Preventing Foundation Problems Before They Start in New Construction

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 by Katerina Hladikova

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If you are thinking about building a new home or plan on buying a brand new home, there are a few things regarding soil that you should keep in mind. 

The soil your home is built on will determine whether or not the home will have foundation issues. This is because soil settles, which causes walls to bow and crack. This can compromise the structural integrity of the entire house. 

To avoid any future headaches, engineers and contractors address settlement issues before they begin by building homes with helical piers. 

There are many reasons people build homes on weaker soils. Whether you want a home with proximity to a lake or a scenic view, or want to build in a city where all the “good” land is already developed,” installing helical piers before construction will ensure you never have to worry about foundation settlement problems. 

How do you know if the land you are building on has good or bad soil? If you and your builder don’t know what soil you are dealing with, you can find out easily by contacting a geotechnical engineer who will take a sample and analyze the soil. If you contact your Foundation Supportworks dealer, they will provide you with a list of geotechnical engineering firms. 

You may be wondering if this will truly benefit you in the long run. The answer is yes, you won’t have to deal with annoying and expensive ongoing fixes like drywall patches and tuck-pointing. You won’t have to waste money on cosmetic and structural repairs, and you will have your piece of mind, knowing that your dream home won’t become a nightmare.

Helical Piers are installed after the footings are dug for a new home. This is done using small construction equipment, which screws the helical piers mechanically into the ground until they reach competent, load baring soil. After the installation, the concrete footings and walls are poured around the piers. 

If you would like to have helical piers installed give us a call here at Midwest Basement Systems at 1-515-289-1606.

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