When do you need a structural foundation repair?
Foundation cracks are caused by a number of factors:
- Natural disasters and poor craftsmanship might require a structural foundation repair.
- Another cause of cracks and damage is simply the age of your foundation.
- The constant expansion and shrinking of the soil lead to cracks and foundation damage over time.
When foundation cracks occur, you may notice misaligned doors, windows that are hard to open, and cracks in drywall or exterior concrete. If these signs appear in the home or building, contact a structural engineer and a home inspector in order to diagnose the problem.
Who performs a structural repair?
Aftermath Repair has the skills and the expertise to perform structural foundation repairs. Our structural repair experts have years of experience diagnosing and addressing foundation problems; they are committed to finding a permanent solution for structural foundation problems. Let our experts visit, determine the severity of the foundation issues, and propose a structural repair solution.
What is the structural repair process?
After meeting with an expert, structural repair can often be performed with a pier and polyurethane foundation repair. Especially with all the expansive clays and soils in Texas, this is a great option for addressing structural problems.
Polyurethane can be used to lift and stabilize an interior slab-on-grade of a home. Compared to a pressed pier, the polyurethane provides a wider area of support, is a much faster process, and requires fewer injection holes. This material can expand up to 20 times its original volume, allowing it to move laterally once placed underneath the foundation.
A ⅝” hole is drilled through the foundation, and the polyurethane material is inserted into the hole. Because it will expand in the soil, it fills up any air voids underneath the foundation and will also compress the soil. The foundation will then essentially be lifted with polyurethane. Aftermath can typically perform this structural foundation repair within a day.
A pressed pier foundation repair may also be a structural repair option. In this kind of structural repair, the weight of the house is transferred from the foundation to an exterior-grade beam. Traditional piers may be a better option of the settlement of the home is in the area of the load-bearing beams.
This process starts by excavating the soil where the piers will be placed. Piers are then inserted every 8 feet in a commercial home. In Texas, the soil allows a depth of 15 to 20 feet. Once the piers are in place, the foundation will be lifted to the desired elevation, and then the piers will be covered up and compacted. This structural repair takes 2 to 5 days to complete.