What Is Foundation Piering?

What Is Foundation PieringFoundation piering is one of the safest and most effective ways to repair foundation cracks and restore the structural integrity of a building. This is the process we use here at Tom’s Basement Waterproofing to complete our foundation repairs. Not only will this process save you time and money, but it can add years to your home or office building. Let’s take a closer look at what foundation piering is so you can determine if it is right for you.

Why Buildings Need Foundation Piering

There are a number of reasons why you may notice cracks in your foundation, walls, basement flooring, etc. It could be that the building was constructed on unstable soil. When the soil shifted, so did the foundation. Here in Michigan, we see a number of foundation problems due to the sand in the soil from the Great Lakes. Even new homes built on solid soil can have foundation issues over time because of changes in the weather. If the foundation is too saturated or too dry, it will cause the building to shift, crack, and potentially fall apart.

How Foundation Piering Works

Foundation piering works to eliminate the issues listed above. Vertical beams are placed underneath the foundation of the building to provide a solid support structure from underground. Here’s a closer look at the process:

  1. A foundation repair expert comes to your home to evaluate the extent of the damage. This will determine how many piers you will need and where they will be placed.
  2. A foundation piering crew will place steel piers below the footing of your foundation and drive them through the ground to support the building.
  3. If necessary, the crew will use the piers to raise part of the foundation for concrete leveling.

In the end, you will have a much stronger, more stable foundation under your home or business that will last for years to come. The sooner you act, the less damage you will have to pay for during your foundation repair work. The time to act is now. If you have issues with foundation cracks, sinking basements, or vertical seems through your masonry, contact the experts here at Tom’s Basement Waterproofing for a free quote for your foundation repair. There is no obligation, and you will save a ton of money in home repairs if you’re proactive in your efforts.