Foundation Repair

Foundation Repairs For the Washington DC Metropolitan Areas

If you suspect your home is in need of foundation repairs, Structural Repair & Renovations is here to help. Our team of contractors specializes in all things foundational and soil-related. We are local to Washington DC, Gaithersburg MD, Annandale VA, and surrounding areas so we know how the ground shifts with your house. 

Whether you own a home or business, our foundation repair crew is knowledgeable about all types of buildings. There are a variety of ways to repair a crumbling foundation. Some techniques are simple fixes for when you catch onto a problem before it becomes widespread. Other methods are more involved and are typically used in older homes where the foundation has been exposed to decades of moisture.

How To Tell If Your Foundation Needs Repairs

  • Standing water in the basement
  • Pooling water in your yard
  • Mold or moisture in your crawlspace
  • Cracks or bowing walls throughout the building 
  • Uneven or sagging floors 
  • Door or window gaps 

Often times water tends to be the number one enemy of a basement. Even when you start to notice just a little bit seeping in after a storm, you don’t want to ignore this. Taking action sooner rather can help avoid more costly repairs in the future. Small cracks in your foundation can quickly open up or start crumbling rapidly during the winter and spring when water is abundant in the surrounding soil. 

The Foundation Repair Process

At Structural Repair & Renovations we understand how expensive foundation repairs can be for the home or building owner. Our goal is to give all our clients reasonable pricing with quality workmanship. When you contact our team, one of our associates will come out to inspect the foundation. Once we have accessed the soil quality, condition of the basement walls and floor, and extent of all the damages, we will give you a fair estimate. 

Depending on the stage of the deterioration, It may be necessary to first stabilize the soil in order to lift the house. When we lift the house, all utilities including gas, water, and electricity will be turned off for safety. Once the foundation has been repaired all the landscaping soil will be returned and the utilities can be turned back on. Typically plumbing repairs will have to be done as pipes are often shifted around in advanced stages of deterioration. 

Contact Structural Repair & Renovations Today

If you are in need of foundation repairs, contact our team today! Our experienced team is ready to guide you through the foundation repair process and stabilize your home! Give us a call today to schedule your estimate. 

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common problems

Foundation Settlement

Typical signs of foundation settlement are stair-step cracks and vertically sheared bricks or blocks. We see this frequently in the DMV region.

The most common and typically most economical method of repairing failed foundations that have settled is to install a series of steel underpinning piers below the affected foundation area. The load-bearing steel shafts are installed independent of the structure and their bearing or holding capacity is verified as each pier is installed. Adjustable brackets are then attached to the base of your foundation walls, connecting the anchors to the foundation. The weight of your home is then shifted to the anchors. In the process, foundations, walls, and floors are repositioned and retained (i.e., “jacked”) from further movement.

Bowing or leaning Foundation Walls

Ground water exerts a huge amount of pressure on a home or other building. When the soil around your house, for example, becomes saturated with water from heavy rains or water leaks, the water exerts additional force against the walls.

Foundation walls can be damaged by soil pressure. In some cases, the soil’s weight is simply too great to be held back by the foundation wall. In other cases, soil with high clay content expands during wet weather, exerting additional pressure against foundation walls. Whatever the cause, there are several telltale signs of foundation wall damage.

When it’s cold, frost can put pressure on a wall and cause it to fail, especially if the basement is unheated. Frost forces can be powerful and can even lift shallow foundations up out of the ground, causing significant damage to the home.

Bowing Wall Repair

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