Foundation Problems – We Can Fix Them

Problems in your foundation today can cause even bigger problems in your home tomorrow. Your home’s safety and value is at stake, as well as your peace of mind, so it’s essential to find an expert and trusted foundation repair company. In the Atlanta & Athens areas, that’s DriTek Solutions!

We know that foundation problems can seem very scary, but most of them actually have straightforward and permanent solutions. But you need an expert to evaluate and fix your foundation problem. We are here to help you navigate the sometimes muddy waters of foundation repair in the Atlanta and Athens areas.


Common Foundation Problems:

BOWING WALLS

Bowed, cracked or leaning basement walls are a sign that something is going very wrong with the structural integrity of your property. This issue happens for several reasons:

  • Improper drainage
  • Inadequate or compromised foundation drain
  • Pressure from saturated soils in the backfill zone
  • Improperly compacted soil outside the foundation walls
  • The soil that is around your property swells and exerts pressure that forces the foundation wall inward

In North and Central Georgia we have a mixed-humid climate and expansive soils. That combination can lead to foundation failures. During periods of normal to high rainfall, our soils tend to expand and exert pressure on the foundation. Conversely, when we have periods of dry weather, the soil tends to contract. This expansion and contraction also occurs with temperature changes. Your foundation is intended to handle these loads and support your home regardless of these changes.

In the past homeowners had few choices for repairing foundation walls, except to excavate around the wall or build a new basement wall. This solution is expensive, time consuming, and destructive to landscaping. Not only that, the problem can recur if the wall is not properly rebuilt or if steps are not taken to correct the causes of the initial deterioration.

Solutions: Wall Anchors, Helical Tiebacks and Carbon Fiber Beams


FOUNDATION CRACKS

When it comes to poured concrete, cracks are typically not a matter of if, but when they will happen. Naturally, concrete shrinks and expands as it cures, which can cause cracks. But there are also external factors that can also lead to concrete cracks. Some common issues that we find are tree roots, water pressure buildup from poor drainage, and outside water control (drainage) problems. These can also lead to non-structural concrete cracks.

Left untreated, what can start as a small crack can lead to much more costly foundation issues. If there are signs of water getting through the crack, the issue becomes far more urgent. As water travels, it finds the path of least resistance. Along that path it tends to take material with it which enhances that path of least resistance. Over time, this can result in worsening the water intrusion issue or worse, it could become a more serious crack.

Structural cracks are a more expensive problem that are usually caused by improper drainage, poor soil compaction, external pressure, expansive soils, freeze and thaw cycles in the soil, and wall shifts.

Regardless of the cause or the severity of the crack, DriTek Solutions can safely and permanently seal, repair and stabilize whatever concrete foundation cracking issue you are facing

Solutions: Wall Anchors, Carbon Fiber Beams, Crack Injections and Helical Tiebacks


UNEVEN OR SAGGING FLOORS

Do the contents of your kitchen cabinets or the decorations in your home rattle or shake when you walk by? Do your floors squeak or actually move underfoot? Can you feel the floors move when anyone walks into the room? Are your floors uneven or visibly sagging?

These are all potential signs of floor joist problems. A weak or compromised floor joist system or a floor joist system that is improperly supported isn’t something that should be ignored. It’s a sign that something is not right and that a professional evaluation is required.

There are numerous underlying issues that can cause a floor joist to fail or sag. The most common reasons are:

  • Poor design
  • Foundation settlement
  • Water intrusion
  • Inadequate or improper support column installations
  • Overloading/over-spanning of floor joists

Solutions: Power Posts and Supplemental Beams


SETTLING/FAILING FOUNDATION

Cracked or settling basement or crawl space foundation walls are a sign that something is going very wrong with the structural integrity of your property. These symptoms occur for several reasons:

  • Improper or inadequate drainage
  • Inadequate or compromised foundation drain
  • Pressure from saturated soils in the backfill zone
  • Improperly compacted soil outside the foundation walls
  • Poor construction techniques
  • The soil that is around your property swells and exerts pressure that forces the footing or foundation wall to shift and settle.

In North and Central Georgia we have a mixed-humid climate and expansive soils. That combination can lead to foundation and footing settlement and failures. During periods of normal to high rainfall, our soils tend to expand and exert pressure on the foundation and footing. In addition, improperly managed rain water can erode the soils around and under your foundation footing.

Conversely, when we have periods of dry weather, the soil tends to contract. This pulling away can leave the footings unsupported and lead to settlement. This expansion and contraction also occurs with temperature changes. This can cause a foundation to settle more than it should and eventually fail.

Solutions: Push Piers and Helical Piers


Why choose DriTek Solutions?

We recently heard our competitors claim that they also offer “custom crafted solutions”, but this is simply not true. Our competitors are limited by distributors and networks that they sell products for. And they are limited by the fact that they do not do everything that we do.

But we don’t have limits! We aren’t limited by distributors, by networks, or by what we can or can’t do. We truly craft custom foundation repair solutions using patented products and the latest in building science research. We are locally owned and operated and have served the Atlanta and Athens areas for 30 years. We are highly recommended by our customers and have an A+ BBB rating.


We are:

• Experienced enough to know exactly what is causing your foundation problem

• Large enough to fix it right

• Small enough to really care about you and your home.

We offer:

• Transferrable warranty

• Satisfaction guarantee

• Custom crafted foundation repair solutions

At DriTek Solutions, we solve all foundation repair problems – foundation cracks, water leaks, sagging floors, and more. For patented and permanent solutions from experienced foundation repair contractors, call us today. You’ll be glad you did!

We provide free estimates in the Atlanta area, including Marietta, Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Acworth, Dunwoody, Decatur, Lawrenceville, and Snellville. We provide our services from the Atlanta area to Athens, GA.

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