The foundation of your house is an extremely essential part of it which ensures that all other parts hold together and, as such, must remain intact all the time. However, there are different factors that can cause damage to the foundation such as leakages at the basement or other problems concerning the house’s entire stability. Since you want to avoid problems that could cause your house to collapse, foundation repair becomes inevitable and at such times, it is important to make sure the work is done by professionals. The importance of working with professionals is that they know all the options available for your situation and will ensure that you, your family and your long term investment remain secure and safe.
The type of foundation repairs that will be carried out in your home will vary greatly depending on several factors. The greatest among these factors will definitely be what the cause of the problem is as well as how far the damage will have taken place. Apart from those two factors; the cause and the extent of the problem, how much money you are willing or able to spend will also play a great role in determining the type of repair work that will be administered.
However, it remains that the best criteria to choose the type of repair work to be done on their foundation is to speak to experienced and qualified foundation experts. Let such professionals come to your home and do a proper assessment before giving you an expert opinion of all available options. You will then need to weigh all options available after looking at their pros and cons before choosing what provides a long term solution to your foundation problems.
Among the foundation repair options you may want to consider include:
Fortress stabilization: Fortress stabilization includes the use of Kevlar and fiber straps so as to prevent any further shifting of the house’s foundation. This type of repair does not involve any form of excavation and is best used in situations where walls are fractured or bowed as a result of different causes.
Reinforcement using steel braces: When this option is used, engineers will attach steel beams to the house. These are then attached to the house at the floor joints where they get bolted to the basement floor’s concrete. Just like with the previous method, no excavation is done outside the house. The only disadvantage with this option is that those braces will sometimes not allow you to use the basement as fully as you would have due to obstructions.
Earth anchors: This option involves the use of a number of anchors together with wall plates so as to correct any bowing at the foundation walls.
Rebuilding block walls: This option involves having the walls rebuilt partially or completely. This is an extremely drastic solution but it remains the only viable one especially when there has been some significant damage and there is need for a total overhaul.
Crack injection: Crack injection is a simple and straightforward job that is done when there are cracks on the foundation using some special polyurethane substance that fills the cracks properly.
Source by Brad K Ridenhour
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