There are different levels of severity that call for different home foundation repair methods. At RaiseRite, when identifying and proposing a responsible resolution of foundation issues with your home, we follow the standards set forth by WAFRP (Wisconsin Association of Foundation Repair Professionals).
So, what types of solutions are available to you if you have home foundation issues?
If your foundation walls are bowing inward, you may have an issue where the outside soil is creating pressure which is causing your walls to bow.
If a wall is bowed/tilted more than 1″ (one inch), then the exterior surrounding your home should be excavated, and your foundation wall should be pushed back into place. After the professional foundation repair contractor has successfully repositioned the foundation wall(s), a non-expansive material is used as fill to prevent future pressure from expansive soil.
If one, or many, of your foundation walls are tilted/bowed less than 1″ (one inch), then reinforcement beams can simply be installed to prevent future movement. Reinforcement beams are used as braces keeping your walls from bowing any further than they already had.
When beams are installed to secure the foundation of your home, they will be attached to the floor joists and also anchored into the footings, in order to hold the wall in place. If we find that there is not bracing available to install beams, helical tiebacks may be used.
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5/16/16 Dave, It was about ten years ago that my basement walls started to move and leak. I called a local company to have the situation taken care of. They came over and proceeded to install a system that was meant to bring the walls back into position and prevent cracking and leaking. They did this by drilling through the walls and extending a rod out to the yard about eight to 13 feet from the house. It was supposed to be tightened to bring the wall back to the original place or close to it. It did move the walls ever so slightly, but return, cause more cracked in the walls. After repeated calls for the firm to come and fix the problems, the leaking did cease but the company asked me for $100 a year to guarantee their warranty. They worked on the East and South walls. Two years ago, the west and north walls began to leak and I called another local firm, because I lost all tryst in the first firm. They did the same procedure with the same results. Tighten the rods and get more cracking and more leaks. After continued leaking for the better part of the last two years, I decided, after a $15,000.00 expenditure, to call and get the basement fixed correctly to end the leaking. A competitor contractor mentioned your name and I called you. I had your firm mudjack my driveway a couple times, but I did not know you did basement work also. I accepted your bid in the winter of 2015 to do the work in the spring of 2016 and this past week, after two weeks, the job is complete! You excavated around the entire house, pushed back the walls, installed steel beams every four feet in the basement, filled all of the cracks inside and out and applied a sealer on the outside of the walls. I am confident that my basement is not sealed and should not leak. I can only have words of praise for the men who performed the work. They were not only courteous, but very hard working and when they left, the outside of my home was landscaped and the property cleaned up. We are very appreciative of the excellent quality of work you performed and look forward to a “dry” (SureDry) basement in the future! Again, Thank you Clyde Menasha, Wisconsin
If you believe your foundation is compromised and is resulting in bowed walls from the pressure of the outside soil, we recommend you obtain a professional evaluation!
A helical pier system is ideal for stabilizing foundations and slabs that are built on questionable soil. It also provides seismic protection, tieback anchoring, deadman anchoring, and fixture anchoring. Helical piers are manufactured under strict quality standards and are only installed by experienced contractors (like us!).
Helical pier systems are often used in new construction applications, or when a pre-existing home needs foundation work to straighten bowed walls, but does not have the bracing available for installing foundation-stabilizing beams. Helical tieback anchor pier systems are easily installed in tight areas, and are often used in addition to resistance piers for increased stability. They can also be removed and reused for temporary applications!
We Install Deck Helical Piers too!For over 40 years, we have been helping home owners address and fix foundation repair concerns, and have installed over 5,000 piers with just a .1% adjustment rate. We have had zero (0) product warranty claims for our foundation repair services!
I recently purchased a home that had a bowed wall. I called RaiseRite and they sent out an expert in that field to diagnose the problem and estimate the cost to straighten the wall. They also recommended having the exterior of the wall sprayed with high density polyurethane. The polyurethane will act as a crack sealer, water sealant, and excellent insulating characteristics. My job was completed in three days and didn’t affect my home life. The wall was restored to its original condition and put value back into my home. The crew was extremely professional and did an excellent job of cleaning up. Thanks RaiseRite! ~Dave Manitowoc, WI
If your home is unstable due to foundation settlement, do not wait.
Resistance Pier Systems are installed for the purpose of stabilizing and re-leveling your home, they stop the settlement, but also restore the foundation and structure of your home. When resistance pier systems are installed for the purpose of stabilizing and re-leveling your home, structural defects and deformities such as cracks in your foundation walls are often closed.
When we install resistance piers for home foundation repair purposes, we use portable equipment, which allows the resistance piers to be hydraulically pushed to the bedrock, or to a measured design load strength. Resistance pier systems are manufactured under strict workmanship and material standards, and are installed only by qualified contractors.For over 40 years, we have been helping home owners address and fix foundation repair concerns, and have installed over 5,000 piers with just a .1% adjustment rate. We have had zero (0) product warranty claims for our foundation repair services! Contact us today for more information!
The Resistance Pier Installation Process
- Using portable equipment, an expert foundation repair contractor like RaiseRite can get up close and personal with the structure needing to be leveled.
- The soil surrounding the area of instability is removed to allow for our engineers to access the foundational slab of the home.
- Once the surrounding soil is removed, we attach the brackets required to guide the resistance piers down to the bedrock, providing the opposing force against the foundation of the home.
- Upon installation of the foundation brackets, resistance piers are hydraulically pushed deep into stable soil, which when placed in series, can lift more weight and more structure. The amount of piering required is dependent on the depth of the stable bedrock below.
- When all necessary resistance piers are in place and the building has been lifted back to its original position (or as close to original position as is possible), the area where soil was removed can be refilled and landscaped, leaving little to no trace that any work was done.
We had RasieRite come out and raise our patio. The concrete was pitched towards the home and every time it would rain, we would get water in our basement. Once they raised the concrete we no longer had any issues with the water in the basement. The crews were very friendly, very professional, and did a great job!