Foundation Problems

Why Foundations Fail

There are a number of factors that put stress on your foundation. Unfortunately, most of them are out of your control. That puts stress on you. Give us a call today. We will be happy to apply our years of experience to your home’s unique needs. We know your home is your most prized possession and no one should have to live in fear of foundation damage signs.

1. Evaporation: Hot dry wind and intense heat will often cause the soil to shrink beneath the foundation.

2. Transpiration: Tree roots may desiccate the soil beneath a home causing the soil to shrink and the home to settle.

3. Plumbing Leaks: Water from plumbing leaks is often a cause of foundation problems.

4. Drainage: Improper drainage is one of the leading causes of foundation failure. Excess moisture will erode or consolidate soils and cause settlement.

5. Inferior Foundation Construction: Insufficient steel and inferior concrete will contribute to movement in the slab.

6. Inferior Ground Preparation: Soft, low-density soils and/or improperly compacted soil beneath a home is the leading cause of foundation failure.

7. Poor Soil Conditions: Poor soil and its expansion and/or contraction contribute to foundation failure.


Why Foundations Fail

Warning Signs


    Signs on the inside of the house that indicate foundation problems may include:

  • Doors and windows that are misaligned
  • Cracks in the sheetrock
  • Doors and windows that are sticking
  • Sloping of the floor
  • Cracks in the floor or tile
  • Outside

    Signs on the outside of the house that indicate foundation problems may include:

  • Cracks in the brick
  • Gaps around the doors and windows
  • Cracks in the foundation
  • Cracks in the fascia board


    Signs in the garage that indicate foundation problems may include:

  • Separation from door
  • Wall rotating out
  • Cracked brick
  • Basement

    Signs in the basement that indicate foundation problems may include:

  • Walls leaning in or out
  • Cracks in the wall
  • Water intrusion

Bowed Basement Walls

Bowed walls are any foundation wall that’s leaning or buckling due to inward or outward movement. We often see bowed walls in older homes that have dealt with years of freeze-and-thaw cycles. Bowed walls can also be caused by poor construction, water pressure building up in the soil outside the home, and large tree roots creating added pressure.

Service Overview

If the walls in your basement are bowed, leaning or cracking, B-Level can help. Our team provides repair services to straighten and stabilize crawl space and bowed basement wall foundations.

What Are My Options?

Depending on how severe your walls are damaged, we offer a variety of basement foundation repair options. B-Level specializes in the installation of fixed steel beams, adjustable steel beams, carbon fiber reinforcement, and helical tie-backs.

Choosing the right option is critical for long-term success. Having serviced bowed basement walls in Columbus for over two decades, B-Level has certified field representatives and installers to custom-tailor the right solution for your situation. Our team works closely with engineers to customize projects that meet our customers’ needs while following all licensing and permit requirements.

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Before and after photos highlighting our Bowed Basement Walls service.

Leaning Chimney

Service Overview

B-Level provides foundation repair for chimneys that are sinking or pulling away from the house. Our team also services leaning homes, basement walls, wing walls, porches, and columns.

B-Level offers a permanent, engineered solution to stabilize and straighten leaning chimneys using the RamJack piering system. Our RamJack piers are designed to handle tough jobs of any size, with a Transferable Lifetime Warranty to back them up.

With over 20 years of service in Central Ohio under our belts, B-Level’s licensed and certified technicians can stabilize your leaning chimney, making it safe for use.

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Before and after photos highlighting our Leaning Chimney service.

Reasons to Repair

If your home has foundation issues, it can lead to problems that are dangerous and expensive. You need to work with an expert to ensure the problem is fixed in a timely and cost-effective manner. B-Level can walk you through the problems with your foundation and the benefits of repairing the damages.

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Melinda Sayre
Melinda Sayre
09:36 13 Nov 19
We were very pleased with the work done by B-Level LTD! We now don't have to have a 4-5 inch step down from driveway into garage! No more... tripping,....besides that, we realize the difference in the way it looks! We've passed on to others who've inquired about the work done by B-Level! Thank you!read more
Gloria Thompson
Gloria Thompson
22:56 12 Nov 19
B-1 did awesome job leveling entryway into & sidewalk around my garage. Associates were on time, personable & professional, and kept me up to date on... progress of job. When job was completed technician took pictures of sidewalk and 2 major cracks that needed patching. Management didn't like the looks of 1 patch and sent the guys back to tear out and redo, which totally surprised me. I am very happy with B-1 and wouldn't hesitate to hire them more
Dawn Frost
Dawn Frost
20:09 12 Nov 19
B-Level did excellent work on the job of leveling our porch steps and sidewalk. They work efficiently and deliver what they promise. ... Representatives are very knowledgeable and were pleasant to deal with during all phases of our project. We are very happy with the more
dave sirkoski
dave sirkoski
14:51 12 Nov 19
Very professional crew. Work was performed quickly and results were as promised in the quote. We're very happy that the lifting saved us from a $5k... driveway replacement. Thanks!read more
dave van dyke
dave van dyke
11:56 06 Oct 19
good work on raising our front porch floor. no mess. quick response on doing the work after the estimate. have used these guys twice now; ... surprisingly little cost increase over the work done over 5 years more
John Pintz
John Pintz
12:55 08 May 19
I recommend b-level for any concrete leveling project. They are professional and timely in completing work.
Craig Morgan
Craig Morgan
17:30 04 May 19
I had B-Level raise our front porch stoop and sidewalk. They were able to schedule me within two days, and showed up first thing in the morning. ... The work only took a couple of hours with minimal disruption of our day. They took care not to damage any of the landscaping or plants on either side of the sidewalk, and when they left there was no sign that they had been there (other than the holes that were drilled to pump the slurry below the concrete walk and stoop) and the stoop and walk had been raised almost to their original height, and were level! They came back several days later and applied concrete caulk to seal a couple of seams and the work was done quickly and professionally. I would recommend them, and will use them in the future if more
Bill Eberle
Bill Eberle
21:08 03 May 19
They did exactly what we wanted done at a reasonable price. They communicated well, showed up on time both times they came, and cleaned up nicely... afterwards. This is a very professional company and I recommend them more
John Hazelwood
John Hazelwood
17:40 02 May 19
It is amazing what a company like B-Level can do. I never imagined my concrete side walk could be resurrected. My only thought was to brake it up... and start all over. B-Level brought a cost effective solution that did not brake the bank and looks very good. Just so you know, those who need a lift call B-Level!read more
brian hutter
brian hutter
14:26 30 Apr 19
Appreciate the work level did for my entrance way sidewalk. Best part is they communicated on every step on the process. Clearly outlined steps and... when they would be completed. Highly recommend this team for any more
Shannon O'Connor
Shannon O'Connor
22:41 21 Dec 18
Service performed was excellent and at a fair price. Gave me recommendations on how to save some $ by performing some minor service myself.
Larry Hamel-Lambert
Larry Hamel-Lambert
00:06 15 Nov 18
I found B-Level online, and then asked a realtor friend about his experience with them, and he assured me that they did excellent work. They were... courteous and helpful on my initial phone call, and they followed up with me both by phone and email. I sent them photos of my sidewalk, front door step, driveway and garage floor. They sent me back a diagram showing where they could work along with a very reasonable estimate. They arrived on time (15 minutes early) and they were careful to further assess and understand the situation. They were very professional... I could immediately recognize that they were a very experienced work crew. They leveled the sidewalk and lifted my sinking front step. Well done. Then they lifted both sides of the driveway to eliminate a “bump up” where the drive met the garage floor. It's now a smooth transition. In the attached garage they nearly performed a miracle, lifting one side of the garage floor that had cracked and settled nearly two inches over a 20 year period. They also filled some hollow sounding voids under the floor to help prevent more settling. Previously, I thought I was facing a very expensive total tear-out and replacement of the garage floor, but B-Level fixed it quickly at a fraction of the replacement cost. They cleaned up throughly, including washing out the garage floor and nicely filling the drill holes with precision. A professional job from start to finish. I highly recommended their services, they did an awesome more
Justin Batson
Justin Batson
03:09 22 Oct 18
Very responsible pricing. And wonderful service. Definitely recommend them to anyone .
Bob M
Bob M
12:17 18 Aug 18
Recently used this company that was recommended to me. Great experience. Quick response time to review my needs and to supply an estimate. Work... scheduled in a timely fashion. Great crew to customer interaction, and the results were perfect. Would highly more
Lindsay Bayless
Lindsay Bayless
02:01 17 Aug 18
I had an excellent experience with B-Level. They were very professional, worked with me on pricing and very prompt with the service. I would... recommend them to anyone that is interested in leveling their concrete. Results are fabulous! The crew was amazing, very personable and provided great explanation of the process and answered all questions more
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