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When a business’s or home’s basement wall begins to fail, the first signs are typically the appearance of cracks in the block or cracks in the mortar. Basement wall cracks usually run horizontally along the wall near its mid-height. A basement wall crack is rarely cosmetic; you may have serious foundation problems.
What Causes Basement Wall Damage?
Basement walls fail for a variety of reasons:
- Lateral Pressure. The most common reason for failure is too much lateral pressure on the wall from the earth outside.
- Excess Water. Wall damage can be accelerated by poor drainage or plumbing leaks.
- Wall Construction. The wall construction may be inadequate to withstand normal lateral pressure pushing against the wall.
A professional foundation inspection can identify the source of basement wall cracks in your home or business and provide a solution.
The Steel Push Piering system is generically referred to in the industry as a resistance pier, friction pier, or steel underpinning system. The system uses a series of hydraulic rams to push consecutive 3 foot long sections of high-strength steel tubing into the ground to refusal or load-bearing strata. Structures are stabilized and/or lifted once all sections are installed to the proper depth at each of the required pier locations. After stabilization or lifting is achieved, the steel piers are permanently attached to heavy duty steel brackets that have been previously mounted to the structure’s foundation footing.
How to Know a Structure is in Need of Push Piers
A structure will need push piers after the foundation has changed in some way. This can include a change in the earth below the structure, weight displacement on the structure’s foundation for a long period of time, a poorly installed foundation, and many other changes. Signs that the structure is in need of push piers can be:
- Cracks in the concrete foundation
- Structure separation from patio or deck
- Doors and windows are more difficult to open and/or close
- Cracks in the interior of your home (i.e. the dry wall)
- Cracks in the exterior of your home
- Gaps between the crown molding and ceiling
- Sloped floors
- Bowed basement walls
Why Magnum Push Piers?
Magnum push piers quickly boost strength to existing footings, construction can proceed without pouring new footings saving time and money. Magnum push piers are used to realign and level existing walls. Magnum push piers are used in many projects rather than conventional crib and beam systems. Magnum push piers are all AMERCIAN MADE. Add Extra Strength to Your Existing Foundation Using Magnum’s Steel Push Pier System®