San Jose is a major city in the state of California; it is both full of history, and a great place for tourists to visit. Located near the San Francisco Bay, the city has a subtropical climate, meaning that it receives lots of sunshine and warm temperatures. Because it is sheltered from the rain by the mountains on three sides, the rainfall in San Jose is significantly lower than in areas near the bay. This dry, semiarid feel can mean trouble for foundations. Fortunately, Bay Area Underpinning provides quality foundation repair services for the homeowners in San Jose.
Because many foundation problems stem from the shifting of the soil underneath the foundations, the rather dry climate of San Jose is a contributor to foundation failure. When the soil under a home becomes too dry, it tends to shrink. Excessive soil shrinkage can cause voids to develop under the foundation as the soil shifts, making the ground unstable This process is similar to what happens in erosion, when the water washes away soil to form voids. When the ground beneath your foundation becomes unstable, it causes the foundation to settle or sink. This is a serious problem that can affect the rest of your home as well. There are a few common symptoms that can help you determine if your foundation is shifting. These signs include bowed or leaning walls; cracks in the foundation, floor, or walls; misaligned doors, leaning chimneys, and sloped or uneven floors.
The best way to repair a settled foundation is with underpinning services from Bay Area. Underpinning is a process by which the foundation is lifted and stabilized. This is usually done by installing some type of resistance pier, which are steel anchors that work to raise sinking foundations. The most common types of piers are steel push piers, helical piers, and slab piers. push piers are driven into stable soil deep beneath the foundation before the weight of the building is transferred onto them so that they can provide support. Helical piers work in much the same way, but are screwed into the ground instead of merely driven in for extra stabilization. These methods of foundation lifting are just a few of the services that we offer.
Settling or sinking concrete floors are not rare for homes in San Jose, CA. Because the soil consists of clay, it absorbs moisture causing the soil to swell and expand especially after heavy rains. Excess moisture followed by extended drought-like conditions cause the soil to shrink and create voids under the foundation. Because of fluctuating moisture content, concrete floors often result to settlement. The concrete surface may start to crack and sink. Along with a settling concrete slab, other signs of settlement may occur such as:
There are some ways you can help control moisture levels in the soil around your home. Make sure you have proper drainage such as working sump pumps, downspout extensions, and repair all plumbing leaks. Clean your gutters by removing debris, bird nests, and leaves. Without proper maintenance, water can saturate the soil and create voids under the slab.
If you still have settling concrete, contact Bay Area Underpinning immediately to avoid costly repairs. We offer quality concrete repair solutions such as floor leveling, foundation leveling, foundation lifting, and foundation stabilization to raise and level your weak concrete. Our professionals can save you time and money. Call us today for a free estimate. We'll be glad to serve you.
For all of your repair needs in, contact Bay Area Underpinning today! We provide professional foundation repair for those in the San Jose area.