Structural Foundation Damage and Foundation RepairJul 25, 2016
As a foundation repair company serving South Carolina, we know that your home is among your biggest investments how important it is to keep it well maintained. An entire structure will eventually have damages once the foundation is damaged. When inspecting your home, check for signs of potential infrastructure issues such as:
- Beam and post problems
- Wall cracks
- A sloping floor
- Garage foundation issues
- Cracks in brick or masonry
- Stair and stoop problems
- Cracks in the ceiling
- Bowing walls
- Floor cracks
- A leaning chimney
- Doors and windows that stick
All of these indicate the possibilities of serious problems with your foundation. If you suspect your foundation has issues, contact a professional building inspection service provider for a thorough inspection of your home. If an infrastructure specialist determines that your house is in need of foundational repairs, they determine the best solution for the issues and provide you with an estimate.
How Settlement Harms Foundations
One of the ways in which settlement hurts structural foundations is by making one section of the infrastructure significantly lower than the rest. Sloping and sinking foundations eventually lead to cracks in the ceiling, walls, and bricks, which can cause a great deal of destruction to the entire house. Fortunately, foundation repair contractors have the necessary expertise to address such issues effectively.
Once you notice evidence of foundation settlement, engaging the services of professional foundation repair contractors helps you determine if your house has been damaged, and if so, the type of repair most suitable for the damages. It is also a strong possibility that you may need house leveling services.
Foundation Repair Techniques
Previously, there were various foundation repair techniques, seeing that concrete, wood, steel and cement have all been poured, turned, pushed, or somehow forced into the ground in efforts to salvage slabs and foundations. Additionally, anyone and everyone both trained and untrained claimed to have the necessary expertise for these types of infrastructural repairs and more often than not, their efforts were futile.
Some of the more successful techniques of remediation involved a disruption of the normal activities of either a family or business. The most efficient mode of repair is correcting building slabs and solid foundations without moving a family, furniture, or household appliances and also without disrupting business operations.
Today, the availability of more advanced technology and expertise offer a number of very successful solutions to the issues of sunken or damaged foundations, most of which involve minimal or no disruption to normal life and business routines.
Foundation specialists use a variety of repair techniques, choice of which depends on the type of infrastructural issue. These methods include:
- Hydraulic slab lift piers
- New construction piers
- Steel piers
- Helical piers
- Plate anchors
- Helical tieback anchors
Hydraulic slab lift piers: This type of pier is utilized for settling or sinking slabs.
New construction piers: The installation of piers before the pouring of a foundation effectively prevents the cropping of most structural and foundation issues.
Steel piers: There are four major steps in the installation of steel piers. For starters, the ground around the foundation is excavated, and then the foundation bracket for the pier system is mounted. Next, the steel pier is set deep into the ground until it reaches a solid layer of soil. After installation, the weight of the structure is transferred onto the piers.
Helical piers: These types of piers look like large screws and are quite suitable for foundation repair applications including the support of porches, stairs steps, and chimneys.
Plate anchors: Plate anchors are part of the system applied to fix leaning or bowing walls. Plate anchors are attached to the wall as well as to the rod that pulls the bowing or leaning wall back to its original position.
Helical tieback anchors: Leaning or bowing walls can be fixed using this type of anchor. These tieback anchors are attached to the inside of a wall and tension is then applied to straighten and prevent the wall from bowing or leaning in the future.
For the repair of foundation issues, we use high-quality products to ensure the best possible structural results and optimal performance, eliminating the possibility of future concerns. For more information, please contact CNT Foundations in South Carolina.