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Foundation Leveling In Hampton Roads

Signs Your House Needs Foundation Leveling

Does Your Hampton Roads House Have Any Of The Following Problems? If So, It Might Need Foundation Leveling.

Contact AMC911 Today For A Free Foundation Evaluation

If you see any of the above – or anything else that seems suspicious – contact AMC911 today for a free foundation evaluation. If we find a problem, we’ll give you a repair estimate.

What Is Foundation Leveling?

Foundation leveling is a repair solution designed to correct differential foundation settlement. Differential settlement happens when a building’s foundation settles into the soil unevenly. This puts a lot of stress on a foundation and causes everything to be out of plumb causing things like uneven floors and cracks in walls, ceilings, and floors.

How Does Foundation Leveling Work?

Foundation leveling is a repair procedure commonly known as underpinning. It involves extending the foundation down to soil that’s able to support it adequately.

Foundation leveling is usually done using either push, slab, or helical piers.

Deep driven push piers are installed inside or outside of the home’s foundation wall. Slab piers are installed inside of the home by drilling through the floor and slab. Helical piers are installed inside or outside of a home to support a foundation wall. None of these piers are visible to the eye once the repair is complete.

Push piers are installed in bedrock, the most stable soil level, using specialized hydraulic equipment. Push piers provide a permanent solution to your settling problem. Push piers not only stabilize your home, but they offer your best chance of raising your home back to its original level.

Slab piers are installed by coring a hole through your home’s slab foundation until firm bearing stratum is reached. The slab pier is attached to the underside of the slab and an uplift is created once the pier is driven to bedrock.

Helical piers are large steel foundation pins that look like oversized screws. Helical piers are used a lot in commercial construction where a deep foundation system is needed. Helical piers are also used to support more delicate structures and in situations where soil conditions are worse than typical. Helicals take the structure’s weight and transfer it to load-bearing soil.

The installation process is as follows:

Foundation leveling is a minimally-invasive procedure. Usually, only a small area of the foundation has settled, and that’s where the piers will be placed.

What Causes Differential Settlement?

The leading causes of differential settlement are:

Expansive soil

Expansive soil has a lot of clay in it, and because of this, it expands when it soaks up moisture and shrinks when it dries out. This swelling-shrinking cycle creates movement under the foundation and can, over time, cause differential settlement.

Inadequate soil preparation

Soil needs to be adequately tamped down before you build something on top of it. If this isn’t done, the building could settle into the soil unevenly later.

Heavy excavation next door

If your neighbor digs a big hole next to your house, it could destabilize the foundation enough to cause differential settlement.

Natural disasters

We probably don’t need to explain how natural disasters like earthquakes and floods can cause foundation problems.

Soil erosion

Some types of soil are prone to erosion, which can cause voids to form under the house. If the house sinks into the voids, differential settlement could happen.

Large trees

Large trees planted too close to the foundation can ‘drink’ water from the soil leaving behind voids.

Weather changes

Imagine building a house on expansive soil during the dry season. When the wet season rolls back around, the soil will swell, causing problems.

How Much Does Foundation Leveling Cost?

Before performing a foundation evaluation, we can’t say how much any foundation leveling job will cost. We can say that the cost of foundation leveling depends on the type of foundation, the problem, and the chosen repair solution. The good news is that AMC911 provides individual solutions tailored to meet your specific needs. No two foundation problems are the same… It’s important to have a group that specializes in foundation repair in your area before you make any costly mistakes.

Contact us immediately to schedule a foundation evaluation if you suspect your home has a foundation issue. We’ll give you a written repair estimate if we find a problem. Foundation problems get worse if they’re not fixed, so you’ll pay more for repair costs if you wait.

How To Prevent Foundation Trouble

Believe it or not, most foundation problems are caused by excess moisture in the soil around the foundation. Therefore, you can go a long way toward preventing foundation trouble simply by controlling groundwater around the house. Here are some ways to do that:

Our Service Area

AMC911 services the entire Hampton Roads area. If you think your home might need foundation leveling, contact us today and schedule an appointment for a foundation evaluation.

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