Foundation problems are usually caused by the unstable and shifting soil beneath a foundation. In the Bay Area, there are months of dry weather, usually the months of May to October. The rainy period is November to April. When the soil beneath the foundation gets dry during the dry months, it will shrink and create voids. When the soil becomes saturated during the wet months, it tends to swell and heave. This constant shifting of the soil will also cause your foundation to shift and move, creating structural problems and foundation problems such as voids and gaps in and around your foundation. If you see voids and gaps around the edge of your foundation, you need to look around your home or business and see if there are other signs of foundation problems such as:
If you see any of the signs of foundation failure such as voids and gaps along with any of these other signs, it is important to contact an expert in foundation repair. Bay Area Underpinning are foundation experts in the San Francisco, CA area that can come and inspect your home and offer you the foundation repair solution you need.
Bay Area Underpinning will inspect your home or business for
foundation problems. If you find that you are in need of
foundation repair, we offer several solutions depending upon the
problem. We use underpinning products such as steel piers,
helical piers and foundation slab piers.
Steel push piers have become a standard for foundation repair. These steel push piers allows the foundation to rest on stable footing and hold up to its proper load bearing standard. The steel push piers are driven deep into the soil, through the unstable soil layers, until they reach a solid soil layer. Then a hydraulic lifting system is used to lift the structure onto the piers to stabilize and lift the structure back to its original level and strength. The structure will be stable for many years to come.
Helical piers are used when there is a need to stabilize a light structural load and in unstable rock foundations. These piers are also driven into the soil until they reach solid soil and once they reach their capacity location, a bracket is installed and then the weight of the structure is transferred onto the piers. This will ensure that your home will have no future shifting.
If your home is built on a slab, Bay Area Underpinning uses slab piers to level and stabilize your slab. These piers work as our other end-bearing piers in that they do not rely on skin friction to product support. they are installed using a grid pattern with spacing no greater than five feet apart. After the piers are installed, the slab load is transferred onto the piers.
All of the products we use for foundation repair are manufactured by Earth Contact Products, the leader in the manufacturing of foundation products and basement waterproofing products. When you use the best products and have a team that has experience in foundation repair, as Bay Area Underpinning is, you can be assured that your foundation will be stable and secure for many years to come.
So if you are seeing gaps, voids or any of the other signs of foundation failure, don't hesitate to contact Bay Area Underpinning today. The sooner the foundation repair is done, the least amount of damage that will occur throughout your home or business in San Francisco, CA. Don't hesitate, contact us today!