Common Foundation Problems

Foundation problems are more than an eyesore; they can put your home’s safety and value at risk. Foundation problems are a required disclosure when selling your home. What might start out as a small crack, a very slight sag in the floor or some surface moisture gathering, could grow into a very expensive repair.

When your home was built, the foundation should have been properly set on compact, load-bearing soil. Over time, and with the seasons, that changes, shifting moisture levels and temperatures causing loosening soils to expand or contract, exerting significant hydrostatic pressure. That process is often accelerated by changes outside your home, including erosion, tree growth and new structures. This can lead to a number of foundation problems, including sinking or heaving floors, buckling, bowing and cracking walls, basement water issues and leaning chimneys.

Thrasher’s team of certified foundation repair experts is backed by 45+ years of experience and a team of structural engineers. We offer unparalleled expertise, superior installation methods and patented, industry-leading products and processes that set the standard for foundation repairs everywhere, all backed by the best, transferrable warranties.

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Foundation Repair Solutions

Your entire house sits on its foundation, so making sure your home is structurally sound and protected starts with making sure its foundation is solid and intact. When your foundation needs repair, you are protecting your biggest investment, as well as the health and safety of its occupants. Ignored too long, you risk foundation collapse, causing significant structural issues and very expensive and time-consuming repairs.

Foundations need repairs for a number of reasons, mostly involving improper construction, drainage issues and hydrostatic pressures created by soil in the moisture expanding and contracting with seasonal changes over time. The first signs your might need foundation repairs can be fairly minor – a window or door sticking, a small crack in the floor or wall, maybe some moisture gathering or condensing in a window. 

As these problems worsen, this can lead to cracking, bowing or leaning walls, as well as sagging or heaving floors, allowing moisture, foul odors and other infestations into your basement. Foundation problems rarely go away and almost always worsen left unaddressed.

Foundation repair solutions are unique to your home and its setting, ranging from anchors, braces and carbon fiber straps for walls to push or helical piers for floors and footings.

Our Approach to Foundation Repair

Thrasher has provided high-quality, long-lasting foundation repair solutions for more than 45 years. Trust our team of experts, supported by structural engineers, for long-lasting repairs for cracked or bowing foundations, leaning chimneys, and more. 

We use state-of-the-art materials, including maintenance-free carbon fiber strapping, and tried-and-true methods honed over almost a half-century of foundation repair work.

Your satisfaction matters to us here at Thrasher, and we want to make sure you are happy with our foundation repair services. And that’s why we offer a 25-year transferable warranty as well as guarantees on satisfaction, efficiency, and property protection.

When you’re ready for Thrasher to take a closer look at your cracking, sinking or bowing foundation, set up an appointment that works with your schedule. And we will deliver a same-day, no-obligation estimate with transparent pricing.

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Cracked foundations, leaky basements and mildewy crawlspaces are often serious problems that shouldn't be ignored. If you feel you've put your repair project off long enough, financing can help you get it done now instead of later. It's not worth gambling with the investment you've made in your home!

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • A foundation repair project generally takes less than a day to complete with the proper
    assessment, trained experts and the right equipment. For repairs that require some yard
    disturbance – wall anchors or pier solutions -- a small surrounding area must be excavated,
    although disturbance is kept to a minimum, allowing for working in tight areas. The more
    widespread foundation problems are, the larger the repair system required, taking extra time.
    Once the project is completed, all signs of work will be covered as dirt is put back into place and
    landscaping restored.

  • If a foundation is properly set on the right soil, the house sits on a crown so water flows away and the gutters and drainage all properly work, your basement should be dry all of the time. Now,
    even if all of these things are true when a home is constructed, it can change over time. To
    guarantee a dry basement all of the time, you will have to make sure all of these factors remain
    intact over time, requiring extra viligance. Even the best viligance, however, won’t be able to
    catch everything, especially changes to the soil alongside and beneath your home, though
    proper drainage can go a long way to preventing these changes.

  • Sometimes the source of water intrusion into your basement is obvious, for instance a clogged
    drain, crack in a wall or failing mortar between blocks that allows water to get in. However,
    knowing the full path and source of that water leak can take some serious foundation detective
    work, requiring a trained expert with the right moisture detection tools. The cold joint, where the
    basement wall meets the basement floor, creating a natural seam, is a frequent point of water
    intrusion. Hydrostatic pressure, water building in loose soils, can also force moisture through
    porous blocks, joints and cracks.

  • Many minor cracks are simply visual, and not indicative of serious structural damage. However, to distinguish this from cracks that might show larger problems, you must look at the size and
    number of cracks. If cracks are more than 1/8 inch or spanning a large surface area, that's probably serious. If the cracks are growing over time, it likely signals the foundation starting to give way under pressure,which could become a very serious issue.

  • Drywall cracks, if not caused by seasonal changes in humidity, may also be caused by structural
    problems. For example, poor settlement leading to cracks in concrete slabs often indicates that
    sagging walls are next and drywall is soon to follow. If your house is built on uneven soil, the
    shifting and sinking will result in cracks forming on your interior walls.

  • There are several precautions to take when preparing your basement for finishing. First, make sure there are no moisture issues, including leaks, pooling water or condensation or dampness gathering on walls or other surfaces. Second, make sure all of the basement walls are plumb (straight vertical) and the floor is flat horizontally. If either of these things are off, that could indicate deeper structural issues that need to be remedied. Third, get your basement checked for radon and take appropriate steps to have any radon mitigated.

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