4 Different Types Of Foundation Repair

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When your house was built, it was built on what is called the foundation. The foundation is the first step of any home building process and is essentially what supports and stabilizes your house. The great thing about foundations is that since they are made out of cement, they are really strong, but that doesn't mean that they are always resilient. In fact, a lot of homes get cracks and chips in their foundation as they age. To make sure that the problem doesn't get worse, there are different repair options that your foundation repair specialist may recommend. 

1. Steel Piers

Steel piers are the most common type of foundation repair out there because they have essentially revolutionized the way that the foundation repair business works. During this repair process, the steel piers (which are cylindrical poles) are pressed deep into the clay soil to help stabilize the house and offer it support. The great thing about steel peers is that since they are drilled in so deep, they won't shift with water, which is something that often happens with concrete piers. 

2. Concrete Piers

Concrete piers were one of the first types of foundation repair solutions on the market. Concrete piers are always poured in place, which makes them a bit more permanent than other types of piers because they are literally cemented into your foundation. Although concrete piers are really strong, they don't go as deep into the soil as steel piers, which means that they may not prevent the foundation from moving side to side and getting damaged.  , 

3. Helical Piers

Helical piers aren't as popular as steel or concrete piers, but they may be recommended by your foundation repair specialist. These types of piers involve the use of brackets that are screwed into the side of your foundation wall, and then poles will extend out of those to help support the entire structure of your house. 

4. High-Density Polyurethane Foam

If you have more mild foundation cracks or problems, then high-density polyurethane foam may be the best solution. During this process, the foam is directly injected into the cracks and crevices of the foundation to help fill them in and prevent them from getting worse. While high-density polyurethane foam is a really effective method for smaller problems, it can break down if too much moisture gets in it. For instance, if you have the foam done in your foundation and your basement floods a lot, then you may have to have it redone. 

Learn more about residential foundation repair solutions by contacting a service in your area.

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