Foundation Repair | Ann Arbor, MI

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  • Serving Michigan For Over 20 Years
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Sometimes, your home’s foundation may bear the brunt of any number of elements: the weather, the environment, or even just age. However, because your foundation encompasses your entire home, locating issues can be a real challenge. This means that seeing the problem and acting accordingly will be difficult for most homeowners.

Homeowners in Ann Arbor can rest easy knowing that Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing can repair their foundation with skill. Below, we will cover some common issues that people run into and how we can address these issues.

damaged foundation

Signs of Damaged Foundation

Damaged foundation symptoms range from cracked walls, floors, pillars, to even your chimney’s structure. Foundation damage entails a number of things, including:

  • Cracks in Drywall – While drywall cracks are harder to spot, they will get worse if you don’t take the time to address them. Drywall cracks result when the foundation of your home shifts.
  • Cracks in Floor – If you have foundation damage, cracks in your floor may be inevitable, even if you have well-maintained floors made from durable material.
  • Cracks in Brickwork – Cracked brickwork makes drywall damage exponentially worse. If you notice cracks here, don’t hesitate in reaching out for guidance with repair.
  • Cracks in Corners – If you have foundation damage and vinyl siding, you can usually tell just by looking at the gaps forming between pieces of the siding.
  • Leaning Chimney – If you have a leaning chimney, foundation damage may be a culprit.

Why Should I Repair My Foundation?

Foundation damage can be difficult to deal with, but it is much more manageable if you take care of the problem right away. These issues tend not to get better on their own. Cracks will only continue to grow wider and deeper. Over time, the entire layout of your home may change drastically and be at risk of irreparable or very costly damage.

It is much better to pay the cost to get small issues fixed than to wait for these small issues to accumulate or merge into one very large issue.

Don’t forget also that the value of your home also depends upon its structure. If potential homebuyers have any reason to doubt the integrity of your home’s structure, they will pass it up. At best, you will receive way less than you could for your home were it foundationally healthy.

What Bluebird Offers

If you are serious about fixing up your foundation, Bluebird is serious about helping.

OurRamJack certification tells you that we never settle for subpar materials. We spring for the good stuff every time. By that, we mean products that have undergone rigorous testing and have been deemed suitable for residential use.

We will approach your foundation project in a way that makes sense for your home. For example, you can watch us implement a helical system for lighter homes and a deep-driven steel piercing system for much more robust homes.

For us, foundation repair goes even beyond that. We can mend ruined walls and beams with carbon fiber and keep slabs where they belong with steadfast slab brackets.

Call Bluebird Today

Foundation repair is no easy feat, but we will go above and beyond and make it look effortless. To see what we can do for your home, give Bluebird a call today. Outside of foundation repair, we also offer basement waterproofing and crawlspace waterproofing throughout Ann Arbor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Foundation repair can include wall stabilization with wall braces and carbon fiber straps, installing a wall patch for a wall crack with water intrusion, and stabilizing a settling foundation with helical piers. Sometimes the process is also called house leveling or foundation leveling.

Our approach depends on the type of crack and the condition of the wall. For vertical cracks with water intrusion, we implement a wall patch. This involves a PVC sheet riveted to the wall.

Settling foundation costs start from $5,000 and can go up to $50,000 or more as it depends on the type of foundation problem and the size of the home.

Each crack is unique. Our team does our best to identify the type of crack and the durability of the wall. More often than not, we do a wall patch. These patches are a piece of PVC sheet riveted to the wall for vertical cracks with water intrusion.

We can stabilize a settling foundation using helical piers. We always attempt to lift the home back to its original position, but this cannot be guaranteed in every situation due to the condition of the footer or repairs that may have been made to the home. Please note that we cannot lift a home so that additional blocks can be added to make the basement or crawlspace taller.

It depends on the reason for the crack. Some cracks can be left alone (shrink crack with no water intrusion). A crack can be a symptom of many things such as shrinkage for a poured basement wall, a bowing wall, or a settling foundation. We need to evaluate other things to determine the type of crack and the correct solution.

Some of the signs of foundation problems include:

  • Cracks in the foundation
  • Cracks in drywall
  • Doors and windows sticking
  • Home being pulled away from a
  • Deck or new addition

Tree roots aren’t always the cause of foundation, but it is a possibility. Tree roots can grow below the foundation and can cause uneven floors throughout your property.

You may feel a slight slope when walking, if you drop something it may roll to a certain area. Your cake may bake unevenly if the floor below the oven is sloping (this has happened to me).

Flooding can wash out the soil below your footer or cause water intrusion into your basement or crawlspace. Both of these incidents damage the foundation of your home.

Issues with your foundation can come in the form of water intrusions or cracks in the walls or floors.

One of the biggest issues we see with a post and beam foundation is sagging floors and walls. This is especially true if there is a load-bearing wall.

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