At Basement Repair Specialists we believe in the age-old adage “knowledge is power,” and one of our primary goals as a company is to assist homeowners in making an informed decision. The purpose of this “education” section is to provide relevant, unbiased articles and instructional videos that explain in a technical but not overly complicated manner some of the factors that might be affecting their home. You can also check out www.basementrepairblog.com, which was just launched in May of 2016, where the company posts articles regarding foundation repair issues and the company’s approach to fixing these.
Generally speaking, structural issues concerning basement walls relate to one of two conditions: horizontal inward movement (i.e. “bowing”) and/or vertical movement downward or upward (settlement or uplift). These conditions nearly always exist where faulty soils are improperly placed next to walls or exist under footings. We strongly believe that the best solutions to these conditions are in the case of walls to remove the faulty soil and provide proper backfill, and in the case of inadequate footing design, to drive helical piers to a design depth that will provide the proper load bearing capacity.
We are providing these articles as general information to help educate homeowners and give them the opportunity to make an informed decision. All situations are different, so the totality of the circumstances should be considered in selecting a repair. This webpage is not intended to be engineering advice, which can only be provided by a licensed PE, and which may be required. As with any major purchase, it is important to get a number of quotes, consider all of the facts, and weigh your options before making a selection.