SINKING AND SETTLEMENT OF YOUR GARAGE SLAB CAN MEAN FOUNDATION PROBLEMS
It is important to pay attention to changes in your garage that might indicate a problem with your garage slab. We recommend watching for gaps in the garage doors, light coming in through the door in areas you haven’t noticed before, and cracks in the garage floor or garage columns. These changes could all indicate that you have a problem with your garage floor sinking and you need a solution to support your garage foundation.
A sinking or settling garage is caused by poorly compacted soil beneath the concrete slab. When a garage is built, the soil needs to be excavated a couple of feet above the perimeter of the foundation. The problem is most driveways are only leveled, not excavated. Improper downspouts and inadequate waterproofing systems make this problem worse over time by accumulating water around and underneath the concrete slab. This leads to sinking and settlement.
GARAGE FOUNDATION REPAIRS
To fix sinking and settlement foundations, we use helical piers. Helical piers are screwed or drilled into the ground with a hydraulic torque motor. There are helical flights on the pier that look a little like clothespins, and their purpose is to push the pier further into the ground, as well as to support the pier. Helical piers can support hundreds of thousands of pounds, so your garage will be well supported!
Overall, it is best not to use a push pier to support your home from a sinking or settling garage. They are unreliable and dangerous and can be costly if you have to have more repairs due to the unreliability. Helical piers are more stable and reliable and will cost less in the long run. They save you money, time, and worry.
So don’t wait, if you think you have a sinking or settling garage, call Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services now. We’ll find the problem and fix it for you!