Foundation Repair Albany NY
No repair is more terrifying to a home owner than foundation repair. Your entire home or investment sits atop this structure and the thought of your family family or business facing potential harm due to foundation failure is unthinkable. The good news is you don't have to remove the whole building, or even half it. Using the right excavation and structural equipment, we can repair your cracked, failing or water logged foundation back to it's original function and usability; or even better!
Many times in much older homes water has taken out any mortar between blocks or cracked the buildings concrete walls. Step 1 of something like this will always be to find the source of the water. Most times this will included digging up the exterior of the house, just outside the concrete. With the exposed block or concrete now showing we begin to assess the damage and start to mitigate it from the exterior. This includes using a water phobic tar or anything else that will stick to masonry and keep water from seeping back in.
With the exterior sealed up and the water problem solved (if that is the case), we can begin to take a look at the inside to see where the structural failures are, and where the structural load of the building is. With these two pieces of information, we can make an informed decision on whether or not we need to add footings, pick up new load points, or just repair what is there. There are many ways of doing this right and saving money overall. But most importantly we will make sure that your home or business will be safe again.
Your entire home rest on top of your foundation. There is no scarier repair and nothing home owners dread more than a foundation issue. They are they main cause of failed inspections on home purchases, and can be the one of the larger ticket items you may need to fix over your homes lifespan. One thing that can create larger problems that lead to the need for foundation repair, is the fact that 80% of the foundation is hid underneath the earth, and if you have a finished basement, often times that can exacerbate the situation. Some simple signs to look for are:
- Cracks showing up on your finished walls
- Chimney pulling away from the house
- Uneven doors and finished trim
- Walls and Ceilings pulling away from each other
- masonry gaps and mortar cracking
- General cracks in foundations
Foundation stabilization can sometimes be just as important as the original pour. Over time soils tend to move and start to get used to the new concrete structure recently placed there. And sometimes the pressure from these shifting soils mixed with a bad foundation pour and you can end up with a destabilized foundation. Our team uses a mix of concrete pillars, steel posts, new block walls and a different array of items that may be needed to keep your foundation from caving in! Don't wait for the problem to get worse! Call Albany Excavation and Concrete as soon s you may think there is a hint of a problem. Our estimates and advice is free!
Another aspect of any foundation is water retention. There is no such thing as waterproofing foundations, but you can mitigate the water as much as possible. Our team will look for builder defects and any other issues that may have been overlooked while the home was being built. We will address all these issues and come up with a solution that may come as close as you can to waterproofing your basement!