Whether the goal is instant protection of a basement as a preventative measure; or there is some possible real damage about to occur; or it has already occurred… basement waterproofing will help quickly remedy the potentially-terrible situation. With various options available, we’ll determine the best course going forward, depending on the severity of the damage.
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Warning signs of possible foundation issues
As soon as you suspect that your investment is showing signs of faltering or cracking, please, please give us a call. We know all about the angst that long-term structural damage can bring. That’s why we are in business.
Remember, we’re here to help. Rather than trying to tackle these aberrations yourself, please feel free to contact us immediately. We’ll consult with you, be your experts, and carefully assess the entire situation then present you a permanent, stable solution; and then hopefully, you will soon see why we have many five-star reviews, and why we love to do exactly what our moniker at the end of each page of this website illustrates: “Let us Relieve Your Stress”.
When are foundation issues serious?
Foundation cracks, splits and downright cavernous holes can occur due to unstable and shifting soils, poor drainage, seeping moisture, acts of God, or the dreaded shifting, settling or heaven forbid – the horrible sight of watching your building slowly sink. Hairline or even wide cracks in your foundation may indicate serious structural problems. In the United States, approximately 60% of homes are built on soils with some clay content – which will long-term bring instability; of these, more than half of clay-embedded homes will eventually experience permanent damage. Soils with a heavy clay content may result in a foundation having a seasonal movement of 40 to 60 mm, where 50mm equals about 2 inches.
Along with shifting clays or sands, seasons that go month after month being dry, can cause shrinkage and cracks. For example, just as homes and buildings across the USA (especially here in the Rocky Mountain Region) have suffered multiple years of borderline drought, these continuous intermittent dry periods wreak havoc on soils, and the structures upon which they are built.
- Do you have a sagging or wavy roof?
- Are there cracks in the brick siding?
- Are there leaks in your basement?
- Are there cracks in the stucco?
- Are there cracks at doors and windows?
- Are there cracks starting to creep down the length of the corners?
- Are there obvious gaps at doors and windows?
- Do gaps or cracks look ragged or distorted?
- Are you experiencing self-closing, or self-opening doors (scary)?
- Do windows and doors seem to stick or rub?
- Do you see cracked or loose floor tile?
- Do you see cracks in a concrete slab?
- Do you see cracks or splits in the garage floor?
- Are you experiencing sloped or un-level floors?
- Do your floors creak?
- Are you noticing cracks in walls or ceilings?
- Are you seeing bowing or leaning foundation walls?
- Is your chimney leaning away from your house?
The seriousness of a crack depends on the location, size and number of cracks, as well as whether the home has other signs of obvious structural issues. Thousands of homes and commercial buildings have cracks in their foundations, and the older a building gets, it is usually inevitable that more, bigger cracks will start to appear.
We promise to make your foundation repair project a priority. When you call us to come look at your foundation, you can be sure that you will be taken care of. We realize that the heavy weight of houses can continually cause a foundation to crack, shift, settle, or even sink. Utilizing all of our cutting-edge technology, know-how and tools, we’ll do our professional best to ensure that your foundation is quickly repaired, safe, and secure.
Our Work Process
With decades of experience, and upon an initial assessment, we’ll be able to help you quickly shore up your foundation. Whether we have to incorporate micropiles, stelcor piles, concrete leveling, basement waterproofing, or inspecting your foundation for a property that is on the market – we’ve got the experience and expertise to get your job done right.
Upon receiving your message, call, text, or email, we’ll come out and perform a quick assessment for your project. Total transparency is our policy, so we’ll discuss the best and most cost-effective options.
Our business practice is to offer the most robust, safe, and secure work performances at the most competitive, cost-saving pricing.
Schedule The Work
Once we receive contractual ownership permission, the job will be placed in the next available time-slot, so that our customers receive the earliest possible scheduling.
Complete the Work
We won’t stop performing our work on the job, until the job is done. We won’t leave a client hanging. If there are changes, enhancements, or re-do’s along the way, our clients will enjoy full disclosure progress reports.
We’ve pretty much seen every conceivable situation when it comes to poor or failing soil:
Depending on the soil condition, years of experience has shown us how to fill voids, bond with hard-to-handle soils and dirt, and to drive the right pieces of equipment in the ground for immediate stabilization.
We’ve been asked to solve problems for hard-to-handle blue clay issues, like the ones that frequently plague the St. George, Utah area, causing houses, structures, foundations, and concrete slabs to split, crack, and even sink (settle). Here’s what we’ll do:
We’ll set all of our equipment and crews up at the topsoil, and start to drill. We’ll drive in a hollow-bar micropile that digs down past the existing void, runs right through that stubborn clay, digs deeper and deeper, slowly spinning downward, until it slams all the way down into bedrock. While that pile is being driven into the ground, we will mix in a ‘neat cement’ grout that instantly bonds with the soil and helps set up a solid base for the penetrating, permanently embedded micropile. A perfect project illustrates this: We were awarded a building in St George, but after permits were secured it was determined by the owner and HOA that rather than push piers, they requested piles be utilized, so we quickly changed directions, configured the proper equipment and job site, and ended up installing piles that went in deep, past the terrible void and blue clay. The owners and HOA were completely satisfied with our results.
- Free-draining soil
- Gritty to the touch
- Dries out rapidly
- Less stable in excavations
- Feels lumpy and sticky when very wet
- Often rock-hard when dry
- Drains poorly
- Few air spaces
- Does not exhibit consistent or reliable engineering properties
- Heterogeneous by nature
- Fill can often have environmental legacy issues (contamination)
- Smooth and soapy to the touch
- Can behave like clay or sand
- Retains moisture
- Soil structure is often weak
Peat and Organics
- High organic content
- Usually dark in color
- often very high water content
- Highly variable in coarseness, thickness, and configuration
- Looser state or when mixed with loose sand
- Often found with traces of sand and clay/silt
- Inferior ability to retain moisture
When you’ve experienced over 50 years of being able to satisfy customer’s expectations, year after year – you have the opportunity and privilege to be able to deliver on some pretty big, substantial projects. Though we can’t list them all here, we’d like to wholeheartedly thank all of our clients – whether they be repeat homeowners who were in need of foundation repair, business owners that need their building stabilized, huge tracts of pre-construction land sites, or government agencies and buildings.
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Our certified and trained technicians have helped thousands of customers over the years, here in the great state of Utah, and all over the United States. We average 4.7 for our Google Reviews, so contact us today — so that you too may experience our five-star customer service, as our dedicated technicians work diligently to satisfy all of your foundation needs.