Last updated 11 months ago
Without proper a proper drainage system, water can leak into your home or the ground beneath your foundation. This video illustrates some of the options for routing water from your gutters away from your house so that it doesn’t cause damage.
If you’re not trying to divert that much water, a splash block may do the job. When water exits your gutter’s downspout, it hits the splash block and runs away from your house. To divert more water, or to send it much further away, tubing can be attached to your downspout. This can either be buried or kept above ground.
Even if you divert water away from your house, it may filter back through the soil and enter your home or cause other problems. United Structural Systems can design a waterproofing system for your home to keep your house dry and safe from water damage. Call us at (615) 800-2058 to learn more, or visit our website for a full list of our services.
Last updated 11 months ago
Soil settlement can have dramatic and devastating effects on foundations. A few famous examples illustrate the importance of repairing your residential foundation in Nashville if it begins settle.
- The Leaning Tower of Pisa
Probably the most famous example of foundation failure is the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The structure is leaning because its shallow, inadequate foundation is set on top of unstable soil. In fact, it’s believed that the tower would have already fallen over if construction had not been interrupted by a period war between Italian cities, during which time the weight of the tower compressed the ground below. It stands today as an illustration of why foundations need to be solid and secure enough to withstand weak and unstable soil.
- The Leaning Tower of Suurhusen
Although not as famous as its cousin in Pisa, the Leaning Tower of Suurhusen in Germany is actually the most tilted historical tower in the world. Built in the middle ages on weak, marshy ground, the tower began to tilt when the roots of oak trees under its foundation rotted away.
Vertical settlement and leaning cause cracks throughout the settling building as the building begins to warp and buckle. Basement walls and other areas under the extra stress of shifting weight can be badly damaged. By using drilled piers, helical piers, or steel pressure piers, a foundation suffering from vertical settlement can often be stabilized and supported.
Contact United Structural Systems at (615) 800-2058 before your home becomes the leaning tower of Nashville. We also provide services for crawlspace repair, waterproofing, basement wall repair, and repair of cracked bricks on the exterior of a house. You can visit our website for more about our residential foundation expertise, and for details on the foundation repair process.
Last updated 11 months ago
If you’d like to learn more about foundation damage, basement leaks, and foundation repair methods, follow the links below. Then contact United Structural Systems at (615) 800-2058 for professional foundation repair in Nashville.
Last updated 12 months ago
Did you know that leaky foundations do more damage to homes than fires do? That’s because the damage caused by water infiltration is slow and sometimes difficult to notice. By the time most homeowners notice signs of foundation settling, a lot of damage has already occurred to their home’s structure.
This video provides you with some easy tips on how to prevent foundation damage to your home. You’ll learn about the importance of proper drainage and effective gutter systems, and what you can do to keep your gutters foundation friendly.
For expert residential foundation repair services in Nashville, contact United Structural Systems today at (615) 800-2058.
Last updated 1 year ago
Residential foundations throughout the Nashville area are highly susceptible to settling due to our land’s expansive geology. In fact, your own home may be suffering from foundation issues as we speak! While there are many different methods available to repair foundation settling, installing steel underpinnings is perhaps the most popular and commonly used method. Here’s a look at how steel underpinnings work to keep your residential foundation from settling and sinking.
Steel underpinning foundation repair methods are typically used on slab foundations, which have concrete footings that are designed to keep the house from sinking. However, expansive soils or high soil moisture content can cause slab foundations to bend, sink, or tilt into the ground. To prevent this from happening, steel underpinnings are installed to essentially lift the affect portion of the foundation upwards, correcting the foundation damage and preventing further settling.
Here’s how steel underpinning works. First, your foundation is excavated until its footings are easily accessible. Then, your foundation repair technicians will attach high strength metal brackets to your footings. Super strong steel piers are then driven through the bracket hundreds of feet into the ground until they reach load-bearing strata, also known as the point of refusal. At this point, soil conditions will not affect the stability of your home, making it a good spot to root your foundation. Finally, the bracket and pier are connected together, and your foundation is as good as new.
Steel underpinning is an effective means for repairing slab foundations and requires fairly minimal disturbance of your property. In a few days, your foundation will be restored to its original strength and capacity, and you won’t have to worry about settling in that area again.
To learn more about foundation repair methods used in residential applications, contact United Structural Systems at (615) 800-2058. We’re the Nashville area’s leading foundation repair, cracked brick repair, waterproofing, basement, and crawlspace repair service. repair service.