Restoring your home’s foundation becomes necessary when the warning signs of structural damage are not addressed soon enough. Continuous pressure applied to exterior walls diminishes the load bearing capacity of structural elements of your house such as footers, joists and even entire walls.
The cause and severity of damage to your home will determine if adding additional support beams or joists will be enough to stabilize your foundation, or if more invasive repairs are needed. In some cases, other types of structural repair may be used in addition to restoration efforts to further reinforce foundation walls.
Foundation Restoration Solutions
Restoring the structural integrity of your foundation may require a combination of solutions that address the different areas of support underneath and inside your house. In some cases, lifting and/or excavating around your foundation may be required.
Underpinning is the restoration or reinforcement of a house foundation that has failed, or is failing.
Things to know include:
- Excavation is necessary to reach foundation footers
- Permits may be required before digging begins
- Coordination with utility companies may be necessary
Joists are structural supports that run horizontally between foundation walls.
Things to know include:
- When one joist fails, it causes a domino effect through your home
- Lifting part of your foundation may be required
- “Sistering” one joist to another may be preferred over replacement
Foundation Wall Straightening
Support beams are most often made of steel, and add structural support to damaged walls or uneven floors.
Things you should know include:
- The wall must be excavated prior to repair.
- In most cases, the wall can be pushed back to its original state.
- Once straightened, the wall is reinforced to ensure it never moves again.
What You Should Know About Foundation Restorations
Determining the causes of structural damage is the most important step to take before any section of your foundation can be restored to a safe and stable condition. The solutions Keystone Basement Systems uses to restore the structural integrity of your home’s foundation may require coordination with utility companies and local building inspectors. If digging is required on the outside of the home, work permits must be secured before work can begin.
To ensure restoration of your foundation is you best solution, take advantage of our FREE 68 Point Inspection.
Any repairs made by Keystone Basement Systems’ certified foundation specialists include regular maintenance and are backed by our Lifetime Warranty.