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All homes will settle over time. While some settlement is expected and generally harmless, extreme foundation settlement can lead to structural damage, causing sloping floors, sticking doors and windows, and worst of all—an unstable foundation. The structural and cosmetic damage caused by foundation settlement will only get worse with time, so it’s important to seek foundation repair solutions to prevent the issue from progressing. 

Not only does foundation repair help stabilize your foundation, it can also help reverse some of the damage done to your home. Repair using a piering foundation technique presents an opportunity for house leveling in Atlanta—the process of returning your home as close to its original position as possible. 

To learn more about Atlanta house leveling solutions from AquaGuard, call us today! We provide free foundation inspections and complimentary quotes throughout Northern Georgia. 

What is Foundation Settlement?

The Culprit of Uneven Floors

Over time, the soil beneath your home will move, whether due to the weight of your foundation or changing weather conditions. Foundation settlement refers to the total vertical displacement that occurs from your foundation’s original level. Settlement can happen uniformly or differentially and due to direct causes or indirect causes—with some of these factors leading to more severe structural damage than others. 

Direct and Indirect Causes of Foundation Settlement

Your foundation will settle simply as a result of the soil being compressed by the weight of your home. This is a direct cause of foundation settlement and is normal. It typically occurs during the first three years of a home’s existence and shouldn’t cause major structural damage—just cosmetic impurities such as thin cracks in drywall. 

Indirect causes include anything that isn’t the weight of your home that results in foundation settlement. Some indirect causes of foundation settlement include extreme weather changes (like flooding and drought), poorly compacted fill soil, expansive soils, earthquakes, and poor foundation construction. Indirect causes of foundation damage will typically lead to structural damage. 

Uniform v. Differential Settlement

Uniform settlement occurs when your foundation settles at the same rate throughout your entire home. This type of settlement is expected and typically causes no harm to your home’s structural integrity. 

The bricks of this home are pulling apart due to a settlement problem.

Differential settlement, on the other hand, occurs when settlement happens at different rates throughout the home. Differential settlement is typically a result of indirect causes and often leads to significant structural damage both to the home’s foundation and framework.

Does My Home Need Leveling?

If your home has experienced normal amounts of uniform settlement due to direct causes, then you likely are not a candidate for our Atlanta home leveling service. However, if your home has experienced differential settlement—whether it’s caused significant damage to your foundation yet or not—you will need to consider foundation repair and house leveling. 

Signs of Severe Differential Settlement

Here are a few of the signs of severe differential settlement that will indicate it’s time for foundation repair and house leveling: 

  • Stair-step cracks in brick or concrete foundation walls
  • Leaning or tilting chimneys
  • Cracks around doors and windows
  • Jamming, sticking doors and windows
  • Cracks in concrete slab floors
  • Sloping floors
  • Cracks in drywall

How to Level a House

House leveling is usually achieved through the use by performing foundation repair using pier systems. Foundation repair not only provides an opportunity to level your home, but it also addresses the source of the problem—preventing settlement from recurring.

These rugged steel push piers feature a patent-pending external sleeve that strengthens the pier at the critical tension point below the bracket. This is best foundation repair option available when soil conditions are unknown, providing a permanent solution for your settlement issues.

Advantages for AquaGuard Push Piers:
  • Best opportunity to Lift Home to Original Position
  • Minimal Disturbance During Installation
  • Fast, Effective Installation
  • Reaches greater depth than any other option
  • Life-of-Structure Manufacturer’s Warranty

A helical pier owes its name o the helical plates welded to the pier shaft. These plates help to pull the pier into the soil during installation, and provide anchoring strength as the weight of the foundation or structural element is transferred to the pier. Helical piers have a great deal of versatility for stabilizing and restoring foundations and masonry elements.

Advantages of AquaGuard Helical Piers:
  • Year-Round Installation
  • Fast, Effective Installation
  • Stabilize Light Structures Like Decks Or Concrete Stairs
  • Can Help Lift Settled Foundations Back To Original Level
  • Life-of-Structure Manufacturer’s Warranty

Slab piers are push piers designed specifically to stabilize and (in some cases) raise slabs that have settled. This type of pier is driven into the soil in the settlement area, deep enough to connect the slab to stable, load-bearing soil and bedrock. A specially designed bracket connects the top of the pier to the underside of the slab, to stabilize and/or raise the slab back to its original position.

Advantages of AquaGuard Slab Piers:
  • Can extend to great depths to contact stable soil or bedrock
  • Non-destructive repair requiring minimal excavation
  • Completely hidden after installation holes are filled
  • Can help lift a settled slab in addition to stabilizing it, in some cases

Call AquaGuard for House Leveling!

Foundation settlement got you down (literally)? Call AquaGuard today to schedule your free foundation inspection and get a complimentary Atlanta house leveling service cost quote!

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