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Solving a House Foundation Settlement Design for buildings always takes into account the soil bearing capabilities of the underlying soil for structural stability. Designers determine foundation dimensions that spread the building’s dead and live loads within the building lot or footprint so that the underlying soil can support these within the soil’s geotechnical properties. There are various structural design techniques to address the geotechnical challenges of a particular site. Extensive soil tests are done for tall or complicated structures to determine the soil characteristics relative to bearing capacity, compressibility and consolidation. For most homes, however, the design is normally based on available geotechnical data for the locality, without detailed site soil testing. Variations in soil types and characteristics can occur in an area, with the worst case scenario of a sink hole potential in one site that would not have been identified in the general geotechnical study of the locality. Therefore, house foundations, can be affected more by unstable ground conditions. Foundations can settle when the underlying soil compresses or loses its ability to support imposed loads. Compressive clays, improperly compacted fills, poor maintenance surrounding foundations, excavations at adjoining properties, or landslides may induce failure of foundations. There are instances where the clayey soils liquefy during an earthquake, causing houses to tilt. Settlement will not only induce misalignment of elevations; the structure can become unsafe for human habitation. Settlement of foundations may not be as sudden. “Slow-creep” sinking will have telltale signs. Settlement that is uniform for the entire house sometimes cannot be noticed until there is a substantial elevation difference between the interior ground floor of a house and the surrounding area. Warning signs peculiar to partial house settlement, however, would be easier to spot, especially with unsightly cracks on concrete or masonry non-structural elements of the house. Doors and jambs or windows could become slanted and difficult to operate. Pronounced slopes or dips and bulges would occur in floors. Wood floor boards could pop up. Disjointed electrical conduits, water supply or sewer lines could occur, causing disruption of power or leaks.
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Slab-jacking and use of piers or piles are the two common foundation settlement solutions. With slab-jacking, a lifting force to restore the member to its original elevation is produced by pumping concrete grout beneath the slab (or beam). This method requires that the grout must not “escape” in order to achieve the jacking force. In some cases, unsuitable soil beneath the foundation is removed prior to slab-jacking. The “piering” technique involves driving of steel posts or columns through the unstable soil. These driven piles could transfer the loads carried by the foundation to bedrock or reinforce the soil’s strength (through the friction between the pier and the soil). Hydraulic jacks are then used to raise or stabilize the member affected by soil settlement or consolidation. In failures affected by destabilized slopes or excavations near the house, however, other methods have to be employed first to correct the slope slide or sufficiently shore up the excavation.3 Experts Tips from Someone With Experience