What are the main causes of foundation damages?
For the immense majority of foundation problems, water is one of the main reason for foundation damages. Variations on content moisture of soil will cause swelling, shrinking and movement of soil under foundations.
What are the reason for being prone on foundation damage?
Soils that are not properly compacted
Due to weather changes
Poor land development drainage
Plumbing leaks under ground
Roots of trees that are near properties
Natural calamities such as earthquake and floods
Those soils with majority of clay content are generally the most affected and sometimes places with inconsiderable calamities.
What are the problems resulting from foundation settlement?
It depreciates the property value
Malfunctions of equipments
Hazards such as ground wide settlement
Ground Settlement can destroy the value of your home by damaging properties structural members. If you see signs of damage get the problem solved right away before the foundation sink causing more expensive damage.
Common Signs on foundation problem
Rotation of wall
Uneven floor slabs
Cracks in floor
Misaligned doors or windows
Cracked wall bricks
Some signs are visible and easily to detect. Sandy soils are also considered for foundation failures for it is not expanding and can be washed away easily.
What method to be used for foundation repair?
Concrete Foundation Methods of Repair
Geo Grout Ground Modification Specialist are here to choose a method for concrete foundation repair namely the slab jacking and the Piering. It will depend on the type of ground problem being treated.
Slab jacking are commonly use on smaller slab problem at residentials, driveways,desk pool,sidewalks.
Slabjacking is done through cement grout pumping on a small hole of interior or exterior concrete slab, it solidifies into a concrete mass to resist ground failure and stabilizes the sub soil.
Piering are commonly used for larger problem such as residential, commercial building and shifting of foundation. It is used to stabilize the foundation.
Piering and Underpinning involves excavating series of holes on site and later filled with concrete which strengthens the foundation.
Disadvantages of Soil Nails
Some of the disadvantages of soil nails are:
Soil nails are not applicable for large amount of groundwater seeps on excavation.
Permanent long term applications are not recommended.
Sand and gravels are not compatible on this process.
Not practical to use on areas with a high water table.