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Water can be a foundation’s worst enemy – no matter if the foundation is a poured type or a block type. When water drainage is flowing in the wrong direction (towards the house), it can destroy a foundation entirely. Foundation repair will be an absolute must once water has taken its toll on a house.
Heaving – The Effects of Water
When water soaks into the soil that surrounds the foundation, and does not drain properly, the soil swells, and the expansion only affects that soil that is soaked. Other areas of the soil that remain untouched will not swell. The expansion causes parts of the house to lift. This lift is, naturally, uneven as it is only in areas where water has impregnated the soil – and it causes the foundation to lift awkwardly. This lift is known as “heaving.” Cracks and holes in the foundation are then seen as evidence of heaving.
Does Waterproofing Help?
Waterproofing a foundation helps a great deal, as prevention measures are key to avoiding costly foundation repair. Downspouts, proper sloping and grading techniques on the landscape, and pumps can all help to keep a foundation drier.
But waterproofing doesn’t always prevent damage – heavy flooding from summer rains, and the winter-to-spring melt can cause more water to surround the foundation than waterproofing techniques can handle. When that happens, the above heaving is often seen, and foundation repair is required in order to prevent the house from sinking, sloping, and severely depreciating in value.
There are several complications that can occur when water has affected a foundation. Bowing, tipping, cracks, and tilting can cause complications throughout the home. Suddenly, floors are sagging, and doors and windows that once simply slid open with ease are now jammed and stuck. This leads to a severely depreciated home value, and living in the house becomes less inviting.
When to Get Help
Even the handiest homeowner can run into trouble sometimes. When it comes to foundation repair, professional services are often necessary to ensure that the foundation doesn’t fall apart (literally!). Checking the basement and foundation for cracks, visible seams, and holes is an absolute must, particularly after rainfall and during the wetter months, when the soil surrounding the foundation is vulnerable to being soaked (think spring and summer, especially). If there are small cracks, get them repaired immediately. Large cracks in the basement walls or the foundation will require the help of a foundation repair service. No homeowner should try to fix a foundation alone.
Heaving repair can be costly if a homeowner tries to go it alone without the help of a reliable, professional foundation repair service. Should the person attempting the repair make a mistake or error in judgment on how bad the problem is, calling in a professional at a later date will cost much more, as the errors will have to be fixed along with the initial problem.
So don’t bet the house – contact a professional right away for an assessment.… Read More
Author: Juan Garcia
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1. Roots have entered the sewer system, causing partial stoppage. This can usually be cleared by cabling or water jetting. However this would only give temporary relief.
2. Roots have clogged the sewer system causing serious damage. This can be fixed permanently by replacing a section of your sewer Pipe, or water jetting to cut out the roots and Pipe-lining to repair the break.
3. Roots have caused the sewer to collapse or have severely damaged the pipe. This usually causes a catastrophic stoppage. Sewer rehabilitation will be required.
4. Complete Replacement: In the unfortunate event that your sewer line has sunk (due to ground movement or settling and cannot be cleared by cabling or water jetting it may need to be completely replaced. Lining the pipe will not help a sunken pipe or remove a “belly” in a sewer or drain line. We have two solutions available to correct this problem.
Pipe bursting: often called trenchless technology may be the best solution.
Two holes are dug; one to expose your horizontal Sewer pipe near the front of your house, and another near the curb (or lowest point) of your sewer main. We run a steel cable through the old pipe, fuse together 20’ sections of HDPE pipe into the desired length. At this time, a large cone-shaped hardened steel breaker head is inserted through the pipe and is pulled by hydraulic rams ( 30 ton pulling capacity) splitting the old pipe and creating a channel large enough for the new HDPE sewer pipe. We connect it at each end, add cleanouts, backfill the holes, replace the sod and patch the asphalt or concrete. And, not forgetting clean-up.
Not only does this save the invasive digging but also saves the cost of repairing or replacing a driveway and landscaping. If any other plumbing company tells you that you have to dig up your yard it’s because they don’t want you to know this technology exists, or don’t have the equipment and expertise for trenchless technology. That’s not to say that this is the wrong way to replace a Sewer line. It should certainly be looked at as one of the solutions. Our experienced crews will excavate, install, and clean up the work area so that it looks like we were never there.
You have nothing to lose by speaking with our drain experts at LeadingEdge Plumbing and Rooter that have a range of solutions available to them to fix any problem. There is no other Plumbing Company servicing Los Angeles, Orange, The valleys and Ventura Counties so completely dedicated to drain and sewer cleaning and repairs. This is what we do best. Our trucks are fully equipped with and the latest … Read More