Why Tunneling May Be the Best Approach for Your Foundation Repair

If the foundation of your residential or commercial property has been damaged or you start to notice a few cracks, it’s time to start looking for foundation-repair solutions. When you have a concrete slab foundation, there are a few ways you can approach your foundation repair—one of those ways is by tunneling. This approach is an excellent way for homeowners or commercial property owners to repair their foundation without disrupting their day-to-day lives. 

As an alternative to cutting through concrete slabs and flooring, tunneling allows the professionals to get to the source of your foundation’s issues with less disruption. Make sure  you speak with a highly-qualified foundation repair company to advise you on necessary repairs, as well as to help determine whether or not tunneling is the best approach for your home.

Let’s take a look at what foundation tunneling is and some signs it might be right for you.

What Is Foundation Tunneling?

The method of tunneling for foundation repair means professionals will create a tunnel underneath your home in order to gain access to your foundation without having to drill a hole in your floor. This type of foundation repair solution is intended to help solve leaks due from plumbing issues which potentially cause water damage (or already have caused it) to your foundation and break down the integrity of your underlying soil and property structure.

With this in mind many foundation repair companies will coordinate with a plumbing company for jobs which utilize tunneling. Often with this method of foundation repair an updated or new drainage system is installed to ensure water is kept away from your home. Using a reputable and knowledgeable plumbing company alongside a high-quality foundation repair company will ensure you receive the best outcome for your time and money invested in repairs.

Is Tunneling Right for Your Foundation?

Because tunneling is a less invasive form of foundation repair, it’s often suitable for many homeowners and commercial property owners with slab foundations. It also can be a more affordable option and allows day-to-day life to continue on as normal—no moving out, no flooring repairs, and no extensive cleaning of your interior. Tunneling is also a good option if your foundation is damaged due to plumbing or water damage. However, there are other types of repair methods for slab foundations. It is wise to speak with a knowledgeable and experienced foundation repair company about what method is best for you. Contact us for your no-charge evaluation today, if you suspect your foundation is at risk.


Another alternative for slab foundation repair is mudjacking. If tunneling isn’t right for your slab foundation, this type of method can be used. Mudjacking is a process used to lift sunken concrete slabs by pumping a special grout of portland cement and sandy loam through the concrete, pushing the slab up from below to close the cracks and gaps. It is an affordable way to repair your slab foundation

However, because holes are drilled into the floor it’s more invasive than tunneling. Both options can be excellent ways to repair the integrity of your home or property’s foundation. To determine the best option for you, consult with an experienced, knowledgeable slab foundation repair company.

Landscaping and Drainage

What many homeowners don’t realize is that their landscaping and drainage system can significantly impact their foundation. When your landscaping isn’t done properly or you don’t have adequate drainage, water isn’t able to move away from your home, potentially causing damage to your foundation. 

Because tunneling is a technique used to push water away from your home, pairing it with landscaping and drainage solutions can be beneficial. It’s best to speak with a knowledgeable and experienced foundation repair company to determine the best course of action for your foundation

Foundation Repair Solutions from Perma Pier

If you’re in need of foundation repair, Perma Pier can help. Our team of specialized evaluators and construction professionals have serviced over 30,000 commercial and residential projects, including the use of tunneling

Backed by science and industry trust for over 20 years, we’ll ensure you’re left with a foundation that can stand the test of time. We provide no-charge evaluations and make sure we assess every aspect of your foundation thoroughly to ensure we recommend the proper plan for repairs. Don’t wait until it’s too late — contact us today to secure the integrity of your foundation.

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