Foundation Problems and Solutions in California
Since most foundations in California are simple concrete slab foundations, many homeowners may not think that their homes are in too much danger of developing serious problems. There are however some common foundation problems that can affect slab foundations like those found in California. Because the foundation supports the entire structure and is such an integral part of a home, it is important to have these problems repaired as soon as they are located. Leaving a foundation problem alone for a long period of time will only make the problem even more severe. Also, neglecting to repair a foundation problem immediately can lead to more expensive and complicated repairs.
Common Foundation Problems and their Symptoms
Most foundation problems are a result of the shifting soil underneath the foundation. For instance, if there is an abnormal amount of rain in the area that you live in, the soil will absorb more water, causing the hydrostatic pressure in the soil to increase. If this pressure becomes too much for the foundation to handle, it will shift or crack from the stress. Another cause of foundation failure is erosion. When water erodes the soil beneath a foundation, it causes voids to form, meaning that the soil can no longer adequately support areas of the foundation. This will result in the settling or sinking of the foundation. The same thing can happen when voids form due to soil shrinkage, which can occur in dry conditions when there is a severe lack of rain. Foundation failure can also be the result of poor compaction at the time of construction. If the soil was not packed properly when your house was built, it will eventually settle and shift, causing the foundation to do the same.
Foundation problems such as sinking and settlement are serious issues that should be addressed as soon as they are discovered. Of course, you may be wondering how to tell if your foundation is sinking or settling. Well, in severe cases, it may be quite obvious. You will want, however, to catch foundation problems before they become complete foundation failure. Fortunately, there are several common symptoms that indicate a foundation problem. These signs include:
- Leaning walls
- Bowed walls
- Floor cracks or wall cracks
- Misaligned doors or windows
- Leaning chimneys
- Sloped or uneven floors
- Cracks in stoop or porch
- Water damage
To keep your home safe, inspect it regularly, keeping these common signs in mind as you examine the foundation and other areas. If you notice any of these issues forming in your home, contact a foundation repair specialist at Bay Area Underpinning immediately.
Resolutions for Common Foundation Problems
To fix your foundation problems, Bay Area Underpinning offers a variety of foundation lifting and underpinning services. Underpinning is a process used to lift your foundation and provide stabilization. This is usually done by installing resistance piers. Piers like these, such as push piers or slab piers are steel anchors that drive deep underground into the stable soil beneath the layer of shifting soil that is causing the foundation problems. Helical piers are another type of foundation pier that is commonly used for foundation leveling. They work in much the same way as push piers, except instead of merely being driven into the ground, they are screwed in to provide extra stabilization. By using these affordable and non-invasive foundation stabilization methods, Bay Area Underpinning can save you time and money on your foundation repair needs.
It is important to have any foundation issues repaired immediately to prevent further damage or foundation failure. Because we have your best interests in mind here at Bay Area Underpinning, we use quality foundation piering products from ECP (Earth Contact Products). Our specially trained team will work with you to find the best solution for your foundation repair needs. Contact us today.