a few things that can compromise the soil:

Mother Nature

Hot summers can dry out the soil, which then pulls away from your home’s foundation. The extra room around your foundation allows the ground to sink and causes foundation settlement.

Water, Water Everywhere…

Whether it’s a plumbing leak, heavy rain, or your gutters’ drains don’t lead away from your home, this extra water creates problems for the soil your home sits on.

Inadequate Soil Preparation

It’s common practice for builders to use backfill dirt to fill in the hole where your home’s foundation is built. If this soil isn’t pressed down enough it, shifts and causes your foundation to move with it.

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Inadequate Soil Preparation

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It\u2019s common practice for builders to use backfill dirt to fill in the hole where your home\u2019s foundation is built. If this soil isn\u2019t pressed down enough it, shifts and causes your foundation to move with it.

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I was very happy with the whole experience working with JES. We had an addition that had begun to sink and move away from the house due to the foundation not being on solid ground. They performed all the work when they said they would, obtained all the necessary permits, and were cleaned up and out actually a little early. The foreman on the job was great and even took the time to show and explain to me the process at various points. I recommend them and would use them again.

~ Sam W., Midlothian, VA

Sinking Foundation Solutions

We’re Known Best for Being Better because we only use the best products and recommend custom solutions designed for your home’s foundation repair needs. We want to ensure that your home’s foundation problems are fixed for life – giving you the peace of mind knowing that your home’s foundation is safe and strong.

Some of the foundation repair solutions we recommend include JES Helical Piers, JES Push Piers, and JES Slab Piers. Remember that everyone’s foundation repair needs are different based on several factors including the ground your home is built on, the type of foundation, and the severity of the problem.

OUR EXPERTS ARE HERE TO HELP

REQUEST YOUR FREE INSPECTION
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JES Service Area Map

Service Areas

HAMPTON ROADS & NE NC

1741 Corporate Landing Pkwy
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

NORTHERN VA & DC

8122 Bethlehem Rd
Manassas, VA 20109

MARYLAND

1250 Reames Rd
Middle River, MD 21220

CENTRAL VIRGINIA

2410 Southland Dr
Chester, VA 23831

WESTERN VIRGINIA

456 Old Courthouse Rd
Appomattox, VA 24522

SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

1401 Southside Dr
Salem, VA 24153

nail pop in dry wall

Nail pops aren’t just an eyesore; they’re also worrisome to many homeowners. What can JES do to ensure your nail pops don’t indicate a deeper problem?

Understanding Drywall Nail Pops & Causes, Virginia, MD, DC

If you’re still unsure if you have a foundation problem, take a quick look around your home. If your home also has drywall cracks, stuck windows, or cracked bricks, in addition to nail pops, then your home may have a foundation issue.

Drywall Nail Pops are Symptoms of Foundation Settlement

Foundation Problems: Drywall Nail Pops

If you’ve ever seen small, circular cracks in your drywall, you may be dealing with nail pops. It’s not entirely uncommon to have nail pops in drywall, but it’s important that you know how to deal with them. It’s true that nail pops can be a big problem. It’s concerning to see nails popping out of the ceiling or nail pops in walls. However, there’s a path to fixing them.

People have lots of questions about nail pops. What are nail pops? Are they bad? Why do they happen? What causes them? You don’t have to worry about the uncertainty of dealing with nail pops. Keep reading to get more information regarding your nail pops. With a free inspection from JES, you can craft a personalized plan to handle your nail pop problems.

Drywall Nail Pops FAQ

If you’ve ever had these questions regarding the nail pops in walls, floorboards, or ceilings that you’re dealing with, rest assured there are answers.

One of the bigger worries people have regarding nail pops is whether or not you can fix them everywhere. This is especially true when it comes to nail pops in older homes, which are more likely to suffer from structural integrity problems. Whether you have only a few nail pops or you’re dealing with lots of nails coming through the ceiling, here’s what you can expect.

One or Two Nail Pops

When you’re first starting to see nail pops, that’s when you should get in contact with someone. That’s because this could portend a deeper issue, or it could just be a cosmetic problem.

It’s true that sometimes, nail pops are only cosmetic. Although this cosmetic issue can be frustrating, it at least doesn’t mean you’re dealing with a serious structural problem that can lead to additional issues in the future.

When you schedule a free inspection with JES, you’ll get in contact with a foundation repair expert who will perform a thorough foundation inspection. If that expert finds the issue is only cosmetic, you’ll be the first to know.

A Few Nail Pops All Over the House

What if your nail pops are only somewhat common, but they’re coming up all over your home? If you’re seeing nail pops all across your home, it’s more likely that you’re dealing with a structural problem.

Alternately, the nails behind your drywall may be improperly positioned. This could showcase a different problem, although it’s still one you should address as soon as possible.

This is another problem a JES foundation repair expert can tackle for you. Foundation repair experts have plenty of experience with nail pops in older homes, nail pops in walls, and many other types of nail pops. They’ll be able to give you more understanding of what’s going on.

Nail Pops Everywhere

It’s most concerning if you’re starting to see nail pops everywhere, including in the ceiling, in the walls, and more. That means there’s a deep structural problem.

Ideally, you want to get in contact with an expert long before this happens. If you get in contact when you start to see only a few nail pops, it’ll be easier for you to fix whatever’s happening.

This is the point where you absolutely need to contact a JES foundation repair expert. If you don’t fix the foundational problems you’re experiencing, you run the risk of a much larger foundation issue, up to and even including having your home collapse.

Even after reading all this helpful information, you may still be wondering if it’s worth it to fix your nail pops right now. Especially if you only have a few, why can’t you wait until you have more money, time, or energy to fix the problem? There are lots of reasons you should get to fixing this problem as soon as possible. 

Foundation Problems Can Mount Quickly

If you have foundation problems right now, they might not be causing serious issues at the moment. However, what happens when that “small” foundation problem turns into a very serious one?

The problem is, nail pops that stem from foundation problems typically come from problems like uneven settling, which doesn’t just impact the nails in your drywall. That’s a problem that impacts your whole home. 

You need to talk to a JES expert as soon as possible because your foundation problems can go from unimportant to hugely important in a flash. You don’t want to be caught on the wrong end of that.

A Thorough Foundation Inspection Will Tell You What’s Wrong

As a homeowner, you probably don’t have the tools to do a foundation inspection. There’s nothing wrong with that. After all, that’s not something people expect you to have.

That’s why you consult experts who do have the right tools. A foundation inspection is an important part of determining what’s causing nail pops, and it’ll uncover any additional problems you’re facing.

The precision tools that JES foundation repair experts use are cutting-edge. They make sure you have the most useful information. That way, you can make a truly informed decision about what to do about your nail pops and any other problems. 

Thoughtful Contractors Will Let You Know If It’s a Cosmetic Issue

Many people worry about consulting a contractor for potentially cosmetic issues like nail pops. It’s unfortunately common for contractors to try and “get the job” by making up problems to charge you for fixing.

However, a good contractor cares about their company’s reputation. A company gets a good reputation by performing quality, necessary work at a reasonable price.

That’s exactly why you need a thoughtful contractor like the ones at JES. These contractors want to make sure you’re safe. If you don’t need a foundation repair for your nail pops, a JES foundation repair expert will let you know.

When people first experience nail pops, they tend to first ask what causes them. That’s because the cause of nail pops in walls and ceilings can give you an idea of how serious the problem is.

Although you should definitely tackle nail pops in ceilings, walls, and floors as soon as you see them, the problem can vary wildly. They typically stem from some sort of foundation problem, but the problem in question may be different from home to home. These are just a few of the most common reasons for nail pops.

Water and Drainage Problems

Has it been a particularly rainy season? Have you noticed cracks and creaks in your home? You may be dealing with too much water. This can essentially mix the soil under your home into the mud, which will press against the foundation and create weakness in it.

If you’re handling water problems that are causing your nail pops, you’ll probably notice other cracking issues as well. Nail pops may be the first sign of a problem, but if you’re noticing brick cracking, uneven floors, or other common signs of the house settling, this should be your first thought.

Hot Summers

On the other side, what if the summer has been hotter than usual? In fact, an unusually hot, dry summer can have a similar effect as a wet season. Although soil expands when it gets wet, it shrinks and cracks when it starts to dry.

This shrinking is what creates gaps between your foundation and the ground around it. When the soil creates these gaps, the foundation will start to lean and settle against it. That can lead to a lot of problems, including leaning walls and wide cracks in the foundation.

Poor Foundation Preparation

Before the home builders even lay the foundation for the home, the soil underneath needs careful preparation. It needs to be compact and firm so the foundation has something to cling onto for years after laying it.

The problem arises if the original builders didn’t prepare the soil well enough. If the soil wasn’t compact enough, the dirt will shift even after laying the foundation. That results in settling, which can cause cracks and lean throughout the lifespan of the home.

Look through these pictures to see just a few examples of the ways that a nail pop in drywall may look. Here, you can see how nail pops may look different depending on their severity and the location in which they come up. If you start to see a number of these, it may be time to call JES to discover a fix.

It can be expensive to invest in any sort of home repairs. The question many people ask is, can you fix nail pops at home instead of talking to an expert? Although you may hope to save money with a DIY nail pop fix, the fact is that because nail pops are often a symptom of another problem, you should instead contact a professional expert. These are just a few of the reasons you probably shouldn’t try to DIY your nail pops fix. 

A Symptom of a Deeper Issue

Sometimes, nail pops in walls can be purely cosmetic. However, it’s much more common for nail pops to show up because of a deeper problem, typically a foundational problem.

Especially if you’re dealing with nail pops everywhere, you don’t want to brush over these problems. Plus, if you try to DIY a fix for what appears to be a small problem, you may end up with nail pops all over your house instead.

A free inspection from JES can help alleviate these fears. JES is well-known for its honesty. If your home doesn’t need an expensive foundation solution, a JES foundation repair expert will be upfront with you about that.

Foundation Problems Can Be Deadly

The foundation of your home is the most important part, and it’s the part you want to keep solid. If you end up with a foundation problem, it can build to a place where it may even become deadly.

You don’t want to deal with that kind of serious foundation problem on your own. You should always take nail pops seriously because they could be indicative of an incredibly serious problem.

When you contact JES for a free inspection, you get the best of both worlds. If you do have a foundation problem, you’ll get immediate advice on how to fix that problem. However, if it’s just a cosmetic issue, a JES foundation repair expert will deliver you that information immediately. 

You Can’t Know the Full Extent

If your nail pops are cosmetic, you can fix them on your own time, often with spackle and paint. However, if they’re a symptom of a foundation issue, you’re going to need to talk to a professional.

The problem is that without an expert who can tell the difference, you won’t be able to tell which nail pops you can cover over yourself and which ones you should pay more attention to.

A foundation inspection requires precision tools that you probably don’t have access to. That’s why it’s important to contact JES and request a free inspection. After the inspection, you’ll know that an expert took all the required measurements and processed that information to give you genuine advice on your nail pops problem.

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One or Two Nail Pops

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A Few Nail Pops All Over the House

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Foundation Problems Can Mount Quickly

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The problem is, nail pops that stem from foundation problems typically come from problems like uneven settling, which doesn\u2019t just impact the nails in your drywall. That\u2019s a problem that impacts your whole home. 

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You need to talk to a JES expert as soon as possible because your foundation problems can go from unimportant to hugely important in a flash. You don\u2019t want to be caught on the wrong end of that.

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A Thorough Foundation Inspection Will Tell You What\u2019s Wrong

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That\u2019s why you consult experts who do have the right tools. A foundation inspection is an important part of determining what\u2019s causing nail pops, and it\u2019ll uncover any additional problems you\u2019re facing.

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The precision tools that JES foundation repair experts use are cutting-edge. They make sure you have the most useful information. That way, you can make a truly informed decision about what to do about your nail pops and any other problems. 

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Thoughtful Contractors Will Let You Know If It\u2019s a Cosmetic Issue

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Although you should definitely tackle nail pops in ceilings, walls, and floors as soon as you see them, the problem can vary wildly. They typically stem from some sort of foundation problem, but the problem in question may be different from home to home. These are just a few of the most common reasons for nail pops.

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Water and Drainage Problems

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Has it been a particularly rainy season? Have you noticed cracks and creaks in your home? You may be dealing with too much water. This can essentially mix the soil under your home into the mud, which will press against the foundation and create weakness in it.

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If you\u2019re handling water problems that are causing your nail pops, you\u2019ll probably notice other cracking issues as well. Nail pops may be the first sign of a problem, but if you\u2019re noticing brick cracking, uneven floors, or other common signs of the house settling, this should be your first thought.

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Hot Summers

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This shrinking is what creates gaps between your foundation and the ground around it. When the soil creates these gaps, the foundation will start to lean and settle against it. That can lead to a lot of problems, including leaning walls and wide cracks in the foundation.

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Poor Foundation Preparation

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Before the home builders even lay the foundation for the home, the soil underneath needs careful preparation. It needs to be compact and firm so the foundation has something to cling onto for years after laying it.

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A Symptom of a Deeper Issue

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A free inspection from JES can help alleviate these fears. JES is well-known for its honesty. If your home doesn\u2019t need an expensive foundation solution, a JES foundation repair expert will be upfront with you about that.

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Foundation Problems Can Be Deadly

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You don\u2019t want to deal with that kind of serious foundation problem on your own. You should always take nail pops seriously because they could be indicative of an incredibly serious problem.

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When you contact JES for a free inspection, you get the best of both worlds. If you do have a foundation problem, you\u2019ll get immediate advice on how to fix that problem. However, if it\u2019s just a cosmetic issue, a JES foundation repair expert will deliver you that information immediately. 

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You Can\u2019t Know the Full Extent

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If your nail pops are cosmetic, you can fix them on your own time, often with spackle and paint. However, if they\u2019re a symptom of a foundation issue, you\u2019re going to need to talk to a professional.

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The problem is that without an expert who can tell the difference, you won\u2019t be able to tell which nail pops you can cover over yourself and which ones you should pay more attention to.

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A foundation inspection requires precision tools that you probably don\u2019t have access to. That\u2019s why it\u2019s important to contact JES and request a free inspection. After the inspection, you\u2019ll know that an expert took all the required measurements and processed that information to give you genuine advice on your nail pops problem.

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Drywall Nail Pop Solutions

After your free inspection, we may recommend some of our house settling solutions, including JES Helical Piers, JES Push Piers, JES Slab Piers, and JES Wall Anchors.

Every home’s foundation repair needs are different. We’ll work with you – every step of the way – to create an economical, custom foundation repair solution for your home.

Nail Pops: Your Next Steps

Whether you’re dealing with seemingly endless nail pops everywhere or you’ve just started seeing one or two nail pops in your ceiling, you should deal with them before they get out of hand. If you deal with them now, you can stop future problems before they happen.

Don’t leave nail pops to potentially become a much more significant issue. When nail pops can potentially mean there’s something wrong with your foundation, you want to approach it now, rather than later. Request a free inspection to learn more about what’s causing your nail pops today.

OUR EXPERTS ARE HERE TO HELP

REQUEST YOUR FREE INSPECTION
REQUEST YOUR FREE INSPECTION
OUR EXPERTS ARE HERE TO HELP
JES Service Area Map

Service Areas

HAMPTON ROADS & NE NC

1741 Corporate Landing Pkwy
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

NORTHERN VA & DC

8122 Bethlehem Rd
Manassas, VA 20109

MARYLAND

1250 Reames Rd
Middle River, MD 21220

CENTRAL VIRGINIA

2410 Southland Dr
Chester, VA 23831

WESTERN VIRGINIA

456 Old Courthouse Rd
Appomattox, VA 24522

SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

1401 Southside Dr
Salem, VA 24153

JES Trusted Foundation Repair Solutions

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helical piers

Helical Piers, also called screw piles, are a common foundation repair solution used to stabilize your home’s foundation. This process is also called foundation underpinning. The piers are drilled down into stable soil or bedrock which not only permanently stabilizes your home but can also lift your home back to its original position. Portable equipment is used during installation so there is minimal disruption to your home and property, and almost no mess!

Portable equipment is used during installation so there is minimal disruption to your home and property, and almost no mess!

Helical Piers are one type of underpinning solution to foundation settlement problems. You can find out more about helical piers and if they are the right solution for your foundation problems by scheduling a free inspection with one of our professional consultants.

The Benefits of Helical Piers:

Permanent Solution to Your Foundation Problems

JES Helical Piers are hot-dip galvanized to protect against corrosion. The pier shaft is round, which is the strongest underpinning solution design, offering you a strong and permanent solution.

Restores the Value to Your Home

JES Helical Piers can raise your home back to its original position, restoring home value while offering a permanent foundation support solution.

Easy, Low Mess Installation

The JES Helical Piers can be installed quickly, without disrupting your schedule. And installation doesn’t require digging, saving you the hassle of cleaning up piles of dirt and debris.

Tried, True and Tested Solution

The piers are tested by the International Code Council, ensuring that you receive only the best foundation repair solution.

Helical Piers – Installation Steps

Step 1: Footing is exposed and prepared for the bracket.

helical pier installation step one

Step 2: Round-shaft helical piers are mechanically advanced into the soil.

helical pier installation step two

Step 3: Foundation Bracket is secured to the footing.

helical pier installation step three

Step 4: The weight of the home is transferred through the piers to load bearing strata. Home is lifted back to level if possible.

helical pier installation step four

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JES Service Area Map

Service Areas

HAMPTON ROADS & NE NC

1741 Corporate Landing Pkwy
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

NORTHERN VA & DC

8122 Bethlehem Rd
Manassas, VA 20109

MARYLAND

1250 Reames Rd
Middle River, MD 21220

CENTRAL VIRGINIA

2410 Southland Dr
Chester, VA 23831

WESTERN VIRGINIA

456 Old Courthouse Rd
Appomattox, VA 24522

SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

1401 Southside Dr
Salem, VA 24153

foundation repair push piers

JES Push Piers are installed in bedrock – the most stable soil level – and offer a permanent solution to your foundation settlement problem.

The JES Push Piers not only stabilize your home but they also offer the best opportunity to raise your home back to its original level, increasing home value.

Small, portable equipment is used during installation so there minimal mess and disruption to your property and home’s comfort.

Push Piers For Stabilizing Or Settling Foundations

Why Use Push Piers?

push pier installation

In many scenarios, push piers not only stop settlement but lift the foundation back to its original position, closing cracks and improving window and door operation.

Push piers can be installed inside or outside your foundation walls and are not visible once the repair is complete.

JES can repair a foundation with our exclusive push pier system at any time of the year. Our complete, installed system can be installed in just a few days and includes a written, 25-year transferable warranty signed by a Professional Engineer when the work is done.

Four Steps To Push Pier Installation

push piers installed
  1. Excavate Around The Foundation: At each pier location, the foundation is excavated to expose the foundation footing.
  2. Mount The Foundation Bracket: During installation, heavy-duty steel foundation brackets are secured to your foundation’s footings.
  3. Install The Push Piers: Galvanized steel pier sections are hydraulically driven through the bracket to competent soils or bedrock.
  4. Transfer The Weight: The weight of your home is then carefully transferred from unstable soil conditions through the piers onto load-bearing strata, resulting in the permanent stabilization of your home’s foundation.

Once the installation is completed, you have the choice of either stabilizing your home at its present location or lifting your home back to a level position. Either way, the JES Push Pier System offers you the strength, durability, and lifespan of galvanized steel as well as the peace of mind of knowing your home is back on solid ground. You can learn more about the push pier product by requesting your free inspection and estimate. 

The Experts at JES can Help!

At JES Foundation Repair our team of in-house foundation experts has warranted solutions for structural issues related to settling foundations of all types. Our foundation push pier systems include a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects, as well as our own performance warranty.

If you would like a free foundation push pier installation quote, we’re ready to help you! Call or e-mail us today to schedule an on-site consultation and written quote!

We’re proud to serve all of Hampton Roads, from Virginia Beach throughout Williamsburg and surrounding areas; Northern Virginia, DC, and Southern Maryland. View a complete list of our service areas.

If you’re not sure of the source of your foundation problem, give us a call at 757-301-4820, and schedule a free inspection. We’ll find out the cause of the problem and help you find the perfect solution.

JES Service Area Map

Service Areas

HAMPTON ROADS & NE NC

1741 Corporate Landing Pkwy
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

NORTHERN VA & DC

8122 Bethlehem Rd
Manassas, VA 20109

MARYLAND

1250 Reames Rd
Middle River, MD 21220

CENTRAL VIRGINIA

2410 Southland Dr
Chester, VA 23831

WESTERN VIRGINIA

456 Old Courthouse Rd
Appomattox, VA 24522

SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

1401 Southside Dr
Salem, VA 24153

Slab Piers and Slab Settlement Repair

JES Slab Piers are used for homes that are built on a concrete slab foundation. The piers are installed into a deep, stable soil to level and stabilize your home, and lift the concrete slab and interior walls.

The Slab Pier installation offers a life-long, underpinning solution with minimal mess and stress.

Why Use Slab Piers for Settlement Repair?

Slab piers are designed to be driven deep into the earth, bypassing soils that are ill-suited to support weight, so that your floor can be supported by strong, competent earth. Slab piers also provide an opportunity to lift your concrete slab back to its original position, often closing cracks and eliminating tripping hazards.

Fix Your Cracked Concrete Foundation With Slab Piers

A settling concrete slab can cause major structural problems in a home. An individual may notice signs such as trip hazards, cracks in drywall, and doors that do not open and close properly, all of which indicate a slab settlement problem.

Slab settlement problems are typically caused by changing soil conditions under the slab. Drying and shrinking of soils due to HVAC systems is one of the most common causes, along with soil consolidation due to poorly compacted fill soils during construction.

No matter what the cause, a sinking slab can cause significant damage and is something that needs to be permanently repaired. Some homeowners think that removing and replacing the slab is the solution to fix the problem, without realizing how costly, messy, and disruptive it is to your home. Because the real problem is with the compaction of the soil rather than with the slab itself, the same problem is likely to occur again.

Other solutions such as mudjacking, only add weight to the problem and are unable to reach deep, competent soils in order to support the slab permanently.

Slab Pier System

Benefits of JES Slab Piers

Permanent Solution to Your Foundation Problems

JES Slab Piers are installed in stable soil and are made of galvanized steel. Offering a solution that will stand the test of time.

Restores Your Home’s Property Value

The JES Slab Piers can lift and level your slab foundation, eliminating tripping hazards and restoring your home’s property value.

Low Stress Installation

Installing this underpinning solution is easy and low stress. After installation the piers will not be visible and there is no heavy equipment that will damage your landscaping and property.

The Experts at JES can Help!

At JES Foundation Repair our team of in-house foundation experts has warranted solutions for structural issues related to settling foundations of all types.  If you would like a free slab pier quote, we’re ready to help you! Call or e-mail us today to schedule an on-site consultation and written quote!

Are You Looking For Local Foundation Contractors In Virginia, DC, Maryland, or Northeastern North Carolina?

We’re proud to serve all of Hampton Roads, from Virginia Beach throughout Williamsburg and surrounding areas; Northern Virginia, DC, and Southern Maryland. View a complete list of our service areas.

If you’re not sure of the source of your foundation problem, give us a call at 757-301-4820, and schedule a free inspection. We’ll find out the cause of the problem and help you find the perfect solution.

JES Service Area Map

Service Areas

HAMPTON ROADS & NE NC

1741 Corporate Landing Pkwy
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

NORTHERN VA & DC

8122 Bethlehem Rd
Manassas, VA 20109

MARYLAND

1250 Reames Rd
Middle River, MD 21220

CENTRAL VIRGINIA

2410 Southland Dr
Chester, VA 23831

WESTERN VIRGINIA

456 Old Courthouse Rd
Appomattox, VA 24522

SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

1401 Southside Dr
Salem, VA 24153

 Crawl Space Supports

Solution for Sagging Floors

Uneven, sagging floors can be much more than a nuisance. Soft, bowed floorboards can create cracks in drywall, inoperable doors and windows, wall gaps and cracks, and other serious structural issues. The IntelliJack™ Stabilizer System is the solution to stabilizing and leveling girders and floor joists that cause your floors to sag.

Learn to see if the IntelliJack™ system is the right solution for your crawl space by scheduling a free inspection with one of our professional consultants.

Benefits of IntelliJack Crawl Space Supports

  • Engineered to transfer weight onto stable soils
  • Supports loads more than 60,000 lbs
  • Customized to fit any accessible crawl space
  • Lifts and secures floors back to original position
  • Engineered, steel construction
  • Adjustable with long-term warranties

What Causes Floors To Sag?

There are numerous reasons why your floors are sagging. Over-spanned floor joists, weakened beams, or sinking concrete block support columns are all common causes. Those issues can continue to occur without a proper solution that addresses the issue with long-term warranties available.

 Crawl Space Supports

FIX YOUR SAGGING FLOORS TODAY!

 Crawl Space Supports

How Do I Know If I Need Crawl Space Supports?

  • Do your floors sag?
  • Are your floors uneven?
  • Are your floors bouncy?
  • Do you have soft spots on some parts of your floor?
  • Do you know what supports your house inside of your crawl space?

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JES Service Area Map

Service Areas

HAMPTON ROADS & NE NC

1741 Corporate Landing Pkwy
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

NORTHERN VA & DC

8122 Bethlehem Rd
Manassas, VA 20109

MARYLAND

1250 Reames Rd
Middle River, MD 21220

CENTRAL VIRGINIA

2410 Southland Dr
Chester, VA 23831

WESTERN VIRGINIA

456 Old Courthouse Rd
Appomattox, VA 24522

SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

1401 Southside Dr
Salem, VA 24153

Stability With Wall Anchors

basement wall systems wall anchors

Are you having foundation problems due to cracks in your basement walls? Possibly bowing or tilting? If so, basement wall systems will 

provide the stability your home needs. JES Wall Anchors, for instance, is a great solution that permanently stabilizes your foundation walls.

Furthermore, JES Wall Anchors repair leaning or bowed walls and cracks. This includes a variety of cracks that are detrimental to your home’s foundation, such as diagonal, horizontal, vertical, and stair-step cracking.

Basement wall systems are custom-designed to fit your home’s needs. However, they should always be installed by a certified and professionally trained foundation technicians. Stabilizing your home’s foundation is not a “do-it-yourself” project by any means.

Basement Wall Systems: How Do JES Wall Anchors Work?

JES Wall Anchors extend away from your home into stable and hard-packed soil, anchoring against the soil while bracing the foundation wall. This system stops any movement towards your home. Moreover, by tightening and adjusting these anchors, your foundation walls will move back to their original position.

In fact, foundation wall anchors have been used by engineers since the late 1970s and are recommended by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Basement Wall Systems: Benefits Of JES Wall Anchors

basement wall anchor system installed

JES Wall Anchors come with a bevy of benefits to both your home and your pockets. First and foremost, JES Wall Anchors will save you the cost of replacing a foundation wall. Also, the installation process is less stressful for homeowners and doesn’t create a mess like other basement wall systems. Additionally, the JES Wall Anchor System causes minimal disruption to your landscaping and is backed by a 100% lifetime guarantee.

carbon fiber wall system

Outside of wall anchors, there are other options to stabilizing your basement walls. For instance, a wall reinforcement system is a common solution that will also serve as a permanent fix. In this case, a fiber-reinforced polymer, which is ten times stronger than steel, is installed flat against your basement walls to secure your foundation.

Wall reinforcement is a tested solution that straps to your basement walls with a strong epoxy resin. Once the installation is finished and the resin dries, you can cover the straps with paint or wall panels.

Living in a home with a basement has plenty of benefits. From multi-purpose uses to sloping lots, basements have provided families with an economic way of creating extra space in their homes. However, it isn’t wise to ignore your basement as moisture damage, cracks, and bowing walls are devastating to your home’s foundation.

Basement wall systems offer a permanent solution to stabilize your foundation from bowing and cracked walls. Have your home inspected by JES and we’ll provide the proper repairs for your home’s specific needs.

JES Service Area Map

Service Areas

HAMPTON ROADS & NE NC

1741 Corporate Landing Pkwy
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

NORTHERN VA & DC

8122 Bethlehem Rd
Manassas, VA 20109

MARYLAND

1250 Reames Rd
Middle River, MD 21220

CENTRAL VIRGINIA

2410 Southland Dr
Chester, VA 23831

WESTERN VIRGINIA

456 Old Courthouse Rd
Appomattox, VA 24522

SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

1401 Southside Dr
Salem, VA 24153

The IntelliBrace™ System is ideal when there is little or no access available outside of the home for exterior wall repair. This system is most effective when basement walls begin to bow or shift. The IntelliBrace™ System permanently stabilizes foundation walls and has the potential to further straighten the wall over time.

Learn to see if IntelliBrace™ Wall Repair System is the right solution for your foundation or basement problems by scheduling a free inspection with one of our professional consultants.

Foundation WALL REPAIR SYSTEM

IntelliBrace™ Wall Repair Solution

Manufactured to be resistant to corrosion, the IntelliBrace™ System is more resilient than normal uncoated I-Beams and reduces wear and abrasion. I-Beams are most often unprotected steel, which rusts over time and becomes unsightly. The IntelliBrace™ is designed to keep its aesthetic integrity over time.

Benefits of IntelliBrace™

  • No heavy equipment needed for installation
  • Zinc-plated system looks great and will not rust
  • Zero disturbance to lawn and landscaping
  • Can straighten walls over time

FIX YOUR FOUNDATION WALLS TODAY!

We’re here to help you find the perfect solution for your home, and find out the source of your foundation problems.

JES Service Area Map

Service Areas

HAMPTON ROADS & NE NC

1741 Corporate Landing Pkwy
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

NORTHERN VA & DC

8122 Bethlehem Rd
Manassas, VA 20109

MARYLAND

1250 Reames Rd
Middle River, MD 21220

CENTRAL VIRGINIA

2410 Southland Dr
Chester, VA 23831

WESTERN VIRGINIA

456 Old Courthouse Rd
Appomattox, VA 24522

SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

1401 Southside Dr
Salem, VA 24153

The Reinforcer Basement Wall System

The Reinforcer Basement Wall System

The JES Reinforcer is used to strengthen your foundation’s walls. The JES Reinforcer is installed on your foundation wall and helps eliminate wall cracks, shifts and bowing – giving your foundation the added strength to combat the stress from house settling.

The JES Reinforcer is built to take a beating! The unique carbon fiber strip was designed by a team of Professional Engineers to resist stretching while being able to absorb the hydrostatic pressure being pushed against your foundation.

Benefits of The Reinforcer Basement Wall Repair System

Can Be Installed in Tight Places

The JES Reinforcer is custom cut to fit your foundation walls and doesn’t require heavy equipment to install.

Easy, Low Mess Installation

There is no mess created during installation since the straps use an epoxy to adhere to your foundation walls. No concrete or drilling required!

Tried, Tested and True Solution

The JES Reinforcer is 8 times stronger than steel and works on concrete block or poured concrete foundations.

Are You Looking For Local Foundation Contractors In Virginia, DC, Maryland, or Northeastern North Carolina?

At JES Foundation Repair our team of in-house foundation experts have warranted solutions for structural issues related to basement wall failure and foundations of all types. 

If you would like a free quote, we’re ready to help you! Call or e-mail us today to schedule an on-site consultation and written quote!

We’re proud to serve all of Hampton Roads, from Virginia Beach throughout Williamsburg and surrounding areas; Northern Virginia, DC, and Southern Maryland. View a complete list of our service area here.

The Experts at JES can Help!

If you’re not sure of the source of your foundation problem, give us a call at 757-301-4820, and schedule a free inspection. We’ll find out the cause of the problem and help you find the perfect solution.

JES Service Area Map

Service Areas

HAMPTON ROADS & NE NC

1741 Corporate Landing Pkwy
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

NORTHERN VA & DC

8122 Bethlehem Rd
Manassas, VA 20109

MARYLAND

1250 Reames Rd
Middle River, MD 21220

CENTRAL VIRGINIA

2410 Southland Dr
Chester, VA 23831

WESTERN VIRGINIA

456 Old Courthouse Rd
Appomattox, VA 24522

SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

1401 Southside Dr
Salem, VA 24153


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