A: Check the structure for cracking bricks, blocks, and mortar that form horizontally, vertically or stair step-like. These are signs of failure in the footing. Cracks in the foundation walls typically appear at the weakest points, including corners, edges of window frames, openings for service (such as HVAC), concrete cold joints, long spans of walls, pipe penetration, and along the tie rods in the foundation. Also, bowed walls, open spaces around windows where the frames meets the walls, sticking doors, cracked sheetrock, uneven or shaky floors are some of the signs of foundation failure.
A: Foundation Pro utilizes the Steel Pier Piling System to support and stabilize the foundation by transferring the weight of the structure off the weaker soils and onto the steel pier. Through a hydraulic driving pump assembly, a series of steel pilings sections (3 ½ inches O.D. ¼ walls with connecting inserts) are injected into ground until they reach bedrock or load bearing strata. A pressure gauge is read to determine the precise level of maximum support. A manifold system is used for multiple piers for maximum lifting precision. The bracket is then bolted to the piling.
A: The application of mortar to brick is called tuck-and-point. After we have raised the foundation to the best allowable grade, we will tuck-and-point the area where we have worked. This process sometimes involves mixing brick color in order to obtain as close to the original structural cosmetics as possible.
A: For structures on a pier-and-beam or crawl space foundations with interior problems, we use the Interior Pier and Treated Girder System. This is a two-step process. First a concrete footing is poured with two sections of rebar. After a minimum of a 36 hour drying process, adjustable steel posts (with lag screws into girder) and/or concrete blocks (with mortar) are installed in order to raise or support joists, walls, and flooring. A Treated Wood Girder System connects the piers and steel shims applied where needed.
A: Foundation Pro uses pressurized, structural Polyurethane that expands to high density in order to help stabilize soils, fill voids and/or raise concrete slabs. 5/8 inch port is drilled into the slab and a two-part polymer solution is injected under the slab. The curing process usually takes only 2-4 hours. The injection ports are patched with mortar or grout upon completion. This method is used to raise interior residential and commercial slabs, concrete porches, driveways, pool decks, sidewalks and more!
A: Foundation problems can be caused from a variety of sources that affect new and older homes. Seasonal weather periods with wet and dry cycles produce changes in the soil bed under the homes foundation. This causes expansive clays to shrink and swell which can crack the concrete footings and cause settlement issues. Also, large tree roots can drink water close to parts of the foundation and compromise the structure by growing under footings. Poor drainage, insufficient amount or lack of rebar or improper rebar placement, soil compaction, poor soil conditions, and plumbing leaks are some of the additional causes of foundation problems.
A: Yes. Foundation Pro is a certified to install Carbon Fiber Concrete Staples with Epoxy. The hybrid grid strap system is comprised of high tensile strength carbon fibers woven together. This is designed for stabilizing both poured concrete and block walls. Due to the extreme high strength to weight ratio, many times carbon fiber reinforcement is the repair material of choice for bowed basement walls, bridge columns, and concrete beams to restore and maintain structural integrity.
A: Yes. Our company gives a lifetime warranty on hydraulic steel push-piers and a two-year warranty on interior piers. These written warranties are fully transferable with no transfer fees. Polyurethane warranties may vary based on the scope of work. Check with a Foundation Pro estimator for more information.
A: Our goal is to create the least amount of disturbance to the customer’s landscape. Our employees are trained to maintain disturbed vegetation (plants, grass etc.) by covering their root systems with soil and watering them when necessary. However, we are not liable for vegetation that does not survive.
A: Yes. Foundation Pro will be happy to provide you a list of customer references in your area upon request. We can offer references from both homeowners and professionals such as engineers and real estate agents.