If a foundation is placed on unstable Utah soil, the weight of the building can cause it 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 repair done by a qualified professional. Foundation settlement can be fixed using a process called underpinning. Interwest repairs homes and buildings all along the Wasatch Front.
Basement waterproofing involves techniques and materials used to prevent water from penetrating the basement of a house or a building. Waterproofing a basement that is below ground level can require the application of sealant materials, the installation of drains and sump pumps, and more.
Helical piers have a round, steel shaft with screw like (helical) plates that can support many types of structures and are used for foundation leveling. Using a high capacity torque motor, the helical pier is screwed into the ground like a screw into wood.
When a foundation settles or sinks, push piers can be installed to stabilize or even lift the foundation. Push piers transfer the weight of the home to a stable, load bearing soil. In some cases push piers will transfer the load of the structure down to bedrock.
Soil pressure on the outside of a foundation wall can push inward until it bows or even cracks. An effective solution to keep this from happening is by installing wall anchors that pass through the wall and reach outside into the yard
More commonly in older construction, foundation walls can bow and crack because of inward pressure from soil and water. The wall may not have the structural integrity to pull back into place with wall anchors, but wall reinforcement straps can be used to hold the wall in place and keep the inward movement from getting worse.