Foundation Settlement Repair
Foundation settlement repair consists of installing support below the foundation to stop it from sinking into poor soil conditions. The Stabil-Loc Foundation Pier System is installed directly under the concrete or mason wall that needs to be lifted or stabilized. The pier is driven deep within the earth into bedrock or stable, load-bearing strata which is verifiable with load-testing. As the home is lifted, a mechanism allows part of the piering system that makes contact with the bottom of the footer to be rotated to prevent breaking the footer- a feature not found anywhere else. Installation can be done quickly, and with minimal excavation required. This system is designed to re-stabilize the sinking structure by shifting the weight of the home off of the foundation and onto themselves, redirecting the load to more reliable earth layers underground.
Stabil-Loc Foundation Piering Systems are patented piers for virtually any foundation settlement repair. What separates them from any other pier systems is the unique method of installation and how the system was designed. Engineers created a new method and started from scratch using a piering system that places the bracket directly underneath your home and the pile (the pole of the pier) attached to the center of the bracket. This gives a much stronger and durable system that no other pier can provide- withstanding any shifts of soil conditions or pressure. These piers are also designed to drill deeper than any other system, resting the structure’s weight on bedrock or load-bearing strata (the most stable of earth’s crust layers).
The Difference of Stabil-Loc Piers for Foundation Settlement Repair
Using traditional brackets along the side of your structure (often called offset piers) proved to be an inadequate technique for foundation repair. Lifting the structure with piers and brackets at an angle (helical piers) or offset to the side of your home would eventually bend, break, or improperly raise the foundation. In the diagram to the left you can see the instability of other systems that lead to foundation failure. Your investment in a Stabil-Loc Foundation Pier system is reliable using linear lifting instead of angular, offset, or using concrete materials. This provides a more stable and natural method of leveling your foundation.
So how do you know if you have a foundation settlement problem? A settling foundation is very different from other foundation problems so for reference we’ll briefly look at the common foundation problems. Horizontal cracks in basement walls lead to basement walls bowing in. Poor attachment of the structure above can lead to basement walls tipping in at top / in effect sliding out from underneath the house above. Bad foundation drainage can lead to water soaking into the block weakening the mortar joints and causing the basement wall to sheer off or slide off of itself. Water damage to a basement wall can also lead to decay or rotting basement walls. None of these issues qualify for foundation settlement repair, each issue having its own solution.
Basement settling cracks are typically vertical or they follow the mortar joints in a stair step pattern. The soft soil underneath the footing of the wall causes the footing to settle. The result being the wall that sits on the footing to drop causing the cracking. So if you have the following: vertical cracks in your basement walls, stair step cracks in your basement walls, large cracks in the basement floor which is becoming uneven chances are you need foundation settlement repair. Other tell tale signs are walls cracking in living space above, uneven floors and doors and windows that do not operate normally.
A professionally trained structural evaluator will be able to confirm weather you have a settling basement. Measurement should be taken to identify where the foundation breaks are and how much movement there has been. At Pioneer Basement Solutions our straight forward no sales nonsense approach can help you determine what if any needs you may have. We never attempt to sell anything to any customer that they do not need unlike many national or franchised companies which are large marketing and sales organizations that train sales people how to sell thier products to every prospective customer they get in front of.