What are the signs of a bad foundation?

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Getting your foundation fixed

Why get foundation repair, nobody sees that part of the house anyway. The foundation that your home was built on is an essential and integral part of the entire structure. While the walls and roof are essential, without foundation, they wouldn’t be able to stand up, even with support. So, when you need foundation repair, it is vital to get it done quickly and correctly. 

Can the foundation be repaired? Foundation to your home is an integral part of the structure, along with the roof, plumbing, and electrical. So, when you’re having issues with your foundation, it isn’t a minor thing that you should ignore or put off until later. It would be best if you started by finding a professional contractor that is certified insured, and license as well as they know how to repair foundations. Most foundation repairs are possible, and the prices will vary based on several factors. 

What happens if you don’t fix foundation problems?

It isn’t right! Among the things that can happen: 

Foundation Sinks and Settles 

When you let foundation repair go unaddressed, it is going to sink and keep settling. Over time, foundations can move, sink into the ground, becoming unlevel. 

Insects and Rodents

If you ignore the need for foundation repair, insects and rodents find their way in by squeezing in the cracks the sinking foundation has created. 

Plumbing Gets Bad

Plumbing may be the most vulnerable component when your house needs foundation repair. 

Mildew and Mold Issues

When you’ve ignored foundation repair for too long, mildew and mold will begin to grow in the foundation cracks and work its way up into the walls and ceiling. 

Can a house collapse from foundation issues?

The purpose of a home is to have protection from the elements of rain, snow, wind, and UV rays. It is those elements that can also be destructive for a home if regular maintenance and upkeep aren’t done. That maintenance and upkeep includes the electrical, plumbing, and structural matters like the foundation and roof. 

A short delay in repairing the roof or having the foundation repair done does not mean your house will disintegrate immediately.  There several factors that must take place before your house will collapse. 

When you start seeing things like significant cracks in the walls or ceiling, though, your house is in impending danger, and you should become concerned at that point. Structural defects are an indication the house is collapsing, if not today. It will, at some point shortly.

Can a sinking foundation be fixed?

In most cases, yes, using the following foundation repair methods. 

  • Helical Piers: There are ‘flights’ within these piers that serve the house as end-bearing plates and are welded to a central steel shaft. That shaft acts like a screw that is rotating into the soil. These types of piers provide a large surface that can bear the weight of a house and are typically used where the bedrock goes deep. 
  • Resistance Piers: Hydraulic pressure pushes piers down in the soil with one of the many steel piers that are available based on the foundation, load requirements, and soil content. These are used where the bedrock is shallow and transfers the load to the end bearing. 
  • Slab Piers: These piers are used where the foundation is settling by creating holes in the foundation; then, a helical anchor is drove into the soil to get the right depth. A steel bracket is inserted into those holes then a helical anchor is installed and secured to the slab. This transfers the house weight to the soil that is now load-bearing safe. 

What is the best foundation repair method?

Up until the 1970s, foundation repair was done by using concrete. Today, engineering, trial, and error have found other methods to perform foundation repair. The geographic area, site conditions, and other factors will determine which is the best method of foundation repair. The most preferred method is the steel piers. This method revolutionized the process of foundation repairs. The repair job is faster, less landscaping is disturbed, and as time as progressed, so has the use of this type of foundation repair. 

What is the foundation repair process?

Understanding the process of foundation repair can ease the mind of what to expect. The following are necessary steps, each having a little more detail than what is noted here: 

  1. Pilings are placed around the entire perimeter, aka the foundation edge.
  2. Tunnels are then dug under the home that will run under the slab from end to end of the house in intervals to give the contractors working space.  
  3. Exterior HVAC components are lifted. Electrical and plumbing services are exposed. These steps enable the contractor to make any repairs needed during the foundation repair process.
  4. The tunnels that were dug earlier are 3 foot wide by three foot deep, and the technician will now crawl through these tunnels and place the pilings every eight to ten feet along with hydraulic jacks. 
  5. The house is lifted under the foundation beams to the proper level, and support cylinders are positioned under the beams and shims used to get the house level at the correct height. 
  6. After the house is at the right level all the way around, the crew will begin cleaning up and returning any components and objects in place.
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 Can you fix your foundation?

This is still a free country. We can’t tell you no, you cannot.  The city, county, or state where you live may tell you no, and we are going to recommend that you don’t attempt foundation repair as a DIY project.  Why? 

  1. Foundation problems can lead to foundation failure: The inexperienced, untrained eye won’t know what to look for or what actions to take. 
  2. The foundation of your home is a valuable asset to the structure. An improper foundation repair will lessen the value upon inspection of the house if you decide to sell it at some point. 
  3. The correct equipment and tools are needed to do a foundation repair correctly. Without these things, you won’t be able to lift the house to the proper height or secure it correctly. 
  4. Damages and injuries. By not having the experience and training, you could cause more damage to the foundation, and you could be injured during the process.
  5. A DIY foundation repair will likely end up costing you more by needing a specialist later when problems happen. 

The foundation of your home is essential, even more, important than the roof. Having it maintained and upkeep with foundation repairs is essential to the well-being of your home and your family. Any of the following are indications your home needs a professional foundation repair: 

  • Cracks in foundation, walls, ceiling
  • Settling or Sinking foundation
  • Upheaved foundation
  • Doors sticking and won’t close
  • Exterior doors and windows have gaps
  • Floors sagging, uneven
  • Crawl space damp
  • Cabinets and counters are pulling from the wall 

Foundation repair is a great way to keep your home stable. Need help with your foundation in Frisco , TX? Call 214-471-6210 today!