Foundation Specialist can provide you and your family with effective foundation settlement repair in the western Michigan area. Foundation settlement is a serious structural problem which is most often caused from the soil conditions surrounding a home. If you have clay-rich soils around your foundation, they easily absorb moisture whenever it rains, or when you have melting snow on your lawn. This causes the soil to swell up, and this can create gaps underneath your foundation because of the movement of the dirt. Over time, this could cause your home to actually sink into the earth.
Warning Signs of a Foundation Settlement Problem
A lot of Michigan homeowners want to know what the warning signs are which could indicate a foundation settlement problem at their home. If you notice any of the following warning signs, you need to get in touch with us immediately to schedule a consultation:
- One or more sides of your home appear to be "sinking" into the soil
- Wall cracks form inside or outside of the home
- Cracks form along window and door frames
- Windows and doors feel "stuck" and don't open and close like they used to
- Garage is separating from the home
- Chimney appears to be pulling away
We know that you may be worried that foundation replacement is the only solution to this structural problem, but that's not the case. We have a trained team of foundation repair experts who know the ins and outs of installing durable foundation piers for homes that are sinking.
Causes of Foundation Failure
A lot of homeowners want to know the causes of foundation failure. It really doesn't matter how old or new your home is, you could still have problems with foundation settlement. Below are some of the most common causes of foundation failure for Michigan homeowners:
- Evaporation - extremely hot or cold conditions can cause soil to shrink underneath the home
- Transpiration - tree roots can dehydrate the soil and cause soil shrinkage
- Drainage - improper drainage around your home can lead to hydrostatic pressure on your foundation walls
- Poor building site preparation - improperly compacted fill soil can lead to settlement problems
- Poor soil conditions - expansive clay soil can cause expansion and contraction of the soil
Stabil-Loc® Foundation Piers
Foundation Specialst MI makes use of Stabil-Loc® foundation piers to take care of sinking and settling Michigan homes. Foundation piers are installed deep within the earth in stable, load-bearing strata or they could be installed on the interior of the home in certain situations. They work by shifting the weight of the home off of the foundation and onto the piers.
Below are the advantages to the foundation piers we install:
- Installed directly under the load
- Interior or exterior installation is possible
- Unique interlocking, high strength steel system
- No offset loads
- No brackets, bolts, or breaking the footing
- Deepest driven pier on the market
Pier is driven to bedrock under center of wall being lifted.
Pier is readied for head assembly.
Structure is carefully stabilized to eliminate further settlement.
Work area is filled in with new concrete.
Please feel free to call us for more information about getting your foundation settlement problem fixed at your Michigan home. We look forward to talking with you soon!