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The Piering System by Alpha Foundations Permanently Re-Levels Your Foundation


It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that extreme heat or drought conditions can do serious harm to your home’s foundation. Soil contains clays that have microscopic minerals capable of large changes in volume when faced with changing water conditions. Add water during a hurricane and the clay in the soil expands. Remove the water during a severe drought or heat wave and the clay in the soil shrinks. The changes in the soil volume can and will cause considerable damage to the structural integrity of your home’s foundation.

The havoc that shrinking soil does to a foundation can be costly so it’s best to be aware of the signs and catch them as soon as possible. Some of the things you may see outside your home are easier to spot than others. Cracked brickwork that resembles stair steps is one of the most noticeable signs that something is going on underneath your home. Chimneys beginning to pull away from the side of the building could also be an indication of shrinking soil beneath the foundation. If your home has siding instead of brickwork, cracks along the sides could also be a warning of the soil concerns below.

Inside your home, the signs can be a bit harder to spot. Windows and doors sticking or not closing properly are sometimes just mistaken as poor installation when in fact, it’s much more serious. A lot of homeowners will attribute small cracks in drywall or ceilings as being “normal” when a foundation settles. However, those small cracks could lead to much bigger issues later. Cracks in your basement floor are usually a clear indication of shrinking or swelling soil but may go unnoticed if that area has carpet or other flooring covering it. Squeaky floors and gaps between floors and baseboards are another sign that something just isn’t right beneath your home.

Several of the signs mentioned above can also be attributed to other causes so it’s best not to immediately assume that the soil beneath your home is the reason. If shrinking or swelling soil is the cause, the team at Alpha Foundations can install a Piering System that can be used to permanently re-level your foundation. These steel piers transfer the weight of the shrinking or expanding soil onto bedrock or bearing soil. In a lot of cases, the process can restore your walls and floors to their previous position.

If you have several of these issues going on outside or inside your home, it would be prudent to have a certified foundation specialist from a qualified foundation repair company inspect your home. During a home evaluation, a certified technician from Alpha Foundation can inspect your home is to come up with the appropriate solution to stop and prevent any further damage to the structural integrity of its foundation. While it sounds like a huge undertaking, a fully qualified and professional crew like ours can usually complete a piering job within a few days with a minimal disruption of your daily life.

Alpha Foundations is a full service foundation repair company that specializes in residential, commercial and industrial foundation services. Our trained technicians will provide outstanding customer and technical foundation support needed when restoring the structural integrity of your home or commercial building. Contact them today for your free no obligation inspection at 800-714-3020

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