Foundation Repair Houston
Foundation Repair Houston,Texas
W.A. Building Movers knows that foundation problems happen can happen anywhere, even in Houston, Texas! There are many reasons that your foundation could crack or slope, but the most common reason however, is soil movement beneath the foundation.
Foundation damage from soil movement can happen during droughts, expansive clay soil shrinks and causes the foundation on top of it to sink. Often this sinking doesn’t happen evenly. Instead, one part of the foundation sinks faster than the rest which stresses and damages the foundation as well as the house resting on it.
This differential soil movement is caused by varying soil moisture levels around and under your foundation. A clogged gutter or excessive air conditioning condensate may cause water pooling next to the foundation. Plumbing leaks that reach the soil also cause differential soil movement.
Foundation Repair: Signs of foundation failure in Houston, Texas…
Large trees have extensive root systems that seek moisture especially during droughts and can absorb tens or even hundreds of gallons of water a day. The roots of trees can extend well beyond their drip line. So if you have trees with branches over your roof, they very likely have roots under your foundation.
Foundation Repair after Lifting a House
Lifting a housein Houston,Texas, to repair a foundation is accomplished by piering. This technique involves the placement of vertical piers deep into the soil beneath the sunken part of the foundation. Hydraulic jacks on the piers lift and level the sunken foundation section. The hydraulic jacks are then replaced by concrete blocks and shims. Cracks in the foundation and home often close as a result of this operation.
There is virtually no danger of the piers sinking because they are resting on either bedrock or a stable soil layer that is capable of holding the load. Because the foundation is resting on the piers, further soil shrinkage does not affect it.
Types Of Piering
Depending on individual circumstances, one of several pier types can be used to lift a house with its foundation repair.
Concrete piersconsist of several concrete sections that are pressed into the ground one on top of the other until a depth is reached that provides sufficient support. The sections are stabilized with cabling. Concrete Piers can also be designed to carry virtually any load.
Steel piersare made up of several interlocking pipe sections. Each section is pushed into the ground, one above the other, until a layer of soil is reached that would be able to support the load. Cabling is used to secure the sections together. Steel Piers have many different names such as, Underpins, Push Piers, Resistance Piers, Pin Piles, Piles and Mini Piles. While the names and types of piers may vary, they all refer to a segmented structural steel piling which is hydraulically advanced to limestone.
Drilled piers– A drilled pier is a deep foundation system that is a large diameter concrete cylinder constructed by placing fresh concrete and reinforcing steel into a drilled shaft. It is also called ascaissons,drilled shafts,drilled piers, Cast-in-drilled-hole piles (CIDH piles) or Cast-in-Situ piles. For construction of drilled pier, a large diameter hole is drilled in the ground and filled with concrete subsequently. The difference between a drilled pier and bored pile is basically of the size. Generally, bore piles are of diameter less than or equal to 0.6m.the shafts of size larger than 0.6m are generally designated as drilled piers. A drilled pier is a type of deep foundation constructed to transfer heavy axial or lateral loads to a deep stratum below the ground surface.
Benefits Of Piering
Piering repairs the foundation and addresses the root cause of the failure which is shifting expansive clay soil. The piers connect the foundation to stable load bearing ground that sees little or no moisture changes because of its depth. This is a superior solution to replacing the foundation because a new foundation will still be resting on shifting clay soil and will be vulnerable to future soil shrinkage. Piering also takes less time to install and is less costly.
House lifting & foundation repair is something that takes some time and planning! If you think this is something you may have to consider doing, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at W.A Building Movers!
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