Are some parts of your foundation failing? collapse.
Well, don’t wait until the entire foundation collapses. It’s cheaper and easier to do small foundation repairs than to do full foundation replacement. Besides, leaving your foundation unrepaired for long will put the safety of your home and that of your family at considerable risk.
Why Repair Your Foundation?
There are a number of genuine reasons that make the idea of quick foundation repair very important.
Here are some of them:
Protection Against Earthquake Damage
The foundation is the base on which the house stands. If an earthquake hits and the foundation has issues, your home will stand no chance of surviving.
Avoid Unnecessary Risk
Living in a house with a damaged foundation is simply putting yourself and your family at risk. A damaged foundation is often very weak and, therefore, it is incapable of carrying the entire weight of the house. This is simply an accident waiting to happen.
Avoid Escalating The Damage
A small damage to the foundation that goes without repair could lead to other major damages. Take for instance a small crack in the foundation. If it’s not fixed, it could allow water to seep in and enlarge the small cracks in the process. This will eventually make the foundation weaker and more dangerous.
Save A Lot Of Money
Failure to repair small problems with your foundation may lead to full foundation replacement in the future. This will cost you a lot of money, more money than you would have spent on repairing the small damages.
Fixing Damaged Piers, Girders, and Posts
The Piers, Girders, and Posts are also important in a foundation and here are some of the common issues they face:
- Concrete piers can be crumbling
- Sometimes the piers may not be deep enough into the soil
- The size of the posts may not be perfect
- Sometimes posts might be out of plumb
- The girders may be warped and split too
In order to fix these issues, it is very important to replace the damaged piers, girders, and posts.
Continued Foundation Settlement – How Do You Fix It?
Foundation settlement is basically something natural but continued foundation settlement will have significant effects on the home’s structure. The best solution is underpinning so that the foundation’s footing will be extended deeper. This will offer a better load bearing capacity.
All these processes need a lot of attention to detail and a lot of expertise. Make sure you hire qualified experts to do the job.
How Do You Know Your Foundation Is Damaged?
You don’t need to be a professional engineer or a seasoned builder to know there is an issue with the foundation. You can detect damages on the foundation through signs on the building interior, exterior, and the crawl spaces or the basement.
Here are some of the most basic indicators you should look for:
On The Home’s Exterior:
- Poor drainage
- Visible cracks start to appear on the concrete, the bricks or the blocks
- Unusual gaps between the windows in your home and also the doors
- Foundation stem walls start to bow or bulge
On The Home’s Interior
- The doors appear misaligned
- There are cracks on interior walls
- There are cracks on the floor or the tiles
- The floor develops slope
Indicators On The Crawlspace And The Basement
- Cracks on basement walls
- Water seepage into the basement
- Walls that are not plumb
How Does Foundation Repair Work?
The course of action to be taken will depend on the extent of the damage that needs to be fixed. Each foundation is unique and as such before any repair work begins, a thorough inspection has to be made.
What Do Foundation Cracks Mean?
If foundation cracks are more than ¼ inch wide, they are categorized as structural cracks. This basically means that they need to be fixed fast. Foundation cracks can also indicate additional problems including significant foundation settlement. Cracks that are relatively wider at the bottom and narrower at the top could possibly indicate that there is soil settling. Cracks can also imply the presence of expansive soil. If the cracks are wider at the top and narrower at the bottom, this can be a possible indication of expansive soil.
What Are The Dangers Of Leaving Foundation Cracks Unrepaired?
- Water may start to intrude into your basement
- The crawl spaces will become wet
- There may be increased pest infestation
- Additional damages to the foundation that will cost more money to fix and take more time
How Are Foundations Cracks Fixed?
There are a number of effective solutions that can be used to repair foundation cracks. Epoxy crack injection is usually used to glue the concrete together. A Simpson HST foundation plate will then be bolted across the crack. Epoxy is ideal because it adds a lot of structural strength to the concrete. This ensures future cracks are avoided.
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