Keeping Homes Level in Lafayette
With many of the houses in this area being built in the ’50s and ’60s, there was only minimal prep work done during the grading of these sites at the time of construction. Lafayette has mostly moderate hills and when the lots were graded, the soil was cut from one side and used as fill for the other side and not usually compacted very well. In addition, builders used a common spread footing foundation with no piers to support the foundation through the fill.
With the poor compaction, combined with the lack of piers and drainage problems from the hillside water, the foundations started to settle right away. Many of the houses that have not had work done still have problems today.
Resistance piers are a great option for these homes because they can be driven beneath the fill to load-bearing strata and actually load tested on the foundation. By doing this, Bay Area Underpinning is able to provide assurance that piers will be able to support the load that they are carrying.
Contact the Lafayette experts at Bay Area Underpinning today to see how we can help keep your home stable and level.