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Foundation: What are Pilings?

Foundation repair strategies vary dramatically depending on the type of building, the soil condition, and the type of foundation your home, commercial, or industrial building utilizes. Of the many different foundation materials available, pilings are the most commonly used. Here’s a look at pile foundations and foundation repair.

  • Pilings are one of the most fundamental components of foundation repair and construction. In essence, they work the same way that piers do in pier and beam foundation. However, there are a few primary differences between piers and pilings. While piers are typically constructed in place, pilings are fabricated off site. Additionally, piers can be made from wood, brick, or concrete, while pilings are only made from concrete and steel.
  • Pilings are available in several different configurations. Concrete pilings are the most commonly used and are cylindrical in shape. Steel pilings are also fairly common, but can be cylindrical, square, or H- and X-shaped. Hollow pilings are sometimes filled with concrete to enhance their strength, but can also be used independently.
  • Pilings can be installed in many different ways depending on space availability and piling size. While larger pilings are typically driven with large diesel hammers, static installation is preferred in foundation repair applications. In these scenarios, piles are installed in smaller sections and driven into the ground using a jack. As pilings are pushed further underground, they eventually reach soil that is stable enough to support the weight of the building, known as the point of refusal. At this point, the pile is ready to support the weight of the structure.

To learn more about concrete or steel pressed pilings, contact the foundation repair experts at Structured Foundation Repairs. We specialize in all types of residential and commercial foundation, including piling installation, pier and beam foundations, mudjacking, and drainage correction. Call (972) 484-1200 to learn more about our services.

What is a Pier and Beam Foundation?

There are many different types of foundations used for residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. But one of the most popular foundation designs today is the pier and beam foundation. Pier and beam foundations provide a number of advantages for homeowners interested in new construction or foundation repair. Take a look at how pier and beam foundations work and what their advantages are:

  • Pier and beam foundations are constructed with three primary components. First, a reinforced concrete footing is buried deep underground, which anchors the entire foundation of the building in the ground to prevent shifting in volatile soils. Next, piers are constructed and attached to the footing. Piers are typically made from concrete or brick, and are similar to pilings used in other types of construction. The piers come out of the ground and support beams, which are directly connected to the floor joists beneath your flooring.
  • There are several advantages to having a pier and beam foundation. These structures perform better in areas with dry soil. The footings are buried deep underground, so they are unaffected by changes in the soil at surface level. This ensures your home will stay very stable. Another advantage to pier and beam foundations is that homeowners have easy access to electrical and plumbing components that would otherwise get buried under a concrete slab foundation. This makes repairs easier and less expensive. 
  • Many homeowners also find pier and beam foundations aesthetically pleasing. These foundations sit 20-30 inches above ground level, making the homes they support look bigger. Homes with pier and beam foundations don’t have basements and typically have crawlspaces that can be accessed from the home’s exterior.

To learn more about the benefits of pier and beam foundations, installation, or repair, contact Structured Foundation Repairs. We specialize in all types of foundation repair services, including press pilings, pier and beam foundations, and mudjacking. Call (972) 484-1200 for more information.

Questions You Should ask Your Foundation Specialist

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If your home’s foundation has been damaged, then it’s important to communicate effectively with your foundation specialists to ensure you understand what work needs to be performed. There are a number of questions and concerns to discuss with your foundation contractor before repair begins. Here are three questions to ask when getting your foundation repaired.

1. What caused the damage to my foundation?

Foundation damage can occur for several different reasons, which is why it’s important for your foundation repair company to determine the cause of damage before construction begins. To prevent similar damage from recurring, foundation fixes can do more than simply repair existing damage. Identifying the source of the foundation damage can help prevent future foundation problems and ensure an effective repair. 

2. What type of warranty do you offer with your repair service?

Like any professional work you have done to your home, foundation repairs should always come with a guarantee of repair materials and workmanship. Never work with a company that isn’t willing to stand behind its products—always ask for the warranty information ahead of time so you can review it and ask questions before repairs begin. Be sure to ask about warranties for both the foundation materials and installation.

3. How long will the repair take?

While typical repairs usually take just one to two days, certain repairs can take much longer. The length of the repair will vary depending on the severity of foundation damage, the type of repairs and materials needed, and other factors such as weather. If a foundation repair company is hesitant to give you a time estimate, then consider looking for another foundation contractor.

For the best foundation repair services in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, contact the foundation specialists at Structured Foundation Repairs. We specialize in all types of foundation repair services including pier and beam installation, mudjacking, and drainage correction. Call (972) 484-1200 for more information.

Protecting Your Foundation With Proper Lawn Grade

A well-built foundation may last for decades, but excess groundwater can cripple even the most structurally sound homes. Preventing excess water from entering your home’s foundation is extremely important to avoiding a number of foundation related problems, including rot, basement leaks, and corrosion.

This video has some helpful tips on keeping your foundation in great shape. You’ll learn about ways to keep excess water from coming into contact with your foundation, as well as how to make your foundation resistant to moisture.

At Structured Foundation Repairs, we help homeowners and businesses repair and protect their foundations from future damage using highly effective solutions like mudjacking, pier and beam installation, and drainage correction. Call (972) 484-1200 to learn more about our foundation repair services.

Ways to Protect your Homes Foundation

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During the summer time, the composition of the clay soil around your home changes drastically. While building on clay is completely safe, proper precautions need to be met to ensure your home’s foundation is not damaged due to expansive clay soil. The most effective way to prevent this type of foundation damage is to water your home’s foundation. Here’s how watering your foundation can retain your foundation’s structural integrity.

  • What Causes Damage to the Foundation?

This summer has been one of the hottest and driest in recent history, so many homeowners are experiencing the effects of dry soil worse than ever before. As soil dries up, it also contracts and releases pressure from your home’s foundation. This causes your home to sink, shift, or settle into the ground, which can lead to extensive foundation damage. Signs of foundation damage include cracks in interior or exterior walls, across the foundation itself, or along your driveway and sidewalk.

  • How Can Homeowners Guard Against Dry Weather?

To prevent the soil around your foundation from becoming excessively dry, water your foundation regularly. This maintains moisture around the foundation and will help you avoid intrusive foundation repairs. There are several ways to implement a watering program around your foundation: One solution is to run a sprinkler hose around your home, but not directly against the foundation. Even spraying the ground around the foundation using a normal garden hose and nozzle is sufficient. For a more permanent solution, consider installing an underground foundation watering system. Your foundation repair specialist will be able to help you decide which of these options is best for your home and foundation.

To learn more about foundation repair and maintenance, contact Structured Foundation Repairs. We provide the Dallas-Fort Worth area with high-quality foundation repair services including mudjacking, pier and beam installation, drainage correction, and much more. Call (972) 484-1200 or visit us online for more information on our repair and maintenance services.

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