Structural Repairs

Is your home settling? Noticing cracks that seem concerning? Just because your basement is dry doesn’t mean there isn’t an issue. Call us today for an evaluation and recommendation for repair. We have a structural engineer on staff that specializes in concrete repair.

The concrete foundation that supports your home can experience a number of typical issues – mostly related to poor soils and water issues.  When water and soil work against your foundation, it can result in unsightly cracks, windows, and doors that don’t work, brickwork cracking, severe drywall cracking, not to mention the loss of structural stability.  These issues can occur in both new homes and homes that were built 50 years ago.  Some structural issues can be monitored, while others present serious issues that should be addressed immediately.  Diagnosing these problems takes an experienced professional.  It’s important to understand that just because your foundation is dry does not mean that it is structurally sound.  Trust Acculift to help you solve your foundation issues when you have:

  • Differential settlement occurs when the soil underneath the foundation is undermined or shrinks, allowing part of the house to settle further than the rest of it.  The result is severe drywall cracking, doors/windows that do not operate correctly, noticeable slopes on the main level of the house, brickwork that is delaminating or step-cracking.  The concrete foundation may have noticeable cracks in it.  Most of the time, the house is structurally stable even with a moderate settlement, but the homeowner may experience loss of functionality and/or aesthetics.  In rare cases, the house may be unstable.  The only permanent solution for settlement is to install piers that stabilize the concrete foundation walls.  Acculift uses both steel push piers and helical piers to stabilize foundations against any further settlement.
  • Lateral deflection of foundation walls occurs when the soil or water on the exterior push on the wall and move it inward.  The results can vary but may include diagonal cracks originating from the corners of the wall, exterior cracks about 8” away from the corner, interior pipes that are crushed.  This condition is also called Push Walls, Bow Walls, Lean Walls, and Tilt Walls.  This can start as a minor issue, but can (sometimes quickly) progress to a severe structural concern if no action is taken.  There are a variety of methods that can be used to address walls that are lateral deflected.  The exact solution will depend on the severity of the movement and the interior and exterior conditions.  Wall plate anchors, carbon fiber straps, steel angle braces, I-Beams, and other methods are available.  If the deflection is serious (over 2”), the wall may need to be fully excavated and realigned.
  • “Street Creep” Damage occurs most often in subdivisions at cul-de-sacs, “T”s, and curves.  It is the result of the street either expanding (due to heat) or laterally moving.  This places pressure on the driveway, which in turn pushes on the garage floor, and finally the house foundation.  Signs of street creep damage include large gaps between the garage floor and foundation, buckled driveway slabs, cracks at the front corners of the garage foundation, and most importantly, severe cracking at the house foundation where it meets the garage.  The most important course of action is to have a buffer installed between the street and your driveway to take the pressure off the foundation.  From there, crack repair and a structural wrap at the corners are the most common solutions.
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