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Signs of Foundation Failure

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Signs of Foundation Failure


Are you looking for information about the signs of foundation failure? If so, this short article with photos has what you need.

Whatever issues you may be facing, AMC911 Crawl Space & Foundation Repair can help get your foundation back to normal. 

Using the correct foundation repair system can counteract the above conditions. Steel piers and helical piers can be the solution if your basement or foundation is cracking, bowing, or has settled in any way.

Common Signs of Foundation Failure - Home’s Interior

Cracks in drywall

These might be simply cracks in the drywall itself caused by improper taping. However, dry wall cracks could also be a sign of foundation movement and should be checked out by a professional.

Sinking foundation

If your foundation is sinking, you might notice things like uneven floors.

Baseboard Trim Pulled from Settling Floor

Another common sign of foundation failure are baseboards that are no longer in contact with the floor.

Common Signs of Foundation Failure - Home’s Exterior

Cracks in Brickwork

Stairstep cracks in brickwork or masonry are a sure sign the foundation is failing.

Gaps Around Doors and Windows

Movement in a foundation will often cause gaps around windows and doors. Windows and doors also might not open and close properly.

Leaning or Tilting Chimney

If you notice the chimney leaning away from the rest of the home, it’s time to contact a foundation repair contractor for an inspection.

Common Signs of Foundation Failure - Crawl Spaces

Poorly built Block Support Piers

Problems with crawl space support piers can cause the floor above the crawl space to feel spongy when you walk on it. Furniture might even shake when you walk by.

Excessive Moisture or Standing Water

Wet crawl spaces are a breeding ground for mold, pests, and wood rot that can eat away at the wooden structures in the crawl space.

Cracked Foundation Walls 

A cracked foundation wall can allow water to easily enter the crawl space.

Common Signs of Foundation Failure - Basement

Foundation Seepage

When hydrostatic pressure builds up outside foundation walls due to poor drainage, it can force water through the wall and into the basement. Water can also seep into the basement through the cove joint.

Bowed Walls

Hydrostatic pressure pushing against the foundation wall will eventually cause bowed wall.

Cracked Walls

Hydrostatic pressure can also cause foundation walls to crack. A cracked and bowed foundation wall is a serious threat to your home’s structural integrity.

Foundation Repair Solutions

Common foundation repair solutions include:

push pier

Push Piers

Helical Piers

Helical piers

slab piers for cracked floors

Slab Piers


Drilled Concrete Piers

AMC911 serves the entire Hampton Roads Area

AMC911 Crawl Space & Foundation Repair works on residential, commercial, and historical projects throughout Virginia BeachChesapeake, Williamsburg, and Hampton Roads. We are proud to offer a no-cost, no-obligation inspection of your home or business, so you can be prepared and know what work needs to be done.

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