Foundation Restoration is the premier water mitigation & foundation repair specialists in Washtenaw County. Our crews have decades of experience working on homes not just in Washtenaw County, but throughout Southeast Michigan and Northern Ohio, so we are very familiar with different soil types & drainage issues that impact your neighborhood.
Basement Waterproofing - Water damage can have a major impact on your home or business. It only takes a little bit of water to cause major water damage. That damage can lead to a whole host of structural issues for your building & air quality issues in your home.
Foundation Repair - The most common cause of foundation damage boils down to unstable soil conditions causing structures to shift. Whether that’s because of high moisture content or poor soil conditions, this movement throws off the weight distribution of your home, causing potentially catastrophic damage.
Crawlspace Repair - Much of the air you breathe comes from your crawlspace. By reducing moisture, soil gases & mold/mildew you will be improving the overall air quality in your home.
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In most of southeast Michigan, the soil is clay. Clay is the most expansive soil there is. When clay becomes saturated it can exert excessive lateral pressure to basement walls, eventually compromising the structural integrity of a foundation. It is very important to make sure that water is diverted away from the foundation of your home. Ensuring that you have properly working downspouts and grading the soil away from your home will help keep this from happening, but it may not be enough.
This particular home was located on Hollywood Dr. in Ypsilanti and the rear basement wall was deflecting inward 9". A deflection in a wall is also known as bowing, or bulging, and it's a sign that your foundation is compromised. This sort of problem gets worse over time so it's important to address it as soon as possible. Fortunately, the homeowner called us to come take a look and we were able to put a plan together quickly.
We came out to the property, and as you can see from the photos there was a noticeable deflection in the walls. With the clay content in the soil and the condition of the walls, it was only a matter of time before the wall collapsed.
Foundations that are constructed in clay soil that are high in clay content have the most potential for foundation issues. Clay is the most expansive soil there is and when exposed to large amounts of water, the clay soil becomes saturated and will expand and begin to swell. This shifting will eventually affect your foundation and potentially cause structural problems. Often, when the original basement waterproofing system has failed, the soil will hold more water. Not only does this cause the soil to expand, but the weight of the water can be more pressure than a basement wall can take.
To solve this, we dug a trench around the perimeter of the home and installed earth anchors to stabilize the foundation wall. The earth anchors provide a form of active resistance and with tightening has the ability to move the position of the deflected walls back in place. Depending on the level of severity, this process can have little to no disruption to you home or property and is a permanent solution.
With the foundation walls exposed, we then began the process of sealing and waterproofing the entire foundation to reduce the possibility of additional problems elsewhere in the future. After this process was completed, the wall deflection was reverted and the rest of the foundation was stable and secure. This home will now be able to withstand the various weather and soil conditions that challenges Michigan homes for many years to come.
If you think you may have an issue with the foundation of your home just give us a call at 877-625-3379 for a free estimate. Or fill out our contact form and we'll come take a look at no charge to you.
This basement was located on Burton Rd. in Willis Michigan. This was one of the worst basements we have ever come across. The basement was flooded and had 7" of standing water in it, and unforutnately it had been this way for quite some time. The front wall had collapsed leaving the rest of the walls in a compromised condition.
Due to the amount of time that the basement had been exposed to water, there was excessive mold growth to the point that the customer didn’t believe the basement could be fixed and kept dry. Thinking it was a lost cause, the homeowner had been considering having the basement filled in with soil and making it into a crawlspace. Instead of turning it into a crawlspace, we aimed to do a complete basement waterproofing and wall repair.
In Michigan, the life expectancy of the original basement waterproofing system is typically around 25-50 years. This sounds like a long time, but most homes are at least that old and so there is a chance that a waterproofing problem may show up before you know it. Foundation problems will generally get worse over time, leading to more expensive and intense repairs down the road. It's not uncommon for there to be early signs of trouble, but if the signs are missed or ignored it will likley become a much bigger problem down the road.
Very few basement repair companies have the ability engineer and design the right solution for your home. Our engineering talent is one of the main things that sets us apart from other foundation companies. For this home in Willis, we were able to develop a plan, bring in the equipment and make the repairs needed to turn this basement around!
After the job was completed, the homeowner Mrs. Gagnon said she is going to refer us to everyone she knows! She said this was a scary situation and didn’t know who to trust. Along with this, she was very happy she picked the right company to do the work and that all our guys worked extremely hard. If you want to make sure your basement is waterproofed the right way give us a call at 877-625-3379 for a free estimate. Or fill out our contact form and we'll come take a look at no charge to you.
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