If you find gaps between the walls and floor or ceiling in your home, it may mean that your home is suffering from foundation failure. These gaps and spaces can lead to a variety of serious structural issues, and should be repaired right away. Although it may be possible to temporarily fill gaps and spaces in your home with a crack injection procedure, the only way to completely seal the gaps is to invest in foundation repair from Foundation Repair Services to fix the underlying foundation problem.
Foundation movement is a common cause for the formation of gaps and spaces. This movement, resulting in uneven settlement or shifting, often has something to do with a variance in the moisture content of the soil. If there is excess groundwater in the soil around your home, it can cause an increase in hydrostatic pressure, which pushes against the foundation, causing it to shift. Void formation in the soil beneath your foundation due to erosion or soil shrinkage can cause the home to settle, since the voids cannot support the weight of the home. Poor soil compaction can also cause foundation settlement; if the soil under your home was not properly compacted at the time of construction, it will settle unevenly over time, taking the home with it.
In many homes, a shifting or settling foundation may cause gaps and spaces to form between the walls and the floor or ceiling. This can also happen when the support beams and posts in the basement become bent or curved. Because the foundation no longer provides adequate support for the home, the floor will start to pull away from the walls, or the walls will pull away from the ceiling. This creates gaps that open the door for a variety of other structural problems throughout the home. The most common structural problems caused by gaps and spaces in the home include:
If you see any of these issues in your home, it is time to contact the foundation specialists at Foundation Repair Services.
In order to close any gaps and spaces in your home, and to prevent new ones form forming, you must make sure that the home is properly supported. This can be done by installing steel push piers or helical piers beneath the foundation. These underpinning devices anchor into the load bearing soil deep underground to support the weight of the home. Once the load is transferred onto the piers to take stress off of the foundation, hydraulic jacks are used to lift the piers, raising the foundation to its proper position. Helical piers and steel piers both get the job done, although they are installed in slightly different manners. Steel piers are driven into the ground while helical piers are screwed in to provide some extra support.
To find out which solution is best for you, contact Foundation Repair Services today. We offer foundation repair in Muskogee, OK and the surrounding area with quality solutions. Call now for more information.