In a nutshell, we investigate, repair, and stabilize foundations. We can raise sunken slabs, level heaving foundations, and repair cracks, rebar corrosion, and more.
The common warning signs include cracks in the walls, unlevel floors, and sticking doors and windows. If you see any of these issues in your home, call us for a thorough inspection.
Depending on the cause of your foundation problem, we alter our solution. We use helical piles, micro piles, hydraulically driven piles, compaction grouting, and carbon fiber strengthening among many other unique tools. See services tab.
We strongly believe in being objective and offering the best solution for your unique situation. If the only tool you have is a hammer, then all solutions start looking like nails. We want to be able to pick from one of many excellent tools, depending on the problem.
Urethane foams make great waterproofing products and are used widely for mud jacking. However, some manufacturers claim that this type of product can be used for deep soil stabilization, but no industry accepted evidence has been produced to support this claim. This product should not be used for foundation stabilization.
Yes you can, but there are risks. The longer you wait to address the problem, the more likely the damage will worsen. Additionally, quick repairs give you a better track record to demonstrate to potential buyers.
Heaving is caused by hard compact clays as they expand from water. The process is similar to a dry sponge getting wet. Unfortunately, this problems is misdiagnosed as settlement by many in the Greater Tucson area.
Foundations settle either from clay soil shrinking from lack of water, or from soils that are saturated enough to cause consolidation or collapse. Many times it is the weight of the soil on top of itself rather that just the house weight that causes the problem.
This one of three levels (A,B & C) as defined by the Foundation Performance Association. A level B Inspection basically consists of an interview with the homeowner, a damage assessment survey, and a floor elevation survey. The results are then analyzed rated per PVA consensus ratings and summarized in a report.
Water is usually the catalyst of changes in soil conditions. Since it can cause settlement or heave, it is important to maintain consistent moisture levels. Here in Arizona that usually means, keeping it dry.
Plumbing leaks can introduce water, similar to poor grading and drainage as noted above.
Although every home is different, usually the conditions worsen over time. At some point a sale of the property will be contemplated. If it is sold in un-repaired condition, the fear of the unknown will demand a larger discount than the actual costs to repair. At some point the damage could cause instability in the roof trusses. Doors and windows could eventually become inoperable.
The average cost is between $8,000 to $15,000. However, the costs can vary greatly depending on each individual situation.
Please contact Encompass Inspections if you think you may have a leak. Encompass can both locate the leak for you and also help determine the extent of the voids under the concrete. Encompass Inspections can be reached at www.encompassinspections.net.
If you're in need of any of our foundation repair services, don't hesitate to contact us to schedule a free inspection or to learn more about our foundation solutions. Arizona Foundation Solutions of Tucson is here to help you return your foundation back to its original state.