Slab foundations are common in many places in the US, Texas being no special case. You could be looking for a new home, trying to update your current, or even just looking to level a building you have on your property. No matter the case, you might want to know what to look for.
Foundation settling is natural. No matter how skilled the contractor is, the weight of the slab will end up settling into the soil. This is a natural process for every building or structure. Over the span of many years though, it may end up settling too much to one side. This is where slab foundation leveling comes into play- also known as slab repair.
The things to look for if you’re not sure your foundation needs leveling:
- Doors sticking
- Windows not closing correctly
- Cracks in the wall indoors
- Bricks or sheetrock cracks
There are a few different techniques out there to get that foundation back to the straight and level.
One of the newer techniques is to drill small holes into the foundation and inject foam underneath. Though this is usually reserved for Sidewalks, walkways, patios, porches and landings, it is a great alternative if you notice only the addons are settling.
Concrete or Steel Piers
The most reliable and stable way to level your slab is to support it with piers. Your Foundation Repair specialist will take measurements of each room to find out exactly where the biggest difference in height is. They will then excavate your foundation and perform complete inspections of every beam and support. After repairs have been completed in needed places (water can pool and cause excess damage to the supports over time) they will then jack up the foundation to its correct level.
The only thing left to do is to use either steel or concrete piers to keep the slab in place. Depending on how far you must go down into the earth to reach stable rock, you use these piers to disperse the weight of the slab and keep it in place for years to come. Any repair service worth its salt will discuss the pros and cons of each type of pier for your geographic area.
The last thing to do is fill in the ground around the foundation and to verify proper drainage. One of the simplest and most cost effective ways to keep your foundation safe is proper drainage for pooling water. All this information should be provided to you during the foundation leveling process.
Leading Foundation Repair In Fort Worth, Grapevine, And Irving
If you want a reliable foundation repair specialist who prides itself on top notch work, please feel free to reach out to Discount Foundation Repair of North East Texas. We pride ourselves on quality work that lasts while still keeping our customers’ bottom line instact. With over 30 years of experience, no job is too small or too complicated for our crews. Locally owned and operated, we strive to serve our community while providing reliable work. Give us a call today to schedule your free homeowner’s evaluation.