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Benchmarking: Key to Foundation Repair

Inspector using laser level to measure foundation movement.

So, your home is gradually sinking into the ground (also known as foundation settlement). Don’t panic, professionals have the tools to stabilize your foundation.

Before repairs can happen, an important process, called benchmarking, has to take place. On this page, we’ll go over what benchmarking is and why experts do it before a foundation repair job. Let’s dive in!

What is Benchmarking?

Benchmarking is the process by which foundation repair experts measure a foundation’s condition over time. Generally, the goal is to keep track of how much a settling foundation moves over time.

By tracking the movement, professionals can accurately diagnose the problem’s severity. With these measurements, a foundation repair contractor can provide the best possible solution to the problem.

Tools Used During Benchmarking

Inspector using laser level and tape to measure foundation movement.

Inspectors use a laser level to determine the movement of a foundation. Most of the time, only some parts of a foundation will shift. This means the unaffected parts of the home can be used as a baseline during benchmarking.

With a laser level, inspectors can compare the non-settling section of the foundation to the settling section. Based on how out of line the settling section of the foundation is, experts determine the best solution.

Benchmarking After Foundation Repair

Crewman marking and installing a foundation pier.

Benchmarking doesn’t stop after finding the problem and fixing it. It’s still important even after installing repairs. Foundation settlement repair generally involves attaching foundation piers to the sinking sections.

After the piers are installed, each one is marked, preparing them to be checked later on with anther round of benchmarking. Piers shouldn’t move, so more benchmarking helps experts keep track of whether they are keeping the house stable or not.

By measuring and watching for changes in the foundation after installing the piers, contractors can make sure your home isn’t moving. If it is, benchmarking measurements will help them make the proper changes.

Why Fix Foundation Settlement?

Now that you understand what benchmarking is, you can see why it’s an important part of preventing foundation settlement. But what exactly is foundation settlement, and why should you prevent it?

What is Foundation Settlement?

Foundation settlement is when a building’s foundation sinks or shifts unevenly into the ground over time. This can happen for several reasons, including:

Cracking foundation wall due to settlement.
  • Soil Movement: The soil beneath the foundation can shift due high amounts of rain or periods of drought.
  • Poor Soil Compaction: If the soil wasn’t compacted properly while building the foundation, it can shift under the weight of the building.
  • Tree Roots: Roots from nearby trees can absorb moisture from the soil under your foundation, causing it to dry out and become weak.

Signs of foundation settlement include cracks in drywall, uneven floors, or doors and windows that stick. If left unaddressed, foundation settlement only gets worse. It doesn’t fix itself!

Receive Expert Foundation Repair From AFS

AFS crewman with level tool and tool box in hands, posing in front of company vehicle.

Benchmarking is a key tool that experts use to assess and monitor your foundation’s condition over time. If you’re noticing signs of foundation settlement, it’s crucial to work with a team that can measure and solve the issue effectively.

At AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists, we provide comprehensive benchmarking and repair services to ensure your home remains stable and secure. Contact us today to schedule a free inspection and let our experienced professionals safeguard your home with precision and care.

Benchmarking FAQs

Benchmarking is one of the most important parts of the foundation repair process. Without the proper tools or training, you could get the measurements wrong—so don’t try it on your own.

The frequency of benchmarking depends on the initial findings and the specific conditions of your home’s foundation. A professional assessment can determine the appropriate schedule for monitoring.

If benchmarking reveals foundation movement, a professional can recommend and implement appropriate repair solutions, such as installing piers to stabilize the foundation and prevent further settlement.

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Ted Dryce

Ted Dryce

Content Writer

Ted is an SEO Content Writer who has been with Groundworks since 2021. He’s covered home repair topics ranging from crawl space encapsulation to regional soil conditions. When he’s not working, Ted is performing improv comedy and working on his own creative projects.

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