Foundation Piering Solutions

Foundations piering solutions are a system of piers restoring and stabilizing your foundation by shifting weight on to the piers anchored in load-bearing soil.

They are commonly used to fix foundation issues caused by an improperly set foundation or unstable soil underpinnings, which can expand, shrink or erode with moisture. This can lead to sinking or buckling floors and sagging basement walls that can create serious damage to your home, also creating openings for moisture and creatures to enter your basement. If not addressed in a timely manner, they can threaten the structural integrity of your entire house.

There are two different types of foundation piering solutions:

Both systems use sections to reach load-bearing soil or bedrock and both use a steel bracket to shift the weight of the foundation on to the pier. They can be adjusted to restore foundations to their proper level. If your concrete basement floor is too thin or has too many cracks, you might also need concrete slab floor repairs.

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Cracked foundations, leaky basements and mildewy crawlspaces are often serious problems that shouldn't be ignored. If you feel you've put your repair project off long enough, financing can help you get it done now instead of later. It's not worth gambling with the investment you've made in your home!

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Hairline vertical cracks are not uncommon as concrete walls cure. If the cracks grow over time or become more than 1/8 inch wide, more serious issues might be at play, including a sinking or sagging foundation creating vertical pressure on the wall and threatening your home's structural integrity.

  • Hydrostatic pressure from expanding soil due to moisture changes can exert tremendous lateral pressure, causing horizontal cracks to form in basement walls. Left unattended, these horizontal cracks tend to grow with time creating more serious issues, potentially a full wall collapse.

  • Horizontal cracks indicate foundation failure and more serious structural problems. Diagonal cracks can appear in masonry basement walls as "stair-stepping," while they tend to form in the corners of poured concrete basement walls. If any crack in your foundation that is growing and widens to more than 1/8 inch aren't addressed, your home's stability will soon be compromised. They are undoubtedly the most worrisome foundation cracks.

  • Water coming through a foundation crack is most likely caused by moisture expansion in the exterior soil and is always an issue to be addressed. First, the source of the moisture should be addressed and drainage should be set so water flows away from the foundation. Second, it's important to determine if there's a structural issue that needs to be addressed or if basement waterproofing solutions might work. If there's a structural issue, restoring the foundation surface to its original position is critical to closing the crack and preventing water from coming in your basement permanently. Thrasher offers waterproofing solutions, designed to keep your basement dry.

  • A crack in the cold joint gap, where the foundation wall meets the basement floor, indicates a foundation issue, whether it's hydrostatic pressure in the soil creating lateral pressure on the wall or unstable soil causing the floor to sink. A trained foundation expert can identify the source of the problem and recommend the best solution. For tilting or leaning walls, anchors or braces could be the best solution. For a sinking floor or wall, piers could be the best solution.

  • Other foundation cracks require a more permanent solution to prevent further damage and expense to your home. For wall cracks, anchors or braces are a common fix. For floor cracks, piers are a common solution. For sinking floors, PolyLevel polyurethane foam lifts and levels concrete floors. PolyLevel is a lightweight, strong high-density polyurethane foam that lifts and supports concrete slabs without adding weight to the soil beneath.

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