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Concrete Slab Foundation Repair

A home or commercial property building is made to last generations, and, with the right foundation, it certainly can. However, over time certain issues can threaten a slab, or concrete, foundation. When the concrete around your building starts to buckle, it can threaten the structural integrity of the foundation. This is when you'll need concrete slab foundation repair service.

A slab foundation could be compromised due to:

  • Tree roots that are starting to penetrate into the foundation.
  • The original foundation footings are too shallow and are not allowing the building to manage shifts in soil condition levels well. 
  • Heavy weight from the structure or building that the concrete can no longer support.
  • Clay in the soil that has expanded and contracted enough to shift the ground and crack the concrete foundation. 

If you start to notice things like cracks in the concrete slab, exterior bricks or interior drywall, it may be time to schedule a foundation inspection performed by FSS. Our team has seen it all when it comes to slab foundation damage. For professional repair solutions from a company with the right experience, call Foundation Support Specialists today.

For this project at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX, this duplex had 9 inches of settlement as this area was originally a swamp. We took over this project and installed 63 steel piers. One of the piers reached depths of 90 feet!

Professional Repairs for Homes & Businesses with Slab Foundations

When it comes to correcting a slab foundation issue with your home or business, the methods we use at FSS typically employ piers that are inserted deep into the ground to help stabilize the foundation.

The types of piers we use include:

Helical Piers - This type of pier is made of steel and resembles a long screw. Helical piers help spread the weight of the building across several points underneath a foundation. 

Push Piers - This method is used as a series of hollow steel pipes that are driven deep until they reach bedrock or a load-bearing layer of earth, creating a resistance mass that keeps the piers, and ultimately the building, supported. 

We use quality products from Titan Product and Earth Contact Products that are American made and built to last. 

Not all slab foundation repairs require such extensive methods. Our team will be able to expertly identify the problem and find a solution that makes sense in order to fix and stabilize your slab foundation. 

Slab Foundation FAQs

What are the pros and cons of buying a house on a concrete slab?

Some of the pros and cons of buying a house on a concrete slab versus one with a crawl space include: 

Pro: They are less likely to have floods or gas leaks. 

Pro: They do not contribute to indoor air quality issues. 

Pro: There is no need for additional steps to reach the entry of your home.

Con: Roots and earthquakes can create cracks in your foundation. 

Con: Your foundation is vulnerable to insect infestations.

When trying to decide whether to buy a house on a concrete slab or one with a crawl space, the pros and cons are fairly equal. The biggest issue for homes with crawls spaces is their susceptibility to flooding, whereas the biggest issue for homes with concrete slabs are their vulnerability to potential cracks. To learn more about the pros and cons of buying a house on a concrete slab, call us today

Can a slab foundation be repaired?

Yes, slab foundations can typically be repaired. However, the cost to have your concrete slab foundation repaired can be very expensive depending on the extent of the damage to your foundation. When you have your slab foundation repaired, there is also the risk that your walls, ceilings, floors, doors and windows may become damaged in the process. Some contract companies will offer credits for repair costs, while others may not. Before signing a contract to have your slab foundation repaired, you should review what will and will not be covered. To find out more about getting your slab foundation repaired, contact us today

How long do slab foundations last?

Some concrete slab foundations can last up to 100 years or more if they are installed correctly. However, it is important for homeowners to have their slab foundation inspected for insect infestations, since that can lead to issues with your foundation and a decreased life expectancy of your slab foundation. There is also the option to get termite proofing for your slab foundation in order to combat any potential termite issues. To learn more about getting your slab foundation inspected, give us a call today

Is a crack in a slab foundation bad?

It is not always a bad thing to find small cracks in your slab foundation, since your concrete slab will naturally have some cracks in it due to the shifting of the ground beneath it. However, if the cracking issue is related to your home’s plumbing, you will need to have your concrete slab and your plumbing connections inspected and repaired right away to prevent any further damage to your home’s foundation. To find out more about getting the crack in your slab foundation inspected, call us today

To learn more about our services, contact Foundation Support Specialists today! Our knowledgeable team is ready to assist you.

Expert Slab Foundation Solutions From Your Local Professionals

The knowledgeable team members at Foundation Support Specialists have years of experience working with slab foundations. We will thoroughly inspect your property before coming to any conclusions about next steps. Our technicians will walk you through any recommendations and procedures. 

Customers continue to turn to us for their slab foundation repair needs. Our slab foundation work is guaranteed for life, proving our commitment to lasting solutions for our clients. To learn more, call us today at (210) 267-8828 or (512) 971-2011!