Repairing Sagging Foundation
Even the sturdiest foundation might sag when it rests on a layer of unstable soil or if it’s not set properly.
Unstable soil can expand or shift with high moisture or extreme temperature changes, leading to significant variations in pressure that can make foundations tilt, buckle, heave or crack. When a foundation isn’t set properly, these problems become even worse. A sagging foundation is a serious concern for your household's overall safety. Foundation cracks, cracks in window/door frames, and uneven floors act both as side effects and indicators of a larger problem. Over time, severe damage can come from sagging foundations, costing more in repairs and leaving homeowners with precarious living conditions.
There are options for repairing sagging foundations, depending on the exact nature of your home, the construction of your foundation, and the ground underneath and alongside it. If the soil underneath can be stabilized, possibly with high-pressure grouting, that might be enough. If it's a helical pier, push pier, or wall brace – three of the most common solutions – restoring the integrity of your foundation protects your investment in your home. If compact soil isn’t too deep and the structure of your home isn’t too heavy, helical piers are a common repair option. In the case of larger, heavier buildings or when load-bearing soil is deeper, push piers are often used. In some cases, a galvanized steel wall brace anchored vertically might be enough. Rely on the experts at Thrasher to find the best solution for you and to guarantee you will be satisfied with the results.