Boston is the largest city in Massachusetts, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. As the city ages, the homes get older. Older homes are charming, but need updating and maintenance. If you own an older home, regular maintenance will prevent costly foundation repairs in the future. If you are thinking about purchasing one, inspect the home carefully for foundation damage before you decide to buy it. There is absolutely no perfect home. Every home has some kind of issue, but noticing the big issues will save you time and money. If you have a home that suffers from foundation failure, then our team of professionals will assess the damages. At Atlas Systems of New England, we offer piering and underpinning repair solutions to fix your foundation. We are your foundation repair team in Boston.
Foundation issues in older homes can be well hidden. Major damages usually do not appear until the damage gets worse. This means that the homeowner will end up spending thousands of dollars on repairs. However, there are clues to help you identify underlying problems. You need to know where to look so you can detect the problem and fix it early.
Look for signs of foundation failure:
Cracks in the foundation
Living in Boston, you’re most likely to discover foundation cracks in older homes. Homes with poor soil conditions, improper drainage, plumbing leaks, insufficient materials, and poor building site preparation usually lead to foundation cracks. There are several types of foundations that include basements, crawl spaces and partial basements. Some homes contain concrete slab or posts that are installed into concrete footings. Whatever type of foundation you have, make sure you inspect the interior and exterior of your home for cracks.
Older homes will eventually get sloping floors. This foundation problem makes the home hard to resale because it is a clear indicator that the home’s structure is weak. Are there ridges under the carpet or humps under the doorway? These signs indicate floor or slab cracks.
Misaligned doors and windows
Doors and windows that don’t properly shut or open are signs that the house is settling. Cracked foundations may also cause gaps in the doors and windows.
Mold and mildew on the walls
Signs of mold and mildew are caused by excess moisture. If you encounter a musty odor, this could indicate mold damage. Inspect the wall and ceiling for water stains and puddles.
If you own an older home or decide to buy an old home, look for these signs of foundation failure. Identifying these signs early will save you time and money. At Atlas Systems, we can help you find out why you have foundation failure and fix it immediately.
At Atlas Systems, we use piering and underpinning to repair your foundation in Boston. Each repair solution offers benefits for repairing your sinking foundation.
If you notice a wall crack, we offer resistance piers made of steel. Wall cracks are true indicators that your foundation is settling or sinking. We can install piers inside or outside to repair foundation cracks. Our piers are L shaped brackets that are fastened to the underside of the wall. A steel pipe is pushed into the ground and driven until the desired load is achieved. Then the structure is lifted.
Resistance piers requires little to no disturbance to the work site. They are field tested after the installation process to ensure all standards are met.
Our helical piers offers great foundation support for existing structures or new construction in Boston, MA. They are used as footers to support foundation walls. They contain a large screw that is placed into the ground by using a hydraulic motor on a skid steer. By using helical piers, the installation process is fast and easy. It can be applicable for any soil condition.
At Atlas Systems, we can inspect your foundation and determine the best foundation repair solution for your Boston, MA home. If you need helical piers or resistance piers, then contact our team of professionals for all of your foundation repairs.