If one or more members of your foundation are failing, get your foundation repaired. Don't wait for your foundation to collapse. Entire foundation replacement is more expensive than a foundation repair. Leaving your failing foundation unrepaired also jeopardizes the safety and well-being of your family.
Request a foundation inspection.
During an earthquake, a house with a damaged foundation could (and is likely to) fail.
A damaged foundation is weak. Unable to carry the weight it bears, it could collapse, taking your investment and your family with it.
Damage to foundations could lead to further damage. For instance, if foundation cracks are not repaired, water could get inside. This will widen the cracks and make the foundation even weaker.
Left alone, a damaged foundation's condition could worsen, which means increasingly more costly repairs. In the end, the entire foundation may need to be replaced — and that would cost you even more.
The following may indicate issues or problems with your foundation:
|On the Building's Exterior||On the Building's Interior||On Crawl Spaces and the Basement|
|Improper drainage||Misaligned doors||Walls that are not plumb or are rotating in or out|
|Cracks in the concrete, block or brick||Windows that stick||Visible cracks|
|Gaps around doors and windows||Cracks in the walls||Improper or failing construction|
|Bulging or bowing of foundation stem walls||Cracks in the floor or tile||Water intrusion|
|Sloping of the floor|
Sinai Construction decides on the appropriate course of action depending on the extent of repairs required and the particular nature of the problems encountered. Each foundation presents a unique set of conditions. Thus, we conduct a through inspection and evaluation before we proceed with any repairs; this way, we can tailor our solution to a project's specific needs.
The following are the usual procedures for repairing foundation cracks, damaged piers, posts and girders and continuing foundation settlement.
Foundation cracks that are greater than 1/4-inch wide are considered to be structural cracks. It's recommended that they be repaired.
There are various solutions to different types of foundation cracks. We choose a solution depending on the particular needs of a foundation repair project.
If the foundation cracks are repairable, we use an epoxy crack injection which glues the concrete. Then, a "Simpson HST foundation plate" is bolted across the crack. This epoxy system provides structural strength which greatly exceeds the strength of the concrete itself.
Piers, posts and girders are the structural elements beneath the floor. Piers support the posts, while girders are beams that support the floor joists. Piers, posts and girders together are responsible for bearing the weight of interior loads.
Damaged piers, posts and girders are usually replaced to ensure optimal load-bearing capacity.
Foundation settlement is natural, and all foundations are expected to have some degree of settlement throughout the years. However, continuing foundation settlement could lead to foundation and structural damage.
Underpinning extends the foundation's footing to depths that provide greater bearing capacity. In underpinning, the soil beneath the existing footing is excavated and replaced with concrete.
Underpinning requires special attention to design, methodology and safety procedures. Unskilled personnel could aggravate foundation issues and cause damage in the home's foundation and structure.
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