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Solid Ground: 3 Possible Fixes For Your Home’s Imperfect Foundation

Solid Ground: 3 Possible Fixes For Your Home’s Imperfect Foundation
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    Although it is not something that you can see easily, the foundation is still the most important part of a home.

    After all, it is the part that the rest of the structure sits on.


If your foundation gives out, the rest of the home goes with it. Unfortunately, foundation problems are actually quite common. Nonetheless, if an inspection finds foundation damage, the following methods can put your home back on solid ground.


Piering is a method used to lift and stabilize a foundation that has begun to settle or sink into the ground. With this method, steel pipes or piers are placed deep into the ground underneath the foundation. The piers are usually driven down to the bedrock or a layer of soil capable of supporting the weight of the home. Once the piers are in place, mechanical jacks lift the foundation back to grade. The piers are then bolted or welded to metal plates on the foundation wall to maintain the new, level grade.


Underpinning is another method that can be used for foundations that have begun to sink or settle. In this case, the soil that the foundation footings rest on is usually replaced with a much harder load-bearing material such as concrete. Underpinning can also make the footings themselves much deeper so they rest on bedrock or a solid layer of soil. Either way, underpinning makes the existing foundation much stronger by ensuring that the materials it rests on can support it. This is one fix that professionals like Techniblock Pty Ltd should be called for because mistakes can damage the foundation.

Chemical Grouting (aka Foamjacking)

Another common method of lifting a foundation that has begun to settle is chemical grouting. Like mud-jacking or slab-jacking, this method involves pumping a polyurethane foam into several small holes drilled into the foundation. The polyurethane foam immediately begins to expand and lifts the foundation back up. The foam dries and hardens quickly, which provides a solid,sturdy base for the foundation to rest on. This usually prevents further settling.

Compared to mud-jacking, which uses concrete instead of polyurethane foam, chemical grouting provides much more accurate and long-lasting results. Also, foam-jacking can usually be accomplished in under a day.

In truth, the above list is nowhere near exhaustive. There are many options available for repairing a damaged foundation. For this reason, you should speak with an experienced foundation expert to discuss your options. Not all methods of foundation repair are suitable for all situations. This means it is always best to speak with a professional to have the best chance of repairing your foundation effectively.

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