Foundation Repair in Glendale Basics
With aging, the stability of the structures of the foundation will become prone to stress that is induced by environmental and designing reasons. Indications of this can be cracked walls, doors that don’t close, bulging floors, etc. A house built on expansive land, compressed soil and maintained without professional assistance, are some of the factors that cause imbalanced foundation settlement. Another reason is unsuspected or undetected air pockets in the soil, present below the area of construction. This can cause cracks and fissures in the basement, and damage the entire structure with time.
Homeowners should be aware of the problems and follow the correct methods or tips will help in reducing the effects of expansive soils which can create problems in the foundations. Sometimes concrete slabs of houses develop hairline cracks over the period and during that stage itself it has to be cleaned and filled with glue or similar materials for preventing it from further expanding. Maintaining a consistent moisture level is also essential for the maintenance of the same. In dry periods, it is necessary to keep the foundation moist, for avoiding problems that can arise due to shrinking soil. Monitoring the drainage is another important factor and properly sized and installed gutters and downspouts will direct the water away from home for preventing heaving. Rainstorms will create paddling of water and direct it to a distance is also important, and for this, a French drain can be installed.
Several methods can be adopted and are done by contractors, which can reduce the damage to the foundation. Push Pier foundation repair in concrete system is one such system that transfers the weight of the home from unstable soil to competent soil using strategically placed pliers. The materials used are galvanized steel and can be installed in a day without the use of any heavy equipment. This system will also help in lifting the structure back to its original position and therefore give long life. Helical pier systems are another option that is used for lighter structures or patios that are sagging and showing fatigue. This is done by placing piers by mechanically screwing into the soil and can be installed using small construction equipment.
Foundation repair in concrete can also be done using crawl space supports. The soil in the foundation shifts and settles when alternating between drying out and swelling from moisture. This can be prevented using rugged steel support beams. This will result in sinking columns and sagging crawl space beams and will create crawl space to settle.