Foundation settlement can lead to major structural problems within your home. Weather and soil conditions in New Jersey can both contribute to foundation problems. With over 50 years of experience, W.A. Building Movers & Contractors Inc. are experts in foundation repair and operate in New Jersey,Pennsylvania, Connecticut .
In this article, we go over the warning signs of foundation failure, the causes of foundation problems and options to repair it.
Foundation failure is a significant and costly problem in its own right. But left unaddressed, even relatively minor foundation damage can lead to much bigger and more expensive repairs down the road.
The best defense against escalating expenses is to scan for potential signs of foundation damage and address these issues as soon as they appear. Many of these signs often manifest in other parts of the home, usually several levels above the underlying foundation. These signs include:
By scanning for these signs on a regular basis, it’s possible to catch problems early and keep foundation repairs to a minimum while extending the lifetime of a property.
The freezing and thawing of the unpredictable winter months can cause the soil under your foundation to expand and contract, it may lead to heaving and settling of the foundation above.
Some storms can lead to excess moisture in the ground, which increases the hydrostatic pressure in the soil. This pressure pushes on foundations, causing the concrete to shift and crack under stress.
Common after a sudden or severe rain, erosion can wash away soil under your foundation, forming voids that will lead to foundation settlement and sinking.
If the soil under your home was not properly packed when the home was built, it will most likely settle unevenly over time. The foundation above may also settle and sink as the soil that supports it begins to move.
When water pools around your foundation it can cause a buildup of pressure on foundation walls. Remember that when pressure builds up, walls will bow, crack and lean. Water will find it’s way into your basement or crawlspace if this occurs. Mold and mildew can then become a health risk for you and your family.
Insufficient steel and inferior concrete will contribute to movement in the slab. If quality building materials are not used during construction, the entire foundation will be weaker and more susceptible to problems.
W.A. Building Movers offer options such as underpinning, pile installation and house lifting & moving to fix your foundation.
Some houses experience foundation problems because the existing one is shallow in depth. Underpinning is one option to fix this problem. Underpinning is the process of strengthening a foundation by installing a new one under an existing one.
Mass Concrete underpinning is the most common method of underpinning. The ground below the existing building foundation is excavated in controlled stages (or pins). When strata suitable for bearing the weight of the building has been reached, the excavation is filled with concrete and left to cure before the next pin is excavated.
Sometimes underpinning isn’t enough and that’s where pile driving comes in. If your foundation has settled or begun to sink due to soil movement, it can be stabilized with wood, concrete or helical piles, a type of steel.
These piles are driven (or screwed as is the case with helical piles) into the ground beneath the foundation until “refusal,” meaning it hits strong soil or rock. Once installed, the piles are used to support the foundation and the home above.
If your foundation has suffered extreme damage and the house is still intact, house lifting is the best option to replace it. Using a unified jacking system, the house is raised and supported by steel beams and support columns called “cribs.” These cribs are built by cross-hatching wood beams into square towers. Once the house is supported, the foundation is demolished and the new foundation is poured. When the foundation walls have cured, the house is lowered, the steel beams and cribbing are removed and the house is attached to the new, stable and sturdy foundation.
This is also a great option if you want to raise your house and extend the foundation to create another floor.
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House lifting is the process of separating a building from its foundation and temporarily lifting it with hydraulic screw jacks. The process is the first step in structure relocation in which the building is moved to a different location.
House raising allows you to increase livable space without having to move.House raising can be a less invasive construction process and cost less (than new construction) because you are not disrupting what exists on upper floors.
The process is used when the homes slab and footings are poured together. Initially this involves tunneling under the home and driving push piers based on soil type, to exposing the footing or grade beams.
House Jacking is the process of separating a building from its foundation and temporarily raising it with hydraulic screw jacks. The process is the first step in structure relocation in which the building is moved to a different location.
House moving means picking a house up from its foundation and setting it down elsewhere. See why house moving is an alternative to buying a new house..
Structure Lifting, Lowering, & Sliding. For projects in which cranes or other conventional handling equipment cannot be used because of excessive weight, dimensions or space limitations, the Heavy Lifting System often provides an effective solution.
Foundation Repair and cracking can present significant structural problems for your home along with a reduction in the home’s value. Repairing the foundation of a home is time sensitive—if not repaired quickly, it can lead to additional problems that are unrepairable, and the structure will be unsafe to live in.
Raising a foundation is an extreme form of repair in which a house is lifted, the old foundation is removed and a new one is built. This is done in situations where the house is intact, but the supporting structure has extreme damage.
The term “foundation leveling” refers to the process of leveling an uneven concrete slab, crawl space or basement foundation to a satisfactory elevation. Foundation leveling can be accomplished using a wide-variety of different foundation repair methods.
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Underpinning is the process of strengthening the foundation of an existing building or other structure. Underpinning may be necessary for a variety of reasons: The original foundation isn’t strong or stable enough. The usage of the structure has changed.
House leveling is a term used to describe the process of lifting a home as close to its original state as possible. Leveling a house is usually accomplished by performing foundation repair. A home that is sinking at one end or multiple places likely has a structural problem.
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If pyrite or pyrrhotite are present in the rocks underneath buildings, the swelling can push on the foundation, walls, and basement floor of the building, causing cracks and other structural damage. In some cases, groundwater can then transport sulfates into the cracked foundation, causing further damage.
Presence of pyrrhotite in the concrete combined with moisture and oxygen. Critical element is moisture and the interaction of pyrrhotite with moisture and oxygen. Homes with small amounts of pyrrhotite (less than 0.3%) still can experience crumbling foundations.