It is not uncommon for masonry foundations to crack and let moisture into the basement. Brick, stone, and block walls are all built using mortar, and this is a material that may weaken over time and become very brittle. Water from the soil due to a rising and falling water table can put a lot of pressure on these already-weakened walls. Over time, moisture will eventually make its way inside and it can be seen trickling down walls, leaving stains, or puddling up on the floor next to the cove joint.
Whenever this problem is seen on a home, it is also not uncommon to notice an issue with bowing, as well. Bowed walls are often seen together with masonry foundation leaks. This is a problem that can be caused from hydrostatic pressure from the soil, as mentioned above, with the rising and falling water table. Fortunately, to take care of the problem, a total tear out and wall replacement are not necessary.
SafeDrain™ Basement Drainage System
At Don Kennedy and Sons, we can install a special waterproofing system from SafeBasements™. The drain is designed to channel water away from the walls and into a sump pump system. Once here, the water will eventually be sent out and away from the home to a safe distance away. This will leave you with a safe and healthy environment beneath your home.
Before making some flooring improvements to my house, I contacted Don Kennedy and Sons Structural Solutions to take a look at our foundation. They were able to send someone out very quickly. He told us that our foundation was in good shape and did not need any improvements. He provided us with ...
William B. - Madison, AL35758
Jeff was very good. He was responsive and I enjoyed his foundation repair services. He was very professional and when he came to look at the house, he explained to me the seriousness of my problem which put me at ease knowing it wasn't critical. I appreciated his feedback and that he wasn't trying ...
James C. - Huntsville, AL35814
For foundation repair, I used Don Kennedy and Sons. They did some foundation repair, I had some weather damage to the floor joist on the exterior of the house, so they put in a new floor joist and sealed it up.
They installed four external foundation piers and a 40 foot girder underneath the length of the house for additional support and corrected incompetent foundation supports that had been there prior when previous owners had some repairs performed that never corrected the problem. They also leveled my ...