settlement is the real enemy
A few things need to be understood about settlement.
First, all houses settle. The amount may be so small
as to be undetectable or may be so uniform as to
leave no signs, but it unquestionably happens. Second,
because of the natural and construction-related variations
in soil properties, not every point on a foundation
settles the same amount.
To avoid continued racking door frames
and cracking walls, you must stabilize differential
settlement, the difference in settlement between various
points on the foundation. The distinction between total
and differential settlement is important. The Palace
of Fine Arts in Mexico City, for instance, has settled
several feet without significant distress to the structure
and remains in service because the settlement has been
uniform. The Leaning Tower of Pisa, on the other hand,
is useless for anything but the Kodak moments of tourists.
the pier is installed, the hole is covered. The
pier is not exposed.
stabilization can only be achieved through underpinning. Underpinning is the process
of modifying an existing foundation system by extending
it to, or into subsurface strata that is deeper and
more stable than the near surface soil that supports
the existing foundation system. Underpinning
extends the foundation support to depths that provide
greater bearing capacity and/or are less affected by
climate and soil conditions.
If underpinning is properly designed and
installed it will provide the basis for lifting the
structure to a more acceptable elevation and provides
vertical support to prevent the underpinned areas from
Jack Foundation Systems of Florida will professionally evaluate
your home to determine
what settlement issues
you may have. Our technicians are trained and
certified through the Ram Jack training program. The
evaluation process involves investigating the entire
structure, not just the areas of visible settlement. Once
the settlement has been accurately diagnosed, a service
plan with a diagram of your home including the location
of the necessary piers to stabilize the foundation,
will be provided to you at the end of the evaluation.
a professional evaluation of your home, contact our
office at 863-465-5322 to schedule