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Many homeowners are aware of structural problems in their homes, but few know to look for similar warning signs in their garages. Because many garages are built on concrete slab foundations, they are susceptible to foundation cracks and settlement. Attached garages can prove especially troublesome, as any issues plaguing the garage can affect the home as well. If you are experiencing any problems with your garage’s foundation or need floor crack repair, contact the experts at Basement Masters Waterproofing.Signs of Foundation Problems

What Are the Signs Of Foundation Issues in Garages?

Some homeowners are unsure of what problems to look for in their garage. A few telltale signs of garage foundation failure include:

  • Sloped or uneven floors: Uneven floors can be tricky to detect unless you are on your hands and knees with a level. Uneven floors are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation caused by voids underneath the foundation, or by the roots of nearby vegetation pushing against the foundation.
  • Floor and wall cracks: Any cracks in your garage, especially those around doors and windows, are reliable indicators of a shifting or settling foundation. They are usually attributed to stress from the soil beneath the foundation.
  • Bowed, rotating, or leaning walls: All of your walls should be perfectly straight, but if they are beginning to tilt or rotate, your garage’s foundation is probably to blame. As with floor and wall cracks, the saturation or extreme shrinking of the soil beneath the foundation can create these problems.
  • Gaps and spaces: Gaps between the walls and floor or between the walls and the doors or windows are an additional indication of a failing foundation and can even cause the garage door to stick.
  • Sticking or misaligned windows and doors: When the windows in your garage shift out of alignment, they start to stick and can become difficult to open or close. Poor drainage or expanding soils are the most common culprits.

From the list above, you may have noticed that soil is at the root of many foundation problems. The ground below the foundation is responsible for supporting it, so the quality, compaction, and moisture content of the soil is critical in maintaining the integrity of the given structure. If your home or garage was constructed hastily or by inexperienced workers, there is a chance that the soil beneath your foundation was neglected or improperly compacted. Varying moisture levels can also wreak havoc on your garage’s foundation; in periods of melting snow or heavy rains, the soil becomes saturated and exerts hydrostatic pressure on the foundation, cracking it. Alternatively, in dry months the soil can shrink and the foundation will shift or settle accordingly.

Solutions for Foundation Problems in Your Northern VA Garage

Regardless of what has caused your garage to shift, settle, slope, or crack, our experts at Basement Masters Waterproofing are happy to help rectify the problem and prevent future damage. We have a number of proven solutions for all foundation issues, but some that we commonly use for garages include:

Push Pier Installation

This process involves a steel bracket that is connected to your garage’s foundation. A steel rod is inserted underground, lifting your foundation to its original level and securing it in place. Although some excavation is necessary, the benefits of these piers far outweigh any temporary inconveniences.

Wall Anchors

We also employ the use of wall anchors, which are maintenance-free and less invasive than push piers. They can be installed at any time of year in nearly all weather conditions. The anchors are drilled into stable soil away from your home and then a wall plate clamps down, creating pressure on the wall and returning it to its original position.

Trust The Team at Basement Masters Waterproofing

If your garage has been plagued by floor and wall cracks, leaning walls, gaps or spaces, and other problems, it’s time to bring in the experts. Our professional team at Basement Masters Waterproofing possesses the necessary knowledge and skills to end your garage’s problems once and for all. We strive to provide the best customer service and will make ourselves available throughout the entire process for questions or concerns. Call today for a no-cost evaluation!

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