Searching for a foundation repair contractor can be a confusing adventure. Many customers have told us they interviewed three or four contractors and have had just as many different solutions presented. Knowing who to trust to solve the foundation problem takes some homework.
There are various types of foundation repair contractors and each of these has a different approach to sales as well as repair methods. Franchises and national chain companies tend to focus highly on trained salespeople and scripted sales presentations. They also offer the same solution to each homeowner, regardless of what the problem is. Family owned businesses may not have the same high pressure sales techniques, however, they tend to stick with traditional methods only and don’t venture into more recent technologies or materials.
Pioneer Basement Solutions is locally owned and operated and has been in business since 1979. We offer multiple solutions for various problems and stay up to date on the latest industry improvements in materials and methods. We are therefore not your typical foundation repair contractor. Pioneer does not hire and train sales people to follow a scripted presentation. We do not use sales gimmicks or try to sell something you do not need. Rather, you will be greeted by an expert who can explain the cause of your foundation problem and how each solutions works. As a result, you are able to make the most informed decision.
Foundation Repair Categories
- Bowing Basement Walls
- Settling/Sinking Foundation
- Tipping Foundation
- Sliding Foundation
- Rotting Foundation
Bowing Basement Walls Fixed Permanently With Carbon Fiber / Kevlar Mesh
Today’s latest repair solution for bowing basement walls is carbon fiber mesh “straps” which are embedded into the face of your foundation walls. Fortress Stabilization offers a system made of both carbon fiber and Kevlar meshed together giving them the ultimate in tensile and shear strength. These straps are smooth to the wall and paintable making them barely noticeable.
This is the only method available for bowing basement walls that comes with a lifetime guarantee… and no maintenance!
Other older methods available on the market include steel I beams, wall anchors and concrete and rebar fill.
Settling Foundation Permanently Solved With Stabil-Loc Piering
Commonly referred to as “underpinning”, foundation piering involves installing support from underneath your sinking foundation, therefore stabilizing it to prevent further settling. There are several types of foundation piers on the market to choose from. We install the Stabil-Loc pier directly under the foundation, which gives the ultimate strength and support. This is the best and most reasonable way to support a foundation.
What causes foundation settlement and movement? Several things can, such as building on expansive clay, compressible, or improperly compacted fill soils. Also, improper maintenance around foundations causes foundations to move and sink.
Whatever the cause, settlement can destroy the value of structures and even make them unsafe. If you think there is a problem with your foundation, call for a professional assessment of your property. We will be able to evaluate any damage that has occurred and determine the best plan for your situation. You should routinely check the foundation of your home. Small cracks can end up causing big problems!
Sliding Foundation Fixed Permanently
Blocks can break free at mortar joints and slide inwards. Typically the cause of this issue is a combination of soil pressure and failing foundation drainage. Clogged or backed up foundation drains allow water to build up and get to the bottom rows of block. This water can rot the mortar joints between the rows of block, therefore making them weak. Thus, the weakened points in the wall can give way allowing blocks to slide inward over the row below them. This movement is called “foundation shearing.”
The solution to this problem depends on two factors. How far has your foundation slid out of place? Is the foundation deteriorating? Some may be stabilized to stop further movement and others may need foundation replacement. Contact us today for an inspection.
Rotting Foundation Fixed Permanently
If you have foundation blocks rotting, crumbling apart, and/or falling out of place, you may need a foundation replacement. Over time the original waterproofing system on the foundation deteriorates. Many houses have a thin coat of concrete mortar on the foundation, called “parging”. Parging seals up the pores of the foundation and creates a smooth surface. Then, a coating of a waterproofing sealer is applied, often referred to as tar. The tar coating is an asphalt based sealer, such as what is used to seal blacktop driveways. Sooner or later, the black coating biodegrades. Once the black seal is gone then the damp soils begin to soak into the concrete or mortar coating (parging).
A foundation wall can become porous again when the parging begins to deteriorate. The wall will therefore be more susceptible to absorbing dampness. This causes the concrete to lose its bonding agent, which is lime. This thus creates a white powder to appear, called efflorescence. Eventually foundation rot and mortar rot will lead to blocks shifting, crumbling and in need of replacement.
However, if you catch this process early enough, the exterior surface can be restored and the foundation can be dry again. Exterior basement waterproofing and foundation reinforcement can save the foundation and offer many decades of dry stable performance. Contact us today for an inspection.
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Foundation repair and basement waterproofing offered in the following areas:
Carroll County, Ohio:
Carrollton, Delroy, Malvern, Sherrodsville, as well as surrounding areas.
Columbiana County, Ohio:
Columbiana, East Liverpool, East Palestine, Hanoverton, Lisbon, Salem, and more.
Cuyahoga County, Ohio:
Beachwood, Bedford, Berea, Brecksville, Broadview Heights, Brook Park, Brooklyn, Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Euclid, Independence, Lakewood, Middleburg Heights, North Olmsted, North Royalton, Parma, Richmond Heights, Rocky River, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, Strongsville, Westlake, and also other surrounding areas.
Geauga County, Ohio:
Bainbridge, Chardon, Russell, and also surrounding areas.
Mahoning County, Ohio:
Canfield, New Middletown, Sebring, Youngstown, and surrounding areas.
Medina County, Ohio:
Brunswick, Granger, Hinckley, Medina, Sharon, Wadsworth, Westfield, and more.
Portage County, Ohio:
Atwater, Aurora, Brimfield, Garrettsville, Kent, Randolph, Ravenna, Rootstown, Streetsboro, and also other surrounding areas.
Stark County, Ohio:
Alliance, Brewster, Canal Fulton, Canton, East Canton, Hartville, Louisville, Massillon, Minerva, Navarre, North Canton, Uniontown, Waynesburg, and more.
Summit County, Ohio:
Akron, Barberton, Bath, Copley, Cuyahoga Falls, Fairlawn, Green, Hudson, Macedonia, Mogadore, Munroe Falls, Norton, Richfield, Stow, Tallmadge, and more.
Trumbull County, Ohio:
Newton Falls, Warren, and also surrounding areas.
Tuscarawas County, Ohio:
Bolivar, Dover, Newcomerstown, New Philadelphia, Uhrichsville, and also other surrounding areas.
Wayne County, Ohio:
Apple Creek, Creston, Dalton, Doylestown, Kidron, Marshallville, Orrville, Rittman, Shreve, Smithville, Sterling, West Salem, Wooster and more.
Pioneer opened for business in 1979. We have a proven track record of customer satisfaction!