Orlando Foundation Repair
Solid Foundations proudly serves the 2.1 million residents of the Orlando Area. We are a family owned and operated business that offers expert foundation repair to both residential and commercial properties. We offer Free Estimates to property owners in Orlando, “The City Beautiful”, and we are a licensed Florida General Contractor. At Solid Foundations we are dedicated to making sure that the foundation of your home or business is on solid ground.
The foundation is by far the most important part of any structure, and without a sturdy one, buildings can collapse. Therefore, we pride ourselves in providing the most efficient, effective, and quality products and procedures that can transform any faulty foundation in Orlando back into the secure source of support it was designed to be when the establishment was first built. From seawalls to sidewalks, Solid Foundations can ensure that the world around you is level and safe. We understand that no modern, functional, and livable building can exist today without a foundation. A solid foundation is an unquestionable requirement of the safety and suitability of a structure, so when a foundation is not solid, a lot more than just the building is in jeopardy.
What Causes A Faulty Foundation in Orlando?
Foundations can suffer serious structural damage from a wide array of soil-related problems, the most common of which is water. An excess of water from damaged underground pipes, pooling water, or poor drainage, erodes or expands the soil, while an absence of water from the transpiration of tree roots causes the soil to shrink. Other causes of foundation problems include improperly consolidated soil under the building or foundations that were poorly built. All of these conditions are cause for concern because they rarely influence the soil beneath a foundation in a uniform manner. Instead, they usually affect only one portion of your foundation, and the fact that the affected area is small means that the resulting problems are big. Any minor shifting of your foundation can cause structural damage and put the entire building at risk. Due to the fact that your building needs a solid foundation, these threats of signification destruction are the last things you want to face.
Common Signs of A Faulty Foundation
Here are some of the most common indicators that you may have a foundation issue:
- Doors, windows, and cabinets that are suddenly difficult to open and close
- New Gaps around windows, doors, and garage doors
- Bowing or leaning foundation walls
- Sections of stairways or chimneys cracking or pulling away from the foundation
- Sloping or sagging floors
- Puddles of water forming around your property
If you suspect that you may have a faulty foundation, call the professionals at Solid Foundations today for a free estimate 1-855-227-0300.
Orlando Sinkhole Repair
What is a Sinkhole?
Sinkholes are depressions or holes in the ground caused naturally by the collapse of the surface layers as the result of a variety of events. Sinkholes form naturally when soluble bedrock such as limestone is removed gradually through the process of erosion instigated by moving water. Sinkholes can also develop when a cave roof crumbles, the water table lowers, or groundwater dissolves the rock below the land surface and carries away loose particles so that a void appears. Sinkholes do occur in dry conditions as well because the lack of rainfall, or an excess of rainfall in a short period of time, can disrupt the earth and cause openings. Human activity can also incite the creation of sinkholes. In urban areas, water mains breaking, old pipes bursting, sewers slumping, and water-drainage patterns changing can lead to sinkholes, and these sinkholes can sometimes occur to the detriment of the surrounding neighborhoods.
The Three Maine Kinds of Sinkholes in Orlando:
Solution sinkholes: These sinkholes form slowly when the bedrock of limestone is exposed at the surface by a lack of vegetation or soil and endures dissolution, which means that rainwater saturates the ground and creates a depression through the erosion of the bedrock.
Cover-subsidence sinkholes: These sinkholes also form slowly in areas where sand on top of the bedrock slides down into openings in the bedrock and lowers the land surface. The size of the depression grows as erosion continues.
Cover-collapse: These sinkholes involve bedrock covered by clay at its top layer and dissolved into an underground cave by water beneath its bottom layers. These bottom layers of sediment erode over time to increase the size of the cavern until only a thin layer remains between the underground opening and the surface of the ground. This type of sinkhole forms rapidly when that thin layer falls in and opens up a sinkhole that swallows everything above it.
What Are The Tell Tale Signs of Sinkholes in the Orlando Area?
Although the early signs of a sinkhole can vary depending on the type of sinkhole that is forming, some of the most common sinkhole signs include:
- Cracks in the concrete driveway or sidewalks outside of your home
- Depressions in your street, your yard, or your neighbors’ yards
- Water collecting in pond-like areas around your home that were not there before
- Slumping fence posts, trees, and foundations
- An exposed or sunken area of your foundation
- Cracks in the exterior of your home, visible in block or stucco
- Cracks in the interior of your home along joints, windows, or doors and in walls, floors, or ceilings
- Uneven, sloping, or sagging floors
- Nails popping out or pushing through the drywall
- Backsplashes pulling away from the wall
- Doors, windows, and even cabinets that are hard to open and close
- Water spots and stains
- Sediment in your water
- Changes in your utility bills
- An actual cavity beginning to open
How Do We Solve Your Sinkhole Issue?
With compaction grouting, Solid Foundations is able to stabilize the soil under your home and fill in sinkholes that may have formed. By adding a thick mixture of cement and grout deep into the soil with the use of a limited access drill, we are able to increase the load the soil can bear. This mixture permeates the voids in the soil to maximize the density, fills the hole to erase the damage, and seals the top of the limestone layer to steel it against future complications.
Solid Foundations employs void filling to lift and repair the concrete slabs on your property that could be or have been affected by a sinkhole. The process of void filling pushes a high strength structural polyurethane foam beneath concrete slabs or behind below grade concrete structures through the use of a pump. This polyurethane material floods any empty spaces and steadies the concrete against any outside forces. With void filling, Solid Foundations can cover a large area in a small amount of time and with minimal disruption and leave all of the soil below the concrete extremely dense and sturdy.
With our tried and tested sinkhole repair tools and techniques, Solid Foundations can recover the safety and security of your property.
At Solid Foundations our goal is to put your Orlando Property back on solid ground in the aftermath of a sinkhole, so call Solid Foundations today to receive the most successful and valuable sinkhole remediation services in Florida.