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How Much of My Home is Lifted During Foundation Repair?

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Apr 22, 2015 9:46:53 AM

How Much of My Home is Lifted During Foundation Repair?When it comes to foundation repair in south Louisiana there are a variety of factors in play. The most prevalent issue is that our homes are built upon unique clay-laden soil. It’s this soil that can wreak havoc on a home’s foundation. Of course common foundation problems can be presented in cracks, unaligned doors, slanting floors and more. An option during foundation repair is to actually lift the house. The ultimate goal in lifting the structure is to place the slab on piers that will create a stable foundation. It could also be a means in reversing some of the cosmetic damage that’s been caused. So, how do we know how much to lift?

When a house is being lifted there are several factors to consider. It is also important to remember that when we “lift” we are only moving the structure between ¼” and 1 ½” based on the severity of the settlement. Anything beyond this, for example having a home lifted from a flood zone would be a job for a shoring specialist.

The first factor in lifting is determining the signs of distress and identifying where the cracks are located. Once this information is collected, the supervisor closely monitors these issues while doing the lifting countdown. After about 10 pumps of the hand controlled jack, the inside of the home and impacted areas are inspected. Are the cracks closing up? Is there any movement at all? Once these questions are answered, the decision to continue or stop is made. If the supervisor feels confident that continued lifting will not cause any structural damage, he will make that call. More often than not, after this process is complete cracks will close and doors and windows will be realigned.

But what if these visible issues don’t go away after lifting? This doesn’t mean that the job was unsuccessful. Now that your home is resting on our piers, the settlement issue has been resolved and your home is now safe and stable. Most structural engineers prefer that as little lifting as necessary is done.

The main factor for limiting lifting is the amount of tension on the jacks. As soon as they start to resist, that is our cue to stop. Continual force and attempts to lift can cause significant structural damage to both the framing and plumbing. Sometimes homes won’t lift in the same fashion as they fell. This means reversing the damage isn’t possible.

So while creating a stable and safe foundation for your home while reversing the visible effect of foundation damage is the ideal outcome, it isn’t always possible. The ultimate goal is to restore the safety, value and structural stability. Attempting to force the slab in order to align doors or seal cracks can do the exact opposite, and that is a risk we can’t take. Although some additional cosmetic repairs may be required after our repair, you can be assured that your home is stabilized and covered by our lifetime warranty. For over 30 years WCK Foundation Repair has been helping homes and homeowners restore their foundations with the only proven method for our unique soil. For more information, click here.

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Topics: Raised Foundation

Protect Your Raised Baton Rouge Foundation

Posted by WCK Foundation Expert Team on Jan 15, 2014 2:32:00 PM

Protect Your Raised Baton Rouge FoundationOne of the most vital and vulnerable areas of your home is the foundation.  One of the most endearing characteristics about our part of the world is the wide array of architecture.  Along with the food, weather and culture, the different types of influences on buildings and homes makes south Louisiana quite unique.  One thing all homes have in common, whether your foundation sits on the ground or is lifted above it, it is still very susceptible to the effects and threats of our expansive soil.

Just as with a traditional foundation, the perils of pulsing, expanding soil exerting force against the walls of your foundation, the same dangers lurk for your raised pier and beam home.  You may notice slanting floors or countertops, sticking doors and windows, even cracks in walls and other parts of the structure of your home.  The common denominator for all foundations is that at some point, they all touch the ground and are at the mercy of our constantly moving, growing, changing soil. 

Fortunately, there is a remedy and solution to correct the damage in this type of home.  However, doing so requires the property owner’s due diligence.  A qualified, community trusted foundation repair company like WCK, can correct the issues that our clay-laden soil causes for these elevated foundations.

First and foremost, controlling the moisture under the home is imperative.  It is rain and other water that triggers the soil around your home to expand.  It is this constant expansion that creates foundation problems.  Once your drainage is established to take water away from underneath your home and away from the blocks and any standing water issues are rectified, repairing and reinforcing the foundation can take place.  This is a continuing process.  The underneath area of your home needs to remain dry and free of any excess moisture.  If these conditions are not met, future issues will arise. 

Unfortunately, due to the volatile nature of the soil around these types of homes, a warranty is not issued on this work.  However, by maintaining a sound ventilation and drainage plan, the chances of future movement of the foundation are very low.  There are additional benefits resulting from good moisture management.  It also helps avoid structural damage to the home like rotting beams and floor boards. 

If you suspect you may have some issues with your raised foundation home, trust the south Louisiana experts.  Having your home inspected and taking care of what could be a small issue now can save a lot of money and headaches in the future.

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Topics: Raised Foundation