How Does Foundation Settlement Originate?
There are many causes of foundation settlement:
High Moisture Content
Rising Water Tables
Consolidation of Soils
Insufficient Compaction During Building Process
Root Systems from Tree and Other Vegetation
Foundations Built Partially on Bedrock and On Soil
Symptoms of Foundation Settlement:
Stair Step Cracks in Block
Diagonal Drywall Cracks
Misaligned Windows and Doors
Gaps Between Walls and Floors
Cracked Floors and Tile
Separation of Trim and Moldings
Foundation Settlement Solutions
When settlement occurs, replacement of foundation walls can prove to be expensive as well as extremely messy. Your entire household is disrupted during the process. Installing new footing piers is less expensive and much less disruptive to your home.
Steel Push Piers
Steel Push Piers are driven through the soil to bedrock. The pier is attached to the foundation using a steel bracket that is bolted to the footing. Once the assembly is in place, the foundation is supported and in most cases, lifted back into original position. Steel push piers can be installed year round and in most cases, require little disturbance to the landscaping. Steel push piers stabilize your foundation and carry a lifetime warranty.
Helical Piers are more commonly used for lighter structures or when bedrock is too deep to access. Helical piers are hydraulically driven into the soil until a suitable strata is reached. They are then attached to the foundation similar to the push pier. Like Steel Push Piers, Helical Piers also carry a lifetime warranty.
Adjustable Steel Support Post Piers (IntelliJack)
Adjustable Steel Support posts are an immediate permanent repair designed to support floor structures such as girders, beams, and floor joists. These supports are most commonly used in crawl spaces where high humidity and moisture have caused rot and deflection which results in bowing floors, misaligned doors, windows, and walls. Rebar reinforced concrete footings are installed to support these posts.
In some cases, foundation walls are damaged by lateral movement of the soils, blasting, or human error. In these cases, the concrete footings are not damaged and have not suffered settlement. Supporting the overlying structure and foundation wall replacement becomes necessary in these cases. When the need arises, T.H.E. Construction is experienced in this type of repair.
Carbon-Fiber Bonding Strips
Carbon Fiber Bonding Strips are a lucrative solution for bowed wall repairs. This system is one of the strongest on the market. It ties the basement or crawl space walls to the framing under the house. Because of this connection, it will never move again. This is because there is an even distribution of outside pressure. All Carbon Fiber Bonding Strips are installed along the interior of your crawl space or basement walls making this a very cost-effective and non-invasive procedure. The final finish is smooth, flat, and nearly invisible when painted.
If your believe your home has undergone foundational error, let T.H.E. Construction check, create, and correct your foundational issues today!