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Is Your Home the 1 in 4 That Will Need Foundation Repairs?

May 29th, 2019 by
Map of expansive clay soil in the us that leads to foundation problems

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Are you a homeowner? Look at your neighbor’s house to the left and to the right of your home. Now, look at the neighbor across the street. Statistically speaking, one of the four of you will have to deal with foundation problems.

Expansive (Clay) Soil Means Trouble for Foundations

Clay soil moves…a lot. It contracts and expands dramatically in response to being wet or dry. The problem with building a home on expansive soil is that all that movement will affect the foundation.

“About half the houses built every year in the U.S. are founded on expansive clays. Half of those will eventually show some distress. Of the houses with expansive clay problems, chances are 1 in 5 that the house will become seriously affected.” –Richard Handy, PhD.

Fix Your Foundation Right the First Time

If your home is affected, you will have to choose a company to fix your foundation. You want a fix that will last – forever. At PierMagic®, we guarantee our foundation repairs will last. In fact, we not only offer a lifetime warranty, it’s transferable! That means that we guarantee that the repairs we make will last and we will even cover the next people who move into your home! That’s how confident we are in our foundation repairs. Our lifetime warranty has no exclusions. We do the job right the first time, and offer the best foundation pier available. How can we be so sure it will hold indefinitely? We use the patented DynaPier® system. Learn about the advantages of this system: Advantages of the DynaPier® System by PierMagic® Foundations. PierMagic® has been in business since 2007 and we know better than anyone that it is important to choose a foundation repair company that not only is an expert in the field, but is one that you can trust.

Signs of Foundation Problems

How do you know if your foundation is in need of repair? A few signs to look for include:

  • Uneven or sloping floors
  • Cracks in exterior or interior walls
  • Displaced or cracked moldings
  • Wall rotation
  • Tears in wallpaper
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Doors or windows that do not open or close properly

If your home is showing any of these signs, give us a call and we’ll send someone out to give you a free consultation. Foundation repairs don’t get better over time, they get worse. The sooner you get it repaired, the more affordable it will be. And the repairs we make will last.

If you think that you have a foundation issue, call us to schedule a free consultation at (855) 702-1200 or contact us online.

 

 

7 Causes of Foundation Problems and What You Can Do to Prevent Them

January 22nd, 2019 by

preventing foundation problems

Many homeowners experience foundation damage, but what causes foundations to settle? At PierMagic® we put together our list of seven causes of foundation problems. The bad news is that the longer the problems exist, the greater the damage. Some of these issues are preventable. In a nutshell, the biggest predictor of foundation problems is too much water or a lack of water. Take a look at the list and see how you can prevent your home from requiring foundation repair.

1. Hot Weather Causes Evaporation

Hot dry wind and intense heat can often cause the soil to shrink beneath the foundation. The lack of support around the foundation can cause shifting and settling. When this happens, settling may cause cracks to appear throughout the structure. Watering your lawn regularly can keep the moisture level more consistent and lessen the chance of shrinking soil.

2. Tree Transpiration Sucks Water from the Ground

Transpiration is the evaporation of water from various parts of plants, including the leaves. When this happens, tree roots may suck all the water from beneath a home causing the soil to shrink and the home to settle. If it sounds like that’s not a likely cause for foundation damage, know that a leaf will transpire many times more water than its own weight.  A large oak tree can transpire 40,000 gallons per year! Keep large trees near the foundation watered.

3. Plumbing Leaks Can Cause Foundation Walls to Move

Water from plumbing leaks is often a cause of foundation problems. Sometimes you may have a leak that you don’t know about that causes the foundation to move. Many times the leak is in the sanitary sewer (the drain that takes the incoming water away from your home and back to the city’s service). A homeowner may not even know he has a leak until he notices foundation cracks. Until the leak is fixed, the foundation will continue to shift. Get a plumbing inspection to make sure your foundation is not at risk.

4. Improper Drainage Is the Leading Cause of Foundation Failure

Improper drainage is one of the leading causes of foundation failure. Constant moisture in concentrated spots can cause the soil to settle and compact in that area creating uneven support. Excess moisture can cause erosion which will remove soil that supports the foundation walls. Either situation can lead to foundation cracks and because it is a water problem to begin with, basement leaking is almost inevitable. Make sure your soil slopes away from the foundation so water can drain. Also, check your gutters to make sure there are no clogs or leaks causing overflow near the foundation.

5. Inferior Foundation Construction Contributes to a Weak Foundation

Insufficient steel and inferior concrete will contribute to movement in the slab. If quality building materials are not used during construction, the entire foundation will be weaker and more susceptible to settling and sinking problems. There’s not much you can do about this one, but if excess water or too little water cause problems with sturdy foundations, they will certainly cause problems with inferior foundations. Follow the rules above to keep moisture levels as even as possible around your foundation.

6. Inferior Ground Preparation Can Cause Foundation Failure

Soft, low density soils and/or improperly compacted soil beneath a home is a leading cause of foundation failure. Cut and fill methods is a leading cause of foundation settlement. There is not a whole lot you can do to prevent this as it is up to the home builder to let the soil settle before construction. That’s why our DynaPier® system goes all the way to bedrock to make sure your home is on a solid foundation that won’t move. Again, follow the rules above to keep moisture levels as even as possible around your foundation.

7. Poor Soil Expands or Contracts to Contribute to Foundation Failure

Poor soil and its expansion and/or contraction contribute to foundation failure. Clay soil, which is very prevalent in the Midwest region, is one of the worst types of soil for foundation damage. Because clay soil is so dense, it retains water when it is wet and swells. Conversely, when it is very dry, clay soil shrinks just as dramatically as it swells when wet. This drastic change in soil composition can create pressure against the foundation wall when it swells or lack of support when it shrinks. Additionally, the yoyo effect of shrinking and swelling season after season can take its toll too. Moisture regulation is key, once again if you have expansive clay soil.

Actions to Help Prevent Foundation Problems

Try to keep your home’s landscape as even as you can when it comes to moisture. Remember to water during droughts and make sure your landscaping allows water to drain away during rainy periods. Inspect your foundation regularly, and fix any low spots, plumbing problems, or gutter issues immediately upon discovery.

If you notice any foundation cracks, give PierMagic® a call. The longer you wait, the more damage will happen, and the more money foundation repair will cost. Call us at (855) 702-1200 or contact us online.

10 Signs Your Home Has Foundation Problems

November 30th, 2018 by

Sings of Foundation ProblemsAt PierMagic we have successfully saved homeowners thousands of dollars by making minor foundation repairs early, rather than waiting until a small issue turns into a major problem. So how do you know if your home has foundation problems? We will explain some warning signs to look for.

1. Cracks on Interior and Exterior Wall

Cracks in the interior walls on the drywall as well as cracks on the outside of your home, such as zig-zag cracks in a brick wall are sure signs of house settlement. At PierMagic® our DynaPier® foundation piering system offers a lifetime fix for this issue.

2. Doors and Windows Sticking

When doors and windows do not open and shut like they used to, this is a pretty common sign that your foundation is settling.

3. Gaps between Crown Molding and Ceiling

This indicates there has been movement in the structure.

4. Gaps between Caulking and Windows or Doors

This is typically caused by the home foundation settling and shifting.

5. Sunken Floors or Sinking Foundation

If you notice the ground sinking near your foundation, this could potentially be a big foundation issue. Contact us right away for a free consultation.

6. Patios or Porches Pulling Away from Home

This is usually due to your home’s foundation moving away from the patio or porch due to shifting soil.

7. Wallpaper Creases and Wrinkles

As the walls shift due to foundation movement, the wallpaper will also shift, causing it to separate or rip.

8. Nail Pops in Walls

These are small, cracked circles where the nail pulls away from the drywall or sheetrock, exposing the nail head or pushing paint away from the wall.

9. Sloping Floors

Incremental drops of an inch across a home’s foundation are not a problem. But if your home slopes more than an inch every 15 to 20 feet, then you have some sloping issues that may require foundation repair.

10. Bowed Basement Walls

If your basement walls are bowing in, this means that there could be some foundation problems caused by soil expansion. When the soil is wet it expands pushing against the foundation, as the soil dries it pulls back away from your foundation. This can cause weak areas that will eventually bow.

Proactive Foundation Repair Is Much Less Expensive Than Reactive Repair

The important thing to remember is that when you see signs of a problem, call us right away. One thing we know for sure is that foundation problems do not get better…only worse. Waiting to repair it will only cost you more money in the long run. Most times, substantially more. We offer free consultations, so don’t put it off.

If you think you have foundation issues, call us at (855) 702-1200 or contact PierMagic today for a free foundation repair consultation.

A Lifetime Foundation Warranty with No Exclusions? Believe It!

August 8th, 2013 by

Pier Magic Foundation WarrantyYou hear about limited-time warranties all the time. Many companies will offer 1-yr, 10-year, or sometimes longer. But lifetime warranties are much less common. In the foundation repair industry, PierMagic® is one of the only companies that offer a lifetime foundation warranty with no exclusions. Most other companies have many exclusions included in their warranty that allow them to get out of just about any warranty issue. For instance, improper grading, improper gutters, not maintaining clean gutters, failure to water around foundation, times of drought, not paying a transfer fee if the property is sold, etc. We could go back to any home or property we’ve repaired and find at least one of these issues, but we don’t use them as excuses. That’s not how we operate. At PierMagic®, we offer a lifetime warranty on our DynaPier® piering system. That means that if your foundation is fixed using the DynaPier® system, we will cover any future repairs for the lifetime of the home – period. That’s a long time! Plus, our lifetime foundation warranty is transferrable. That means that even if you sell your home to someone else, the warranty still stands. How can we be so confident?

When It Comes to Foundations, We Understand the Gravity of the Situation

The DynaPier® System was engineered to be the best foundation pier on the market. Most other systems fail because they depended on lateral attachment to the foundation. The laws of gravity constantly work against this kind of support. The DynaPier® system is located centrally and directly beneath the load/footing and foundation. Centrally placed support structures are the most effective way to level the house, and the probability of future foundation repairs is practically zero. The home is resting on top of it. This makes gravity work with it rather than against it.

The DynaPier® System Forms One Solid Unit of Support

Furthermore, our interlocking segments are comprised of high-strength concrete pre-cast in a steel sleeve providing superior shear strength and compressive resistance. But don’t take our word for it. Independent testing labs have proven it. The outer casing is filled with a concrete core, and cured for maximum hardness. Each segment is hydraulically driven into the ground one at a time until it hits bedrock to provide maximum support. With the DynaPier® system, there are no loose components to allow for slippage anywhere. The foundation pier is then topped with a steel cap, and lastly, the house is lifted and secured to the foundation pier.

PierMagic Makes Your Foundation Better than New

When we use the DynaPier® system, your foundation far exceeds your home’s original structural integrity. Your home is actually better than new. That’s how we can guarantee our work for life and even make that guarantee transferable to future homeowners. Call PierMagic® today for any foundation repair needs at (855) 702-1200. We’ll be the last foundation repair company you call.