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Understanding your Omaha Foundation Issues & How to Solve Them

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The foundation of your house is the very bedrock your life is built upon. Maintaining a healthy and structurally sound foundation is essential to the health and safety of your family. If not repaired properly, foundation issues only get worse. 

Problem signs like cracked brickwork, bowing basement walls, floor and wall cracks, a tilting chimney, or nail pops are all red flags for Omaha homeowners to call the repair experts at Groundworks. Identifying and understanding these symptoms is the first step to protecting your home. 

With Omaha’s humid climate, and year-round precipitation, plus the area’s silt-loam soil conditions, it is no wonder so many homeowners in the areas struggle with their home’s foundation. One of these elements alone can cause significant problems. All three, however, can leave homeowners in need of a quality foundation repair company. 

For more than 30 years, Groundworks has offered the best repair methods for your home’s unique needs. All foundation repair products are designed and made by Groundworks. This means products can be customized to fit the needs of your unique home. From foundation support to basement wall stabilization, repairing your foundation is easier and less scary than imagined. Contact us for a free foundation inspection.

Why Does My Omaha Home Have Foundation Issues?

The most common reason your Omaha home has foundation issues is a direct result of the area’s climate and soil conditions. 

Across the greater Omaha area, there are several different foundation soil types, most include a mixture of both silt-sand and clay. The climate, however, is pretty consistent across the Omaha area, and it is not a good thing for your foundation. The hot, humid summers and year-round precipitation, in either the form of rain or snow, means the soil surrounding your home goes through many cycles of swelling and shrinking. 

It’s this swell, shrink cycle that can be problematic. When the soil your home was built on can no longer support the weight of your home, it begins to settle. When your home was built, a hole, slightly larger than your home’s foundation was dug. After construction is complete, the soil removed to dig the hole is replaced, surrounding the new foundation walls. This soil, regardless of the composition across the area, is fluffier and more absorbent than hard-packed soil that has never been excavated. When the soil absorbs water, it expands, pushing on your foundation walls. This is called hydrostatic pressure. 

When hydrostatic pressure is left untreated, it causes foundation walls to bow or tilt inward towards the middle of the room. Without repair, the wall will fail and your home will no longer be structurally sound. Of course, before this point, there are plenty of warning signs, which is why it’s important to do a complete self-inspection of your foundation about once a year. Look for cracks in your foundation walls, any direction cracks are problematic, but horizontal cracks near the middle of the wall are a very common sign of a hydrostatic pressure problem. The crack may start out small, but grow larger as the soil continues to add pressure. Eventually, you will notice it bowing inward or tilting. 

Other cracks to be concerned about include stair-step cracking, or vertical cracks. 

Stair-step cracks often begin at the corner, where two walls meet and work their way down in an uneven stair pattern. The cracking can both be through the blocks or remain in the mortar joints. Although this can be a sign of hydrostatic pressure, it is also a common sign for another major reason for foundation problems, foundation settlement. 

As we referenced earlier, the new soil surrounding your foundation absorbs water more easily than soil that has never been excavated. During dry periods, the soil contracts, shrinking from its original size and leaving gaps that offer no support to your home’s foundation. The weight of your home then settles into these gaps, causing foundation settlement. The problem arises because homes never sink evenly. This is called differential settlement. When one side sinks faster than the other, it causes your foundation to crack and a large number of other issues become apparent. 

Take a look outside for additional foundation cracks as well as a tilting chimney. Upstairs you may notice cracks above door and window frames or doors and windows that stick. Look for signs of uneven floors, drywall or plaster cracks, and nail pops. These are all signs your foundation is suffering.  

Regardless if your home is sinking, or your walls are falling inward, it’s important to find the right foundation repair company for your home. A team that lives and works in the area is essential because of the unique soil and climate. Groundworks understands this and will provide a free inspection to educate you about your foundation issues and offers long-term product warranties, so you can ensure you’re making the right choice.

Groundworks Omaha Foundation Repair Solutions

Wall Repair & Reinforcement

When foundation walls begin to fail, there are several options your inspector will consider when suggesting the proper repair. Factors like property lines, severity, and time frame of the problem, plus soil conditions will all play a role in the final decision. All repair solutions restore your property value and are easily concealed if basement finishing is your main objective. Here we will review a few of those options.

SettleStop Wall Anchors

Wall anchors are just what the name implies, metal plates that stabilize your foundation walls by anchoring them to hard-packed virgin soil beyond your foundation are designed to be tightened as time progresses to further stabilize and pull walls back to their original position.

Installation involves a steel basement wall plate connected to an earth plate about 6 to 10 feet away from the basement wall. A rod connects the two plates, and by tightening the rod, tension is utilized to straighten the basement walls.

Wall Anchors are the best solution for severely bowed walls because they elevate hydrostatic pressure that caused the problem originally.

Shot of IntelliBrace wall support on concrete wall and brackets attached to joist

SettleStop IntelliBrace™ Beams

SettleStop IntelliBrace™ Wall Repair System is a basement wall support beam that stabilizes and straightens bowed walls over time. The steel I-beam braces walls from outside hydrostatic pressure that caused them to bow inward.

The galvanized steel I-beam is cut to the height of your basement and attached to the floor joist at the top of the wall using specialty brackets.

After being leveled, the beam is attached to the foundation floor using another specialty bracket. Once installed, the beam spans the entire basement wall to ensure no additional movement is possible and can be tightened slowly to eventually straighten the wall and return it to its original position.

This solution is non-invasive and is an ideal option when property lines won’t allow for anchors to be installed.

SettleStop Carbon Fiber Supports

SettleStop Carbon Fiber Supports are best used at the early stages of foundation failure, or when walls are only slightly bowing inward. Carbon fiber wall reinforcements provide support to your walls that are beginning to show signs of hydrostatic pressure damage. This solution involves the carbon fiber strips themselves; epoxy and metal brackets.

The strips used are 10 times stronger than steel and installation is long-lasting and fast. Plus, the strips are dark in color and lay flat against the wall making them the most unobtrusive option.

Foundation Repair Piering System 

What are Foundation Piers?

Piers are steel shafts, straight or with spiral blades at the bottom, driven deep under your home until load-bearing soil is reached. These shafts are installed beneath your home using brackets and provide the support needed but is no longer provided from the soil beneath. Piers stabilize the structure, prevent further failure, and can even lift your home to its original position. This process is also called foundation underpinning.

If your home is settling, foundation piers (often called pilings) may be the solution. Depending on your foundation type and the nearby soil, your inspector may suggest either helical piers, push piers or slab piers. Piers work by transferring the weight of your home from the surrounding soil to strong metal piers driven deep into solid ground. Once transferred, piers stabilize your home from any further settlement and can potentially lift it back to its original position.

SettleStop™ Helical Piers

The SettleStop™ Helical Piers are named because of the helical screw at the end of the pier shaft. These plate-like surfaces help pull the rod through the soil during installation until it reaches load-bearing soil. Brackets are connected to the foundation footing and the weight of the home is transferred. The helical plates also act as additional anchoring strength once they are responsible for stabilizing the home.

SettleStop™ Push Piers

The SettleStop™ Push Piers is similar to the helical pier, but straight and is hydraulically driven through the bracket installed on the foundation footing. The pier is driven through bedrock until it reaches stable soil before the weight of the home is transferred. Push piers can bear more weight than any other pier, making them ideal for larger homes or commercial foundations.

When the soil type beneath the structure is unknown, often push piers are the best option. Push piers can be installed inside or outside your home and are not visible once the repair is complete.

SettleStop™ Slab Piers

Designed for slab foundations only, SettleStop™ Slab Piers are essentially a push pier designed to lift sunken concrete slab foundations. This specialized pier is driven deep into the earth until it finds solid, stable, load-bearing soil. A slab bracket is then installed after the pier reaches its desired depth.

If the slab is able to be lifted, a material is used to fill the void created by settlement. The crack can then be sealed, eliminating the tripping hazard. Slab piers use small installation equipment, so work can be completed in tight-access areas like laundry or utility rooms.

SettleStop IntelliJack™ Crawl Space Support

If your Omaha home is located over a crawl space, uneven floors are a common result of leaving it untreated.

SettleStop IntelliJack™ provide support for sagging and weakened foundation beams, restoring structural stability and potentially lifting sagging floors.

SettleStop IntelliJack™ can be adjusted over time as additional support is necessary. It works in conjunction with crawl space encapsulation, allowing you to repair the root cause of water and humidity while solving the serious structural problem that has resulted.

Foundation Repair Solutions in Omaha

If your walls are cracked or bowing, your foundation is sinking or you notice uneven floors, it’s time to call in a professional. Groundworks Omaha offers permanent solutions with long-term warranties for both residential and commercial foundations.

Our experts have nearly 30 years of experience and will carefully evaluate your home to provide the best solutions. With financing options available, contact Groundworks Omaha for a free no-obligation inspection

Groundworks, the nation’s leading foundations solutions company, provides award-winning residential foundation and water management solutions including, foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space repair and encapsulation, plumbing, gutters installation, and concrete lifting services.  Since inception, our combined brands have helped nearly 1.5 million homeowners protect and repair their most valuable asset, their home.  

Our experienced Omaha-based local team offers homeowners in Eastern Nebraska and the surrounding region proven residential foundation and water management solutions, delivered with superior customer service, national warranties, and trusted local support. 

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