Concrete lifting and leveling is a procedure that attempts to correct an uneven concrete surface by altering the foundation that the surface sits on. It is a cheaper alternative to having replacement concrete poured and is commonly performed at both residential and commercial properties.
Concrete can be susceptible to settlement from a wide variety of factors, the most common being an inconsistency of moisture in the soil. Soil expands and contracts as the levels of moisture fluctuate between the hot dry summers and cold wet winters. Soil erosion also contributes to concrete settlement, which is common for locations with improper drainage. Concrete slabs built upon filled-in land can excessively settle as well. This is common for homes with basement levels since the backfill on the outside of the foundation frequently is not compacted properly. In some cases, poorly designed sidewalk or patio slabs direct water towards the basement level of a structure. Tree roots can also have an impact on concrete as well, actually powerful enough to lift a slab upwards or breakthrough entirely; this is common along public roadways and sidewalks, especially within metropolitan areas.
At Rhino Foundation Systems, we have a wide range of strategies to ensure the concrete in and around your property is properly leveled using the best equipment and methods.
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.
Water in the soil causes hydrostatic pressure to be exerted underneath basement floors and walls. This hydrostatic pressure can force water in through cracks, which can cause major structural damage as well as mold, decay, and other moisture-related problems.
There are few things worse than coming home and discovering the best way to travel from one end of your basement is in a canoe. The cost to fix extensive water damage can be exorbitant.
Several measures exist to prevent water from penetrating a basement foundation or to divert water that has penetrated a foundation:
Interior wall and floor sealers
Interior water drainage
Exterior waterproofing coatings
Box type waterproofing
Foundation crack injections
At Rhino Foundation Systems, we use a variety of methods to ensure you are protected the best ways possible.
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.
Interwest’s resistance piering or helical piering systems will stabilize and/or raise the foundation to its original position and prevent further home, building or foundation settlement. Foundation piering is a great way to ensure that your investment stays on solid ground for many years to come.
Once the foundation has been excavated and the foundation and footings are exposed, a heavy-duty steel bracket is attached to the foundation. A steel pier is then hydraulically driven through the bracket to bedrock or supporting strata to create a new, deep, solid foundation support.
Helical Pier or Push Pier depth will depend on the soils beneath the home or building. For example, piers installed under a home located in Salt Lake City may reach a deeper depth than a home in Provo. Of course city boundaries don’t determine soil type. We have even seen piers go deeper on one side of the house than the other.
When the settling area of the foundation is re-positioned or stabilized, the steel pier is bolted to the bracket, locking the structure into place. After most foundation piering stabilization projects, doors and windows that used to stick will once again open and close properly. Cracks in sheet rock, stucco or brick will become repairable.
CRAWL SPACE ENCAPSULATION
If you have open crawl space vents, high electric bills, mold in your crawl space or wet crawl space insulation then there is 100% chance you will benefit from crawlspace enscapsulation.
Many of the problems are a result of unwanted moisture in your crawlspace. At Rhino Foundation Systems, we have a step process to clean up the lingering mess and ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Those steps include, first, sump pump. If there is currently water in your crawl space, it will need to be removed. A pump can be installed to facilitate any future occurrences. Second, we will want to install a vapor barrier liner which have helped home owners really save money on their energy costs by becoming more efficient. Third, vent covers. We want to control the airflow into the crawlspace. By installing a series of strategic vent covers, we will be able to do just that. Lastly, a dehumidifier. This will help erradicate any lingering unwanted moisture.
FOUNDATION LIFTING & STABILIZATION
Every job and every property we work on has unique problems. One of the first steps to fixing a foundation issue permanently is by correctly identifying the problem in the first place. Here at Rhino Foundation Systems, our team of in-house foundation repair experts is here to help. We have the training, experience, and warrantied products you need to solve your problem.
In engineering, a foundation is the element of a structure which connects it to the ground, and transfers loads from the structure to the ground. Foundations are generally considered either shallow or deep. A lot goes into correctly diagnosing a Foundation problem including the consideration of soil mechanics and rock mechanics. We want to ensure you find the best possible solution for your property.