Common Foundation Problems in Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads
Most foundation problems stem from soil-related moisture issues. When water builds up around your home, it can create pressure against your foundation or crawl space walls. This can cause bowing walls, cracks, and seepage, which can eventually lead to structural failure. You can prevent water buildup around your home by making sure that your drainage systems are working well. Regularly clean out your gutters to ensure that water isn't spilling out onto your foundation. Also, if you have soil surrounding your home's foundation, consider replacing it with gravel or pebbles.
Do you have foundation problems?
Here are some signs to look for:
- Foundation walls that are buckled or bowed
- Doors and windows that stick or don't open properly
- Cracks in foundation walls
- Cracks in walls and ceilings
- Sunken or buckled interior concrete floors
- Leaning chimney
- Garage column cracks
How To Fix Virginia Foundations - Our Solutions to Your Foundation Problems
If you are experiencing foundation damage in your Virginia home, Atlas Master Companies can install Chance®
anchors to raise it and give it permanent stabilization. Chance®
anchors are rated up to 100,000 pounds each and are available in round or square shafts which are manufactured from galvanized steel. Special brackets are used to stabilize or lift foundations that are in need of repair. Atlas Master Companies is certified to install these pre-engineered and manufactured underpinning systems that are evaluated and listed by all the national building code agencies.
One of the most important things for you to do as a homeowner is to have a soil boring test completed on the area that we will be installing the anchors. This will determine how far down we will need to go in order to reach the stable soil. Usually, we will excavate a hole at each anchor location wide enough and deep enough to place a bracket under the foundation and the leading section of the anchor with the proper number and size of helices will be installed by a rotary installing machine. Extensions are added until the helices are at the proper depth and the predetermined torque is achieved. At that point, the bracket is added, the load is transferred to the anchor, and the building can be stabilized or lifted according to the plan of repair.