TILTING CHIMNEY

TILTING CHIMNEY The Problem: Generally chimneys are built on a separate foundation from the structure they accompany. These heavy structures are placed on a smaller foundation causing the weight to be distributed less evenly over the soil which can accelerate foundation settlement. Leaning chimneys become less stable the more the…

COLLAPSING RETAINING WALL

COLLAPSING RETAINING WALL The Problem: Retaining walls can fail when the weight limit of the retaining wall is exceeded by any adjacent structure, poor grading causes static pressure to build up on along the wall, or their foundation footing or the structure they are attached to are designed poorly. Retaining…

BOWING WALLS

BOWING WALLS The Problem: Bowing walls are the result of outside pressure on a wall exceeding the wall’s own strength. As the wall starts to fail under the pressure, one of three things happen; cracks will form as walls buckle inward towards the middle, or the wall could tilt inward…

SINKING OUTDOOR CONCRETE

SINKING OUTDOOR CONCRETE The Problem: Outdoor auxiliary structures such as patios, pool decks, and porches, are more vulnerable to settling than your homes foundation because of their exposure to the elements. Driveways, large patios, porches, and other outdoor structures place large amounts of weight on the soils beneath them. They…

SETTLEMENT SINKING

SETTLEMENT SINKING The Problem: Soil is a major component of a building site. Soil is stratified, meaning it has many layers that each have their own characteristics. When a large weight such as a house is placed on top of the soil it will settle according to the stratified layers…