Vesta Foundation Solutions Says its the Perfect Time to Evaluate Your Home’s Foundation
Vesta Foundation Solution Tip: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Tree roots. Water. Soil. Earthquakes.
Nature eventually rules over all that mankind builds unless it is properly maintained. It’s a battle that always ends the same way. But, with a little foresight and preventative measures, these seemingly powerful forces can be temporarily tamed. The wildness of the natural world bends in the hands of skilled caretakers. Shelter and comfort structures are supported by caring service workers.
Vesta Foundation Solutions brings clarity by offering practical wisdom. Even the best-built homes must face the issue of foundation repair. Owner William Blake lays out two basic solution categories for consideration this season: repair and prevention.
Repair: What can be done for current problems?
When cracks, sagging ceilings or warped floors become visible or if doors stop closing well, the foundation may be compromised.
Step 1 – A Complete Soil Report: Identifying the type of soil which is under the home helps determines how well the home deals with adverse weather.
“Foundation problems are often associated with the quality of construction or type of home, but the reality is that the soil beneath the home is the culprit for 99 percent of the issues. It cannot bear the weight of the home,” he says.
Step 2 – Water Level/Laser Level: Vesta uses the laser level to determine areas of settlement in the foundation and the degree in which it may have settled.
Step 3 – Load Calculation: Properly calculating the load weight of the home tells you how far apart piers need to be. Pier systems have been used for around 100 years, but it’s not as simple as placing concrete or steel pieces just anywhere.
“The pier has to match the home,” Blake says. “Whatever steel pier is used, it needs to be an ICC (International Code Council) rated pier that goes through a series of third-party evaluations that protect consumers from having a defective product installed.”
Imagine rock-climbing without the assurance that the rope will hold the weight bearing down on it with each step. Each step would be a huge risk! Each step would be a guess. Similarly, “without these three steps it’s a guess,” Blake says. And with an investment the size of a home, guessing is foolhardy.
Prevention – Three Areas to Maintain
#1 Gutters and Downspouts: Extending them away from the home can prevent hundreds of thousands of repair in the metro. “Water runoff can soften the footing or wash away the soil that would otherwise be holding the home up,” Blake says.
#2 Maintaining Positive Grade: Divert runoff and high winds. “Sometimes the installation of a French drain system can capture and collect water, move it away, so it doesn’t negatively affect the soil,” he says.
#3 – Tree Roots: Ensure that tree roots are not too close to a home. “Roots will grow outward because it’s trying to acquire water and nutrients,” Blake says. Trees continue to grow regardless, so paying attention to the canopy will reveal the general space the root system will mimic. And contrary to popular belief “clay soil doesn’t prevent tree roots from growing down,” he says.
“Foundation repair is something that no homeowner wants to deal with,” Blake says. “It’s typically not monitored, and there aren’t a lot of preliminary warning signs that would indicate there are issues.”
Much like bodily health, it’s prevention that produces the greatest payoff.
But, if Oklahomans find symptoms of current foundation issues, Vesta offers free evaluations to investigate the cause and will seek out a good fit for the homeowner and the structure. February is the perfect time of year to evaluate the cause of a sinking pool bed or driveway. It may be cold now, but Memorial Day will sneak up on Oklahoma and soon it will be time to swim and play outdoors again.
To contact Vesta Foundation Solutions go to VestaFoundationSolutions.com or call 844.861.4397.