As time progresses, the soil under your foundation can move, from seismic activity or moisture build-up, which can lead to your foundation itself moving and shifting. If you have noticed nails popping out of the drywall or perhaps bedroom doors are getting difficult to close, these could be strong indicators that your foundations are unsecured and need attention. The team at San Francisco Foundation Specialists can help to shift your foundations back to level and secure them in that position, preventing any further costly damage to your home or building and keeping it stabilized permanently in the ground.
Because every site is different and the ground can vary so wildly, we stock a range of products that can be used to cover most situations. Our push piers can be used in tight spaces and when there is bedrock below, pushing directly off the rock and adding support to the foundation from below. We also have helical piers to provide support when there are deep areas of soil that don't have bedrock below them, being able to anchor deep into the ground and provide a permanent solution, preventing the foundation from shifting or slipping beneath your home or building.
When a project is started without proper inspection and plan first, the additional supports can be added in ways that end up adding more stress to the foundation, increasing the risk of damage and cracking. This is not only a costly waste of time, but it's dangerous for your home. Our team is able to inspect and map out your foundation and site, gaining a clear understanding of your needs and creating a plan to repair it to good condition. Knowing where to start and where to add supports is crucial to making sure that the repair goes off without a hitch.
Between the different products and techniques available there are many different pros and cons, each product has been designed with a specific need in mind so they are made for different applications. It can be tricky work selecting the products that are both right for the job and right for the budget, which is why getting the help of a professional service like San Francisco Foundation Specialists can be so helpful to guide you through the process, making sure that everything selected is the right tool for the job, but also won't break the bank once the job has been completed.
The foundation is what is holding your house up and preventing it from slowly sinking into the ground, if there is a problem with the foundation then the entire structure of the building is compromised. As time progresses the problem will only get worse instead of getting better, so it's important to have a professional start to inspect, plan and repair the foundation before more damage is done. We are able to come and assess the issue and try to find the cause of the problem before prescribing a repair option, we want to make sure that if it's an ongoing issue we provide a permanent solution. Find out much more details about us.
Do Small Earthquakes Damage My Home's Foundation?
Earthquakes are happening almost all the time, except they are so small that we rarely feel them. California is especially prone to getting earthquakes both big and small. While small earth quakes don't nearly have the power of bigger ones, they can still do a considerable amount of damage. Thankfully, homes in California are generally built to a specific code that ensures that foundations are more protected from earthquakes. So small earthquakes may not do much to a foundation. However, with that said, older foundations may not have been built with that same code in place. Therefore, they may be more susceptible to damage. Also and increased amount of small earthquakes may also begin to create problems. Little cracks in a foundation may begin to form every time a smaller earthquake hits. Although these cracks are small, they will have the potential to grow bigger over time. Regardless if your home is built to code or not, you should always check your foundation after an earthquake to make sure that there is no damage that has been done. Bigger earthquakes will pose a greater threat to the foundation of a building and should be inspected afterwards to ensure that the earthquake did not inflict the foundation in any way. Although newer buildings will most likely be able to withstand bigger earthquakes as well, it will be a great security policy to make sure the foundation is in good strong condition. There are also many aftershocks after earthquakes, so make sure that you periodically inspect the foundation for a few days after the earthquake to make sure there is no damage to the foundation.