Foundation Repair Explained – Different Methods to Use
Foundation repair varies from structure to structure. Things like the geographic area and the site conditions can affect home foundations differently. When your home is suffering from foundation issues, oftentimes you’ll see the following signs:
- Foundation cracks, wall and floor cracks, and other types of fractures.
- Foundation settling or sinking.
- Foundation upheaval.
- Doors or windows that stick or that do not open correctly.
- Gaps near the window frames or exterior doors.
- Sagging or uneven floors.
- Cabinets or counters that are separating from the walls.
If you’ve noticed any of the signs as listed above, you should have your property inspected by a qualified foundation contractor.
After a thorough inspection has been completed by a foundation repair specialist, they’ll provide you a quote for repair.
There are a few different methods your foundation contractor may suggest. Check out the list below to see the most common types of methods used for repairing foundations:
- Steel Piers: Steel piers are an extremely common form of repair. They take less time to implement, cause minimal digging to the landscape, and are easier to install than traditional concrete piers.
- Helical Piers: Helical piers are great for exterior foundation repairs and for interior slab repairs. They can be used in new construction and as a repair method for existing foundations.
- Concrete pier foundation repair: While concrete is typically used during the preconstruction of a property, concrete pier foundations are also used for foundation repair. Before the implementation of steel piers, this was the most common type of foundation repair.
- Spot Piers: Spot piers are hand-dug piers that are filled with concrete, they’re most commonly used in light-loaded areas like porches.
As a homeowner, it’s important to stay on top of all repairs throughout your home – especially your foundation.
If you live in California and own an older property, foundation repair is a necessary safeguard for protecting those who reside there and for maintaining the value of your property.
At Julian Construction, we’ll help you find the best solution for your foundation needs and foundation problems.
No matter what your foundation situation is, we’ll conduct a (free) inclusive home inspection, followed by a detailed consultation, and at the end of our discussion we’ll provide you with a quote for repair.
Julian De La Torre is an expert in Los Angeles foundation inspection, foundation contractors, earthquake retrofitting, foundation repair and foundation replacement. Julian’s company, Julian Construction, has inspected over 30,000 structures, working with engineering firms and local departments of building & safety. The company has done more foundation repair and earthquake retrofitting in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years.