Stratum Structural Systems Company is an Expert in Foundation Repair
Stratum Structural Systems is a highly rated foundation repair company, and we treat our customers’ homes as if they were our own. We offer solutions for the following common foundation problems.
HYDROSTATIC PRESSURE PROBLEMS
Hydrostatic pressure is a term used to describe a high or rising water table. In St. Louis, water tables can fluctuate dramatically depending on rainfall amounts. If the water table rises enough, water can come up through cracks in the floor or around the perimeter, at the floor and wall seam. Basement waterproofing relieves the hydrostatic pressure and prevents water from entering the basement.
EXTERIOR WATER ISSUES
Exterior water issues include standing water in the yard, water coming in over the top of the foundation, downspouts dumping next to the foundation and window wells filling up. Correcting the yard grade, installing French drains and extending downspouts can be effective and simple solutions to these problems.
Foundation cracks can occur for many reasons. Not all cracks are structural concerns and often, simple epoxy or urethane injections can be administered to prevent water from entering the basement. If cracks widen, run diagonally or horizontally then they may be a symptom of a larger issue and further structural repairs may be needed.
BRICK & DRYWALL CRACKS
Cracks in brick and mortar, along with drywall cracking, may be a result of foundation movement. This type of movement often occurs after heavy rainfall or during periods of high temperatures and drought. Additional damage may include windows and doors not working properly or sticking. You may also notice large cracks in the soil during this time. Stratum Structural Systems specializes in piering foundations which may be needed if these symptoms are present.
BOWING OR ROTATING WALLS
Bowing or rotating walls are normally a result of lateral movement caused by expanding clay soils. Expansion occurs during times of heavy, prolonged rains. You may notice diagonal or horizontal cracks in the basement walls. The installation of tieback anchors or soldier I Beam columns can be used to provide structural reinforcement to the foundation walls. In some cases of highly expansive soils, excavation and exterior pressure relief systems may also be needed to fully solve the problems.
The settlement of a foundation can occur for different reasons. One common reason is the shrinkage of clay soils during periods of drought. Settlement can also occur due to soil erosion or fill material not being compacted properly. The installation of piers (helical piers or resistance piers) can be used to support the foundation to prevent further settlement. In some minor cases, water management solutions may be beneficial to help with foundation repair.
Schedule a Home Inspection Today
Stratum Structural Systems provides basement waterproofing and foundation repair services in the St. Louis, MO, area. Call us today at (314) 620-8153 or contact us online to schedule a home inspection and free quote.