As all of us are aware, the purpose of a home foundation is to provide support and stability to the structure. There are different kinds of foundations. Most of them extend below the ground and the larger the building, the deeper the foundation has to be. There are a number of problems that can arise regarding a home foundation, but the two most commonplace complaints are shifting soil and uneven support. A frequent damaging factor is the amount of water in the soil. In areas where there is regular, heavy rainfall followed by a dry season, the soil behavior tends to be unpredictable. Moisture seeping into the soil will cause it to expand, and moisture leaving will cause contraction.
At the first sign of home foundation damage, you should contact a contractor immediately for an inspection and repair cost estimate. The contractors will take several factors into consideration when calculating the repair cost of your foundation. After they have done their initial inspection, they will asses the damage and determine how long it will take to fix the foundation. Other than the labor cost the estimates will also depend on the type of material will be used, as well as the cause of the damage.
When people have their foundation repaired, they typically opt to take on other incidental repairs at the same time. These services often include pest control, earthquake proofing, and the installation of seismic anchor bolts. These services will cost you money but it will be preferable to have all these services done at the same time as you will then save on overall costs. Foundation repair will cost a lot of money. Most people may require payment plans and/or loans for this kind of repair.
In order to efficiently repair a damaged foundation, first you need to know what’s causing the damage. A professional will be able to look for different signs of distress, and ascertain whether it is vertical stress or lateral, if it’s due to erosion, water, or instability in the soil. Small areas of sunken concrete can be corrected with hot asphalt, or grout pumped underneath the problem slab. This asphalt hardens and becomes a steady base. This is most effective when it comes to smaller slabs which most often create problems. However, if your problems are larger then a deck or driveway, the most commonly used method of repair is peiring. This is when large steel pipes are driven deep into the ground under the foundation of a structure and lift it to where it should sit to prevent further sinkage.
Stone foundations are not used very much in the construction of homes or buildings today. However, there are several old homes and buildings were stone foundations still existent. When a stone foundation cracks the average homeowner cannot make the necessary repairs on his or her own. It will be necessary to hire professionals to make the required repairs. Stone foundations crack for several reasons, with water damage being the most prominent cause. Stone foundations can also crack and crumble due to vibration that can be caused from heavy vehicles running above ground, and even sonic vibrations created from aircraft.