The owners of this home told us that this started out as a tiny crack, so they didn't worry about it. However, it soon grew as the result of the soil around the foundation settling.
Just re-sealing a foundation crack is not enough! Without fixing the underlying cause of the crack, it will only reappear.
Another sign of the foundation problems in this home was the tilting door frames. They caused the doors to stick shut.
The first step to installing the push piers and raising the house is to excavate the soil around the foundation to expose the foundation footing.
Next, rugged, interlocking steel pier sections were hydraulically driven through the bracket until bedrock or stable soil is reached. The weight of the home is then transferred through the piers to this load-bearing soil, instead of the shifting, unstable soil above.
As you can see from the tape, the push piers are beginning to lift the foundation to its original position and close the crack!
Once the homeowner and installing contractor are satisfied with the stabilization or amount of lift, the soil can be backfilled. The home will be permanently stabilized in its new position.
The soil around a house moves and shifts all the time. It can expand or contract with heavy rain and drought. The weight of this house caused the soil beneath it to settle, causing cracks in the foundation. The push piers we installed not only stop settlement but lift the foundation back to its original position, closing cracks and improving window and door operation.
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