If your foundation needs repair, you may be wondering, “how do you even fix this?” When it comes to your foundation, it can depend on what the problem is. At EagleLIFT, we have a variety of different technologies to fix your foundation and address its unique needs. This article will provide some information on the different methods we use, but the best way to learn what kind of repairs you need is through a consultation.
Every property is different, and this means the soil it was built on is too. The unique geology of the property plays a major role in what your soil may be like. This can mean variations in soil type, the depth of your bedrock, an increased likelihood of voids forming beneath your foundation, and more.
The depth of bedrock beneath your building has a large impact on what tools we may use to repair your foundation. When bedrock is available at a more shallow depth, Push Piers are an option. First, we expose the footers under your foundation. These are hand excavated and require no heavy machinery. Then, Push Piers are driven into the soil below your foundation hydraulically, until it reaches your bedrock. Then the pier is anchored to a bracket on the bottom of your foundation, and the foundation is lifted and stabilized uniformly using a series of hydraulic presses.
The second form of piers we offer are known as Helical Piers. Helical piers are used when your bedrock is deeper in the ground. This pier is anchored to the foundation of the building and is then spun downward using an auger. Helical piers rely primarily on torque to provide the resistance needed to stabilize the foundation.
Polyurethane Injection is another foundation repair technology. This is used when you have lighter structural and where stabilization is the primary goal. This option is one of the fastest repair options available and is also minimally invasive as it requires no excavation. When used, our contractors will inject the polyurethane below your foundation at varying depths and in a gridded pattern. The polyurethane expands in the soil, filling any voids and helping to lift your concrete back up to level. Our polyurethane cures in 25 minutes, which means less disruptions to you and your family. Polyurethane is also used in conjunction with other foundation lifting systems to fill voids and reconnect soil contact with the foundation
Another interesting use for polyurethane injection is stabilizing against liquefaction. Liquefaction is a process by which intense vibration, such as an earthquake, can cause fine or saturated soils to behave as a liquid. During a liquefaction event, structures are no longer appropriately supported and sink, soils can travel distances and cause structures to move with them, and the damage caused is severe. Polyurethane treated soils are shown to stabilize liquefiable soils and protect structures from liquefaction.
At EagleLIFT, we have several options for foundation repair that can help you save the concrete slabs you already have. We understand the investment that is your home and this is why we have repair options that are quality and long-lasting. Call us today for a free consultation and let us rescue your foundation sooner, rather than later.