Most people may not realize that the symptoms of a foundation problem can show up on your deck or patio. Some common signs of a foundation problem that you may notice in your patio or deck are the patio or deck pulling away from the home, or cracks forming in the patio or deck. If you see either of these problems, it may mean that there is a problem with the foundation underneath your home. If the foundation starts to settle or shift due to soil movement, then it may pull away from or push against the patio, forming gaps and spaces or causing cracks to develop. Check out your patio on a regular basis to see if there are any telltale signs of foundation failure present.
Because your patio or deck is such a valuable addition to your home, it is important to make sure that there are no problems with it. Since many patio and deck issues are caused by foundation problems, the first step is to identify the underlying foundation problem and have it fixed. Several common foundation problems include:
To improve the health of your patio and your entire home, determine whether or not the issue is actually a foundation problem. Minor cracks in the patio may not be a sign of a foundation problem, while large cracks probably indicate foundation failure. If the pulling away or sagging of your patio is accompanied by other issues, such as water pooling in the yard or basement wall cracks, it may be a sign of a foundation problem. The experts at Basement Masters Waterproofing can help you determine the severity of your problem and provide an array of patio repair options.
If it is decided that your deck, porch, or patio problems are being caused by foundation failure, it is vital that you have the problem taken care of as soon as possible. For most foundation-related patio problems, we can install steel push piers to lift and stabilize the foundation. By driving these piers into the ground deep below the problematic area of the foundation, we are able to effectively lift and stabilize the foundation and the attached patio.
Another solution that may help if the patio has started to pull away due to a shifting foundation is wall anchors. These are anchors that are installed horizontally beneath the ground to provide the necessary pressure to pull the wall of the foundation back into place. This helps to straighten out the foundation, seal any cracks that might have occurred, and close the gap between the foundation and the patio or deck. Once the foundation problem has been taken care of, it may also be necessary to use crack injection methods to seal up cracks in the patio or foundation. This method uses an epoxy formula to close and tightly seal cracks.
In addition to patio repair, we also offer patio installation for homeowners looking to add an enjoyable space to their homes. Basement Masters Waterproofing has all of the solutions to take care of your patio or deck problems. Call us today to find out more!
This post was originally published on 11/11/2014 and updated on 3/8/2022 for accuracy and a larger scope of information.