When a slab foundation settles beyond normal tolerance, and damage inside and out of the home has begun ( brick cracks, drywall cracks, doors or windows sticking, separation ) one of our methods to lift and support the area of the structure that has settled are concrete pilings. Pilings are vertical structures that are pressed into the earth and lift and support the foundation’s slab and beams. Concrete pilings are pre cast concrete cylinders made to withstand 10,000psi stacked on top of one another as they are carefully driven one foot at a time, and aligned with rebar to ensure a better vertical push, therefore a better depth, to have a pier that will perform properly. The two main advantages are that they won’t corrode and are cost effective.
Pier and Beam Repair is truly an art form. We have fixed foundations that we’re built in he 1800’s. Pier and Beam homes typically have a crawl space and require more extensive attention and strategy during repair. It is very important to crawl under the house and inspect every joist, beam, sillplate, method of support, etc. The older the home the more likely the structure can have bodark tree stumps or large rocks holding the house foundation in place, which do not meet today’s building code requirements. We can replace rotted wood, failing supports or piers, or just simply shim up an area if needed. Every single house is different, and we would love the opportunity to earn your business, while helping you understand why this happened, and most importantly how to prevent it from happening again.
The purpose of a surface drain is to take surface level water away from the foundation of the home. This ensures that it does not build up around the foundation. This type of drain can be a great way to avoid further repairs and the installation of such systems is simple and relatively stress-free for you and for your everyday life.
The application of drainage systems can be a brilliant way to negate the need for heavy foundation disturbance. It will always be an important consideration before you invest in foundation repair systems such as piers. A surface drain consists of twelve-inch by twelve-inch low-profile catch basins that are tied to a PVC line. The grading is sloped to encourage water running and gutter downspouts can be tied into the drain to allow for the runoff of rainwater.
If you live in an area that has a low surface and is at a higher risk of flooding, a french drain may be necessary. A deep french drain will keep the foundation of your home dry and safe. Deep french drains start as shallow as thirty-six inches deep and are trenched at a 1% slope to allow for simple water drainage. Usually, when installing a french drain for the average home a sump pump will be required to discharge the water. A sump pump needs to have its own dedicated circuit so if you are to choose this method of drainage you need to be aware of the extra cost of an electrician. This type of drain consists of a perforated four or six-inch PVC line. If you have silty or sandy soil around the home, geotextile fabric will be required to line the trench.
The use of drainage for your foundation is always an important consideration to make before you decide to invest in a foundation repair using more intensive methods. It is important to consider all of your options when it comes to renovation for your home, because if you don’t do the research you may end up spending a whole lot more money than you need to. Make sure to consult the professionals and identify whether you have surface or subsurface water around the home to determine what kind of drainage system may be right for you.