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Is Foundation Repair Needed?

A house that has cracks inside or outside may have foundation issues that need to be repaired. The cracks can be found in the brick, sheetrock, floorboards, tile, and foundation.  Many times gaps can be found between some doors and windows.  The damages can also cause problems in the basement including leaning walls and flooding.

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The reason for foundation damage is the soil beneath the home. Expansive soil can shrink and swell according to the moisture in the ground. High moisture levels can cause the soil to expand which will heave and lift the home. Some factors that contribute to too much moisture in the soil are plumbing leaks and improper drainage. The opposite can also happen. If there’s not enough moisture in the soil, it will shrink and cause the foundation to settle.  Besides wind and heat, another factor that can cause a lack of moisture in the ground is trees.  If trees are present close to a home, the roots can extend under the home’s foundation and take in the moisture from the soil.

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Why do we need to repair these?  If the foundation isn’t repaired, the issues can get worse over time.  Repairing the foundation cannot only help with the cracks in the house, but it can also fix doors and windows that no longer close properly.  Another reason for foundation repair is the home’s resale value. Since most people end up selling their home at some point, the resale value will be significantly lower if the home has foundation and structural damages. These damages must be disclosed to potential buyers.  In the end, no one wants to purchase a home with signs of foundation failure and it is cheaper to repair your homes foundation rather than risk lowering the price substantially to make a sale.


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Our Foundation Repair Method for Homes with a Crawl Space

Crawl Space Repair


Pier and beam homes, generally referred to as crawl space homes, present an interesting twist on foundation failure. While many homes will still experience perimeter settlement of the foundation, the interior of the home is often where we see the most movement. This is largely due to initial construction and soil conditions, and it can lead to the need for crawl space repair.

Typical crawl space repair involves inferior methods, including inserting wooden or steel shims between the concrete blocks and the wooden structure. While shimming may initially seem effective, it has to be adjusted every few years.


Signs of Foundation Issues with Crawl Spaces

Crawl Space Repair - Helical Piles


Pier and beam homes with settling will experience sagging. This means floors will sag or slope. Windows and doors may be difficult to open and close—causing a hazard as well as being frustrating. Non-load bearing walls may begin to pull away from the structure along the top edge of the wall. All of these interior symptoms may point to an even larger issue under your home.


Left unrepaired, a sagging home due to foundation issues with homes with crawl spaces will only get worse over time. Shifting beams, floor joists, wall joists, and walls themselves may cause plumbing to move within walls or under your home, causing further damage.


Our Foundation Repair Method for Homes with a Crawl Space


All Florida Ram Jack  offers a permanent solution to use in place of the shim method. By installing helical piles in place of your existing concrete block footings, the interior of the home will rest on a load-bearing stratum that is resistant to seasonal changes, allowing for a consistent base for your home through seasonal cycles.


Crawl Space Repair - Inferior Methods