Every building in the world has at least one thing in common: a foundation. The materials, method, and construction may vary, but the purpose is always the same. The foundation is what keeps the structure standing, whether it’s a one-room shed, a modest farmhouse, a McMansion, a warehouse, or a multi-story office building. The integrity and form of the home or business depend on the foundation. It is important that your building is on a stable and level foundation, especially if it is built on soil that is susceptible to changes in the environment. If your foundation begins to sink, you will need to have a trusted foundation support expert in as soon as possible.
There are several methods of foundation leveling that can be used to restore your home’s foundation.
- Resistance or Push Piers
- Helical Piers
- Drilled Concrete Piers
- Foundation Replacement
- Poly Foam Injection
- Screw Jacks
So, what exactly does foundation leveling entail? Basically, it is the installation of piers or other supports to not only stop the foundation from sinking but to return it to a level state. This will give the building stability and prevent further structural damage from occurring. There are many reasons why a seemingly perfect foundation begins to sink or settle from minor causes like tree roots and soil that is too wet or too dry, to major problems like earthquakes and mudslides.
Aside from looking ugly, a sunken foundation can cause structural damage throughout your home or business. The settling foundation can cause stress throughout the structure, showing up as cracks in walls, floors, and ceilings, uneven flooring, sticking doors and windows, and leaning chimneys. If the foundation isn’t leveled, it could ultimately cause your home to collapse, endangering your belongings and family. By implementing underpinning strategies, your foundation can be kept from sinking and restored to its original level, stronger than ever.
A Level Foundation Isn’t a DIY Project
Foundation leveling is not something a typical homeowner can do after a couple of trips to the DIY store and watching some videos online. A company like Bay Area Underpinning will visit your location and inspect the property from top to bottom, not only determining the cause of the settling, but the best method of repairing it. It takes specialized knowledge, years of experience, and the right tools to protect your home from the dangers of a settling foundation.
A settling foundation won’t “heal” itself, nor will it return to its original height without help. The longer you let a problem go, the more time and money it will take to make the repair, in addition to the damage that can grow as the foundation becomes more and more unstable. As soon as you notice signs of foundation damage, call a professional immediately. Some indicators to look for include the following:
- Bowed Walls
- Wall, Floor, & Ceiling Cracks
- Foundation Crumbling
- Gaps Between Floors and Walls
- Sinking Garages
- Leaning Chimneys
- Sticking Doors or Windows
- Uneven Floors
Call around and speak with some trusted foundation repair contractors, including Bay Area Underpinning. The ones that will do a good job will provide you with a free estimate and let you know exactly what can be done and what results to expect. Contact us today and schedule your appointment today.