Settlement & Sinking

Sinking & Settling Foundation Problems

Regain Your Home or Commercial Property Value By Repairing Foundation Sinking & Settlement Issues

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Regain Your Home or Commercial Property Value By Repairing Foundation Sinking & Settlement Issues

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What are the signs of settlement damage?

How do you repair a sinking foundation?

Home foundation repair when you need a foundation specialist in Fayetteville, AR or a foundation contractor in Central Arkansas can be a stressful event when trying to find answers especially if you have hidden water problems causing your foundation to sink or crack. Cracked walls can be repaired in many ways from steel pier pilings, concrete pilings, push piers and making sure a proper french drain actually called a drain tile system 3 feet to 6 feet deep in the ground carrying water 20 plus feet away from your home. Basement waterproofing is one of our biggest complaints from homeowners who have discovered cracked walls, bowing walls and water damage on pier and beam foundation repair areas of the crawl space. Get the answers you need with a free 15 minute engineer consultation. 1-800-561-9039

  • Stair-step cracks in brick foundation walls (either in the mortar or brick)

  • Chimneys leaning or tilting away from the home (this can be very dangerous)

  • Cracks and gaps in windows & doors (outside or inside)

  • Hard to open jamming doors and sticking windows that are tough to open or close

  • Drywall and stucco cracks in the wall small or large

  • Foundation settlement can be common in Arkansas and Oklahoma homes when changes occur in the soil underneath the foundation, resulting in weak soils not capable of supporting the weight of the home. This can be especially true due to water damage and soil erosion you can't see.

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Mr. Foundation Expert Can Identify and Repair Your Foundation Settlement Issues

Mr. Foundation Expert specializes in permanent foundation solutions and services. Our company is top notch and our foundation repair contractors and technicians understand why homes have foundation settlement issues, what can be done to fix it,  and how to prevent further foundation settlement problems from happening in the near future.

Foundation settlement damage is commonly linked with the soil surrounding the home structure. Here at Mr. Foundation Expert, we can stabilize your home by installing over 15 different types of foundation pier technologies. Did you know, galvanized steel foundation piers that extend beneath your foundation can be one of the worse pier products you can use? Trust Mr. Foundation Expert and give us a call before you spend money.

Get a FREE Quote in 15 minutes or less by telephone. No high pressure sales people! Simple as 1, 2, 3! Take a picture, text it, talk to an expert and get several options fast!

Our company offers homeowners full warranty foundation settlement solutions. We are responsible, licensed contractors who have solved foundation settlement issues with a combined 50 years of knowledge in the industry. Don't let your home sink away, simply contact us today for a free foundation settlement repair estimate!

Call 1-800-561-9039

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Common Foundation Settlement Issues

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When your  home experiences foundation settlement problems many indications will become visible and noticeable. Below are some common ways to notice foundation settlement.

Stair-step cracking is a common form of foundation settlement usually seen in brick and concrete block walls. Stair-step cracks are one of the most certain signs of foundation settlement occurring within a home. Uneven vertical cracks are likely to occur as settlement continues, causing wall sections to tilt away, showing severe wall displacement.

Most drywall cracks during foundation settlement are commonly located at the weakest part of a building's structure, which is usually the corners of doors and windows and along drywall seams that open up. Drywall cracks can also be a sign of sinking crawl space supports, sinking floors, and heaving floors that move. Cracks will often show larger and more obvious separation in load support walls and walls that have no weight on them.

Have you had your chimney inspected?

One of the most dramatic signs of foundation settlement a homeowner can see is a tilting chimney. Chimneys are the heaviest structure of a property some can weigh up to tens of thousands of pounds! Chimneys are often built on footing separately from the house foundation. When the soil below the chimney's footing isn't strong enough or erodes away to hold the weight, the chimney sinks, causing a tilt.

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If a foundation issue is causing your home's windows and doors to stick or jam, then it's a safe bet to say the problem is some form of settlement. Windows & doors are the weakest part of your structured wall so visible damage and limited functioning will likely happen in a settlement problem near your foundation. Signs of settlement in windows and doors include, cracks forming around the frame.

Cracks in your concrete floor slab may form as a result of foundation settlement. Soil disruption, or contraction may cause the floors to sink or lift independently of the foundation walls. Many times a foundation's settlement affects the floors of your foundation and not the foundation walls but you can't see them below your flooring until it is to late.

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What foundation repair methods Solve Your Foundation Settlement Problems Permanently?

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There are many different types of foundation repair methods., we install foundation piers to stabilize and restore a failing foundation. Our contractors use our warrantied foundation piers to restore foundations damaged by issues related to foundation settlement and weak or poor supporting soils.

We offer over 15 different types of foundation piers to repair foundation settlement; each of our pier systems are designed to address a specific kind of foundation problem for both residential and commercial applications. If a company only offers three or less different kinds of foundation piers including push piers, helical piers, and slab piers be very careful with these types because the hydraulic machines used to put them in the ground can cause major damage to your building.

Why are push piers, helical piers, and slab piers bad for foundation repair?

Concrete foundations under the building are one piece. They are not meant to bend and when a hydraulic machine pushes these piers in the ground it exerts pressure up against the home or commercial building causing it to bend. This is a major problem that can cause the footing below to crack.

If you already have cracks in the footing that can't be seen because of the dirt above and the hydraulic machines pushes on them more, you can imagine the damage that will be done.

Get the facts before you use this method that a sales person from another company wants to sell you who has not even checked around the entire building under the ground before they start giving you advice. It is basically like a doctor operating who has not seen and scans before the operation. You are asking for trouble.

Push piers are designed with steel, and are connected to your foundation by a steel bracket. This can cause more damage over time. Each pier is driven deep below your home soil, rock or shale. The problem is you don't know what it is sitting on holding up your home unless soil studies are done.

What is the solution to a settling concrete slab? do Slab Pier Systems work or stabilize a sinking, settling foundation slab? Usually no if there is a leak under the building or we do not know what the pier is sitting on deep in the ground. The ground can move so why would you want your building sitting on ground that moves with heat and pressure.

Foundation helical piers stabilizing a home before it is built. Helical Pier systems use steel galvanized helical piers to advance deep into the earth's soil, transferring the weight of your home onto stable load-bearing strata or bedrock. The problem is the company doesn't know where bedrock is Helical piers are installed similarly to push piers, they are attached to the foundation by mounting a bracket. They are put in the ground with rotating blades.

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Foundation Push Piers

Foundation push piers are designed to sit under the home and pushed up against it to go down in the ground. The problem as we discussed above is your foundation is not meant to be pushed on and can crack with the pressure. Push piers are created with galvanized steel, which some companies give a false sense of saying they are resistant to corrosion. This is not always true and you should look at our steel pier video. Their purpose is to attach to your foundation and extend far below the structure to transfer the weight of your home onto competent, load-bearing bedrock but the problem is they do not know where bedrock is and deep down in the ground is heat and pressure causing rock to move. This is geology and most foundation contractors do not understand it.

After the foundation footing is exposed, a section of the foundation footing is cut to attach to each pier's bracket. This is possible all year-round from either inside or outside of your foundation. When you start cutting or drilling into a foundation you cause damage. Don't let a sales person tell you different.

Steel foundation brackets are then attached to the foundation's footing, and tubular pier sections are hydraulically driven through each bracket. This puts to much pressure on your foundation footing and causes cracks throughout the foundation you can't see because of the dirt hiding the rest of the foundation. Think of it like your elbow, it is not meant to bend certain ways just the same as your concrete foundation.

Once all the push piers have been installed under the foundation, if they are not put very close to each other within a foot or less, the push piers are spread out to far you have a void under the other parts of the foundation where soil is not stable. transferring the weight of the structure only to the steel pier that is three and a half inches or less in diameter. Do you really want your structure sitting on something only three inches or less? Push piers and house leveling is a science and you should use the proper pier footing support. SuperJack Piers can work very well.

Foundation Helical Piers

A foundation helical pier is basically a helical circle plates welded to the pier shaft. These plates help to pull the pier into the soil during installation, and provide anchoring strength as the weight of the foundation or structural element is transferred to the pier.

During the installation, a section of the foundation footing is exposed and cut for each bracket. Next, round-shaft helical piers are mechanically screwed into the soil that are driven by a skid steer machine. Once the helical pier has been advanced into the soil, a foundation bracket is secured to the footing. These are best used in new construction before the building is ever built so the foundation can sit on top of the pier and attached with steel plates properly under the footing or slab without causing damage.

Helical piers have a versatility for stabilizing and restoring foundations and masonry elements if added before the building is constructed in some cases. Get details by calling Mr. Foundation Expert. 1-800-561-9039

Slab Pier Systems

Our foundation slab pier uses both steel pier underpinning sections mixed with concrete that are installed deep into the soil under the slab to transfer the weight of the slab to competent strata while adding a new slab pour on top of the piers.. Once the straight steel piers and concrete piers are installed, you can also lift the slab back to a level position because a new slab is in place and sitting on a solid pier now.

Installation of the Mr. Foundation Expert SuperJack Slab Pier System allows you to fix your settled slab quickly, without the need to remove the existing slab and any walls in the area. A slab bracket is assembled underneath the concrete slab, and steel tubes are manually and hydraulically driven down.When the slab piers have reached competent stable soils, the weight of the slab is transferred through the piers to load-bearing soils below. If possible, the slab is lifted back to level position.

At the end of the installation, grout is pumped under the slab to fill any voids, and all cored holes in the slab are restored with new concrete for a clean, professional look.

Slab piers are not designed or used for supporting foundation walls or repairing damage caused by foundation heave. Slab pier solutions are permanent solutions for your home. Installations can be performed year round by us.

How Should You Not Repair Foundation Settlement Problems?

Certain home improvement methods work better than others based on the project and specific home and as we have said, steel piers are one of the worse methods you can buy. Alternatively, some home improvement methods barely work at all. As a matter of fact, many of our foundation repair jobs at Mr. Foundation Expert, are actually just fixing the unsuccessful repairs of other foundation contractors nationwide because they do not understand geology.

Our business of 50 plus years of knowledge, and our experiences in the foundation repair field have helped us eliminate ineffective foundation repair approaches. Below are three solutions that our company does recommend for residential and commercial buildings.

Foundation replacement, the soil is first excavated from around your foundation walls in certain sections or entire pieces. Then, the house is jacked up and the slab floor and foundation walls are removed. Finally, the foundation is rebuilt and the soil is placed.

Many companies don't like this and say it doesn't work because replacement extremely disruptive and expensive, however this is not always true and pushing piers in the ground can be the real problem is that it doesn't address the issue. The foundation isn't the problem; the soil is the problem. You've simply built a new foundation but you have repaired the soil around the new footing if done right..

Our company offers services with fully warrantied solutions that will fix your problem once and for all by stabilizing the foundation.

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Concrete Underpinning

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What is concrete underpinning? With the concrete underpinning approach, soil from around the foundation is excavated, larger concrete footings are poured beneath the existing footings. Once the concrete has cured, the soil is back-filled.

Why this doesn't work. Most of the time, concrete underpinning does not extend past the 'active zone' and beyond the troubled soils. In other words, the soil beneath these newly beefed-up footings may still be moving, causing the home above to continue to move.

Additionally, if concrete is not done right, it can shrink or expand as it cures, potentially creating small gaps between the new footing and the old one. Open gaps beneath a home are never a good thing which is why pushing up on a foundation with push piers is never a good thing if the footing is cracked.

When concrete underpinning is used a solution and the problem continues, it is not always more expensive to repair as all of the added concrete will need to be removed and re-supported by a new, more substantial foundation system if used with steel combo.

Concrete Piers

Do concrete piers work well for foundation repair? To install concrete piers under a home, the soil surrounding the foundation will first need to be excavated. They are usually one foot long by six inches in diameter concrete cylinders are pushed into the soil on top of one another and are held together by a wire. Shims are then placed on top of the uppermost concrete cylinder, and the soil is then back-filled.

Does this work? If done correctly and a concrete pad is formed under the old footing with steel, yes. The solid concrete cylinders are wide in diameter (about 6 inches), hydraulic machines can push the sections deep into the ground and past the troubled soil.

The company can guide the direction of the pier with sleeves. so they can be installed straight. Concrete is a strong material, we've all seen concrete crack and break under pressure and during changes in temperature but if done with steel and forms, it will last past your lifetime a lot longer than steel alone.  If concrete piers were a great idea, all manufacturers of foundation repair products would offer them. Instead, only a few companies struggle with this approach.

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Sinking & Settling Foundation Problems

Regain Your Home or Commercial Property Value By Repairing Foundation Sinking & Settlement Issues
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What are the signs of settlement damage?
  • Stair-step cracks in brick foundation walls (either in the mortar or brick)

  • Chimneys leaning or tilting away from the home (this can be very dangerous)

  • Cracks and gaps in windows & doors (outside or inside)

  • Hard to open jamming doors and sticking windows that are tough to open or close

  • Drywall and stucco cracks in the wall small or large

Mr. Foundation Expert Can Identify and Repair Your Foundation Settlement Issues

Mr. Foundation Expert specializes in permanent foundation solutions and services. Our company is top notch and our foundation repair contractors and technicians understand why homes have foundation settlement issues, what can be done to fix it,  and how to prevent further foundation settlement problems from happening in the near future.

Foundation settlement damage is commonly linked with the soil surrounding the home structure. Here at Mr. Foundation Expert, we can stabilize your home by installing over 15 different types of foundation pier technologies. Did you know, galvanized steel foundation piers that extend beneath your foundation can be one of the worse pier products you can use? Trust Mr. Foundation Expert and give us a call before you spend money.

Get a FREE Quote in 15 minutes or less by telephone. No high pressure sales people! Simple as 1, 2, 3! Take a picture, text it, talk to an expert and get several options fast!

Our company offers homeowners full warranty foundation settlement solutions. We are responsible, licensed contractors who have solved foundation settlement issues with a combined 50 years of knowledge in the industry. Don't let your home sink away, simply contact us today for a free foundation settlement repair estimate!

Common Foundation Settlement Issues

When your  home experiences foundation settlement problems many indications will become visible and noticeable. Below are some common ways to notice foundation settlement.

door-stuck-cracked-foundation
What foundation repair methods Solve Your Foundation Settlement Problems Permanently?

There are many different types of foundation repair methods., we install foundation piers to stabilize and restore a failing foundation. Our contractors use our warrantied foundation piers to restore foundations damaged by issues related to foundation settlement and weak or poor supporting soils.

We offer over 15 different types of foundation piers to repair foundation settlement; each of our pier systems are designed to address a specific kind of foundation problem for both residential and commercial applications. If a company only offers three or less different kinds of foundation piers including push piers, helical piers, and slab piers be very careful with these types because the hydraulic machines used to put them in the ground can cause major damage to your building.

Why are push piers, helical piers, and slab piers bad for foundation repair?

Concrete foundations under the building are one piece. They are not meant to bend and when a hydraulic machine pushes these piers in the ground it exerts pressure up against the home or commercial building causing it to bend. This is a major problem that can cause the footing below to crack.

If you already have cracks in the footing that can't be seen because of the dirt above and the hydraulic machines pushes on them more, you can imagine the damage that will be done.

Get the facts before you use this method that a sales person from another company wants to sell you who has not even checked around the entire building under the ground before they start giving you advice. It is basically like a doctor operating who has not seen and scans before the operation. You are asking for trouble.

foundation-repair-arkansas

Foundation Push Piers

Foundation push piers are designed to sit under the home and pushed up against it to go down in the ground. The problem as we discussed above is your foundation is not meant to be pushed on and can crack with the pressure. Push piers are created with galvanized steel, which some companies give a false sense of saying they are resistant to corrosion. This is not always true and you should look at our steel pier video. Their purpose is to attach to your foundation and extend far below the structure to transfer the weight of your home onto competent, load-bearing bedrock but the problem is they do not know where bedrock is and deep down in the ground is heat and pressure causing rock to move. This is geology and most foundation contractors do not understand it.

After the foundation footing is exposed, a section of the foundation footing is cut to attach to each pier's bracket. This is possible all year-round from either inside or outside of your foundation. When you start cutting or drilling into a foundation you cause damage. Don't let a sales person tell you different.

Steel foundation brackets are then attached to the foundation's footing, and tubular pier sections are hydraulically driven through each bracket. This puts to much pressure on your foundation footing and causes cracks throughout the foundation you can't see because of the dirt hiding the rest of the foundation. Think of it like your elbow, it is not meant to bend certain ways just the same as your concrete foundation.

Once all the push piers have been installed under the foundation, if they are not put very close to each other within a foot or less, the push piers are spread out to far you have a void under the other parts of the foundation where soil is not stable. transferring the weight of the structure only to the steel pier that is three and a half inches or less in diameter. Do you really want your structure sitting on something only three inches or less? Push piers and house leveling is a science and you should use the proper pier footing support. SuperJack Piers can work very well.

Foundation Helical Piers

A foundation helical pier is basically a helical circle plates welded to the pier shaft. These plates help to pull the pier into the soil during installation, and provide anchoring strength as the weight of the foundation or structural element is transferred to the pier.

During the installation, a section of the foundation footing is exposed and cut for each bracket. Next, round-shaft helical piers are mechanically "screwed" into the soil. Once the helical pier has been advanced into the soil, a foundation bracket is secured to the footing. These are best used in new construction before the building is ever built so the foundation can sit on top of the pier and attached with steel plates properly under the footing or slab without causing damage.

Helical piers have a versatility for stabilizing and restoring foundations and masonry elements if added before the building is constructed in some cases. Get details by calling Mr. Foundation Expert. 1-800-561-9039

Slab Pier Systems

Our foundation slab pier uses both steel pier underpinning sections mixed with concrete that are installed deep into the soil under the slab to transfer the weight of the slab to competent strata while adding a new slab pour on top of the piers.. Once the straight steel piers and concrete piers are installed, you can also lift the slab back to a level position because a new slab is in place and sitting on a solid pier now.

Installation of the Mr. Foundation Expert SuperJack Slab Pier System allows you to fix your settled slab quickly, without the need to remove the existing slab and any walls in the area. A slab bracket is assembled underneath the concrete slab, and steel tubes are manually and hydraulically driven down.When the slab piers have reached competent stable soils, the weight of the slab is transferred through the piers to load-bearing soils below. If possible, the slab is lifted back to level position.

At the end of the installation, grout is pumped under the slab to fill any voids, and all cored holes in the slab are restored with new concrete for a clean, professional look.

Slab piers are not designed or used for supporting foundation walls or repairing damage caused by foundation heave. Slab pier solutions are permanent solutions for your home. Installations can be performed year round by us.

How Should You Not Repair Foundation Settlement Problems?

Certain home improvement methods work better than others based on the project and specific home and as we have said, steel piers are one of the worse methods you can buy. Alternatively, some home improvement methods barely work at all. As a matter of fact, many of our foundation repair jobs at Mr. Foundation Expert, are actually just fixing the unsuccessful repairs of other foundation contractors nationwide because they do not understand geology.

Our business of 50 plus years of knowledge, and our experiences in the foundation repair field have helped us eliminate ineffective foundation repair approaches. Below are three solutions that our company does recommend for residential and commercial buildings.

Foundation replacement, the soil is first excavated from around your foundation walls in certain sections or entire pieces. Then, the house is jacked up and the slab floor and foundation walls are removed. Finally, the foundation is rebuilt and the soil is placed.

Many companies don't like this and say it doesn't work because replacement extremely disruptive and expensive, however this is not always true and pushing piers in the ground can be the real problem is that it doesn't address the issue. The foundation isn't the problem; the soil is the problem. You've simply built a new foundation but you have repaired the soil around the new footing if done right..

Our company offers services with fully warrantied solutions that will fix your problem once and for all by stabilizing the foundation.

Concrete Underpinning

What is concrete underpinning? With the concrete underpinning approach, soil from around the foundation is excavated, larger concrete footings are poured beneath the existing footings. Once the concrete has cured, the soil is back-filled.

Why this doesn't work. Most of the time, concrete underpinning does not extend past the 'active zone' and beyond the troubled soils. In other words, the soil beneath these newly beefed-up footings may still be moving, causing the home above to continue to move.

Additionally, if concrete is not done right, it can shrink or expand as it cures, potentially creating small gaps between the new footing and the old one. Open gaps beneath a home are never a good thing which is why pushing up on a foundation with push piers is never a good thing if the footing is cracked.

When concrete underpinning is used a solution and the problem continues, it is not always more expensive to repair as all of the added concrete will need to be removed and re-supported by a new, more substantial foundation system if used with steel combo.

Concrete Piers

Do concrete piers work well for foundation repair? To install concrete piers under a home, the soil surrounding the foundation will first need to be excavated. They are usually one foot long by six inches in diameter concrete cylinders are pushed into the soil on top of one another and are held together by a wire. Shims are then placed on top of the uppermost concrete cylinder, and the soil is then back-filled.

Does this work? If done correctly and a concrete pad is formed under the old footing with steel, yes. The solid concrete cylinders are wide in diameter (about 6 inches), hydraulic machines can push the sections deep into the ground and past the troubled soil. The company can guide the direction of the pier with sleeves. so they can be installed straight. Concrete is a strong material, we've all seen concrete crack and break under pressure and during changes in temperature but if done with steel and forms, it will last past your lifetime a lot longer than steel alone.  If concrete piers were a great idea, all manufacturers of foundation repair products would offer them. Instead, only a few companies struggle with this approach.

We Can Restore Settling Foundations in Arkansas Neighborhoods Making you Happy

At Mr. Foundation Expert, we can identify and repair any home foundation issue you may be having with settling or sinking foundations. We offer a wide variety of foundation repair solutions that are fully warrantied and can permanently fix your foundations for good. Our products and solutions have been tested and proven effective throughout North America and International markets in Singapore and Hong Kong

If your home is experiencing any structural cracks or other problems related to your foundation, contact us for a no pressure engineer consultation. We offer free, written estimates by call us at 1-800-561-9039 to all Arkansas homeowners in need of our services. Included in our Free Estimate, one of our foundation specialists will visit your home and conduct a thorough on-site inspection of your property, plus a personal consultation of repairs needed. To set-up a Free Estimate appointment with one of our expert specialists, call us today! 1-800-561-9039

We have a combined 50 years of knowledge in settlement sinking and foundation problems. Get a free 15 minute engineer consultation if you need some answers.

Concrete piers come in two form. precast and custom made. Our firm recommends to always have the concrete pier custom made on site with steel inside as each foundation problem is different with soil conditions always being unique. A proper foundation inspection in the ground is the best way to determine what you need.

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Call us for a free 15 minute engineer consultation at 1-800-561-9039