Common Methods Of Foundation Repair

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Have you noticed uneven floors, cracks in the basement walls, or walls bowing in the upper level of your home? If so, these issues are probably due to a problem with your home's foundation. Being aware of the warning signs is vital so you can quickly determine whether foundation repair is necessary. Structural damage may not be immediately apparent, but being aware of even small, subtle warning signs, such as small cracks in the basement walls, can help you catch foundation problems before they worsen.

As foundation problems worsen, the signs will become even more apparent, such as uneven flooring.  The longer you delay repairing a foundation problem, the more complicated and expensive the repairs will be. Depending on the severity and type of foundation problem being experienced, a foundation repair contractor may recommend a variety of repair options. Here are a few of the common types of foundation repair options.

Mudjacking/Slabjacking

Homes that are built on a foundation may naturally sink a few inches, which isn't typically a problem. However, if the home is built on poor soil or the soil wasn't properly prepared before the foundation was poured,  the foundation may sink deeper than a few inches. This can cause the structure of your house to become unsafe. The mudjacking or slabjacking method of foundation repair involves lifting your home's foundation to its original height by pumping concrete or a polyurethane resin underneath the foundation.

Underpinning

If your home's foundation is crumbling, shifting or sinking, the contractor may recommend underpinning, which reinforces the foundation from underneath. This method involves excavating under the damaged foundation and pushing it back into place by driving steel piers or pouring concrete into holes in the ground to provide a brace for the foundation. Underpinning is an effective method of providing support for the foundation and reducing the risk of further shifting.

Anchors and Wall Braces

If the walls are bowed, or there are major cracks or gaps between the walls and ceilings, it is typically due to a crumbling or settling foundation. The contractor may recommend anchoring or wall bracing as the best type of foundation repair. The bracing method consists of attaching steel beams to the inside basement walls or crawl space in order to stabilize the area. Anchoring involves driving a steel rod through the foundation and into the ground underneath. The top of the steel rod is attached to the walls in order to keep them straight and the bottom of the steel rod "anchors" the foundation to prevent further shifting.

It is important to note that foundation repair isn't a DIY project. Attempting to make repairs on your own can lead to more damages. So, it is important to have an experienced foundation repair contractor inspect the foundation, the soil, and the surrounding area to determine which repair method is best suited for your specific problem. Contact a service, like J & D Waterproofing, for more help.

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