Foundation settlement is very common but should not be left to progress. Once you noticed symptoms such as wall cracks or jammed windows, you should take action to prevent an increase in settlement. AquaGuard Foundation Solutions is a service company with integrity, driven to redefining the industry and making your home the strongest, safest, and happiest possible. Read on for more information about the symptoms and solutions of a settling foundation.
- Stair-Step Cracks In Brick/Concrete Foundation Walls
- Leaning, Tilting Chimneys
- Cracks Around Doors & Windows
- Jamming, Sticking Doors & Windows
- Cracks In A Concrete Slab Floor
- Cracks In Drywall
How to Fix Foundation Settlement
Foundation push piers are straight, steel piers that attach to your foundation and extend way down below your home to the strong supporting soils. Steel brackets connect the piers to the foundation to effectively transfer the weight of your home to the deeper soil that can bear the load. The tubular piers are hydraulically driven down in sections through each bracket, which can be done either inside or outside of your foundation. When all of the push piers have been installed, they will work in unison to transfer the weight of the structure to the strong soils or bedrock below. If possible, the home is also lifted back to its original, level position.
Foundation helical piers are straight, steel piers that have helical blades welded to each shaft. These piers are mechanically advanced into the soils underneath your foundation, then each pier is secured to the structure’s foundation via a steel bracket. Just like foundation push piers, once all helical piers have been installed, they work in unison to transfer the weight of the structure to competent soil. As they are installed to appropriate depths and capacities, they prevent any future settlement issues. In many scenarios, these foundation piers will be able to lift your home back to level position by the completion of the installation.
Foundation slab piers are straight steel piers that extend from stable soils deep below the structure to support brackets directly in contact with the underside of the slab. These piers are for supporting a settling concrete floor and are not for foundation wall stabilization or repairing heaving foundations.
To install, a small hole is cored through the concrete floor and a bracket is assembled beneath the concrete slab then steel tubes are hydraulically driven down through the bracket. When the slab piers have reached competent soils, the weight of the slab is transferred through the piers to load-bearing soils below. At the end of the installation, grout is pumped under the slab to fill any voids, and all cored holes in the slab are restored with new concrete for a clean, professional look.
Benefits of Foundation Stabilization Piers
- Installation any time of year
- Designed with galvanized steel for corrosion resistance
- Piers extend beyond unsuitable soils
- Non-disruptive installation
- Possibility to lift slab & partition walls back to a level position
- 25-year manufacturer’s warranty