On your homeâ€™s exterior you should look for the following:
- Diagonal (stair-step) cracks in brick wall
- Brick or mortar joints that vary in width
- Tilting or leaning chimney
- Separation of wood trim at joints and corners
- Separation of concrete driveway, patio or sidewalk from the foundation
On your homeâ€™s interior:
- Cracks in sheetrock/plaster walls or ceilings
- Cracks in walls at corners
- Cracks in walls above doors
- Doors and windows that stick or are hard to open/close
- Un-even floor surfaces or sloping of floor
- Cracks in concrete floors (wider than 1/16th of inch)
If your home is experiencing any of these conditions, it is a good idea to consult with a foundation repair professional in your area. A complete assessment of both your interior and exterior should be performed.
A professional foundation repair representative will ask questions regarding the area surrounding your home (nearby creeks, new construction, recent repairs), when you first noticed the problem(s), if they are more prevalent during certain weather seasons than others, age of the home, etc. This type of question and answer helps in the proper diagnosis of a foundation problem and providing a custom solution.
Consult with a Grip-Tite foundation repair professional in your area for a thorough evaluation of your foundation and a no-obligation, free estimate.
Most property owners have no idea how to tell if the cracks in their foundation walls are serious or not. You are not alone. Some "shrinkage cracks" are common in poured concrete walls and floors, but other cracks, such as those in a block foundation are not. In most instances, a foundation crack is an indication that something has shifted or settled â€“ this is especially obvious if a crack is wider at one point than another.
The bottom line with foundation cracks and concerns â€“ itâ€™s always good idea to seek a reputable professionalâ€™s opinion.
Grip-Tite dealers across our network provide property owners with a free foundation evaluation and an estimate if repairs are recommended. Call one of our certified dealers today for a no-obligation inspection.
Every home is unique and therefore, every foundation problem is specific to the structure it supports. Re-building basement or foundation walls is certainly an option but it is not only time-consuming, expensive and inconvenient, it does nothing to solve the underlying problem â€“ foundation soils exerting pressure against the walls. The first step in your situation is to have your foundation evaluated by a reputable and experienced foundation repair professional. Once an evaluation is completed, options for repair should be presented to you in writing. As the patent-holder for the original Wall Anchor System, Grip-Tite recommends an earth anchor and wall plate system which permanently stabilizes a foundation wall (whether block or concrete) and prevents further movement. To locate a professional foundation repair contractor in your area, click here. Read more below about the Grip-Tite wall anchor and how it is installed.
The wall anchor system is a property owner's alternative to completely removing and rebuilding foundation walls that have become cracked and bowed as a result of lateral earth pressures exceeding the allowable design capacity of the wall.
The Grip-Tite® Wall Anchor System consists of an interior wall plate, an exterior earth anchor and a connecting steel rod to stabilize foundation walls by counteracting the pressure being exerted against the wall. The system is utilized to anchor foundation walls and exterior earth retaining walls constructed of masonry block or cast-in-place concrete.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recognized wall anchors as a viable option for stabilizing basement/foundation walls. An April 24, 1992 HUD memorandum states, "There are three common ways to save bowing foundation walls:
- Contractors install wall anchors on approximate 6â€™ centers. These stop further movement and with proper tension will eliminate some, if not all, of the bowing over time.
- Another acceptable, but more expensive method, is to replace the affected walls.
- The third is to use passive resistance such as grout filled channel steel or pilasters which may stop further movement. This is the least effective."
The GRIP-TITE® Wall Anchor System has been evaluated for compliance with all applicable building codes by building officials of the International Code Council (see ICC-ES Legacy Report #22-03).
To learn more about the patented Grip-Tite® Wall Anchor System, watch this video by ABC televisionâ€™s John Stosselâ€™s report for the American Architectural Review.
The length of a project truly depends upon the nature of the foundation problem and suggested repair.
For instance, a typical bowing basement wall can be stabilized in less than a day (situations vary) with little damage to a lawn, landscaping or decks.
For stabilization projects, your local Grip-Tite dealer will perform minimal excavation on the exterior of a property to expose a foundationâ€™s footings. The soil is replaced once work is complete. As with any project, before work begins, be sure to consult with your local Grip-Tite dealer for a full explanation of the repair process and the level of disturbance to be expected.
Grip-Tite Manufacturing offers the Stabilizerâ„¢ for this very situation.
The Stabilizerâ„¢ is designed to provide supplemental support for distressed floor joists or support beams. The Stabilizerâ„¢ levels and stabilizes without the need for excessive excavation or messy concrete. Installation of the Stabilizerâ„¢ is relatively quick and will not leave a crawlspace or your property in disrepair.
The first suggestion is to contact a professional foundation repair contractor for an evaluation. It is important to determine what is causing the cracks and/or uneven floor.
During the evaluation, a professional foundation repair contractor will inspect both the exterior and interior of your home and ask questions regarding the changes youâ€™ve noticed. With all of these variables in hand, a professional foundation repair contractor will make a recommendation regarding repairs.
Your local Grip-Tite dealer can perform this evaluation for you and provide a no-obligation estimate if repairs are necessary. Grip-Tite offers the Slab Pier System for failing concrete slabs as a proven solution to lift and stabilize sunken concrete permanently.
The Slab Pier System is cost-effective, usually does not involve heavy equipment and can be installed year-round in just a few days â€“ even in areas of limited access.
During construction, before a foundation is poured (constructed), Grip-Tite® New Construction Piers can be installed to effectively stabilize a foundation by transferring the structural load of a home to deep, suitable soils.
As others have found, the Grip Tite® New Construction Pier System is often more affordable than over-sized concrete footings or removing and replacing unsuitable foundation soils.
With the Helical Pier System, the piers are mechanically advanced into the ground to a predetermined depth or capacity and the tops of the piers cast into the grade beam or column pad. Consult with your local Grip-Tite dealer regarding your residential or commercial construction project â€“ youâ€™ll be glad you did