How El Niño Could be Affecting Your Foundation
El Niño is causing above-average precipitation in Oklahoma this winter. This trend might continue into March. The Pacific Jet Stream, active across southern states during El Niño, brings wet weather, including rain and snow.
This prolonged wetness poses a risk to home foundations. When the soil around a foundation gets too wet, it expands, shifting the foundation. In summer, as the soil dries, it can create empty spaces under the foundation, potentially causing it to sink.
It’s important to take precautions to protect your home’s foundation during these weather conditions. This includes understanding some of the signs of foundation settlement or failure. Some of these signs include:
- Floor cracks
- Wall cracks
- Ceiling cracks
- Doors and windows that stick
- Leaning chimney
- Garage column cracks
- Stair and stoop problems
- Bowing or leaning walls
If you notice any of these sign of foundation problems, contact the experts at Pierman Foundation Repair Services for a free inspection. If we find that you are in need of foundation repair, we will offer you the best foundation repair solution to get your foundation back to its original level and structurally strong again.
Pierman Foundation Repair Solutions in Oklahoma
Pierman Foundation Repair Services uses underpinning products such as helical piers and steel push piers for foundation repair. These piers are driven deep into the ground until they reach a solid soil layer. Then each pier is individually load tested. After load testing, the entire weight of the structure is lifted onto the piers with hydraulic jacks. The foundation will return to its original level and will be structurally sound again for many years to come.
If you have bowing or leaning walls, we use helical tiebacks and plate anchors to pull the wall back to its original level. These tiebacks and plate anchors will also strengthen the wall so it won’t bow or lean in the future.
All of the products we use for foundation repair are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leader in the manufacturing of foundation repair and basement waterproofing products in the industry today. With our experience and with ECP products, you can be assured that your foundation repair will be done right and last a lifetime.
With El Niño causing so much wet weather in Oklahoma this winter, it is important to be aware that all of this ground saturation can wreak havoc on your foundation. Let the experts at Pierman Foundation Repair Services inspect your foundation and offer you the repair solutions you need.