By Lee Allen
Allied Foundation and Crawlspace Solutions
The Causes of your Home’s Foundation Settlement
Evaporation – Hot and dry conditions may cause soil to pull away from the foundation. Settlement due to this foundation moisture imbalance could cause cracks to appear throughout the structure.
Transpiration – Tree roots could dehydrate the soil beneath the home causing soil shrinkage.
Plumbing Leaks – Water from leaking plumbing is often a major contributor to foundation problems including heaving.
Drainage – Improper drainage will lead to excess moisture build up, which could erode or consolidate soils. Excessive moisture may cause heaving of expansive soils.
Site Preparation – Cut and fill situations, where soil is removed from part of the building site and stacked on another, needs proper soil stabilization before a structure is built; otherwise unexpected movements of the soil beneath the foundation may occur.
Other Options (Alternate Repair Methods)
Tear Out and Replace – Very expensive process, doesn’t address the problem (additional settlement is likely to occur) very disruptive.
Concrete Pressed Piles – Relies on skin friction to carry load. Not installed past the active soil zone. Call backs very common.
Drilled Concrete Piers – Very disruptive and messy process. Not installed past the active soil zone. Call backs are very common.
The ECP Steel Push Pier System
The ECP Push Pier System is a permanent solution for your homes settling foundation. It provides the very best option to repair your foundation back to level. Steel piers are hydraulically driven thru the patented steel bracket to a load bearing stratum as the entire structure works as the reaction.
• Installs to load bearing stratum
• Permanent solution that prevents further settlement
• Unlimited structure lifting capabilities
• Installs with portable equipment (no heavy equipment needed)
• Year-round installation
• Manifold lift allows for synchronized lift
• 10,000 psi hydraulic capabilities
• 100% proof tested
• 25 year warranty
• Patented Design
Allied Crawlspace and Solutions is an Authorized Installer of Earth Contact Products.