WHAT ARE THE METHODS OF REPAIRING A FOUNDATION & HOW LONG DO THEY LAST?
Regardless of the method used, all of the factors used, including piles and the necessary pressure, determine the length of time a foundation repair will last.
Short-Term Repair Methods
- Concrete-Push Pile: A hole is dug to pour concrete into to create a base, which is used to push the piles up off of.
- Bell Bottom Pier: This method also uses concrete slab, but the concrete is reinforced with steel. Apier with a bell-shaped bottom is pushed into the ground until it reaches stable soil and then used to lift a home.
- Pressed Piling: One of the most common methods of foundation repair, this method also uses pre-cast concrete cylinders. These are placed into the ground and installed using the weight of the home until they reach stable soil. This method is extremely insecure because the cylinders are not connectedand could become misaligned. There is no guarantee that the concrete slab will remain undamaged.
- Pressed Piling with Inserts: This method is similar to the pressed piling method in technique, but uses concrete cylinders reinforced with steel. With this method, the piling depth is limited to the weight of your home, and is not guaranteed to reach stable soil.
- Mud- or Slab-jacking: This method of foundation repair pumps concrete into the ground under the home or building to be lifted until the foundation begins to shift.
These repair methods typically last 2-5 years. Concrete and stable-soil methods of repair often have to be adjusted again and again in order to maintain results.
Long-Term Repair Method
At RamJack, we use a long-term repair method to repair your foundation. We use specific equations and carefully calculated math to determine the necessary pressure at which to set the helical piles we use. Unlike the short term methods, which don’t have any safety factors built into them, our method is backed by a national warranty and repair method.