#1 Foundation Repair Service In The Greater Hampton Roads Region
Bay Crawl Space & Foundation Repair has been voted the “Best Foundation Repair Company in Coastal VA” by Coastal Virginia Magazine. We pride ourselves on this designation and believe it is a testament to our quality foundation repair work at affordable prices.
We understand that foundation repairs can be an intimidating task, especially with large contracting companies pressuring you into steep financial decisions. At Bay Crawl Space & Foundation Repair we approach each project like a consultation where the client is kept informed throughout the entire process. We aim to educate our clients on home foundation repair so they can feel confident in the work we are doing.
We prefer to use the “No Pressure Sales” model over our competitors’ “High Pressure Sales” version. We want clients to feel comfortable and our award winning record speaks for itself. Contact us for a free consultation today!
The Bay Foundation Repair Approach
Foundation repair involves more than just fixing the immediate problem. Our philosophy is that you should be educated on the root of the problem, its implications, and the most proactive home foundation repair solutions that will sustain your home’s structural integrity for the future. This is why we provide each client with a technical analysis of the problem and then tackle possible solutions. We pride ourselves on integrity and will be as transparent as possible throughout each step of the foundation repair project.
We believe in supporting our clients in making the best decision for their home foundation repairs. That is why we offer a free technical analysis of the project and have a policy of $0 until the job is complete. As part of our Bay Foundation Repair Guarantee, we also feature =>
- Competitive pricing options – Save money with our cost effective solutions
- High quality materials – We use industry leading foundation repair materials to ensure your home is in great standing after our work is complete.
- Helpful finance options – We offer a financing package where you don’t need to make a payment for 45-60 days after completion.
- Engineer approved – Our foundation repairs are approved by licensed independent engineers. This guarantees our work’s integrity and gives homeowners peace of mind.
- Expert installation – Our professionally trained staff will complete your work in a timely fashion with little to no mess or interruptions to your daily life.
- Expert analysis – Our inspectors will provide you with a detailed technical analysis of your home’s foundation that covers the root of your foundation repair issues and potential solutions.
When To Look For House Foundation Repair Near Me
Sometimes it can be difficult to pinpoint if home foundation repair work is needed. Our professionally trained staff has come up with several telltale signs that your foundation may have seen better days. You should consider reaching out to Bay Foundation Repair if you notice any of the following:
Cracked Foundation Bricks
Brick cracks, or “stair-step cracks,” are the most common sign that you have a crack in your foundation. As the foundation cracks get worse, due to differential settlement*, the cracks in the brick can widen and become longer. Over time these cracks will pose a greater risk to structural failure and possible injury.
*Differential settlement: term used in structural engineering that relates to how a building’s support foundation settles in an uneven fashion
Sloping Uneven Floors
Most homes are level when first constructed. Everything is supported from bottom to top on the home’s foundation. If the ground floors are uneven or sloped, your home is at risk for foundation settlement*. Your floors could be sloping due to a foundation settlement, a settled support pier, or weakened floor framing. If left untreated, settlement could lead to your home foundation’s structural collapse.
*Foundation settlement: refers to the distortion or disruption of parts of a building due to unequal compressions of its foundation; includes compressions from shrinkage or moisture retention.
A sticking exterior door is a common sign that some foundation settlement has begun. You will need a foundation repair company to come in and fix whatever issue is causing the sticking. If an interior door is sticking, your floor framing or support piers are the likely culprit.
Foundation Gaps Around Windows
If you notice gaps opening up around your windows, it is possible that foundation settlement is occuring. A common sign is the caulk around the window splitting or the window not functioning as it normally does. A professional foundation repair company will need to come in and address these gaps. They may lead to a more significant issue in the foundation.
Foundation Gaps In Trim
Any gaps in the trim in your home could point toward foundation settlement. This includes crown molding, door framing, and baseboards. If the gaps worsen over time, that is indicative of foundation repairs being required.
If you notice any of these signs in your home, we strongly recommend contacting a home foundation repair company that specializes in identifying the root of the problem. Our Expert House Foundation Repair Advisors are trained to diagnose the causes of your house settlement issues and can offer clear solutions to guarantee stabilization of your home’s foundation.
Hiring A Home Foundation Repair Service Near Me
With foundation repair, our motto is “Trust the Experts.” Repairing your house’s foundation should be handled correctly the first time. We recommend you do not hire a contracting company that does house foundation repairs as a secondary service. Bay Foundation Repair is committed to foundation repairs – this is our speciality.
We understand you may be tempted to hire a handyman or contracting company that does foundation repairs as a secondary service to save money, but we implore you to give us a shot with a free consultation. Your home’s structural integrity is not worth taking shortcuts. Taking shortcuts on material costs will only lead to more expensive labor costs when those materials fail. You will also likely end up paying for the more expensive material anyway. At Bay Foundation Repair, our total costs are typically less than what other contractors or a handyman will charge.
Get it right the first time and hire the best local experts in house foundation repairs.
Cause Of Home Foundation Damage
The biggest commonality with home foundation repairs is the soil surrounding the foundation. Soil leads to leveling issues and is the primary contributor to differential settlement. Since changes in soil moisture are what cause foundational issues, we must address the soil problem directly.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with soil issues. Each home foundation is different and should be approached with attention to its unique aspects. Our professionally trained home foundation repair experts can provide you with a detailed explanation of the problems with your surrounding soil or any other underlying issues contributing to your differential settlement.
Home Foundation Repair Solutions
As previously mentioned, each house foundation repair case is different. As such, there are multiple solutions that may be better suited to your specific foundation. Bay Foundation Repair offers the following solutions:
House Leveling Jacks
Crawl space jacks can be installed to offer stabilization to your floor structure. Dropped support piers or sagged beams or joists are leading causes of home foundation problems. We can install crawl space jacks that assist house foundation leveling.
In addition to house leveling jacks, we can install supplemental floor support beams. New beams, footings, and crawl space jacks should always be stronger than what is required in order to prevent structural failure. These beams will support your home’s joists ‘mid-span’ and restore strength to your floors. This will reduce the slope and bounce often seen with unsupported floors.
Foundation Push Piers
Foundation push piers are a level up from house leveling jacks because they penetrate through the weakest layer of soil and instead support your home on the stronger layers of soil underneath. We use the weight of the house to drive these push piers down into the soil until we find the strongest layer.
Once the strongest soil layer is found we can begin applying house leveling jacks. With the push piers in place and jacks as support, we can apply pressure to multiple piers and literally lift your house and strategically adjust it to where it has the best chance of natural correction.
We use Titan SP-90 foundation push piers for our home foundation repairs. Each one of these is capable of supporting up to 90,000 lbs. They are also all approved by a licensed professional structural engineer.
Helical foundation piers are like giant screws or augers that are twisted into the ground to support your home’s structure. The surface area of the spiral coils, (“helices”), is what actually supports the weight of the entire structure.
These piers are more so recommended for new homes. We do not recommend using helical foundation piers on existing structures for the following reasons:
- The install could be ineffective without a proper, detailed analysis of the underlying soil layers.
- Roots, rocks, and other obstructions could provide false pressure readings and throw off the effectiveness of the piers due to inadequate support.
- Helical piers cannot be driven straight down with existing structures. Instead they are driven at an angle which creates a weaker footing in the soil.
Crawl Space Encapsulation
This method would be done in addition to one of the above foundation repair methods. Part of the reason your house could be experiencing foundation issues is your crawl space. If the crawl space is not properly conditioned it could lead to moisture retention, mold, or pest infestation that ultimately can seep into your home’s foundation.
Bay Foundation Repair also works on crawl space encapsulation and can perform the service for homeowners if needed. Our Expert Home Foundation Repair Experts will inform you if encapsulation even pertains to your situation.
Otherwise known as a “footing underneath your footing,” concrete underpinning involves building a separate foundational layer made out of concrete underneath the existing foundation. We only recommend this form of home foundation reinforcement when push piers are not an option due to the structure being too light or there not being enough room for the push pier installation equipment.
Home Foundation Repair Cost
Determining the cost of home foundation repairs varies pending the extent of the work needed. We will perform a free inspection of your home and provide you an estimate of what we believe is best suited for your house foundation repairs. Our Bay Foundation Repair promise is $0 until the job is complete. Please reach out to us today to schedule a free home foundation inspection.
Foundation Repair Client Testimonials
You should do your own research when identifying which foundation repair company to hire. A good reputation is extremely important in this industry. We encourage you to look at our online reviews, our Better Business Bureau ranking, our marketing materials, and our client testimonials. You can hear firsthand from satisfied customers who used us for their home foundation repair needs.
Foundation repair warranties are long-term. You want a company that will stand by those warranties and be there for you in case something happens years down the road. We are the top rated local Virginia and North Carolina home foundation repair service company and will be there for you when you need us.
“This company is awesome! I just got some extra joists and jack supports for under my home in Newport News. They were well mannered and prompt in timing. And they give great advice. I enjoyed the team we had. And Beau was also informative and checked back with me after the service was complete.”
-Serena Dixon via Google