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Foundation Settlement Repair

What causes foundation settlement?

Foundation settlement repair by My Foundation RepairsFoundation settlement occurs when there are soil changes below the structure. When the soil is no longer able to bear the weight of the structure above it, it will heave and cause movement in your foundation. Let's take a closer look at the types of soil conditions that can cause your foundation to settle:

  • Weak bearing soil: 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 properly compacted. If this is the case, the soil will not be able to hold the weight of the foundation, and it will settle.
  • Changes in the level of moisture in the soil: Excess moisture can lead to weakening of the soil, reducing it's ability 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 volume.
  • Soil consolidation: When structure weight compresses on new soil fill it will result in downward movement of the structure.

Foundation settlement and sinking are some of the most common foundation problems experienced across the country. That's why its important to take the necessary precautions to prevent settlement, and to get repairs done if you notice it starting to happen.

How To Prevent Foundation Settlement

Some types of foundation settlement are natural and unavoidable, and may not cause serious foundation problems. However, it is important to protect your home from dangerous and rapid settlement. Since most foundation settlement problems are soil-related, you can do this by controlling the amount of moisture in your soil.

Be sure that you have a proper drainage system in your home so that water doesn't build up around your foundation and cause the soil to expand. It is important to have your gutters cleared on a regular basis to ensure that they don't overflow onto your foundation when heavy rains come. Also, make sure that your downspouts are extended 5-10 feet away from your foundation. Short downspouts can send rain water directly onto your foundation, which can put pressure on it and cause it to settle.

Signs That Your Foundation is Settling

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 crawl space. All of these signs can mean that your foundation is settled, and it is important to get it looked at by a professional before it gets worse.

Foundation Settlement Repair Solutions

Foundation SettlementThe 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 needs. Foundation 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!