Foundation problems can be a major headache for homeowners, especially if you live in an area with expansive soil or that receives large amounts of rain. Cracks in the foundation can be caused by a variety of factors, including seasonal climate changes, poorly compacted subsoil, invasive pressure from tree roots, and more. If you're dealing with a slab foundation problem, there are several methods of repair available. The two most common methods of slab foundation repair are slab lifting and hydraulic lifting (also known as piering).
Slab lifting involves injecting a high-density foam beneath the slab to raise it back to its original position. Hydraulic lifting involves using hydraulic jacks to lift the slab and then supporting it with piers. If your foundation problem is severe and cannot be repaired with high-density slabs or foam, it may require the use of an abutment support. This is the method by which the base rests on buried axes that sit in a stable soil or rock.
Another option for fixing a mobile base is to install new pillars to stabilize the home. This could be due to not consulting an engineer for a proper geological survey, not following professional recommendations for foundation construction, using the wrong type of foundation on the wrong soil type, or even not making the foundation physically correctly. If you repair your foundation with a pillar system, keep in mind that you should not consider the work complete until a structural engineer checks the work and performs the necessary load tests. These important quality assurance steps ensure that the repaired base can carry the load from your home.
Edens Structural Solutions is Tulsa's trusted concrete foundation expert, with over 34 years of experience protecting homes and giving you peace of mind. Don't follow what a real estate agent says, only a foundation expert can help you determine what to expect.