The city of Gilroy, CA is located in Santa Clara County, California. A relatively large city with a population of around 50,000, Gilroy is known to have a Mediterranean climate like much of the surrounding area. This means that summers are dry and warm and winters are cool and rainy. While these conditions are pleasant for the inhabitants of the Gilroy, California area, they are not always pleasant for foundations in the area.
Several common foundation problems result from hot, dry, conditions, or excessive rain and moisture. Since the different seasons in the Gilroy area bring both of these conditions, it is not uncommon to find foundation problems in homes nearby. The most common foundation problems are the sinking or settling of foundations and foundation cracking or shifting. If the soil under your home becomes too dry, it will shrink. This causes the soil to move and settle, which in turn causes the foundation above to shift and settle. Severe settlement can also lead to crack formation. If large amounts of rain start to wash away the soil under your foundation, they can cause voids to form that lead to settlement and crack formation. These are issues that you need to watch for in your Gilroy, CA home.
There are often several signs that your foundation is starting to fail. Keep an eye out for the following signs in your home to stop foundation failure as soon as it occurs:
These are all signs that you may be in need of foundation repair. Fortunately, we offer several foundation repair options to help keep your home in great shape. For foundations that are sinking due to soil movement, we can install underpinning products that will lift and support the foundation without causing too much disruption to the rest of the home. These piering devices include helical piers and steel push piers, both of which are great options to be installed beneath sinking homes, as they anchor into more solid layers of soil far underground and secure the weight of the foundation. We use quality products from the name brand, ECP (Earth Contact Products) to make sure that repairs last long-term.
Many times, foundation problems such as sinking or settlement will lead to sloping and uneven floors in your home. You may not realize that your sloped floors are the sign of a foundation problem. That is why it is important to look for other signs of foundation problems regularly. If you do see problems, call us right away to find the best solution.
We will level and lift your Gilroy, CA floors using underpinning techniques like steel piers, helical piers, or screw jack piers. We can even lift other types of slabs that have started to settle, such as your garage or porch foundation. Offering a variety of different underpinning products lets us find the best solution to fit whatever problem your home has. We also offer crack injections to ensure that cracks in your foundation are completely taken care of. While many foundation cracks can be effectively closed using underpinning with foundation piers, it is good to have smaller cracks sealed after the foundation repair. This helps to keep water from leaking into your home and causing dangerous issues like mold and mildew growth. For this type of repair, we offer polyurethane crack injection, which seals the crack and binds the concrete back together for a more solid and leak-free foundation.
Of course, another way to prevent moisture from entering your home is with crawlspace encapsulation. This process involves installing a vapor barrier along the interior of your home to keep water vapor from diffusing into the crawlspace. Once water enters the crawlspace, it can lead to the growth of mold, wood rot, or metal rust. That is why it is important to have a vapor barrier, a kind of plastic or foil sheeting, installed in your home by professional crawlspace encapsulation experts like those at Bay Area Underpinning.
Contact us right away to learn about more solutions for the foundation problems in your Gilroy, California home. We have what it takes to return your home to normal.