Frequently Asked Questions

What is a raised foundation?

Usually homes built before 1960 will commonly have raised foundations. A raised foundation (or crawl space) is an above ground home foundation consisting of concrete piers, wooden components like posts, girders, and joists that can deteriorate over time and become unstable.

Why are there cracks above the doors and windows in my home?

Usually, shifting and expansive soil can contribute to some lateral movement to your home’s foundation, causing cracks above doors and windows. This is a very common sign of foundation problems. If there are cracks over your windows and doors, contact us or call (619) 961-1006 today for a free foundation checkup!

What does it mean if there is bulging stucco on plaster in my home?

Bulging stucco on plaster can be an indication of excessive water damage, which can be causing too much weight on the stem wall and could lead to extensive damage to your home’s foundation. If you’ve noticed bulging stucco in your home, contact us or call us at (619) 961-1006 for a free foundation checkup.

Why are my doors and windows sticking?

This may be attributable to foundation component movement, meaning that your foundation could use some repairs before the damage gets worse! Contact us or call (619) 961-1006 today for a free foundation checkup.

Why does my home have sagging uneven floors?

Shifting on expansive soil can cause slight component separation, which can cause your floors to sag and become uneven. It’s easy to mistake this issue as a problem with your flooring, but the issue goes deeper than that – the foundation! Don’t wait until these problems become more serious. Contact us or call (619) 961-1006 today for a free foundation checkup!

What causes crumbling and cracking on otherwise deteriorating stem walls?

Crumbling and cracking stem walls may be caused by a possible combination of water damage and/or decades of earthquakes, which affect the foundation of your home and should be looked at immediately. Contact us or call us at (619) 961-1006 for a free foundation checkup.

What causes gaps between my chimney and my house?

Like crumbling and cracking stem walls, the separation of your chimney from your home could be caused by decades of earthquakes and water damage. This sort of damage causes a slight shifting of the foundation components, which can create gaps over time. If you’ve noticed a gap between your home and chimney, contact us or call us at (619) 961-1006 for a free foundation checkup.

Why does my home have spongy or squishy floors?

Expansive and shifting soil can, in older homes, cause foundation component sinking or shifting which gives the impression that your floors feel spongy or squishy. If you think your floors feel spongy or squishy, contact us or call (619) 961-1006 now for a free foundation checkup!

I have noticed some of these signs and think that my home’s foundation my need repairs. What repair options are available?

There are several options such as a whole house lift and total foundation rebuild, hydraulic lift and leveling and partial rebuild, or repair in place. For clearer insight on what sort of repairs your home’s foundation may need, contact us or call (619) 961-1006 today for free foundation checkup.

What happens during my free foundation checkup?

During your free foundation checkup, we will inspect your home’s raised foundation for the 7 common signs of foundation issues. After our assessment, we can discuss our recommendations and suggested next steps. To get started contact us or call us at (619) 961-1006 today!