There are a number of things that can lead to problems with your home foundations. Some factors include
Water pooling under or near the foundation of your house or building is a recipe for disaster. This happens in many ways poor or damaged drainage, faulty pipes, or even just large amounts of rain falling towards your structure.
Over time, pipes will start to crack or leak, especially in older homes and buildings. This means that water will seep into the ground near your foundations, loosening and weakening them until your structure starts to sink.
If your pipes are cracked (see above), then roots will be attracted to the moisture under your foundations and start to grow towards your foundation, drying and shrinking the clay and loosening soil. Even if you don’t have a leak, roots can often be the main cause of your issues; root systems can often erode the soil and lead to instability.
If the ground beneath your home or building was not properly packed before foundations were laid, then there is risk that the foundations will start to sink. Over time, the ground below may weaken and will no longer be strong enough to support the structure.
If there has also been new construction or home repairs in the area, this may also cause the ground to shift.
It is one thing to know what to avoid, but what should you be looking for in case the damage has already been done? Here are a few telltale signs that you require foundation repair
While cracks forming in the walls of your home can be a sign of a number of things, this is a classic indicator that it may be time for foundation repairs. The foundation sinking and subsequent movement puts excessive pressure on the walls of your home, causing them to crack to articulate and relieve the pressure.
If you notice the floor and furniture is slightly tilted when walking and sitting on it, the floor is sloping and chances are that your foundation is sinking. Uneven floors are fairly simple to notice. If there is a gap between your floor skirting and the floor, doors and windows are jamming and internal walls are cracking, this can be a sign that the floor (and the foundation beneath it) is slowly separating from the ceiling and frame.
You might be wondering how we repair house foundations. You might even be asking, “Can a sinking foundation be fixed?”
The answer, luckily, is yes!
With all the techniques and technology we have at our disposal, we can easily provide affordable and effective foundation repairs that you will barely even notice. We use chemical underpinning in all of our projects as we have found this to be the most efficient method of foundation repair, with little mess or fuss and longer-lasting results.
Chemical underpinning is our expertise here at Rectify. Unlike traditional methods of underpinning, this technique involves drilling a small hole into the affected area of your foundation and injecting a polyurethane mix into the ground below, which expands and strengthens the soils below your foundations.
With chemical underpinning, there is no damage to the house or building during repairs, no mess to clean and the whole process generally takes a day, without vacating the structure.