Foundation Repair can be a very scary word for some people. I have been through it and done it but understand that foundations are actually pretty easy to get.
Steps to Foundation Repair:
Step One – Plan Your Foundation Repair Step by Step Walkthrough and learn the steps to foundation repair from beginning to end. Understand that foundation repair is a big event but be prepared by understanding what to anticipate. If you are at an apartment building, remember that the first floor usually has the original level. Most of the time the first floor will need to be shored up and checked for vertical movement. As with any structure, if you know what the original level is, you can address the issues around that level.
Step Two – Select Your Foundation Repair Method Select one of the following foundation repair methods: Cement Blowing, Filling, Sealing, Diking, and Epoxy. Each foundation repair method addresses different issues. Blowing and drilling are best for small cracks and like so much else, they are expensive. Sealing and Epoxy are cost-effective when dealing with larger cracks. The last choice, Drilling, is great for any cracks over ten inches large.
Step Three – Foundation Repair Blasting can be used on both concrete and metal foundations. For concrete foundation repair, concrete blasters are a simple solution to a major foundation problem. A concrete blast penetrates the load-bearing soil layer and cracks in the foundation. Metal foundation repair works on the same principle. Metal blasters are not as easy to set up as concrete ones but do cost less. After repairing the metal surface a coating of paint can be applied to help keep the metal looking good even with heavy use.
Step Four – Select a Foundation Repair Lifts If your foundation repair lift doesn’t do the job you need, you may want to consider putting it back together again. When repairing a load-bearing wall or floor of a load-bearing wall panel is usually required. In addition to this, a new floor or just replacing a section can be more affordable than tearing everything out. If your damaged wall or floor isn’t straightened back, installing a load-bearing foundation beam can fix your problem. These beams are made up of steel tubes that run along the walls and floor to create a straight wall or floor.
Step Five – Use a Foundation Relining Engine When your foundation movement isn’t enough to stop your home from settling, structural damage may occur to your interior walls, roof, basement or attic. These cracks may lead to moisture problems, mold, and/or mildew. An internal foundation movement repair is an option that may be required.
Step Six – Inspect Your Foundation If soil conditions aren’t what they used to be there’s still an option for repair. You can have the soil lifted to level off the building and re-level the soil where the foundation is laid. This will also help avoid future settlement if the soil conditions change. However, if your foundation is failing, the removal of the foundation is the only option.
Step Seven – Hydrostatic Pressure This next option is used to detect whether or not your foundation has hydrostatic pressure. This is caused by the settling and uplifting of the earth as a result of weather conditions. The main cause for hydrostatic pressure is when soil moves with the hydrostatic pressure.
Step Eight – Determining the Movement of the soil You can tell if foundation movement is present by looking at the texture of the soil. If the soil is dry then there is no movement. As the soil moves with the hydrostatic pressure, you will notice that it becomes compacted. You should see distinct compact areas of loose soil that are not loose to soil or vegetation. On the other hand, soil with moisture is known to have greater movement. This means that you will see more compacted areas of loose soil where the soil is being drained.
Step Nine – Helical Pier Repair Foundation cracking and movement may also mean that your foundation has a serious problem and requires helical piers. In this case, you will need to make repairs to the interior of your walls. Helical piers were installed to help stabilize the foundations of your building so they don’t move. In addition to the cracks and movement, the interior of your basement walls may suffer from cracks because the heaving has damaged the cement surrounding the wall. In this case, you will need to cement repair.
Step Ten – Foundation Stabilization Testing Foundation stability is an important consideration when it comes to repairing foundations. Before you begin any work you should request a soil type testing kit from the local government.
The testing kit will contain information about the soil types located around your area. If you find out that your foundation is not on the correct foundation type, you should take steps to have it tested. For example, if you live in an area where you have to deal with subsidence, you will want to make sure that your foundations have been properly anchored so your homes won’t move.