For homes without basements, the foundation of the home is going to typically be a concrete slab. This is an excellent support structure for homes. However, this particular feature of the home isn’t always as problem free as most homeowners would like. There are many situations that can lead to failures in a Concrete Foundation. Fortunately, there are many effective methods of dealing with a foundation that has become problematic.
The first thing that needs to be done is to take care of the problem as quickly as possible. There are a number of different methods that can be used to fortify a compromised Concrete Foundation. There is the piercing method, which attaches metal posts to the exterior of the foundation. Those posts are driven far underground, into the bedrock below the home, to provide the support needed to level and strengthen a failing concrete slab foundation. Slab jacking is also another method of repairing a failing foundation. This is where a slurry grout mixture is injected underneath the foundation to level it out, seal any cracks and fortify it.
In addition to fixing the foundation, it’s also necessary to determine why the foundation became damaged. Many times, foundation problems can be directly linked to excessive moisture in the soil surrounding the foundation, and in the soil on which the foundation rests. While floodplains can make this a significant and hard to solve problem, other things may need to be considered as well.
A simple gutter system is effective in moving water away from the home. If that gutter system isn’t working properly, it won’t move water away, and it will allow water to pool around the outside of the home. Eventually, this water will be absorbed into the soil, typically near the foundation of the home. Fixing a broken gutter system may be all that is needed to avoid foundation problems in the future.
There are different types of repairs that can be done to a faulty foundation but, as important as those repairs are, determining the problem that caused the foundation to fail is just as important.