Foundation Repair Methods
Foundations problems are a hassle. You see a random, unaccounted for crack in your wall and suddenly there’s a major project to be done. You can choose to ignore it; however, the foundation issue will not go away. There is a chance the issue is minor. Minor repairs can be done rather inexpensively and can even be a DIY project. Major repairs, on the other hand, are costly, but necessary. To find out the severity of your foundation issues, seek help from a foundation expert. He/she will inform you of a price estimate and the method of foundation repair needed. It helps to have an understanding of the common foundation repairs in advance so you can best communicate with the expert.
The fundamental cause of a foundation problem is an imbalance of soil. Specifically, the soil beneath a home moves or shifts over time. This occurs at no fault to the homeowner. Rather, soil shifts are natural and often dictated by weather patterns. For example, consistent rain followed by an extensive drought can negatively effect a home’s foundation.
Slab jacking is one foundation repair. Slab jacking consists of pumping concrete or mud into the foundation through drilled holes. The idea is to fill the vacant areas (where soil is not present) beneath a home. As a result, the foundation stabilizes. Concrete and mud are much more solid than soil; therefore, the foundation should stay in place for a much longer span. Slab jacking is not considered a permanent fix, but there is a great chance it will maintain the foundation for at least your time as the homeowner.
Foam jacking is a slightly altered method. The only difference is foam jacking pumps a high density polyurethane instead of concrete or mud. Both slab and foam jacking require little excavation, if any. Thus, you will save some money on materials and labor if either is an appropriate fix.
Piering does require excavation. This particular repair involves the installation of steel beams beneath the home. Depending on the size of the home, a number of piers will be proportionally placed throughout the excavated area. Once in place, each will be raised via a hydraulics system. Piering aims to create a new foundation by raising the old one. In other words, the previous, problematic foundation will be no more. Suddenly, the home stands atop a new and improved foundation.
Steel piers are most common, though concrete and helical piers are frequently used as well. Concrete piers are generally thicker, but they do not handle pressure as well as steel piers. Helical piers exhibit a screw-type look. They have ridges that can be drilled into a foundation rather than dug. Ultimately, each type of pier has the same function, but the prices may differ depending on the type that is selected.
Slab jacking and piering are most likely the eligible repairs for a foundation. There are other foundation repair options for minor foundation issues, but those generally pertain to fixing cracks in the floor or wall. Either slab jacking or piering should resolve your home’s settlement or upheaval.
Contact BFD Foundation Repairs
Again, it’s best to have a foundation professional come out to inspect your foundation before it undergoes any adjustments. The professional will complete an estimate, inform you of the best method, and then execute the method. Foundation problems are a pain; however, the experts at BFD Foundation Repairs will make the repairs painless. That is, after completing a FREE ESTIMATE. Our pros have seen and fixed every foundation issue you can think of. Contact BFD Foundation Repairs today! Also, please visit our blog for additional foundation information.