Normally, the rainfall in Indiana is consistent, although droughts sometimes occur. These droughts and the lake effect snow can cause trouble for foundations in the area. It is important for residents of Indiana to regularly examine their property for signs of a foundation problem.
There are a few different conditions and factors that can lead to a foundation issue; the most common of the causes of foundation problems in Indiana are:
Foundation settlement, shifting foundation, heaving foundation, and foundation cracks are all common foundation problems that can lead to issues throughout the home, such as water problems, structural instability, and pest infestation. When the foundation moves vertically as a result of soil movement, it is known as foundation settlement. Shifting foundations and cracks occur when the pressure in the soil pushes on the concrete. Some signs of foundation failure in your home include:
For bowing or leaning foundation wall repair, wall plate anchors or helical tiebacks can be installed. 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. Wall plate anchors are installed in the soil adjacent to the bowing walls and attached to the wall with a metal rod and plate, which is tightened to straighten the wall.
A method known as foundation underpinning is used to lift settling foundations. Foundation piers, such as helical piers or steel push piers are installed to support the weight of the structure while lifting and stabilizing the foundation. The piers are installed into the stable soils deep underground to stabilize the foundation. 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.
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