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Foundation Repair

Do you have foundation cracks? Windows that won't open? Buckling floors? Any of these signs could indicate foundation failure and with it the need for foundation repair.

Homes and buildings may appear solid, so it may be difficult to imagine them cracking and shifting unless there is an earthquake. In fact, foundation settlement is a common and major sign of structural problems. Fortunately, there are ways to fix a settling foundation without having to replace it.

Whether your problem is a settling foundation or a bowing basement or foundation wall, Jerry's Waterproofing, located in Omaha, Nebraska, and serving a 100 to 150 mile radius around Omaha, has the solutions you are looking for.

Signs You Need Foundation Repair

If your home's foundation isn't exposed, you may wonder how you can know if your foundation needs repair. The simple answer is, the signs of foundation problems don't stop at the foundation.

Does your home have cracks in the walls, floor or ceiling? Are your walls or chimney leaning? Are your doors or windows misaligned or have your stairs started pulling away from your stoop?

How many of those problems sound familiar? The foundation of your home is what the stability of your home is based on. If it is damaged, then your home is subject to many issues, such as water damage, mold exposure, and more. This is why it is important to know the causes of foundation failure. You'll not only prevent future foundation problems but create a safe environment and save money in the long run.

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What are the Main Causes of Foundation Problems?

There are several factors that could lead to a sinking foundation, with most of them related to the condition of the soil beneath it:

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  • Structures built on expansive clay
  • Improperly compacted fill soils
  • Poor soil conditions, such as debris and organics
  • A home's age
  • Drastic changes in soil moisture content
  • Leaky plumbing
  • Improper drainage
  • Poor construction

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Foundation Repair Solutions

When fixing a foundation, it is important that your contractor uses the right tools for your job rather than employing a one-size-fits-all approach. Thankfully, through our partnership with Earth Contact Products we are experienced installers of a variety of top-quality foundation repair products built using American-made steel.

Many foundation issues fall into two general categories. The first is a settling, shifting foundation that needs to be supported from below. The second is bowing or buckling basement walls that must be supported laterally.

At Jerry's Waterproofing, we have multiple solutions for both.

Foundation Underpinning

When the soil beneath your home has weakened and it is wreaking havoc on your foundation, you must find something stable enough to support your house.

That is where piering comes in.

With piering, steel piers are sunk beneath the surface of your home until they reach strong, stable soil — or bedrock if need be. They are then attached with brackets to your home's foundation, leveling it and providing the strength needed to prevent future foundation issues.

There are two main types of foundation piers:

steel push piers

Steel Push Piers

Designed to handle heavy structural loads and stabilize foundations

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Helical Piers

Helical Piers

Used to secure and strengthen new or existing foundations

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Fixing Bowing Walls

If your basement walls begin to buckle and crack, it is a serious issue for the stability of your home as a whole. And just as with foundation problems beneath your home, they require providing the walls with additional support.

That is where plate anchors and helical tiebacks come into play. Plate anchors press the wall back to its original alignment. Tiebacks act as a type of horizontal piering system, with the tiebacks, parts of which resemble large screws drilling out into the soil, with their helical plates helping to counteract the forces causing the walls to bow in the first place.

Helical Tiebacks

Helical Tiebacks

Supports and stabilizes bowing and leaning walls back to normal

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Plate Anchors

Plate Anchors

Used to correct leaning, rotating, or cracking foundation walls

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Need a Foundation Repair Company Near You? Contact Jerry's Waterproofing

Contact the expert foundation repair team at Jerry's Waterproofing as soon as possible to get quality services for your home's settling or shifting foundation. Your home needs a stable base, and at Jerry's Waterproofing, we can provide that.


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