Commercial Repair Services
All buildings whether residential or commercial need a strong and sturdy foundation. But this is even more vital for commercial foundations since they carry more weight. Commercial foundation repairs require specialized skills and expertise that you can only get when you hire repair experts that are experienced in commercial repair services.
Common Commercial Foundation Problems
Commercial foundations are prone to a wide range of foundation problems. These issues are even more pronounced since commercial buildings are larger which means they have a larger surface area and more concrete and other materials are used. This means there are so many things that could go wrong in commercial foundation construction. Some common foundation issues include concrete cracks, settlement and heaving, sloped floors, and so on. While some of these problems may be due to wear and tear caused by age, many commercial foundation issues begin during the process of constructing the foundation.
What Causes Foundation Problems For Commercial Buildings?
Building the foundation for a commercial building such as a large shopping center, hospital, office block, and is a complex project. The most common reason why foundation issues occur down the lane after some years is due to an error during the construction stage. Some of these problems can occur from improperly mixing concrete, poor soil construction, non-compliance to building standards, substandard materials, and so on. However, that’s not to say that all commercial foundation problems are due to human error. Foundation issues may also occur due to changing soil moisture conditions around the foundation, flooding, or simply age. No matter the case, the source of any of these problems can be assessed by professionals, and the best repair and remediation technique can be recommended.
Signs Of Commercial Foundation Problems
Commercial foundation problems are more difficult to detect than that of residential buildings. Most people rarely inspect their commercial building and even if they do, the sheer size means it's easier to miss something. Since detecting a fault early will help minimize cost, you should be familiar with some of the tell0tale signs of commercial foundation issues. These include soil shifting or settlement, uneven or sloped floors, leaning walls, cracks in the floor or walls, misaligned door or windows, ceiling cracks, water leakages, and so on. Although seeing any of these signs does not positively confirm foundation issues, there are legitimate grounds to call for a comprehensive inspection by a professional commercial foundation expert.
Commercial Foundation Repair Techniques
There are various techniques for fixing commercial foundation issues, the method we employ depends on the type of fault and extent of the damage. For a sinking foundation, for instance, we make use of an underpinning technique. This involves installing steel piers that transfer the weight of the structure to a more solid under-layer of soil deep underground. Another popular foundation repair technique is piling. This involves the installation of helical piles into the ground. When these are removed, concrete is injected into hollow shafts to support the foundation. Soil nailing is another popular foundation repair technique which helps to remediate leaning and bowing issues in foundation walls. The best method of repair will be determined after comprehensive inspection and testing have been carried out.