How To Do Foundation Repair For Your House

23 Aug 2015 13:46
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Your house’s foundation is the most essential structure of your house because it carries the weight of your infrastructure. It also allocates the load or the heaviness of the house beside the walls of the foundation which, maintains your house upright position.

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Sustaining the foundation of the house is something that is normally ignored because you cannot see it often as it is submerged to the ground. If you really intend to see it, then you will have to look at it at the basement. Cracks can actually progress in areas of the basement that are difficult to see. They could be concealed behind furniture, walls, or other stuff like utility connections.

Troubles with the house foundation will diminish the overall value of your house and ruin its physical appearance. You may think doing house foundation repair is a costly task that can only be performed by experts, but there are some little things you can do.

Identifying Problems in Your House Foundation

Foundation problems can cause costly repairs when it is too late. Knowing the initial warning signs of this kind of problem can prevent further troubles that eventually could cost up to more than ten thousand dollars to fix. The earlier you pinpoint impending problems, the easier, and cheaper it is to fix them.

It is better to check for these indoor warning signs:

1. A door starts to jam or fails to bolt.

2. Cracks are visible in walls, particularly over doors, windows, or in the intersection of walls and ceilings.

3. Cracks can be seen in ceramic tile or in vinyl over a concrete flooring.

4. Windows which suddenly won’t close completely.

Also, check the outdoors, to see if your foundation is in correct and upright position by looking at your foundation wall from each corner. A bulge of curvature in a foundation or a wall can be the sign that your foundation has moved.

Excavate Around Foundation

If you look at the outside of your home and see a crack, or realize that the foundation is dropping, then start digging a hole at that exact area. The hole must be deep enough to extend under the problem area. If your house has a large basement, it is better to ask a professional or servicer with a backhoe to dig the area. If you are capable of working with this kind of equipment, you can rent this to dig the hole yourself.

Insert Concrete Pilings

Insert a cable and run it to the bottommost part of the hole, and put concrete pilings down the cable, put at least 7 of it. Once all of the pilings are ready, place a concrete/pile cap over the topmost part piling.

Lift the Foundation

Put hydraulic jacks over the concrete/pile cap and gradually lift the foundation to its usual place. Place concrete cylinders so that it can replace the hydraulic jacks, and allow the foundation to settle on the inserted cylinders.

Fill the Hole with Soil

Allow the foundation to be uncovered for a few weeks to ensure that the level is precise. As soon as the concrete is sealed and tight, fill the hole with soil until it is in the same level as the ground.

Put Cement On Cracks

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Put patch cement on the cracks and make sure that you fill it on the both sides with cement. Don’t forget to smooth the area to complete your house foundation repair.

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