Cracked foundations are very common in Texas, especially in Dallas and Houston. Common causes are expansive soils, poorly compacted backfill soils, or poor drainage. If your foundation is settling, you may see cracked brick, cracks in the mortar, or separations at windows and doors. Cracked foundation repair is a home maintenance project that should not be ignored.
The most common solution to foundation settling is to install a helical pier underpinning system. This system is installed beneath the settling foundation to provide permanent support and arrest future settlement. In many cases, the helical pier system can be used to raise and level the settled portion of the foundation.
Helical piers are drilled down into the soil strata to reach more firm, stable soil below. A bracket is attached to the foundation to provide permanent support. The helical piers can be loaded immediately and create very little disturbance to the surrounding landscape.
In some cases, we may install a micropile underpinning system. Like the helical pier system, a micropile system works to stabilize your foundation. It is used in certain soil or loading conditions, or when very high load capacities are needed. Micropiles are commonly used when we encounter rock in the soil strata.