When a home or business is built, it is important that the soil has been compacted correctly. When the soil is dug up or moved, it becomes aerated and loses density. Soil must be compacted before a structure is built on it. If it is not properly compacted, then voids will occur in the soil, which will make the foundation and structure become unlevel. When the foundation of a home or business is unlevel, it can cause structural damage throughout the entire structure, and lead to foundation failure.
Other causes of an unlevel foundation are:
- Changes in the moisture level in the soil – Excessive moisture will cause the soil to swell, and loss of moisture will cause it to shrink. This constant movement of the soil will also cause the foundation to move, making it unlevel.
- Mature trees with roots and other vegetation – trees and bushes that are in close proximity to a structure will draw the moisture away from the soil surrounding the foundation, causing a decrease in the soil volume
- Weak bearing soils – Some soil is not capable of carrying the load of a structure.
No matter what the reason is for your unlevel foundation, it is important to have a foundation specialist come and inspect your home or business and offer the best solution needed to get your foundation back to its original level. House leveling needs to be done at the first signs of foundation problems. Let My Foundation Repairs have a specialized foundation contractor come and give you a free inspection and see if there are any other signs of foundation failure. Some of these signs are:
- Leaning chimney
- Wall cracks
- Floor cracks
- Sticking doors and windows
- Sloping floors
- Bowing or leaning walls
- Ceiling cracks
- Stair and stoop problems
If your foundation is unlevel or if there are any of these other signs of foundation failure, it is important to have a foundation repair company with experience and uses only the best products for foundation repair. The foundation repair contractors at My Foundation Repairs are the experienced contractors you are looking for. Let a contractor from My Foundation Repairs give you a free estimate for your repair needs.
Solutions for Unlevel Foundations
All of the contractors from My Foundation Repairs use only the best products on the market for foundation repair. These products are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leader in the manufacturing of foundation repair products and basement waterproofing products in the industry.
The ECP products that our contractors use for foundation repair are underpinning products such as steel piers, helical piers, and wall anchors.
Steel Piers or Push Piers – these piers are hydraulically driven into the ground until they reach load-bearing stratum. After each pier is individually load tested, the weight of the entire structure is lifted onto the piers. This will level and stabilize the structure and will prevent any future house leveling problems.
Helical Piers – ECP helical piers are used for foundation leveling and stabilization when light structural loads, unstable rock basements or very deep load-bearing layers are present. These piers are easy to install and are used for unlevel foundations on porches, steps, and chimneys
Helical Tieback Anchors – These ECP helical tieback anchors are used for bowing or leaning walls. Their simple and effective design allows the repair to be done quickly with minimal disturbance to landscaping. They are installed by drilling a small hole into the interior wall and then with minimal outside excavation, the wall is pulled back to its original level and strengthened to prevent any future bowing or leaning.
If you have an unlevel foundation or any of the other signs of a foundation problem, it is important to call a professional contractor. The longer a foundation problem is ignored, the more damage that will occur throughout the entire structure. Replacing a foundation is much more costly than the cost of underpinning. Protect your investment and contact My Foundation Repairs and let us have an ECP contractor come and give you a free inspection and free estimate! It is important to have a contractor that uses only the best products and has the experience when it comes to foundation repair.