Foundation Repair and Basement Waterproofing for 2016

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The snow accumulation for northeast Ohio this winter has been minimal compared to other years.  Melting snow hasn’t been a problem for your this year, but cracks in the foundation of your home or water damage done to your basement  the previous year might be noticed and felt through out your home.  Doors that do not close well, big and even small cracks where the wall meets the floor are indicators of foundation problems in your home. Foundation repair and waterproofing your basement during the winter can be done, and if you have issues that you have postponed, do not wait much longer.  Call us and talk to us, we offer a hassle free consultation to find a solution to your foundation or basement problems. We have been in business since 1979, and our BBB rating speaks for itself. Don’t know if we service your area? check this link to find out.

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Small cracks can mean big problems

Most homes have doors that stick or small cracks in the walls. Even though it’s common, cracks are not something to be ignored.

Homes and the soil underneath them move with the temperature and moisture of our Louisiana weather. Given the type of soil that makes up the Red River Valley and our Louisiana weather patterns offering river flooding and drought at the same time, we have dynamic soil. This can cause serious structural damage to our homes over time.

Soil and concrete slabs are subject to temperature change, which means a house will move and “settle” throughout the year. Foundation settlement issues are standard for our area, experts and homeowners agree, but when should a homeowner be concerned that a crack is more than just a crack?

“All structures and buildings move to some extent,” said Matt Wallace, a professional engineer, registered structural engineer and president at local firm Aillet, Fenner, Jolly, and McClelland, Inc.

Homeowners should be aware of warning signs for a possible cracked foundation, such as doors failing to latch, cracks in walls – over doorways, ceilings – cracks in the flooring, or windows failing to operate properly.


Habitat for Humanity offers home repair program for vets, low-income residents

CLEARLAKE OAKS, Calif. – In 1994, Navy veteran James Evans retired to Clearlake Oaks to enjoy the outdoor opportunities Lake County has to offer. 

Evans enlisted in the Navy at age 17 and served three years as an aircraft mechanic before entering the private sector as a high precision camera mechanic.

When he and his wife moved to Lake County, it was with the intention of remaining here indefinitely.

However, without the means to keep up with the maintenance of his home, there was concern as to what the future would hold.

That was when Evans reached out to Habitat for Humanity Lake County.

Last summer, Habitat for Humanity Lake County received its third grant – totaling about $200,000 – from the Home Depot Foundation Veterans Home Repair Initiative, as Lake County News has reported.

Thanks to that Home Depot grant program aimed at helping veterans, Habitat for Humanity Lake County was able to provide much-needed repairs that have improved the livability of Evans’ home.


5 Things Home Sellers Try to Hide

Don’t be fooled

You’ve finally found a house that checks all the boxes, so now it’s time to make an offer, sign on the dotted line, and book the movers, right? Not so fast. That dream home for sale in San Francisco, CA, can turn out to be a real nightmare if the seller failed to disclose a cracked house foundation or pest infestation, and you fail to notice until after closing. Here are five things sellers commonly try to hide during the sales process, and the questions you can ask to suss out the truth.

1. Leaks

Leaky faucets, radiators, ceilings, roofs — you name it, real estate agents, brokers, and sellers might try to temporarily plug that drip to attract offers. But honesty is always the best policy, and admitting your property’s faults can actually work in your favor. Jennifer Breu, a real estate agent based in New York, NY, once showed a home with a ceiling that was falling down; she still got a ton of offers on it and made the sale by being honest that the repairs would be made soon. “Leaks are very common, but they can be fixed very easily before the close,” says Breu. “It doesn’t pay to mask something that isn’t a huge issue and can be fixed. Transparency increases value.”