Foundation Repair | Benton Harbor, MI

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The foundation is crucial to your home’s entire structure, as it stabilizes your entire house. Therefore, checking on it regularly to make sure everything is in its right place is very important.

But more often than not, homes have foundation issues that need to be addressed. Since your home’s foundation might be sprawling, foundational issues may be hard to pinpoint. As a result, it’s difficult for most homeowners to understand what to do when they see a problem.

Luckily, Benton Harbor residents can rely on Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing to handle their foundation issues. Let’s go over what foundation repair entails and why it’s so important to your home.

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Signs of Damaged Foundation

Your home’s foundation refers to many different areas of the house, including the following:

  • Walls
  • Floors
  • Pillars
  • Chimney

Because it’s such a wide-ranging term, there’s an even bigger list of foundation troubles that you need to look out for. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • Cracks in Drywall – These are hard to spot at first, but drywall cracks will get worse with time if you don’t address them immediately. Shifts in the foundation cause the walls to move, which is what creates drywall cracks.
  • Cracks in Floor – Cracks can happen on any floor regardless of what it’s made out of. Whether you have ceramic tiles or concrete slabs, cracks will only get worse if you don’t address them properly.
  • Cracks in Corners – Vinyl and other material sidings will often indicate foundation shifts. You’ll start to see widening gaps between pieces of siding, which then causes cracks.
  • Cracks in Brickwork – Cracked brickwork contributes heavily to drywall damage. As soon as you see cracks in your brick structures, it’s time to call someone to address the problem right away.
  • Leaning Chimney – A leaning chimney is a definite sign that something is not right with your foundation. If you notice that your chimney looks off, you will want to get it looked at.

Why Should I Repair My Foundation?

While we don’t want to exaggerate, failing to address foundational issues will cause a lot of damage to your home. If your floors and walls start collapsing, your rooms and basements will eventually cave in, which really threatens you and your family’s safety.

Even if you think a foundation problem isn’t too bad, it’ll only get worse over time. The longer you wait, the more expensive the fix will become in the long run.

You’ll also compromise the property value of your home if you don’t address foundation issues. When people see that you have foundation issues, they’re not going to buy your home as easily.

What Bluebird Offers

Interested in fixing up your foundation? Bluebird has you covered.

We are RamJack certified, which means that the materials we use have been tested and proven to work. Safety, quality, and efficiency are our top priorities, and this shows in everything we do and every product we use.

How we approach your foundation issue will depend on a few different factors. For example, is your home more lightweight in composition, or is it heavier? If the former, we implement what is known as a helical piering system to keep everything in place. For cases that fall into the latter category, we choose deep-driven steel piercing systems.

Bottom line: we’ve got all the technical details down. You can relax as we get to work on your foundation.

Call Bluebird Today

Benton Harbor residents don’t have to wait for their foundation issues to become devastatingly severe. Call Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing for a quote! Outside of foundation repair, we also offer basement waterproofingcrawlspace waterproofing and seawall repair throughout Benton Harbor.

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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