Rhode Island

We have local contractors in Rhode Island to assist with all your foundation repair and waterproofing needs.

If the frequent
rains in Rhode Island cause water to build up around your foundation, they
could lead to several foundation problems. These foundation problems should
be repaired as soon as possible by a professional foundation repair
contractor to prevent further damage to the foundation and to the home
above.

Causes of Foundation Problems in Rhode Island

Both the weather and the soil can greatly affect the health of your
foundation. Some of the common causes of foundation problems in Rhode Island
are

Hydrostatic Pressure: Too much groundwater from excess precipitation can
lead to an increase in hydrostatic pressure in the soil. The increased
pressure can be too much for the foundation, resulting in shifting and crack
formation.

Erosion: Excess rainfall can also lead to erosion, washing away the soil
beneath your home. This forms spaces that the foundation may settle into.

Poor drainage: Poor drainage around your home can mean water pooling in the
yard or a high saturation of groundwater around the foundation. This water
will seep into the concrete and weaken the foundation, leading to various
problems, especially cracks.

Soil movement: Soil movement is common in sandy areas, such as the beaches
of Rhode Island. This movement may cause the foundation to shift, settle, or
crack.

Common Foundation Problems in Rhode Island

Settling or sinking foundations can lead to cracks in the home and
structural instability. Foundation cracks and shifting may cause pest
infestation or water issues. Various other structural problems may arise
form foundation problems; it is important to have issues fixed as soon as
theyare discovered. Some of the more common signs of a foundation problem
include:

  • Floor cracks
  • Sloped or uneven floors
  • Wall cracks
  • Sticking doors or windows
  • Ceiling cracks
  • Bowed or leaning walls
  • Leaning chimney

Solutions for Foundation Problems in Rhode Island

If excess moisture and pressure have caused a shifting foundation, it can be
fixed with wall plate anchors. First, an anchor is driven into the yard and
connected to the wall with a rod and plate. The rod can then be tightened to
pull the wall back into place. Another solution is helical tiebacks, which
work like large screws, and are installed from the inside of the foundation
wall to apply lateral pressure that straightens the wall.

Settling and sinking foundations, one of the most common foundation
problems, may be repaired by installing underpinning piers such as steel
push piers or helical piers. Steel piers are driven into stable soils under
the foundation and used to lift and stabilize the structure. Helical piers
are used for the same purpose but are screwed into the foundation. This may
also seal foundation cracks that formed as a result of the settlement.

My Foundation Repairs can help you find a professional repair contractor to
find a solution for all of the foundation problems in your Rhode Island
home.

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