The severe storms and the extreme hot and cold temperatures that often hit Illinois can be a problem for concrete foundations in the state. Contact My Foundation Repairs today to get in touch with a local contractor that can help stabilize your home or business.
Foundation settlement, shifting foundation, heaving foundation, and foundation cracks are all common foundation problems. Settlement or heaving occurs when the foundation moves vertically as a result of soil movement. Shifting foundations and cracks can happen when the pressure in the soil is too great for the concrete, resulting in water problems, structural instability, and pest infestation. These problems should be repaired immediately to prevent further damage and other structural problems. The common symptoms of foundation failure in your home or business include:
One of the most common solutions for foundation problems is a method known as foundation underpinning. This process involves the installation of foundation piers, such as helical piers or steel push piers to support the weight of the structure while lifting and stabilizing the foundation. The piers are installed into the load-bearing soils deep underground to offer extra support. The main difference between the two types of piers is that steel push piers are driven into the ground, while helical piers are screwed into the ground.
To straighten bowing or leaning foundation walls, wall plate anchors or helical tiebacks can be installed. Wall plate anchors are installed in the ground adjacent to the bowing walls. The anchor in the ground is then attached to the wall with a metal rod and plate, and the rod is tightened to gradually straighten the wall. Helical tiebacks are large, screw-like devices that are installed from the inside of the foundation wall and into the soil to pull the wall back into position.