Concrete Foundation Repair
Have you noticed cracks in your concrete foundation?
The truth is, concrete problems don’t get better with time … they significantly worsen. When concrete foundation damage is left unrepaired, this increases the likelihood of a total foundation replacement down the road. And the cost of ripping out and replacing concrete is an expensive and timely project.
Most foundation damage occurs when the soil beneath your home is unstable, this can create movement in the foundation, leading the foundation to settle unevenly. When this happens, you’ll notice damage to the structure, large cracks, and as a result a decrease in your home’s value.
There are a number of reasons why a concrete foundation may deteriorate or crack. Typically damaged concrete is the result of the following issues:
• Poor installation
• Exposure to natural elements (i.e. droughts, floods, erosion, or significant change to the soil’s environment).
• Tree roots
Repairing your concrete foundation is essential to maintaining the lifespan of your current foundation and keeping the structural integrity of the property intact.
Sometimes, concrete foundation cracks are not entirely visible. Which is why it’s important to understand the warning signs of foundation damage.
Here are a few of the most common foundation problem warning signs:
• Walls shifting
• Separation around the home’s doors, windows and walls
• Cracked bricks or concrete
• Cracked or broken foundation
• Doors or windows that stick or appear misaligned
• Cracks in the interior flooring
• Uneven or sloping floors
The types of foundation cracks that occur from settlement are typically vertical and wider in appearance. If you’re still unsure if the cracks around your home are from foundation problems, continue to monitor them and if they get wider in appearance, it’s time to contact a foundation repair company.
When it comes to concrete foundation repair, the most common methods used are slab jacking which pumps a cement grout beneath the slab or beam through specialized holes to restore the foundation to its original elevation, or piering which is a method that installs steel posts in the unstable soil to raise and stabilize the concrete slabs.
If you think your home may be in need of foundation replacement, foundation repair, or earthquake retrofitting contact Julian Construction today and we will send one of our foundation specialists out to conduct a free, thorough inspection with a quote for repair.
We have extensive experience serving our Los Angeles community and nearby regions. In fact, Julian Construction has inspected over 30,000 structures in the area! Give us a call at (323) 733-3377 to schedule your free inspection or complete the inspection request form.