Slab Foundation Repair

Old Foundation with Cracks

How to Spot Common Issues

If you notice cracks in the concrete around your home or commercial building, you could have a slab foundation problem. When a foundation cracks, it can threaten the structural integrity of a house. The problem can worsen over time and, in the worst-case scenario, make a place unlivable. Get slab foundation repair in San Antonio and Austin, TX done fast to keep your foundation sound. Cracks in a foundation’s concrete slabs can occur when:

  • The building or house structure is too heavy for the poured concrete slabs. Eventually, the weight breaks the concrete.
  • Perhaps the house was built on soil that has a lot of clay in it. Clay tends to expand or contract based on weather conditions and how much water saturation there is. When the ground underneath a foundation’s concrete slabs shifts too much, it can crack the concrete. 
  • Foundation footings aren’t dug deep enough. When footings are too shallow, the building won’t manage shifts in soil levels well. If a structure can shift too easily, cracks can form and threaten its stability. 
  • When trees are close to the house or building, roots can grow into the foundation and cause cracks.

If you see any of these signs or spot cracks spreading into concrete from underneath your property, contact Foundation Support Specialists for slab foundation repair in San Antonio and Austin, TX at 210-267-8828 today!

House Slab Foundation.

Signs You Need Repairs

Property owners need to monitor the overall condition of their buildings to spot issues with the foundation. When a structure has cracks in its foundation concrete slabs, the cracks are located underneath it, so it can be hard to spot. Here are some signs that your concrete slabs may have cracked:

  • There is some shifting in the structure – When a crack opens in the foundation, small cracks will make a house move a bit. Look for windows and doors that used to work but are having a hard time closing or getting flush with the frame.
  • Exterior bricks are cracking or shifting – Brick buildings held together by layers of brick and mortar have minimal give. When there’s a crack in a foundation concrete slab, there’s a ripple effect throughout the structure. Look for any shifts of cracks in brickwork that could be a sign of a foundation problem and will require slab repair.
  • Cracking drywall inside – If Sheetrock indoors suddenly cracks or dents, don’t forget to consider a foundation inspection. 

Call us at 210-267-8828 if you notice any of these signs.

Steps to Concrete Slab Foundation Repair

A thorough inspection is the first step to slab repair. Professional technicians need to understand the scope of the problem. There may be one or several cracks. Also, external factors causing the cracks will need to be addressed to prevent future cracks. Sometimes temporary solutions like concrete patching, caulking or packing the crack with sand can prevent damage to the home, office, or building structure. However, these are only temporary fixes that should be followed up with a permanent repair. The best solution for slab foundation repair in San Antonio and Austin, TX involves installing piers underneath the foundation. Strong piers act as pillars and are inserted into solid earth to further stabilize and support the foundation. It’s the best long-term answer for slab foundation repair. Trust the team at Foundation Support Specialists
for high quality repair work performed by professionals using materials from leading manufacturers like Earth Contact Products. If you need more information, call Foundation Support Specialists at 210-267-8828.

Robert Torres Jr
Today we are completing a project for this owner's quadplex. Half of the buidling was settling into the ground so we installed 21 steel piers. We also broke thru concrete slabs to install 18 of the piers. Reaching depths of 22 ft., we have successfully stabalized this two-story property! Thanks for choosing FSS!
Robert Torres Jr
For this project we're finishing today we encountered an intricate plumbing system while stabilizing this foundation. We achieved our goal of stabalzing the foundation while preventing damage to the plumbing by carefully digging around the pipes and not lifting the foundation. For this particular house, a lift would have broken the extensive plumbing system. This stabilization prevents future settlement of the house and costly plumbing repairs for the owner. Thank you for trusting FSS with your home repairs!
Robert Torres Jr
We installed 6 of our concentric steel piers under an addition that was having some problems.  We were able to lift and stabilize the addition.  This was a fast straight forward project.  In and out quickly so the homeowner can get back to enjoying their home as intended.
Robert Torres Jr
The crew is ending the week with a short and sweet installation of 6 steel piers for the Breedan family. This project was met with a successful lift of the back of the house that was sinking 5 inches and minimal obstacles. Well done to the crew and thank you for trusting FSS with your home repairs!
Robert Torres Jr
We're finshing the week strong out in Round Rock today for the Tice family. This job was smaller than others, but still came with it's challenges. We installed 11 steel piers to stabilize the sinking half of their house. We also had to break through the front porch and back patio to install some of them while avoiding plumbing lines. Some piers had to be slightly adjusted to not disrupt plumbing lines as well. Thanks for choosing FSS. We're glad to continue helping our customers and make sure their home's are safe!
Jeremy Bernal
We had another challenge on this project.  The concrete beams of the slab foundation were very small.  We used extra steel I-beams to support underneath the small beams to better spread the load of the house to prevent any damage while installing and lifting the home.  We were able to lift the house 2 inches and mostly close some major cracking.  Cracks do not always close, so it a treat when for us and the customer when they do.  We are glad we can count Sally as another happy FSS customer!
Robert Torres Jr
Our crew finished up another project where we installed 16 galvanized steel piers on a slab foundation. Two opposite corners of the house were settling causing damage. We were able to lift and stabilize those corners.
Robert Torres Jr
Installed 10 steel piers on a house in the Huebner and IH-10 area.  The front of the house was settling, but we were able to lift and stabilize it so it will never settle again.  The bad Texas soil is no match for our galvanized steel piers!
Robert Torres Jr
Put 21 piers on slab foundation ,dirt was rocky and kinda hard had 9 break outs. D yuh hjm
Robert Torres Jr
FSS installed 20 galvanized piers around Jerry’s slab on grade home. We lifted the foundation and were able to close up the worst cracking inside. Thank you for trusting FSS with your major home repair.
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