Many experts say it can’t be done. They claim, “You need to replace your foundation”.
Before you take that extreme and costly step, let SmartLift assess your old type-B ring and pile foundation. Chances are we can save you a lot of money and anguish by repairing your old style foundation. What this refers to are the old style foundations made by mixing cement with rubble, round stones or whatever they had lying around the building site at the time of construction.
Unreinforced masonry – brick, concrete block, or stone – foundations often cannot withstand earthquake shaking. They simply just break apart. Homes may shift off such foundations during earthquakes, seriously damaging walls, floors, utilities, and home contents. Using steel bands, braces and tension rods we can strengthen and contain your foundation in order to proceed with the leveling of your home. While retaining the original aesthetic appeal of your existing foundation we box and pour in a brand new steel re-enforced ring foundation to support it. We epoxy and repair major cracks and repair and repack your floor’s internal piling, giving your home a much stronger and more earthquake resilient foundation.
This is a cost effective way to repair your home and meet the building code. We effectively incorporate a new steel re-enforced foundation to bolster your existing one. Benefits of this SmartLift system repair method:
- save you money
- save you time (10-15 days to level and repair foundation)
- strengthen your foundation
- reduce consequential damage to your home using other and often more expensive methods
- your home is re-levellable should need ever arise
The 11 slides above are examples of unreinforced foundations and our method of strengthening. Click on any image for a larger view.