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Nephi, Utah is prone to unstable soil. The weight of a home or building can cause the foundation to sink or settle. You may begin to see cracks in brick, stucco, or sheet rock. Windows and doors may not close as well as they once did. This may result in needing a foundation Piering to your Nephi home or business-- done by a qualified professional, like Interwest Foundation Piering. Foundation settlement in your Nephi home or business can be fixed using a process called underpinning. Interwest Pierings homes and buildings all along the Wasatch Front including the city of Nephi!
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Resistance Pier Project in Nephi, UT
Houses in Nephi UT quite often end up settling a lot. There are a couple of reasons for this, but mostly because the houses have been built on fill that has not been compacted property. When the neighborhood that this house is in was first set up they needed to bring the grade up to build. Most likely the grade was not compacted well enough. Also, no matter how well someone compacts nothing works as well to settle a house as time and Mother Nature. Sometimes there is not a whole lot one can do to prevent settling without the use of piers. As the house sat on this loose soil, it settled causing cracks in the foundation walls. When we first went out to Nephi to look at the house we saw that there were problems all over the house. Some of the windows could not close properly. As we measured and inspected the house we determined that the solution would be 66 piers all around the interior and exterior of the house.
Concrete LiftingWe determined that we would need to lift the house in stages. This means to section off the house into different zones. Starting with the lowest zone we would lift that to where it needed to be, and then move on to the next highest zone. This technique works well for houses that have sections that have settled away from the main house, or in this case, many different parts of the house sinking differently. To do this properly we needed to lift inside as well as outside. The catch here is that some of the zones encompassed some piers that were outside, and some that were inside. To lift these zones properly we needed to run our hydraulic lines through some of the walls. All of the hydraulic rams that are lifting one zone need to be connected together so that the zone is lifted correctly.
Sometimes contractors make the mistake of trying to lift the house from just the outsideResistance Piers foundation walls. This can ignore serious problems on the inside where bearing walls may have sunk. We made sure to lift these correctly in the proper order of the zones so that when we were finished the customer was very happy. By lifting carefully and thoroughly we helped to fix and protect this customer’s largest investment.
Lifting An Entire House in Nephi, UT
Imagine you’re shopping for a house to buy. You find the perfect one, it is in the best location, it has all the space you need, and has an awesome layout, but the foundation has settled. What do you do? This customer in Nephi hired us to fix the foundation and add equity to his home. The foundation settlement was so bad that no bank would loan on it. Settled FoundationWith the help of their family they were able to purchase the home for well under $100,000, and then they brought us in to see what we could do.
The foundation had settled because of how the grade had been filled in before he house was built. Brick houses are very heavy, and will settle very baldly if not built on proper soil, or pre-construction piers. For this reason, the house settled almost 6 inches! To fix the foundation settlement, we set up a plan that called for 41 piers all throughout the house, inside and outside.
The foundation had settled in a way that left it mostly intact. Foundation Lifting Piers in some cases, Concrete Lifting Settlementsdifferent sections of the house settled different directions or amounts. In this case, the whole house had gone the same direction. We would not be able to lift the house in stages, little by little. The crew had to lift it all at the same time. Foundation Lifting PierThis means that instead of having a few piers tied together to lift one section of the house at a time, when it came time to lift it, we needed to connect all 41 piers together and lift the entire house. This increases the difficulty of the lift in that the crew has a lot more to pay attention to all at once. They did a great job getting the house back into place.
After the job was complete we gave the customer their piering certificate and they added that value to their home. They were able to purchase their dream home, and make sure that it was set on a firm foundation for years to come.