Basement Destabilization: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You
Musty, damp, and humid… Isn’t it how basements are?
The structural stability of a building depends on the soundness of its foundation. Most people who contact us regarding a basement problem have no idea what’s going on. They aren’t sure why the problem started in the first place or how to address it. In general, soil settlement, as well as water or moisture movement, is essential.
Soil settlement, as well as water or moisture movement, is generally significant. If you are in the Midland area, it’s vital to be aware of weather conditions. Extreme weather conditions, either too much rain or too little, can cause the foundation to shift. Chances are it might not be a soil issue but rather one requiring more structural support.
What To Look For
Though your basement walls move slightly to accommodate for mild weather conditions, when you notice the walls are going inward during times of extreme downpours or even staying bowed in after downpours, this is a call for concern. Don’t let a minor inconvenience cause a significant problem by delaying. This is a primary symptom, but there are others.
- Cracks in the walls that are wider at the top than at the bottom
- Floors that are not level
- Doors, cabinets, and windows that do not shut properly
- Cracking in the upstairs drywall
- Cracking in exterior brickwork or caulking
- Leaning of outside chimneys or porches
If you notice one or any of these conditions or observations, it’s best to call the professionals. Childers Leveling can promptly diagnose what is going on and take corrective measures before severe damage occurs. Here at Childers Leveling, we have a FREE 27 point analysis to manage all your structural issues within your basement.
What Can Cause The Destabilization?
There are three primary reasons why destabilization occurs. These are the most common and not the entirety:
- Water drainage has been disrupted or isn’t being properly directed away from the foundation soil around supports, beams, and other elements.
- It could be expansive clay soil and the natural decomposition of organic material in the soil (forming voids) under previous buildings.
- The house may be on unstable ground, compacted inadequately, or layered incorrectly.
If you see any of these, reach out to us today for basement stabilization in Midland. Our friendly and expert technicians will ensure you know everything that’s happening, what your choices are, and what the costs look like with honest options without the sales pressure or jargon
Basement Destabilization Q & A
Q: What makes Childers Leveling the most qualified to fix my destabilized basement?
A: This is a great question and if you permit, let me tell you why we are the best fit.
- Vast Experience: We’ve done work in basements in everything from historic homes, churches, and nursing homes to commercial structures, schools, and restaurants. Whatever you can imagine, we’ve probably worked on it.
- Custom Solutions: We don’t work with estimates or best guesses. Every basement repair task is unique. Therefore we specialize in facts and science to develop bespoke solutions.
- Trusted & Proven: We are a Midland basement-stabilization business that has earned the trust of our community after almost 50 years (yes, 5-0!) in operation and over 15,000+ delighted consumers served.
Q: I see the symptoms of possible problems with the foundation of my basement. What do I do next?
A: It’s always a good idea to get an expert opinion on whether you’re dealing with foundation problems or just settling. Most owners will never think about their foundations until there is something wrong. But this can differentiate between knowing what needs fixing and wasting time and energy trying other things first!
Consult with the best foundation repair prevention experts around, so you know what will work well for your foundation. Contact Childers Leveling today at (800) 299-9563 or online and schedule your FREE 27 point analysis of your foundation.
What Our Customers Are Saying…
“I was very pleased with the efficiency of the service and the manner of the men who did the work. For the most part, everything was left cleaned up and put in place. I would have these people out again, though I hope I don’t need to now!”