FAQ


Home › Frequently Asked Questions

Foundation Repair FAQ in the Bay Area

The foundation of a home is the base and holds the entire structure in place. When there is a problem with your foundation, this means that your entire home has structural problems. That is why it is important to have a professional answer for any of the questions you may have regarding your foundation. Bay Area Underpinning can help answer any questions you have regarding foundation repair. We have the experience and products to get your repair done and answer questions along the way.

Q: What are the signs of foundation failure?

exterior foundation problems CAA: There are several different signs both inside and outside your house that can be used to determine whether or not you have a foundation problem. Signs of foundation failure outside the home include:

  • Foundation cracks
  • Cracks in bricks or masonry
  • Settlement or sinking
  • Leaning chimneys
  • Cracking or settling porch or stoop
  • Settling garages

Foundation failure symptoms inside the home include:

  • interior foundation problems CABowing or leaning walls
  • Wall or floor cracks
  • Sticking doors and windows
  • Gaps and spaces
  • Problems with beams and posts
  • Sloped or uneven floors
  • Wet basements

These are all signs that you are in need of foundation repair services from the professionals at Bay Area Underpinning.

Q: What are the causes of foundation failure?

A: Foundation problems are normally caused by movement of the soil beneath the home. This can happen for a variety of different reasons. For example, as the soil under your home absorbs more water, it will expand. This pushes on the foundation walls and can cause shifting and crack formation. If water under the foundation erodes from a rush of rainwater or shrinks due to dry conditions, it can fall away and form voids. These voids do not offer enough support for the concrete, and as a result, it sinks.

Q: What are the methods of foundation repair?

Frequently asked question regarding your foundation by Bay Area UnderpinningA: Most of the time, sinking foundations require support under the concrete to lift and support them and to keep them from sinking further. This process is called foundation underpinning. There are several different devices that can be used to underpin foundations. These devices are made of steel tubes that are installed under the concrete to provide support where the soil is lacking. The piers are then used to lift the foundation back to the appropriate level. Some of the piers that we use for foundation underpinning are:

Push piers and slab piers are devices that are driven into the ground under the foundation using machinery and mounted to the foundation with a bracket. Helical piers are also mounted and installed beneath the foundation, but they are screwed into the ground for extra support and stability.

Q: Is foundation repair with underpinning permanent?

A: Because the piers are anchored into more solid layers of soil deep beneath the surface of the ground, they are able to stabilize the foundation long-term. Installing foundation piers to underpin the foundation means that the soil no longer relies on the soil beneath it to provide support.

Q: How invasive is the installation of underpinning piers?

A: It depends largely on the size and severity of the individual foundation repair job, but in general, foundation repair using steel push piers, helical piers, or other kinds of underpinning piers can be completed in a short time period and with little to no disruption of the yard around your foundation. Our team works hard to finish repairs in a timely and effective manner for the least possible hassle to your daily routine. We also take care to work around any landscaping in your yard and around your foundation.

Q: What should I do about cracks in my foundation?

Foundation Repair FAQS from Bay Area UnderpinningA: In many instances, taking care of the root cause of the foundation problem will close or significantly reduce cracks in your foundation walls or floor. However, it is important to seal these cracks to prevent water from leaking into your home. Bay Area Underpinning offers epoxy injection crack repair solutions to fill and seal cracks left in your basement or home.

Q: Can my crawl space issues be fixed

A: Yes, the issues in your crawl space can be repaired using piering techniques and foundation repair methods. If the crawl space in your home has started to sink or settle, we can install crawl space screw jacks to lift the area. These devices work a lot like helical piers for your crawl space. We also install vapor barriers to keep crawl space dry and safe from moisture intrusion, an especially helpful service if your crawl space walls or floor have developed cracks.

Q: Will foundation problems cause basement water issues?

A: Foundation problems do not always cause basement water problems, but they can result in basement leakage or other issues if they are not taken care of right away. If foundation cracks form in the walls or floor of your basement, these could allow water to enter your home and cause several different issues.

Q: How much does foundation repair cost?

A: The cost of foundation repair differs from job to job - bigger, more advanced repair jobs typically cost quite a bit more, while smaller foundation repairs can be very inexpensive. From crack injections to underpinning homes, foundation repair might cost anywhere in the tens or thousands of dollars. Contact Bay Area Underpinning today for a free estimate for your foundation problems.