Foundation raising in Auburn + surrounding areas
Foundation Raising Auburn & King County
Sinking Foundations around Auburn, Tacoma, or the Nearby Counties?
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Provided no earthquake shows up to quickly speed up the process, the number one culprit of structural damage across Washington homes is foundation settlement. Rather than appearing overnight because of a big shock, this is a slow process caused by changes in bearing soils. Often, underground water or changes in soil composition, if left unchecked, can compromise the structural integrity of an entire home.
Foundation settling has similar signs as raising floors, which makes its early diagnosis a bit confusing. Unfortunately, if you are looking at an opportunity to make lasting and cost-effective repairs, then an early diagnosis is also vital: if the problem is left to grow, or addressed incorrectly, it can eventually make salvage impossible.
Foundation issues are a delicate and complex issue. Because of this, there are many ways to address it depending on the circumstances and the extent of the damage. This is why nothing can be done without a thorough initial assessment — which is something we specialize in offering for free.
Depending on the results of the inspection, we offer a range of non-invasive or thorough solutions — ranging from mud jacking or pressure grouting to hydraulic pier installation.
Foundation Raising Solutions We Work With: Only the Best
Over 20 years in the market have helped us develop patented steel piering and piling systems that are capable of reaching depths well below the problem soil. High-strength steel columns are used to reinforce your foundation’s original footing, and industrial-grade steel brackets keep it all together.
These new piers can then be installed deep beneath your house, on top of stable bedrock. This allows us to transfer the weight of the structure to the new steel brackets — relieving the pressure on the original settled foundations.
Hydraulic Piers: Pocket Engineering at your Service
Hydraulic rams have revolutionized the foundation repairs market for a reason, so Northwest Foundations has been happy to embrace them. Thanks to these rams, we can deliver up to 70,000 lbs of force when burying your new piers. This is more than enough to reach even the deeper bedrocks in the area.
Furthermore, piers that are hydraulically pushed use smaller top holes, and can then be covered up without a trace or permanent marring your yard.
For a technology that has been around for over 100 years, helical piers seem destined to remain current for decades to come. When they were first invented, they were usually reserved for commercial construction or to hold down cables.
However, with some modern dexterity and precision tools, they are now regarded as very useful to hold down lighter loads. They are also the best available solution for pre-construction applications, such as tie-backs for retaining walls.
How are Foundation Piers Installed?
Let’s take the mystery out of the craft for a second. This is what the Auburn foundation raising process is all about:
- A proper investigation on the building and soil is always the starting point
- The results from this inspection will show the best places to locate the piers
- Pits, 3 feet wide by 3 feet long, are made close to the desired pier location
- We trim up the footing and ready the pier brackets
- We drive the piers down to the load bearing strata, either using a helical pile or a hydraulic ram
- After installing and securing them, we cut of the piles at the right height
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