Jammed doors and windows and house movement
Jammed doors and windows can quite often be the first signs of subsidence and foundation damage in a home. If doors and/or windows stick and are difficult to operate, swing open on their own or have gaps around their frames, the cause of these problems should be investigated quickly by an expert.
Not just apparent in older properties, the causes behind jammed windows and doors often occur when the soil underneath a home’s foundation starts to move or settle and can no longer support the weight of the home.
Foundation settlement can happen with a change to the soil and properties of all ages are susceptible. If you notice problems with doors and windows you should monitor the extent and note any changes daily. If it continues for prolonged periods or worsens, this is when experts should be called in to assess the likely causes for you.
What causes jammed windows and doors?
To determine the correct procedure to fix any settlement issues, the underlying problem must be identified. The most common causes of foundation settlement are:
- Groundwater levels affect soil particles causing compression and settlement of the home’s foundation
- Soil erosion, often caused by water that is flowing beneath a building’s foundation resulting in voids and a reduction of bearing capacity
- Poorly compacted soil can cause settlement
- Foundation design during construction can be flawed due to inadequate information on ground and soil conditions which can ultimately result in foundation settlement
- Vibration caused by nearby construction activity such as drilling or piling, or heavy road traffic can cause foundation ground settlement
- Trees and shrubs can also be a factor, particularly if they’re close to the property’s foundation. Some species absorb a lot more water, affecting the soil moisture levels
How can Mainmark help
How Mainmark can help with jammed windows and doors?
Mainmark’s ground improvement and floor re-levelling methods for house foundation settlement are effective for fixing the underlying problems that cause jammed windows and doors that to stick in a home.
One of Mainmark’s team of experts will visit your home, assess the damage, and help ascertain the likely cause. Our experienced engineers and technicians establish the appropriate non-invasive underpinning approach needed, creating a plan specific to the needs of your home and the particular signs of subsidence.
Mainmark technologies for remediation of subsidence and jammed doors and windows
Teretek® – resin injection and jammed doors and windows remediation
With over 25 years’ experience, Mainmark has led the world offering some of the most advanced resin injection and grout solutions. Teretek from Mainmark is a solution that utilises an injection delivery method developed to raise, re-level, and re-support buildings and other above-ground structure and resolve problems like jammed doors and windows.
Jammed doors and windows remediation with JOG computer-controlled grouting
JOG Computer-Controlled Grouting is an award-winning grouting technology for strengthening weak ground beneath larger homes and structures such as residential buildings, using a cement grout injected under computer control. It is an extremely precise method for stabilising soils, consolidating weak ground and lifting foundations to deliver specific, engineered outcomes, regardless of complexity. It can help address subsidence, the root cause behind jammed doors and windows.
Mainmark technology benefits
Benefits of Mainmark’s subsidence treatments that halp resolving jammed doors and windows.
Our technologies have fast curing times and treated areas can be used immediately or without the delays compared to traditional subsidence repair methods tahty address probelmns like jammed doors and windows.
Our subsidence treatment technologies can helo with jammed doors and windows and we use an inert material that is non-toxic and does not leach into the environment or affect the treated area.
Our solutions are of surgical nature compared to traditional methods that deal with subsidence, the cause of jammed doors and windows.
Compared to traditional methods, our subsidence solutions are more cost-effective, with minimal disruption to the area.
We’re happy to have helped
Your guys did an excellent and tidy job despite some unusual ground conditions.
Graham, Consulting Engineer, Swindon, UK
We had confidence in the resin injection solution proposed by Mainmark from start to finish and it delivered exactly what Mainmark had promised based upon their detailed surveys and analysis.
Nathanael, Head of Purchasing, Cork, Ireland
Soil stabilisation FAQ’s
What happens with unlevel driveways, floors and hardstand areas?
After the application of the Mainmark solution, unlevel surfaces will become aligned again as the ground underneath is strengthened and re-supported. Simple cosmetic repairs may be required.
Will there be a mess?
Very little, if any. We use Teretek® engineered Resin Injection technology, which is likened to “keyhole surgery”, or JOG Computer-Controlled Grouting, with no major excavation and minimal disruption or mess. The injection holes required are very small.
How long does it take?
Each project is different and depends on the required amount of lift, area for correction, building construction, and ground conditions. Most projects can be completed in a day or two, and we can work at night or on one area at a time, so your business can keep operating.
Do i need to send my workers home?
No, most projects don’t require you to vacate the premises or even move furniture or equipment. For the most part, you can keep operating as normal. Driveways can often be driven on in as little as 30 minutes after treatment.
What warranty will i get?
The materials we use have been developed for use underground and have been specifically engineered to resist shrinkage and deterioration. Teretek® is warranted by Mainmark for an industry-leading period of 50 years.
Is it safe and environmentally friendly?
Injected Teretek® and JOG materials are environmentally inert and have no detrimental effects on the environment.
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Arrange a site assessment in 3 simple steps:
Submit your enquiry using our online form. Include a brief message about the type of foundation issues you are experiencing.
Our friendly customer service team will be in touch to schedule a site assessment that suits you.
One of the Mainmark experts will visit your home or property, assess the damage, and ascertain the likely cause. They will establish the approach needed, creating a plan specific to the needs of your building and provide you with a detailed quote.
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