The Ultimate Reno Contracting Cheat Sheet on Foundation Repair

April 21st, 2021 by
Seismic Retrofit & Tenant Improvement

As one of the leading locally-owned and operated construction companies in Reno, NV, we know all there is to know about contracting, construction, and repair.

At VersaGrade, one of our biggest strengths is our expertise in foundation repair. We have over 20 years of experience being residential foundation contractors in Nevada and California.

Foundation repair is a daunting prospect, but we hope that by the end of this post you’ll feel better informed to deal with it.

Signs You Need a Foundation Leak Repair

  • Cracked walls
  • Doors that won’t close
  • Bowing basement or garage walls
  • Broken or loose floor tiles
  • And uneven bulging floors are all signs of foundation problems.

What Causes Foundation Problems?

According to Concrete Network, foundation settlement and movement can be caused by building on expansive clay, compressible or improperly compacted fill soils, or improper maintenance around foundations.  Older homes are usually more susceptible to foundation problems.

However, the impact of water and time on soils is the primary cause of foundation problems. Soil structure can vary dramatically with seasonal changes such as heavy precipitation, frost or drought. Excess water from plumbing or irrigation leaks can cause expansive soil such as clay to swell and heave a foundation upward. It can also cause granular soils like sands to consolidate, causing settlement.

Large tree roots beneath a structure and improper construction techniques can also contribute to foundation failure. Identifying the cause along with knowledge of the area’s soils are imperative in designing a proper foundation repair.

Why Are Foundation Problems So Serious?

Foundation settlement can destroy the value of a structure and even render it unsafe. Luckily, the foundation contractors at Versa Grade can fix a concrete foundation without having to tear it out and start from scratch.

What Are Some Common Misconceptions About Foundation Repair?

This handy post outlines some common myths about foundation repair.

1. The foundation is not the problem, but usually the soil underneath it. Foundations don’t move unless the soil beneath them does.

2. Water is the variable to be concerned with. A slab foundation follows the movement of the soil. When soil gets wet it expands, and as it dries out it shrinks or compacts. It’s this action that can cause water to shift and can impact foundations.

3. Cracks don’t tell you where exactly the problem is. Homes with foundation movement will display cracks.  Sometimes they’re small, and sometimes very pronounced.  A crack in a foundation is a hinge- a point for movement in the slab.  Typically, the issue is not where the crack is, yet movement somewhere else on the house has caused it.

What Does a NV or CA Foundation Repair Entail?

Depending upon the application and soil conditions, VersaGrade’s Reno contractors will utilize helical piles, push/resistance piles, or micropiles driven deep into the ground—all the way to the bedrock or suitable load-bearing strata. After the piles have been installed into the ground, bracket systems are attached and connected to the structure’s foundation. All components remain in the ground to support the foundation.

Different types of soils require different approaches of repair. Versa Grade will determine the best course of foundation repair, and utilize the best products available to provide you with a cost effective solution that works.

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Contact Versa Grade at 775-284-1964 for a free Ram Jack foundation repair cost. Our foundation contractors look forward to hearing from you!

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