Gainesville, TX Slab Repairs

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  • Cracks, Settlement & Upheaval Repairs
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What is A Slab Foundation?

A slab foundation is used in many residential applications and some commercial applications as well, usually in the southern portions of the states. It is sometimes referred to as a slab-on-grade foundation. It’s a single and continuous layer of concrete that is poured directly into the ground. The size and shape of the concrete that is poured will determine the size and footprint of the home that is built on it. Unlike pier and beam foundations, slab foundations do not have basements or crawl spaces as the concrete is one large horizontal surface that serves as a foundation for the home. As with all foundation types, slab repair may be needed at some point.

Slab foundations are only suitable for warmer climates and don’t have to contend with frost lines. They can be cheaper than other types of foundations, as the excavation and supplies needed to build this type of foundation are minimal. However, slab foundations are not suitable for all types of soil and locations. Due to the fact that they are directly in contact with the soil, they can be susceptible to foundation issues.

Foundation Issues

Just as with any foundation, slab foundations may also need repairs at some point. There are many factors that can contribute to slab foundation damage, including soil movement, settlement, changes in temperature, too much or not enough moisture, and erosion. These factors can cause cracks, voids around and under the foundation, and upheavals in and around the foundation.

Cracks: cracks can appear over time from soil movement, settlements, or changes in temperature. Generally, smaller cracks are cosmetic and don’t require repairs; however, larger cracks can compromise the structural integrity of the foundation.

Settlement: settlement can happen evenly across the slab, which in turn can cause sloping or uneven floors. The soil beneath the foundation may be compressed unevenly, or moisture levels may change on one side of a home, like in the event of a small, hidden leak. These changes can cause settlement and damage.

Upheaval: upheaval is the opposite of settlement. With certain soil types, the high moisture contact can expand the soil underneath a slab foundation and push upwards on it, causing an upheaval.

Erosion: erosion next to or under the slab can create voids. These voids are an issue as they cause uneven support in specific areas of the structure. This uneven support is likely to cause damage if not corrected quickly.

Water damage: water damage can occur from excessive moisture. Water leaks are the most common cause of water damage to slab foundations. Excessive moisture can weaken the slab and cause cracks and slab deterioration.

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Slab Repairs in Gainesville, TX

Slab repairs will start with a site assessment and inspection. Our foundation repair experts will visually inspect and take measurements from room to room to assess damages. A full and complete report has been submitted to the homeowner. This report will also include a plan to fix the issues and a quote on the price.

On the day that the foundation repairs are to take place, the foundation technicians will prepare the outside of the home. This can include moving or removing certain elements of landscaping to allow access to the foundation. The team will then start digging holes next to and under the foundation in specific intervals around the affected area. Hydraulic presses are then inserted underneath the foundation, and cylindrical cement piers are pushed into the ground to specific depths. Once the column of piers has a firm foothold, shims are used to bring the affected portions of the foundation back up to a flat and level position. The holes are then backfilled, and the dirt is sloped at the proper angle away from the house. The foundation experts will then remeasure the home and ensure that it is level.

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