You shouldn’t need a degree to understand house leveling. That’s why we wrote this guide. Don’t waste your time on long, boring blogs. By the end of this short article, you’ll know the five basics of house leveling, and you’ll be able to pick up the phone and call for the right solutions. Let’s start at the beginning, what is house leveling?
1. What Is House Leveling?
House leveling is a foundation repair process that lifts a settling home back to the maximum practical level.* An unlevel home is unsafe, loses value, and will affect your everyday life. Now you’re probably asking yourself, why is my house unlevel?
*Maximum practical level is the ultimate amount of foundational lift achievable before causing structural or cosmetic damage to a home.
2. Why Is My House Unlevel?
Homes become unlevel because of differential settlement. When your home is first built, the foundation should naturally settle into the soil in a uniform manner. Differential settlement is when sections of your home settle at different rates, hence the name. This unbalance causes all sorts of problems.
What causes differential settlement?
3. When Do You Need House Leveling?
Here are 11 signs you need house leveling.
4. How To Level Your Home
House leveling should only be done by professionals. But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know how the process works. Underpinning is one of the best ways to re-level your home. There are two types of underpinning methods: steel push piers and helical piers.
Steel push piers – Steel push piers are long piles that are pushed down underneath your foundation until they reach a stronger soil. After all, the soil is what caused your home to settle. Once the piers reach the new soil, hydraulic jacks push down on the pier and lift the home back up.
Helical piers – Helical piers, also known as screwpiles, work the same way as push piers, except for how they are driven into the soil. Like a corkscrew, the pier is twisted into the ground until it reaches the stronger soil. Then, hydraulic jacks lift the foundation back up, leveling your home.
Read more about underpinning.
5. How To Avoid An Unlevel Home
The main reason your home is unlevel is due to differential settlement. So you how do you avoid differential settlement? As we said earlier, differential settlement can result from too much moisture in your soil. If you want to keep water away from your foundation, here’s what you can do.
- Add an interior drain tile system.
- Add an exterior drain tile system.
- Add a french drain in your yard.
- Add gutter and downspout extensions.
- Add a sump pump.
Read more about how foundation drainage keeps your home and soil dry.
The Real Seal
If you live in the Greater Chicago area and need house leveling, who do you call? There are so many options out there. Who can you trust to provide quality service? You need the real deal, and you need The Real Seal. Call us today, and we’ll get you started with an in-depth inspection, free repair estimate, and a list of our finest solutions. We also provide basement waterproofing, crawl space encapsulation, crawl space repair, concrete leveling, and more.