The crawlspace is one of the most important and overlooked areas of your home. Many people view the crawlspace as merely as a storage space. In reality, the crawlspace offers support to your entire home. That is why it is important to make sure that your crawlspace is properly supported and stable. This will prevent structural issues and foundation problems throughout your entire home. If you have noticed any issues with the crawlspace in your home our team can help.
In many cases, crawlspace foundation issues are due to shifting soil beneath the crawlspace. This soil movement can be caused by several different factors. If heavy rains cause erosion in the ground around your home, this will wash away the soil and create an unstable base for the crawlspace. Shrinking soil from lack of moisture in the ground can also be an issue. Another cause of shifting soil is poor soil compaction at the time of construction. This can cause the soil to erode and create gaps beneath the foundation that lead to settlement and sinking.
Crawlspace issues can also arise from increased hydrostatic pressure in the ground due to excessive precipitation. This pressure puts stress on the foundation, causing it to shift and crack. These issues can also cause leakage, which creates a host of other problems in your crawlspace.
In order to fix the crawlspace issues, you must first determine what the issue is. Common structural crawlspace issues include shifting, settling, cracks, and water leakage.
Signs of these problems in your crawlspace may be:
The best way to fix these issues is to install crawlspace piers. These are a type of steel push pier that is installed directly below the crawlspace to support the weight of the structure above while restoring the crawlspace foundation to the proper position. The piers are driven into the load-bearing soils deep under the shifting top layers. Once installed, the pier can be used to offer support and lift for the foundation. This helps to fix a shifting or settling foundation and to close any foundation cracks that may have formed.
The resistance piering products that we use come from Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leading supplier of foundation repair products. This helps to provide a reliable and long-lasting solution for your home.
Contact Pro Foundation Technology, Inc. today for more information on crawlspace piers in the Kansas City, Raytown, Overland Park, and Columbia area.