Foundation Problems Around South Dakota
Signs of foundation problems are:
- Wall cracks
- Floor cracks
- Foundation cracks
- Sticking doors and windows
- Bowing walls
- Garage settlement
- Wet basement or crawlspace
- Leaning chimney
Being aware of your foundation and its surroundings can prevent foundation problems in the future. The soil around the foundation should be watered in the Winter, Spring, Fall, and Summer to maintain constant moisture without creating a muddy state under the foundation. Adjustments need to be done for changes in heat and rain. You can see if overwatering has occurred if you notice standing water and should be avoided.
Proper drainage around the foundation will also prevent foundation problems. Soil should slope away from the foundation to be sufficient enough to allow drainage to drain freely away from the foundation. This will prevent the pooling and softening of the soil. Any depressions that alter the slope should be filled. Condensation from air conditioners needs to be drained away from the foundation too.
Be attentive to landscaping changes and water conditions so that foundation problems do not occur or do not get worse. Trees and shrubs should not be planted close to the foundation. The root system can pull a lot of water from the soil surrounding the foundation, causing foundation movement and settlement. When water leaves the soil, the soil contracts or shrinks. Then when water is added, it expands. This constant shifting leads to foundation settlement. By planting deep-rooted trees and shrubs away from the foundation, will prevent the constant change in soil contraction and expansion.
If you have noticed any of the signs that you may have foundation problems in your South Dakota home, the experts at Rapid Foundation Repair have the solutions for you. We are your foundation problems experts in South Dakota!
Foundation Problems Around North Dakota
Whatever foundation repair needs you may have, Rapid Foundation Repair has the products and experts to get the job done right.
Our helical piers are used for structures that are relatively lighter weight such as slab foundations, porches, garages. Helical piers are one of the most common piering solutions used in foundation repair. They are screw anchors used to support the home. Once these helical piers are driven deep into solid soil, the weight of the structure is transferred onto them, raising the foundation to its proper height.
Steel Push Piers
Steel push piers, or resistance piers, as they are also referred to, are driven into the soil individually and the entire structure works as the reaction. A friction reduction collar is attached to the lead section of the pier pipe. This creates an opening in the soil that has a larger diameter than the pier pipe. This reduces the skin friction on the pier pipe as it is driven into the soil. The installer is then able to load test and verify that the pier has encountered firm bearing rock suitable to support the load.
Wall anchors are used to stabilizing cracking walls or bowing walls. This usually occurs when the pressure from the soil begins to push on the foundation walls. These plate anchors repair bowing walls in a more economical way than having to completely rebuild the wall. They bring the walls to a horizontal level, creating a more structurally sound wall.
All the products we use are made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leading manufacturer of foundation repair and basement waterproofing products in the industry.
Rapid Foundation Repair is your professional foundation repair and waterproofing contractor in the South Dakota and North Dakota region. Contact us and we will answer any questions you have and give you a written proposal that details what work will be done and the cost. The repairs will be done quickly and permanently. We are your foundation problems experts in The Dakotas! We will get to the problem and find the solution! Don’t hesitate to call us!