Many Homes in the Midwest Will Experience Foundation Problems Due to Expansive Soil

Foundation Problems“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, Ph.D.

Fix It Once with the Best Piering System

25% of new U.S. homes will experience foundation distress. While that statistic is alarming, if you live in the Midwest, the numbers are even higher. That’s because expansive soil (clay) is more prevalent in the Midwest. Clay soil expands and contracts greatly based on how much moisture it absorbs. In wet conditions, clay expands putting pressure on surrounding foundations. When the weather is dry, it contracts, leaving foundations unsupported. This back and forth causes foundations in clay soils to move much more than foundations built on more stable soil types. If you happen to be one of the homeowners whose home is built on clay soil, you will have to decide how to fix your home to prevent further damage. At PierMagic®, we recommend using the DynaPier® system for foundation repairs. Our piers come with a lifetime warranty.

Advantages of the DynaPier® System

The DynaPier® System is the strongest foundation pier on the market. Its strength exceeds offset steel piers, helical piers, and concrete pilings. Here are the advantages of the DynaPier® System:
  • Pier is located centrally and directly beneath the foundation footing instead of attached to the outside of the footing.
  • ALL parts are connected to form a monolithic unit.
  • ALL shims are contained within the pier cap.
  • Installation does not require removal or breaking of the footing. The footing remains completely intact.
The DynaPier® achieves the greatest depth while being installed in a position to provide the greatest support, it is the strongest foundation pier in the industry.

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 the 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 you think that you have a foundation issue, give your local PierMagic® a call to schedule a free consultation.

How to Choose a Foundation Repair Company

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. We recommend following these tips to ensure that you choose the right foundation repair company, even if it isn’t us: How to Choose a Foundation Repair Company.

For more information about your home’s foundation or to schedule a consultation, give us a call at (855) 702-1200.

Can I Get My Foundation Repaired in the Winter?

Foundation Repair in WinterAt PierMagic, because we work outdoors, some people have assumed that we don’t work during the winter. While many foundation repair companies are hampered by freezing temperatures, we are not. That’s because we use a different system. Instead of pouring concrete for piers, which won’t set right if it’s too cold, we use the DynaPier® system.   

Why the DynaPier System Is Impervious to Weather

The DynaPier® system is poured and cured at the factory, so the temperature doesn’t affect it at all. Our DynaPier® system is constructed in sections. The interlocking, DynaPier® segments are comprised of high-strength concrete that is pre-cast in a steel sleeve. The outer casing is filled with a concrete core and cured for maximum hardness. The pier segments are then hydraulically driven into the ground one at a time. After one foundation pier segment is driven, another segment is connected to the foundation pier, and the process is repeated until the foundation pier hits bedrock. The foundation pier is then topped with a steel cap, and lastly, the house is lifted and secured to the foundation pier.

We Hand Dig Each Pier

Because we hand dig our piers, some customers assume that we can’t work once the ground is frozen. Actually, there are only a handful of days per winter that it is cold enough to prevent us from doing our job. We don’t use heavy equipment so disturbance to your yard is minimal. We can install piers all winter long.

Why DynaPier®?

Our DynaPier® system is what sets PierMagic apart from all of the other foundation repair companies. Not only does the DynaPier® system provide superior shear strength and compressive resistance, where we place it also adds to its amazing success. The DynaPier® system is installed centrally beneath the footing rather than outside of the footing, thus transferring the structural load directly on top of the foundation pier. Because it sits below your foundation and rests on bedrock, there is nowhere for the pier to go. Its strength keeps it from bending and its placement keeps it from sheering like offset steel piers. Drilled concrete piers and concrete piling piers don’t go deep enough to reach bedrock, so they aren’t as stable. The DynaPier® system is the only foundation repair system that comes with a lifetime warranty!

So no matter what time of year it is, call PierMagic when you need foundation repair. Call (855) 702-1200 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

10 Signs Your Home Has Foundation Problems

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.