Different Approaches to 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. The issue can be assessed thoroughly only by an experienced structural engineer. Cracked foundation repair is a totally different project. It is not your typical DIY job that can be done with a few tools and resources.
The first thing that you must do is finding out why cracks 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.
As a matter of fact, there are various reasons why your foundation have cracks including soil that have settled due to the incorrect preparation of builder to the site, sink holes that have opened beneath the house and even the extended drought that caused the area of soil under the house to lose water. In case that one part of the soil lost water and the other doesn’t, it will cause additional stress to the foundation and lead to cracks.
As for the repairs involve, there can be a number options that can be done including:
Number 1. Grout pumped underneath the foundation will expand later on and fill in the crevices and cracks before it hardens. The grout does not mix with soil but it lifts the foundation gently. This is also called as mudjacking.
Number 2. Water added to dry soil. Say that this is what’s needed to be done, it helps in bringing balance to the foundation of the house. Here, five foot holes are drilled to the ground around house and shovel gravel to holes before adding water either through the hose or let it happen naturally like rain.
Number 3. Steel piers may be installed underneath the foundation in order to support it. At times, these piers are drilled down to the bedrock and fill it with sort of grout that is mentioned above. This method allows the house to have a structural stability 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.