Stone Foundation Repair in New England
Repairing Granite, Slate & Fieldstone Foundation
In need of stone foundation repairs? Ram Jack New England is a foundation repair company that can repair just about any foundation. Stone foundation can either be cut granite, stacked slate or fieldstone. Each of these types is different, and requires a unique understanding of how to repair them.
This is why it's important to call a foundation repair expert like those at Ram Jack New England. We are a local foundation repair company that understands what needs to be done to correctly repair a stone foundation.
Our crews are trained to be courteous and polite, treating your home and property with respect. They will clean up after themselves and leave the work area as clean as when they started the job – you can count on it.
The Process for Repairing Stone Foundation
The repair process is usually pretty simple. Sometimes, it's just a matter of repointing the mortar joints between the stones. However, some foundations may be deemed too bowed, and more may be needed to help support the walls. In these cases, sections of these walls may need to be replaced.
Our crews are expertly trained to mix mortar with a waterproofing additive and also a bonding agent to help it adhere to the stones. A clean white sealer can also be applied to the walls if you want them bright and clean.
We hand mix our mortar and protect your items in the basement by covering everything in the area with plastic. We usually need a 3-foot minimum workspace from the basement walls. Items can usually remain in the basement or crawl space by moving them into the center of the basement.
Repointing your stone foundation can prevent further structural damage from happening, as it strengthens the existing stones by locking them in.
Common Causes of Stone Foundation Failure
It is important to determine why the stone wall foundation is failing.
Most times, it is because of surface water ponding against the outside of the wall. Sometimes, it is caused by roof water dropping right along the outside of the wall. Gutters and downspouts should be installed to direct roof water at least ten feet from the foundation stone walls.
Trees growing too close to a stone foundation may cause structural damage. It is recommended not to have trees near the foundation wall. A good rule of thumb is to look at the tree branches and imagine that the tree roots are the same distance way from the tree trunk as the branches above are.
Another cause of a failure is that the soils under the stone foundation cannot support the weight of the structure. If the stone walls are cut granite, we can sometimes use a steel L-channel and span each pile and bracket we put in. This will help support the foundation from further settlement.
In cases where it is a fieldstone foundation, we may have to dig out and install a concrete footing under the wall and then install our helical piles under this new footing.