How to Repair a Sinking Foundation
Foundation problems often surface when the soil beneath a home is too weak to support its weight. When the soil begins to sink, so does the foundation. This sinking can lead to uneven window frames, sticking doors, and wall cracks, but that’s not all. If the foundation is not properly repaired, serious and more costly issues like water damage and structural damage may occur. If you suspect that your home’s foundation is sinking, here is information that may help you understand how a foundation repair contractor may be able to help you:
Pressure Grouting Service
Also known as compaction grouting, pressure grouting involves placing hollow pipes 3 to 5 feet apart in the soil until hard dirt is reached. Dense, rockless concrete, or grout, will then be pumped through the pipes. This fills any particle gaps in the eroded soil under your home and replaces loose soil with compact stone. Unlike soil, grout is highly resistant to erosion, which means that pressure grouting can provide permanent support for a home’s foundation.
Foundation Piering Service
Depending on your soil and structural issues, foundation piering may not be the most expedient or economical solution, but it’a a much more permanent one. It involves the use of galvanized steel piers for foundation support. During this process, your contractor will determine the number of piers necessary to stabilize your home’s foundation. The piers will then be screwed in (helical piers) or pushed through (hydraulically driven) the unstable soil until it reaches stronger soil. To complete the process, the piers will be secured to your home.
Foundation Repair by Geotechnical Professionals
As one of the leading foundation repair companies in the Southeast, Engineered Solutions of Georgia offers both residential and commercial pressure grouting and foundation piering. To learn more about the types of foundation repair services we offer as lasting solutions to soil instability, contact ESOG today.