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If you look past your sunlit kitchen, your cozy living room, and stylish bedrooms, you’ll find a part of your home working very hard to keep everything standing: your foundation. Thanks to changes in soil and rough Michigan weather, the foundation may change over time.

Ideally, these changes will not affect your home’s foundation in any meaningful way. However, when they do, you will want to get to the bottom of the issue as soon as possible.

With more than two decades of experience, the Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing team looks forward to helping Sterling Heights homeowners preserve the foundation of their homes. Here is what is essential to know about foundation damage:

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Signs of Damaged Foundation

Identifying problems with your foundation can be challenging if you were never taught what to look for. Fortunately, you don’t have to disassemble your entire house to find damage if it is there. You can usually find it by keeping an eye out for cracks in the following areas:

  • Drywall – Drywall cracks form when your walls move about, usually due to changes in the foundation. These cracks often go unseen, so you’ll want to inspect your drywall closely if you think that foundation problems are afoot.
  • Floor – Cracks happen to even the most sturdy floors when the foundation shifts. Whether you have ceramic tiles or concrete slabs, cracks will only get worse if you aren’t on top of them from the jump.
  • Corners – If you start to see widening gaps between pieces of siding, cracks are likely not far behind. You will want to act quickly to avoid any long-term issues with your foundation.

In addition to watching out for cracks or gaps, you should also know that a leaning chimney is a classic symptom of foundation in distress. You should not expect it to readjust itself. It will need to be examined by an expert.

Why Should I Repair My Foundation?

Cracks in your walls and floors may not seem like a major deal, especially if they are small and not very noticeable. The bad news is that these cracks probably won’t remain so small if your home has foundation problems. With time, all that shifting and moving will extend beyond the walls and floors and may even compromise entire rooms. When the damage becomes that severe, you may be facing thousands of dollars of repair costs.

What Bluebird Offers

If your unsteady foundation has you feeling a bit uneasy, you can take a deep breath. At Bluebird, we can help you get your foundation where it should be. We never cut corners when it comes to repair projects. We take our RamJack certification very seriously, so you can rest easy knowing that every material we use has been carefully tested for residential settings.

The type of foundation repair your home requires will depend upon a number of factors, including the type of home you have and the extent of the damage. For example, if your home’s structure is more lightweight, we will opt for a helical piering system. If your home has more weight to its structure, a more heavy-duty approach may be necessary. In those cases, we will choose deep-driven steel piercing systems.

If your walls and beams have sustained damage, we have carbon fiber to take care of that. For failing slabs, slab brackets can help hold everything together.

Call Bluebird Today

Foundation problems don’t have to determine the fate of your Sterling Heights home. Call Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing now to get it under control. We’re ready to take on any project! Outside of foundation repair, we also offer basement waterproofing and crawlspace waterproofing throughout Sterling Heights.

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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