Causes and Solutions for Foundation Repairs
Like it or not, your house might sink and shift several feet and it’s for the same reason why foundation crack problems may occur that have to be fixed quickly. There are a number of ways that cracked foundation can be repaired. Hiring a professional and knowledgeable structural engineer can help a lot to evaluate and assess the problem. You need to be well aware of the fact that cracked foundation repair is way different than other home projects you do. It isn’t the typical DIY job that could be done using few resources and tools.
The very first thing that you have to do is to find out why these cracks have occurred in the first place. Cracks may have been a result of various reasons and if you can’t find the real cause of the issue, the repair you’ll do on it may just worsen the problem. This will not only lower the worth of your house in real estate market but also, it is going to make the foundation to fail.
There are several reasons why your foundation could have cracks and these include sink holes that open up beneath the house, soil is settling as the builder did not properly prepare the site and prolonged drought that has caused the area of the soil under the house to lose water and shrink. If one part of the soil has lost water and the other does not, the foundation is stressed and it may cause some cracks.
For the repairs that are involved, there are numerous options that may be done such as:
Number 1. Grout pumped underneath the foundation will expand later on and fill in the crevices and cracks before it hardens. The grout isn’t going to mix with the soil but the good thing about this is that, it gradually lifts the foundation. As a matter of fact, this process is called as mudjacking.
Number 2. Water added to dry soil. If this is the case, then it will help in rebalancing the home’s foundation. Five foot holes are drilled to the ground around the house and gravel is shoveled to the holes and water will be added either natural process like rain or through a hose.
Number 3. Steel piers can be installed underneath the foundation in an effort to provide support to it. At times, these piers are drilled down to the bedrock and fill it with sort of grout that is mentioned above. Such method lets the house to have structural stability both of mudjacking and steel piers.
Yes it is true that fixing the foundation will cost you thousands of dollars but, it is better to fix your basement’s foundation than fixing the structural damage it will cost to your home which will likely cost you tens of thousands of dollars.