When slab foundations are newly laid, there are techniques that can be used to prevent cracking. Slab foundations consist of several inches of poured concrete on top of crushed gravel, with rebar along the edges to provide stability and wire mesh within the concrete to prevent cracking. Slab foundations are suitable for area like South Central Texas where the ground does not freeze.
A sinking slab foundation can be adjusted using concrete pile piers or similar repair techniques in order to provide a stable anchor for the foundation. The foundation is lifted and returned to a level position, resting on a series of concrete supports pushed deep into the ground, past the point where the soil is likely to expand or contract a significant amount.
How can you tell if your foundation is moving or sinking? Sometimes the signs are obvious, like major cracks appearing along your home’s exterior. There are more subtle signs as well, like small cracks that appear inside your home at the junction between the wall and ceiling, or a door that swings open or does not close properly.
Once you notice a concerning problem, call us out for a foundation evaluation. We will take a close look at your foundation to determine where the movement is occurring and why, and then inform you of the next steps.
The clay soils that are found throughout South Central Texas are the main culprit of foundation movement in this area. Clay is capable of holding a lot of water, and when the clay dries out, it shrinks. Likewise, when the clay becomes saturated, it expands. All of this shrinkage and expansion is happening below your home all the time, pushing and pulling on your foundation. Eventually your home’s foundation will begin to crack under the pressure.
Repair techniques like pressed steel piers or pressed concrete pile piers are ideal for the expansive clay soils found in South Central Texas. The steel or concrete is pressed into the ground until it reaches a maximum point of resistance. Austin goes the extra mile and exceeds industry standards for this type of repair, pushing our piers to 10,000 PSI or greater when possible. The result is a longer lasting repair.
Give us a call or contact us via our website to schedule a foundation evaluation. For homeowners who are not selling their home, this evaluation is completely free! Don’t let foundation problems cause additional damage to your home. Get peace of mind by scheduling a repair sooner rather than later. Take the first step today by having the professionals at Austin evaluate your foundation. There is no hassle and no obligation!