A slab foundation is a flat concrete structure. Most homes in Texas less than 50 years old are built on this type of foundation. Slab foundations are generally poured directly onto the ground and do not have basements or crawl spaces.
Concrete slab foundations are designed to have a grade beam around the perimeter of the slab. Depending on the age and size of the home, there will also be grade beams throughout the interior of the slab in a checkerboard type layout. A slab with a grade beam is much stronger and more durable than a slab without a grade beam. A slab foundation without a grade beam is a monolithic slab.
There are a number of ways to repair a concrete slab foundation. Before recommending any plan of repair, a foundation repair company needs to consider many variables, including: soil types, site drainage, age of home, size and weight of home, an elevation survey, and signs of stress. The most common systems used to repair slab foundations are concrete piers, steel piers, drilled piers, and mud-jacking.
Note: Signs of stress may present themselves as brick cracks, drywall cracks, window separation, door separation, cracks in tile, uneven flooring, sticking doors and windows, or bowing drywall. Contact Perma-Pier Foundation Repair of Texas for a slab foundation no-charge evaluation.
There are a variety of ways to repair a slab foundation. Depending on a variety of factors, one repair method might be better suited for your foundation than others. These factors might include soil type, landscaping and drainage, age of the home or structure, or signs of stress.
Signs of stress might include:
Door and window separation
Sticking doors and windows
If your slab foundation has sustained damage, it’s time to contact an experienced foundation repair company. At Perma Pier, we understand there is no one-size-fits-all solution. We carefully and thoroughly evaluate your home’s foundation, soil, landscaping, and drainage to ensure we can provide an adequate solution. There are several methods to repair slab foundations, here are some of the most common.
Mudjacking is a method of foundation repair which involves lifting a sunken concrete slab by pumping a special grout of portland cement and sandy loam through the concrete. This effectively pushes the slab up and helps close the cracks and gaps. This is an affordable, minimally invasive solution to secure the integrity of your home’s foundation.
Tunneling is another effective slab foundation repair solution. This method is done by digging tunnels underneath the home or building to gain access to the foundation without the need to drill holes in the floor. This type of repair is generally done when there is water damage from plumbing issues.
We also have the capability of coordinating with our sister company, Black Tie Plumbing, to provide you with a more comprehensive, informed foundation repair approach. Many methods (like tunneling) have the potential to disrupt your plumbing system and we want to ensure the best execution for your repair.
What’s more, when we work with Black Tie Plumbing, we’re optimizing the time and investment you’re spending on your repair. Our companies work cohesively throughout the process, communicating openly and avoiding the pitfalls which may result from dealing with a third party.
Hybrid piling is a technique used for foundation repair involving both concrete and steel pilings. It combines the gripping power of a concrete pile with the depth of a steel pile, ensuring your home or property’s foundation will have strong, solid support. This type of repair solution is an excellent option if your foundation was built on dry soil. Hybrid piling is a cost-effective solution ensuring the longevity of your foundation without any significant disruptions to your home or property.
Landscaping and drainage can have a major impact on the integrity of your home or property’s foundation if not done properly. The most common type of problem is water pooling near your home, increasing the risk for water damage.
At Perma Pier, we’re experts on soil and the science behind the effects it can have on your foundation. As one of the only foundation repair companies to employ staff trained in geological science, we are equipped to advise you on the best foundation repair solutions for any given soil type.
Slab foundations on a grade are a type of foundation where the concrete slab sits directly on top of the ground below it. This type of foundation is low-cost, quick, and simple to install for builders. However, if incorrectly installed, the risk of serious damage dramatically increases. The type of damage from improperly installed slab on grade foundations includes water damage, drainage issues, soil settlement, cracks in your foundation, and more.
The challenges which come with repairing a slab on grade foundation are best left to the most trustworthy professionals. Perma Pier has successfully serviced over 30,000 commercial and residential projects. With our experience and trusted professionals, we can provide personalized solutions for your slab on grade foundation.
Perma Pier offers customized solutions for all of our foundation repair projects. We will design a plan based on what is right for you following a thorough evaluation of your property. Our mission is to provide you with the highest-quality service, leaving you with a solid, strong foundation. If you’re in need of a slab foundation repair, contact us today for your no-charge evaluation.