Foundation Settlement Challenge in a Home in San Antonio, Texas – Case Study

How we Cleaned up a Non-Galvanized Mess

On some level, foundations will settle over time. However, there is a significant difference between a normal level of settling versus a problematic amount. In the following case study, the homeowners experienced a higher than normal amount of foundation settling, as displayed in the other issues they were having within their home. For example, when issues such as sticking doors and windows and a visible slant in the home arise, this could signify a major issue with the foundation. Read on to find out how the experts at Foundation Support Specialists solved this problem at a home in San Antonio, Texas:

Process FSS Took to Fix the Significant Settling of a Residential Slab Foundation:

Foundation Support Specialists was called out to a residential, single-family home in south Texas that was showing significant signs of settlement of the slab foundation.  The home had sticking doors and windows, an almost perceptible slant from the rear of the home and large, running cracks on the ceiling that had developed into the ceiling starting to pull away from the walls in some areas.

The Problem Was Much Worse than the Homeowner Realized

Our solution was to drive 27 of our ECP manufactured galvanized steel piers (model 300) down to load bearing strata to permanently stabilize and level the slab foundation.  However, when our crews began to dig holes for the piers around the home we found another foundation repair company had previously installed lower quality piers that had rusted through and snapped…causing the issues the FSS foundation specialists were brought in to fix…this time permanently.  

Over in a “Snap” – We Fixed the Problem!

During the process of hydraulically drilling our ECP galvanized steel brackets to the home, we discovered an older set of piers that had been installed by another foundation repair contractor.  These piers appeared to be rusted, broken and sitting at an angle.  After further investigation the foundation experts at FSS uncovered the cause of this damage.    

When the house had been leveled previously by another foundation repair company they had utilized regular steel piers…these piers were NOT galvanized and thus not resistant to the rust that had eaten through them.  Once weakened by moisture in the ground and general outside elements, these inferior piers rusted through and snapped under the weight of the home causing a structurally dangerous problem for the homeowners.  

How Did We Solve the Problem?

Foundation Support Specialists solved the issue for good by installing our American Made, galvanized steel piers manufactured by Earth Contact Products.  These piers are attached to the slab by our foundation experts via galvanized steel brackets and pushed down to load bearing strata.  What this really means is that the piers will not rust or deteriorate due to water, weather or movement and they are pushed down to a level which will permanently support the foundation.  

Do you believe that you might have a problem with your foundation? If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to get in touch! We’ll let you know if you’re experiencing a normal amount of settling or if you have bigger problems. If we do need to make a repair, FSS foundation repair services provide a lifetime warranty on your slab foundation repair, which means if your home ever moves, for as long as you own it, we will be there to fix it.  

We truly offer: American Made Stability…For Life!!!


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