Napa Area Earthquake and Foundation Problems
Recently in the Napa area, there have been earthquakes that have shaken the area and our homes. On Aug 24 a 6.0 earthquake rocked the region along with a 3.2earthquake on Aug. 31. Even if you did not receive any outright damage, there may be hidden damage that you are not aware of, including foundation problems. When the earth trembles beneath the foundation of your Bay Area home or business, this can cause structural damage. It is a good idea to look around your home and see if you notice any of the signs of foundation damage.
Some of these signs are:
- Bowed walls
- Leaning chimney
- Floor cracks
- Garage sinking and settling
- Misaligned doors and windows
- Wall cracks
- Ceiling cracks
- Brick and masonry problems
- Beam and post problems
- Sloping floors
If you notice any of these signs now or in the future, let the professionals at Bay Area Underpinning come and inspect your home to find the best solution for your foundation repair. Even if you do not see any of these signs, after an earthquake, it is always a good idea to contact an expert to inspect your home or business for foundation problems. The longer you wait, the more structural damage will occur in your home or business.
Foundation Repair Solutions in the Bay Area
The professionals at Bay Area Underpinning has the solutions for foundation repair in the Bay Area, including the cities of Napa, San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. We use underpinning products such as helical piers , steel push piers, slab piers and resistant piers to level and get your foundation structurally sound again.
Helical piers are mechanically installed by screwing them deep into the earth until they reach a solid soil bed. They are closely monitored to ensure optimum capacity. Once they reach their capacity location, a steel bracket is attached to the pier. Then the weight of the structure is transferred onto the piers. This will level and keep your home from future shifting.
Steel piers are an excellent choice for structural repairs on foundations that have been damaged. Their function is to support and stabilize the structure’s load-bearing walls by transferring the weight of the structure from weaker soils onto the piers that have been driven deep into the earth to a solid base.
Resistant piers are an end bearing pier which means that it does not rely on any type of friction to produce the support that it is installed for. These piers are load tested before being installed to ensure that will be able to support the weight. They are individually driven into the ground while the structure is restored as a reaction.
Slab piers are used for structural slab support. These slab piers work as the other piers in that they do not rely on skin friction to produce support. The entire slab acts as the reaction force. They are installed using a grid pattern with spacing no greater than five feet apart.
All of the products that Bay Area Underpinning uses are manufactured by Earth Contact Products, the best in the industry. You can be assured that you are getting the best products and the most experienced professionals for your foundation repair needs in the Bay Area.