Foundation settlement and sinking is on of the most common foundation
problems experienced across the country. Foundation settlement is when there
is downward movement of a structure below it's original position. It is
common in both residential and commercial structures, and can be very
damaging to your whole home or business. When your foundation is affected in
a structure, the whole structure can suffer from it. Knowing the signs of
foundation settlement and sinking will help you be prepared.
It is important to keep an eye out for cracks in your walls, drywall,
floors, foundation, slab, and garage columns. Also watch for sloping floors,
doors and windows that stick, leaning chimneys, and a wet basement or
Causes of Foundation Settlement & Sinking
Learning the causes of foundation settlement and sinking can and will
save you a lot of money, because you can watch for these causes, and will
know when to act and contact a foundation repair contractor. Here are some
of the most common causes of foundation settlement and sinking:
- Weak bearing soils - this is soil
that is not capable of carrying the load of the building
sitting on it. The weight and pressure is too much for
the soil to bear.
- Poorly compacted soil - Sometimes
homes and businesses are built on soil that hasn't been
adequately compacted. Structures built on this soil put
put pressure on the soil and the soil compacts and the
structure will settle.
- Changes in the level of moisture in the soil
- Excess moisture can lead to weakening of the soil,
reducing the ability that soil has to support the load
of a structure. Loss of moisture will cause it to shrink
and decrease in volume.
- Mature trees with roots and other vegetation
- trees and bushes that are mature and are in close
proximity to a structure can draw moisture away from the
soil around the foundation causing a decrease in soil
- Soil consolidation - When structure
weight compresses on new soil fill it will result in
downward movement of the structure.
Solutions for Settlement & Sinking
The first thing to do if you notice the signs of
causes of foundation settlement is to contact a
foundation repair specialist in your area. My Foundation
Repairs has a network of foundation repair specialists
across the country. Once you have found a specialist in
your area, they can provide an inspection and estimate
for your foundation repairs. Some of the solutions might
include the the following underpinning products:
- Steel Piers or Push Piers - these
piers install to the load bearing stratum beneath your
home or business. They are a permanent solution that
will prevent further settlement in the future. Their
lifting capabilities are unlimited and can be installed
with portable equipment. Professional installers can
install steel piers or push piers in any type of
weather. Steel piers and push piers are hydraulically
driven through a steel bracket to the load bearing level
in the earth. They are a long lasting and proven
solution. Our engineers use steel piers and push piers
from Earth Contact Products. They are the proven leader
in the industry for foundation repair products.
- Torque Anchor Brackets - These wall
anchors can be installed inside or outside your home or
business. They stop settlement and provide structural
lift. Torque anchor brackets have the ability to close
cracks and resolve other issues such as separation at
your doors and windows. An expert will provide a site
survey and take into consideration the structures
design, the current conditions of the foundation, the
condition of the soil around the foundation, and come up
with a final plan for your repairs.
- Porch Piers and Helical Piers - When
settlement has causes sinking of your porch or a
chimney, porch piers or helical piers can be utilized.
These are easy to install and cause very little to no
vibration during installation and were specifically
designed for projects involving lighter structures such
as stairs, stoops, porches, and chimneys. They add lift
and support to these structures while causing little
disturbance to the jobsite during installation.
It is important to call a professional repair team
when you are considering foundation repairs. Whether it
is for residential foundation repair or industrial
foundation repair, My Foundation Repairs has a
contractor in your area to help you with your repair
settlement and sinking is a major problem, and requires
immediate attention. Replacing a foundation is much more
expensive then the cost of underpinning in regards to
foundation repair costs. Use our website to find a
contractor in your area, and then make the call. Protect
the investment you have in your home or business with
that call today.
Contact us today for your free estimate!