Foundation Problems

Foundation Repair Services in Gloucester, Ottawa, Kanata, Orleans, Nepean and Surrounding Areas

At first glance, a foundation problem may seem like an extreme problem. However, if you identify the damage before it becomes too advanced, most foundation issues have simple, permanent solutions -- many of which can be completed within a day! The key is to recognize the problem early and make sure you call in a foundation repair specialist with the tools and expertise to effectively tackle the problem.

So what's wrong with your foundation? We've created this helpful online guide to the most common issues. This will help you learn more about the damage to your foundation -- and what can be done about it.

You don't have to solve the problem alone! At The Foundation Guys Inc., we have a team of expert in-house foundation contractors that are here to help you identify and solve your issues with warrantied products and services. We provide free, no-obligation foundation repair quotes throughout our Ontario service area. Call or e-mail us today to setup your foundation inspection!

 

Before and After
  • FlexiSpan Install
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    FlexiSpan Install
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    This customer was experiencing dampness in their basement due to a crack in the foundation. The Foundation Guys repaired this with Flexispan by re-patching the broken concrete. Another satisfied customer! 

  • Foundation Crack Waterproofing in Ottawa, ON
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    Foundation Crack Waterproofing in Ottawa, ON
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    Here we Applied Rub-R-Wall Aqua. A "State of the Art" Foundation Waterproofing membrane that requires no drainage membrane or damproofing dimpled membrane to cover it. It is manually applied and does not get damaged when you backfill the excavated area. A revoloutionary Indusrtry leading product!

  • Foundation Crack Repaired and Waterproofed in Ottawa, ON
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    Foundation Crack Repaired and Waterproofed in Ottawa, ON
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    The Flexi-span crack repair system is an INTERIOR waterproofing system. Our Flexi-span product is designed to replace the polyurethane injection as it is more reliable, as well as at comparable price point. Flexi-span is also covered by a 25 year warranty. The above pictures are a before and after of the repair, no excavation necessary, permanent solution!

  • SmartJack Install to Stabilize a Sagging Floor in Ottawa
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    SmartJack Install to Stabilize a Sagging Floor in Ottawa
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    The best way to permanently solve sagging, bouncy floor problems is to install SmartJack® posts beneath the beam that supports your crawl space joists. Each SmartJack® post rests on a precast concrete pad that is set on a base of compacted stone. This engineered structural system won’t settle like masonry piers can; nor will it rot or shift like a wood post.

    Developed by Supportworks, the steel SmartJack® crawl space piers can be cut to size, based on the height of your crawl space. A threaded post cap enables the installer to raise a sagging floor back to its proper level. All SmartJack® parts are protected against rust with a thick galvanized coating.

  • SmartJack Good vs Bad
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    SmartJack Good vs Bad
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    Over a period of several years, homeowners begIn to observe cracks in drywall, uneven floors and noticeable settlement of the entire floor system. After failed attempts to remedy the problem by adding inadequate supplemental support under the floor joists.

     

     

Our expert foundation repair starts with a thorough inspection

At The Foundation Guys Inc., we have effective, warrantied solutions for foundation problems of all types, and we have the training, techniques, and top-quality products you need to permanently solve your problem.

To help you decide if our solutions are right for you, we complete a thorough inspection of the foundation and provide free written foundation repair quotes throughout our Ontario service area.

We are a locally owned and operated company proudly serving Kanata, Orleans, Ottawa, Nepean, Gloucester, Richmond, Smiths Falls, Carleton Place, Vanier, Renfrew, and the surrounding areas. To schedule an appointment, contact us by phone or e-mail today!

 

Bowing, Buckling Foundation Walls

Foundation walls begin to bow and buckle when outside pressure on the wall become greater than the wall's strength. As the wall begins to fail under the pressure, cracks will form, and the wall will either buckle inwards in the middle, tilt inwards at the top, or slide in at the bottom.

The answer to bowing foundation walls is to add counterpressure to the walls from the inside. By installing foundation wall anchors on the inside of the walls, you can prevent their inward movement and potentially straighten the walls back to a level position.

severe bowing and buckling of foundation walls in Vanier

Settling Foundations

The soil underneath your home has settled in many different layers, each with their own characteristics and bearing strength. When these soil layers are unable to bear the weight of your home on top of them, the foundation can begin to sink and settle into the earth.

As foundations sink, your home can experience damage in many different ways. This kind of damage can be permanently stabilized with a foundation pier system. Foundation piers can transfer the weight of the foundation down to soils at greater depth that have adequate load-bearing capacity.

severe cracking of structural walls in Renfrew

Sagging Floors Over Crawl Spaces

The floor over a crawl space can sink or sag due to one of three factors: improperly spaced supports, sinking supports, or due to mold and rot damage.

When crawl spaces experience structural damage, the symptoms are evident through the entire house. Cracks form in drywall, floors sink, and interior doors jam.

These problems can be corrected by installing sturdier, more stable crawl space jacks, replacing deteriorated framing, and by removing the moisture that causes mold and wood rot.

severe damage to a crawl space structure in a Perth home

Foundation Wall Cracks

Foundation wall cracks occur for different reasons. Minor "hairline" cracks occur naturally as concrete cures, and don't indicate a structural problem. Larger structural cracks are most commonly caused by either foundation settlement or expansive soils pressing on the foundation walls.

Cracks in a foundation wall usually accompany a number of other problems in a home, such as tilting chimneys, jamming windows and doors, and cracks in drywall surfaces. Pinpointing what caused these cracks is the key to finding a long-term repair solution for your home.

photo of a rotating foundation wall with cracks in Edwards

Basement Floor & Slab Floor Cracks

Concrete floors form cracks as they either sink into the soil or are heaved upwards by it. Foundation settlement can also lead to significant floor cracks.

In addition to cracking and creating an uneven floor surface, a sinking or heaving foundation floor can also damage partition walls. And while the symptoms are similar, these are very different problems. Repairs that work well on sinking floors cannot be used to stabilize a floor that's lifting upwards. We can help you identify the causes of floor cracks and movement -- and determine how to permanently fix the problem.

severely cracked foundation slab floor in Embrun

Uneven Floors

Uneven floors can create a number of problems for a homeowner, including jamming doors, nonfunctional door locks, and cracks forming in drywall. However, there is potentially a much more serious issue.

If the uneven floor is above a crawl space, there may be rotted framing in the floor, or a problem with the post-and-beam framework that supports the floor joists. An uneven floor slab could be caused by sinking or heaving of the foundation floor because of settling or expansive soils. Over time, these problems can significantly damage your home.

sinking, uneven floors above a sagging crawl space in Maxville

Heaving Foundations And Slabs

Foundations, slab floors, and concrete exterior stairs heave when the soil underneath them expands. Sometimes frost heaving is the cause, causing wet soil to expand as it freezes. Other times, soil rich in silt and clay expands as it becomes saturated with moisture. Heaving foundations typically lead to cracks on drywall and on the slab floor of a home .Exterior walls may also show cracks.

Foundation heave is a potentially serious problem that should be inspected by a professional -- before any repairs to the floors are made.

severely cracked, heaving slab floors in a home in Russell

Sticking Windows And Doors

If a foundation issue is causing your home's windows and doors to stick or jam, then it's a safe bet to say the problem is some form of settlement.

Foundation contractors will often install piers to correct settlement problems, stabilizing the structure and often even restoring it to its original position.

If your windows and doors are sticking above a crawl space, the fault may lie in the central post-and-beam support system rather than in the perimeter walls. This calls for a different repair strategy involving new posts and footings.

severe foundation wall cracks along a window in Cumberland

Tilting, Leaning Chimneys

One of the most alarming foundation issues a homeowner faces is a chimney that begins to tilt or lean away from the house.

The footing or foundation for a chimney is sometimes built separately from the house foundation. This smaller foundation is susceptible to shifting if it's built on soil with poor load-bearing capacity. Shifting and leaning can also occur if the chimney foundation is too small or too close to the surface.

Foundation helical piers can provide an effective repair solution -- without the need to rebuild the structure.

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our service area

We serve the following areas

  • Almonte
  • Arnprior
  • Ashton
  • Bourget
  • Braeside
  • Carleton Place
  • Carlsbad Springs
  • Carp
  • Casselman
  • Clarence Creek
  • Clayton
  • Crysler
  • Cumberland
  • Dunrobin
  • Edwards
  • Embrun
  • Fitzroy Harbour
  • Gloucester
  • Greely
  • Kanata
  • Kars
  • Kenmore
  • Kinburn
  • Limoges
  • Manotick
  • Mcnab/braeside
  • Metcalfe
  • Morewood
  • Munster
  • Navan
  • Nepean
  • North Gower
  • Orleans
  • Osgoode
  • Ottawa
  • Pakenham
  • Ramsayville
  • Richmond
  • Rockcliffe
  • Russell
  • Saint-pascal-baylon
  • Sarsfield
  • St Albert
  • Stittsville
  • Vanier
  • Vars
  • Vernon
  • Wendover
  • White Lake
  • Woodlawn
Our Locations:

The Foundation Guys Inc.
184 Forward Ave
Ottawa, ON K1Y 1L2
1-613-702-9139
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