Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by Baird
Many homeowners prefer slab foundations to pier and beam, deeming them sturdier and more resistant to wear and tear than their counterparts. Floors in a slab foundation home are generally sturdier than a home with beams beneath the flooring and are more cost effective to build. However, that doesn’t mean that these types of foundations are problem-free. One of the biggest concerns is moisture. The concrete floors in a slab foundation home are susceptible to cracking, which can lead to water and moisture retention. Why does that matter? Because moisture can lead to shifting and movement in the foundation and require slab foundation repair.
There are several factors that can cause your slab foundation to crack. While not all cracks are cause for concern, those that show up in a home that is older than 6 months to a year might require further investigation. One of the factors is the type of soil upon which the slab is built. Soils that are considered “expansive” will move as they become wet and again as they dry out. This movement can cause shifting and cracking in the slab foundation. Another cause, particularly in newer homes, is the settling of the home on the foundation. If there is not adequate support in the foundation, these movements will also result in cracks. Finally, concrete, by nature, is susceptible to shrinking. Normally this is not a big problem, but if it is accompanied by other signs of foundation damage such as cracks along the walls, doors and windows that suddenly stick, and other issues, then the problem is most likely greater than simply cosmetic.
If you suspect that you are in need of slab foundation repair, the first thing to do is call in a foundation expert. He or she will do a complete and thorough assessment of your home’s foundation and make the appropriate recommendations for repair.
Baird Foundation Repair uses the Foundation Supportworks ™ push pier system for slab foundation repair. This system protects against settlement, bending and other issues through the use of very specific installation methods. First, we drive the piers individually, applying the structure’s maximum weight. Once all of the piers have been driven, we simultaneously reload them, distributing the load over all of the piers. This means that the heaviest load is placed on the piers during the installation stage of repair rather than the load transfer stage, which protects against pier settlement.
Using push piers for slab foundation repair is a relatively simple solution that is cost effective, minimally invasive, and increases the value of your home. If you have noticed any signs of foundation problems at your home, let one of our foundation specialists assess the damage and determine if the push pier solution will work for your needs. For a free custom quote from one of our foundation repair specialists, call us at 1-210-405-2194 or contact us here.