No-Cost Site Assessment
Using our foundation systems and geotechnical engineering expertise, our team conducts thorough site assessments to evaluate soil composition, groundwater levels, and other pertinent factors that can impact the foundation’s stability. By providing this service at no cost, we aim to empower our clients with valuable insights into their project requirements and potential challenges. This information serves as the blueprint for our repair strategies, ensuring they’re effective and built to withstand the test of time.
Foundation Systems Hawaii, Inc. is Hawaii’s top choice for residential and commercial foundation repair and geostructural construction services. We’re dedicated to delivering high-quality solutions to address a variety of foundation issues, from wall cracks to settlement problems and more, in properties across Oahu. Our team of experts uses advanced techniques and technology to assess and repair foundations, ensuring long-term stability and peace of mind for our clients. With a focus on customer satisfaction and safety, we provide complimentary geotechnical investigations and personalized repair plans tailored to your property. You can count on Foundation Systems Hawaii, Inc. for reliable and effective foundation solutions backed by years of experience and a commitment to excellence.
Foundation Improvement Services
We specialize in providing effective remedies for a wide range of foundation problems. From innovative repair techniques to proactive maintenance strategies, our solutions are tailored to meet the unique needs of each project.
Signs You Need Foundation Repair
Recognizing the signs that indicate potential foundation issues is crucial for maintaining your home’s or building’s structural integrity. From subtle cracks to noticeable shifts, these indicators can alert you to underlying problems that require attention ASAP.
- Interior Wall Cracks: These are cracks that appear on the interior walls of your home, typically around doorways, windows, or in the corners of rooms. They can indicate shifts or settling in the foundation, causing stress on the walls.
- Foundation Cracks: Cracks in the foundation itself are a clear sign of foundation issues. These cracks may be horizontal, vertical, or diagonal and can vary in size. They often indicate structural problems in need of immediate attention.
- Floor Cracks: Cracks in the floor, especially concrete floors, can indicate foundation settlement or soil movement beneath the foundation. These cracks may widen over time and can be accompanied by unevenness in the floor.
- Brick Cracks: Cracks in the bricks, particularly around the exterior of the home where the bricks meet the foundation, suggest foundation movement or settling. These cracks can compromise the integrity of the structure if left unaddressed.
- Floor Gaps/Sloping Floors: Gaps between the floor and baseboards or sloping floors are signs of foundation settlement. They indicate that one part of the foundation is sinking or shifting more than others, causing the floors to become uneven.
- Doorframe Cracks/Stuck Doors: Cracks in doorframes or doors that stick or fail to latch properly can be a result of the foundation settling unevenly. As the foundation moves, it can cause shifts in the doorframes, leading to misalignment and difficulty opening or closing doors.
- Stuck Windows: Windows that become difficult to open or close may signal foundation issues. Similar to doors, shifts in the foundation can cause window frames to become misaligned, resulting in operational problems.
- Leaning or Cracked Chimney: A leaning chimney or cracks in the chimney structure can be a serious indication of foundation problems. The chimney relies on a stable foundation to remain upright, so any movement or settlement in the foundation can affect its stability.
Causes of Foundation Issues
Geostructural issues can arise from various factors, ranging from natural phenomena to human activities. Understanding the causes of these issues is crucial for effective mitigation and repair. Here’s a list of common causes of foundation issues:
- Soil Erosion: Soil erosion occurs when natural processes like water flow, wind, or improper land use remove soil from its original location. It can weaken the support system for structures, leading to instability and settlement.
- Poor Soil Compaction: If soil is not compacted correctly during construction, it can result in uneven foundation settling over time. This can lead to cracks, shifts, and other structural issues in buildings and infrastructure.
- Hydrostatic Pressure: Hydrostatic pressure occurs when water accumulates around or beneath a foundation, exerting pressure on the structure. This pressure can cause foundations to crack, bow, or even collapse under the weight of the water.
- Expansive Soil: Expansive soils, such as clay, expand and contract with changes in moisture content. This continual movement can exert significant pressure on foundations, leading to cracking, heaving, and other structural problems.
- Poor Drainage: Inadequate drainage systems can lead to water accumulation around foundations, increasing the risk of hydrostatic pressure and soil erosion. Poor drainage can also contribute to soil saturation, which weakens the foundation over time.
- Tree Roots: The roots of trees and large shrubs can exert considerable pressure on foundations as they seek water and nutrients in the soil. This pressure can cause foundation movement, cracks, and other damage if trees are planted too close to structures.
- Seismic Activity: Earthquakes and other seismic events can cause significant ground movement, leading to structural damage and instability in buildings and infrastructure. Proper seismic design and reinforcement are essential for mitigating the effects of seismic activity.
- Poor Construction Practices: Inadequate design, substandard materials, and improper construction techniques can all contribute to geostructural issues. These issues may not manifest immediately but can become apparent over time as structures settle or deteriorate.
Design and Engineering
Our team of civil, geotechnical, and structural engineers is dedicated to delivering intelligent and innovative engineering and design solutions. Our engineers have a deep understanding of the complexities of foundation systems and work diligently to ensure compliance with all applicable building department requirements and codes. We recognize the importance of responsible construction practices and prioritize economic efficiency and environmental sustainability in our designs.
Office Clerical & Permitting
With over eight years of experience in Hawaii’s foundation industry, we bring a wealth of knowledge to the table. Our dedicated office staff are well-trained and available during regular business hours, five days a week, to answer any questions and keep you updated on project inquiries. Our team includes permitting experts who specialize in expediting all necessary city and county permits and compliances. We ensure a smooth process for your foundation projects from start to finish.
Frequently Asked Questions
Look for cracks in the foundation walls, floors, or exterior. Doors and windows sticking or not closing correctly, as well as sloping or uneven floors, can also indicate foundation problems. If you notice any of these signs, it’s advisable to consult a professional for an inspection.
Repair solutions will depend on the issues your foundation is facing and the building’s structural requirements, but common methods include underpinning, helical piers, slab jacking, and pier and beam adjustment.
The duration of foundation repair varies based on the complexity and extent of the issues. Minor repairs may take a few days, while more extensive projects can extend to several weeks. A no-cost site assessment can provide a more accurate estimate.
Foundation problems in Hawaii are often attributed to volcanic activity, soil composition, and exposure to salt air. Volcanic soil can be expansive, leading to ground movement that affects foundations, while salt air can contribute to corrosion.
Yes, the geological conditions in Hawaii may necessitate unique foundation repair approaches. Our foundation professionals know Hawaii’s volcanic soil and environmental factors and can provide tailored solutions to address specific challenges.
Yes! Potential buyers are often attracted to homes with a waterproofed basement, as it signifies a well-cared-for and structurally sound property.
Hawaii’s tropical climate, with high humidity and salt-laden air, can contribute to corrosion and deterioration. Regular inspections and preventive measures, such as proper drainage, are essential for maintaining foundation health in this environment.
Concrete can crack for various reasons, including shrinkage, settlement, or external factors like extreme temperature changes. While small cracks are common and often not a structural concern, more extensive or multiple cracks may indicate underlying issues that require professional assessment.
Look out for signs such as noticeable cracks, uneven surfaces, sinking or settling concrete slabs, or water pooling in certain areas. These could indicate issues that may need prompt repair to prevent further damage.
If your property is on Oahu, then yes! We provide foundation repair to all of Oahu, including but not limited to Honolulu, Pearl City, Kailua, Waipahu, Kaneohe, Mililani, Ewa Gentry, Wahiawa, Aiea, Waianae, and the nearby areas.
Get In Touch
If you suspect foundation issues or notice signs of unevenness, call Foundation Systems Hawaii at 808-833-7173. We are fully insured and licensed, with a team of over 60 years of combined experience. Restoring balance to your building’s foundation is not only an investment in its structural health but also in the comfort and security of its occupants.