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Foundation Leveling vs. Foundation Repair: What’s the Difference?

interior crack in drywall

A strong foundation is crucial for the stability of your home. Without it, you risk a myriad of problems, such as structural damage, uneven floors, and sticking doors or windows.

The world of foundation repair can be overwhelming, especially when you’re trying to determine the difference between foundation leveling and foundation repair.

On this page, you’ll learn the differences between these two processes and how to choose the best solution for your home.

Understanding Foundation Leveling vs. Foundation Repair

Foundation Repair encompasses a variety of techniques to address issues with your home’s foundation. These can include:

wall anchor on a basement wall
  • Foundation Leveling: A specific type of repair aimed at correcting foundation settlement. Methods like installing push piers, helical piers, or slab piers are used to stabilize and lift the foundation.
  • Basement Wall Repairs: Solutions such as wall anchors and I-beams to correct bowing or leaning basement walls.

Foundation Leveling is a subset of foundation repair focused specifically on addressing foundation settlement. This process generally involves:

Installing piers at a home.
  • Correcting Settlement: Ensuring that the foundation returns to a level position to prevent further damage.
  • Foundation Piers: Using push piers, helical piers, or slab piers to lift and stabilize the foundation.

Signs of Foundation Problems: What to Look For

Stairstep crack on a foundation
  • Cracks in Walls and Ceilings: Keep an eye out for any cracks, particularly those that appear suddenly or grow over time. Horizontal cracks in basement walls can indicate serious foundation issues.
  • Sticking Doors and Windows: If doors and windows start sticking or won’t open and close properly, it might be due to a shifting foundation.
  • Uneven or Sagging Floors: Noticeable dips or slants in your floors can be a sign of foundation settlement or shifting.
  • Gaps around Window Frames or Exterior Doors: Gaps that appear around window frames or exterior doors can indicate that your foundation is moving, causing the structure to shift.

The Importance of Timely Foundation Repairs

  • Preventing Structural Damage: Addressing foundation problems early can prevent further structural damage to your home, avoiding more severe issues down the line.
  • Maintaining Property Value: Timely repairs help maintain your property value by ensuring the integrity and safety of your home.
  • Avoiding Costlier Repairs in the Future: Early intervention can save you from more extensive and expensive repairs later, as foundation problems tend to worsen over time if left unaddressed.

How Groundworks Can Help With All Your Foundation Needs

At Groundworks, we offer comprehensive solutions for all your foundation needs. Whether you require wall repairs or piering, our team bypasses temporary fixes and instead addresses the root causes of the problem: unstable soil around your home.

We utilize advanced techniques and durable materials to ensure lasting stability and peace of mind.

Groundworks employee ready to help holding a pier.

Our services include:

  • Wall Repairs: Using wall anchors and I-beams to strengthen and stabilize your failing basement walls.
  • Piering Systems: Installing push piers, helical piers, and slab piers to correct foundation settlement and leveling issues.

Trust Groundworks for Expert Foundation Repair

Groundworks inspector ready to help at your home.

Groundworks is your trusted partner for foundation repair. We have experience repairing and leveling 1.5 million homes across the country.

We have the expertise to handle any foundation issue, ensuring your home remains stable and secure. Our team offers free inspections to assess your specific needs and recommend the best solutions.

Contact us today to schedule your free inspection and take the first step towards a stronger, more secure home. Trust Groundworks to deliver superior results and protect your home’s foundation.


The duration of foundation repair depends on the extent of the damage and the type of repair needed, but most repairs can be completed within a few days to a couple of weeks.

In most cases, you can stay in your home during repairs. However, there might be some noise and temporary disruption depending on the extent of the work.

Usually, wall anchors can be installed in about 1-2 days, and most projects only take a single day.

Leah Leitow

Leah Leitow

Content Writer

Leah is a Content Writer for Groundworks with nearly ten years of experience working in the foundation repair industry. Her experience ranges from working with homeowners to find the right solution to training inspectors and staff. In her background as a Michigan journalist, she gained invaluable insight into people's lives throughout our state. Leah lives in metro Detroit with her husband and two sons.