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What is Foundation Leveling?

attaching a footing bracket during foundation leveling

If your house feels uneven, like it’s no longer sitting on solid ground, you could benefit from foundation leveling.

It’s not as scary as it sounds, especially with help from experienced foundation repair professionals like Indiana Foundation Service.

This article explains foundation leveling, why your home may need it, how you’ll benefit from a FREE foundation inspection, and our installation process.

Do I Need Foundation Leveling?

The primary purpose of leveling a foundation is to address foundation settlement.

There are two main types of foundation settlement: uniform settlement and differential settlement. We’ll focus on differential settlement because it is the most common phenomenon requiring foundation repair.

However, to give you an idea, uniform settlement is a process during which a home’s foundation sinks into the ground at an even rate.

By contrast, differential settlement occurs when a building’s foundation settles unevenly into the soil, causing various structural issues.

Differential settlement can arise due to various factors. These include the presence of expansive clay soil, which can shift and heave with changes in moisture content, or soil that was inadequately prepared or compacted before construction. This uneven settling of the foundation can lead to significant structural concerns if left unaddressed.

Signs of Differential Settlement

You may be able to identify differential settlement in your home if you notice symptoms including:

4 Ways We Level Foundations

At Indiana Foundation Service, we use proven foundation leveling solutions, ensuring your home’s long-term stability. These methods are customized to meet your home’s unique needs. They include three types of foundation piers—helical, push, and slab—and crawl space supports.

1. Helical Piers

foundation leveling with helical piers

Helical piers incorporate steel piers ending in helical blades that function similarly to screws, securely anchoring your property to the stable underlying soil. This method ensures a robust base for your home.

The installation requires digging around the foundation to reveal the base and employing hydraulic machinery to insert the piers beneath your home. The helical sections effortlessly penetrate the soil, providing stability as they are driven to appropriate depths by our skilled team.

A strong steel bracket is then affixed to your home’s footing to efficiently transfer the building’s weight to the deeper, more stable ground.

Helical piers are adaptable, making them ideal for reinforcing lighter structures under various conditions.

2. Push Piers

installing push piers

Push piers consist of long, steel shafts installed similarly to helical piers but designed differently. These piers are driven vertically into the soil following the exposure of the foundation footing.

A bracket is secured to the foundation, and the piers are pushed through this bracket to depths beyond the less stable soil layers until they hit solid bedrock, offering permanent support for your home.

3. Slab Piers

installing slab piers

Designed specifically for concrete slab foundations, our slab pier system provides a long-term solution to settling issues. These piers support your foundation by acting as solid pillars, reallocating the weight of your home to firmer ground, thus preventing future settlement and possible shifting due to expansive soils.

Besides offering stabilization, slab piers are also aimed at realigning your home to its original level. They form part of an extensive strategy to enhance your home’s structural integrity, complementing other solutions like basement waterproofing and crawl space repairs.

4. Crawl Space Jacks

installing crawl space jacks to fix sagging floors

Address sagging floors and associated issues—such as noises, uneven walking surfaces, and aesthetic concerns—with our crawl space support posts. These sturdy steel supports are designed for crawl spaces, bolstering weakened floor joists and ensuring a level and stable floor above.

Adjustable and capable of supporting more than 24,000 lbs. each, our posts are rigorously tested and certified, meeting the industry’s highest standards for safety and performance. They offer a reliable solution to reinforce your home’s internal structure effectively.

Trust Local Pros for Effective Foundation Leveling

Maintaining a solid and stable foundation is crucial for the safety and longevity of your home. At Indiana Foundation Service, we understand the importance of addressing foundation issues promptly and effectively. Our customized foundation leveling solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of your home, ensuring long-term stability and peace of mind.

Don’t let foundation problems escalate into more significant, costly repairs. If you’ve noticed signs of foundation settling or instability, it’s time to take action. Contact Indiana Foundation Service today to schedule a free inspection. Our experienced team will assess your foundation’s condition and recommend the best solutions tailored to your home. Let us help you restore your foundation’s integrity and protect your investment for years to come.

FAQs

The cost of foundation leveling varies depending on the severity of the problem, the solution chosen, and the size of the home. Indiana Foundation Service provides free inspections and estimates, offering you a clear understanding of the costs involved before any work begins.

Foundation leveling should be entrusted to professionals with appropriate training, experience, and equipment to perform the job effectively. While the cost of professional house leveling may seem high, delaying or attempting DIY repairs can exacerbate foundation issues, leading to significantly higher expenses in the future.

The duration of foundation leveling projects can vary based on the extent of the damage and the solution implemented. However, most residential foundation leveling projects can be completed within a few days to a week.

Holly Richards-Purpura

Holly Richards-Purpura

Content Writer

Holly is a Content Writer for Groundworks who has written and edited web content for the foundation services industry for almost 10 years. With a background in journalism, her passion for the written word runs deep. Holly lives in Columbus, OH, with her husband. Along with educating homeowners, she also has a big heart for the Big Apple.

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