Our dedicated team of factory-trained and authorized contractors are proud to offer foundation repair services for homeowners across the United States and Canada. Using advanced foundation repair systems and Certified Structural Evaluations, our pros will determine the causes of your foundation problem and provide a permanent solution.
Our Foundation Repair Systems
The patented Stabil-Loc Foundation Piering System is the number one method in the foundation repair industry for providing the homeowner with a permanent foundation repair solution.Our double walled heat extruded steel tube positioned directly under the center of the wall to be lifted or stabilized and driven hydraulically all the way to bedrock or stable strata provides the deepest strongest foundation support available. The patented rotating head assembly maintains concentric loading during the lifting process. Traditionally, the house must be over lifted to insert shims. Our adjustable “shimblock” eliminates the need for over-lifting the structure which can cause damage to your home.
Carbon Fiber Wall Supports
For basements, a common structural problem that is caused from excessive pressure from water in the soil pushing on the foundation walls is called hydro static pressure. Eventually, hydro static pressure becomes too much and the wall will crack or bow into the home. Carbon fiber is a high-strength, durable strand which is woven into a strip of fabric that will not ever lose its shape, and cannot be broken.Carbon fiber wall supports are installed from the inside of the basement so it is less intrusive and less expensive than other repair options. There is no digging into the yard. Carbon fiber is a clean and fast installation. The final finish is smooth, flat, and nearly invisible when painted. Carbon fiber works on both block and poured concrete foundation walls to repairnot only bowing walls but also all types of foundation cracks.
The special epoxy material is injected in all cracks and crevices to prevent moisture from the earth getting into the basement environment. This will help to restore the concrete used in the foundation back to its pre-damaged strength, along with the help of our other structural repair products.
The Difference of Stabil-Loc Piers
Concentric Loading VS Eccentric Loading
Eccentric loading was developed in 1917 based on the premise that the pier had to be installed from outside the footing and fastened to the footing with a bracket, because the house was in the way. Using traditional brackets along the side of your structure proved to be an inadequate technique for foundation repair. Lifting the structure with piers and brackets at an angle or offset to the side of your home would eventually bend or break the pier, or improperly raise the foundation. In the diagram to the left (or above on mobile) you can see the instability of other systems that cause them to fail and could cause additional damage to the structure.
How Our Pier System Works
The Stabil-Loc Foundation Piering System segmented the shaft of the pier into 12-inch interlocking segments so the pier could be installed directly under the center line of the weight of the wall being lifted. The bracket was then inverted and rides against the bottom of the footing as a load bearing plate that rotates as the structure is lifted. The location and configuration of the pier combined with the highest compressive load carrying capacity in the industry makes it obvious– THIS PIER CANNOT FAIL!
“ENGINEERING THAT MAKES SENSE.”
Foundation Problems We Repair
This is a common structural problem seen on both old and new homes, and it can affect a foundation regardless of where you live in the United States. There are many causes that can be attributed to a sinking foundation.
- Evaporation: hot and dry conditions cause soil to shrink.
- Transpiration: Tree roots dehydrate soil causing soil shrinkage and settlement of your homes footing/slab.
- Drainage: Improper drainage causes increased hydro static pressure on basement walls.
- Poor Site Preparation: Improperly compacted fill soil causes settling problems later.
- Poor Soil Conditions: Expansive clay soil and organic debris cause contraction and expansion of soil.
Cracks in a foundation can be caused from settlement, heaving, subsidence or from improper construction techniques or materials being used during the time when the home was being built. It is important to get the damage evaluated by a trained professional to determine the cause and develop a protocol for the repair. The longer you wait to get your floor or wall cracks repaired, the more likely it becomes that water from the surrounding soil will seep inside and cause damage to your basement environment, including anything that you may have stored there.oil.
Basement Floor Cracks
A crack in the basement floor is often caused from settlement of the perimeter foundation creating a void under the floor and removing its support. Hydrostatic pressure then forces water up through the crack up onto the floor. Another common problem is hydro static pressure forcing water around the edges of the floor and up into the basement environment.
Basement Wall Cracks
A vertical crack in the basement wall is an indicator of settlement or subsidence due to changes in soil conditions, changes in soil moisture content or improper site preparation prior to construction. A horizontal crack indicates changes in moisture and pressure due to freezing and thawing along the area of the fracture. A diagonal crack indicates hydrostatic pressure pushing the basement walls in.
Sticking Windows & Doors
If you have windows and doors in your home that are difficult to open or close, it is likely a warning sign of an underlying structural problem. If you notice these symptoms, corrective action should be taken or the problem could get progressively worse.
Find a Foundation Repair Contractor Near You
We have a nationwide service area for foundation repair services throughout the country in many common states and cities. Our dealers use our products including our Stabil-Loc Foundation Piering System, and also use our Certified Structural Evaluator® program that turns every technician into a foundation engineer for proper assessment and repair techniques on your home. Just click here to find a contractor near you or contact us via phone or online form.