Foundation Repair: Warning Signs and Professional Solutions
According to the Concrete Foundations Association (CFA), 60% of all homes built on expansive soils experience foundation distress. But that is not all. The National Realtors Association® (NRA) reckons that over 59% of houses built today will experience foundation weakness within 6 years of completion.
Frightening Findings for Homeowners
As a homeowner, such findings are devastating considering the sacrifice you have made in order to move in to your own space. However, timely foundation repair, according to NRA, can resolve these issues and avert loss of value for your property.
Other dangers associated with such damage including collapse of your home, water leakage, mold growth, bowing and bulging walls, among others, which can also be avoided with such early repairs. Other issues that may arise, including liability claims if your new home damages property in the area, are also avoided.
Identifying the Warning Signs
In order to call in a professional foundation repair expert, you need to be on the lookout for these warning signs:
- Cracks in the foundation.
- Basement water leakage.
- Bulging and bowing walls.
- Misaligned doors and windows.
- Interior wall cracks.
- Displacement of the moldings.
- Uneven and cracked floors.
Once any of these signs, or other suspicious structural defects, are identified, you need to call a professional contractor who will carry out diagnostic tests using sophisticated equipment before formulating foundation repair solutions.
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These experts have the expertise, exposure and personnel to carry out the project both effectively and efficiently while sticking to all safety regulations and standards. They also have insurance and licensing, meaning their services can be relied on.
Contemporary Foundation Repair Systems
Some of the modern solutions to your home’s foundation issues include:
- Piering: If the problem is structural, then your contractor will have to go to the core of the foundation and stabilize it using either helical or push piers. These are most effective in a sinking foundation which poses danger to the rest of the structure. These piers repair walls damaged by settling while also averting further settling of the foundation.
- Carbon fiber reinforcement: This material has been found to be more versatile than steel in dealing with foundation cracks and the process is done internally. It avoids lateral movement of your foundation walls. The cracks cannot widen once these fiber strips are set in place.
- Wall anchors: Used to stabilize walls which have cracked, bulged or bowed due to pressure from saturated soil. Different metals are used to create these anchors though steel is the most common one.
- Slab-jacking: One of the most unique solutions involving pumping of grout moisture underneath a settling foundation to help it back to its original position, and support it there permanently.
Well, you don’t have to worry about the foundation repair system to use because your expert contractor will have carried tests to ascertain the best solution.