Arizona

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Arizona, famous for its red soil, is a popular spot for both homeowners and vacationers. The desert climate in the state, consisting of mild winters, and extremely dry, hot summers. This dry, hot weather can cause trouble for foundations. In the Northern part of the state, the temperatures are considerably cooler, with cold winters and mild summers. In southwestern Arizona, earthquakes are also a threat; earthquakes can be very dangerous to the foundation and other areas of the home. It is important for the residents of Arizona to regularly examine their foundations and contact a professional foundation repair contractor as soon as any problems are noticed.

Causes of Foundation Problems in Arizona

There are a few different factors that can cause problem in Arizona, the most common of these factors being:

  • Soil Shrinkage: This happens during very hot, dry weather conditions, when the soil beneath your home shrinks from lack of moisture. When the soil shrinks, it will fall away and create voids and spaces beneath the foundation. These voids lead to settlement and sinking as the foundation is not properly supported.
  • Erosion: If there is a long dry spell followed by a sudden or severe rainstorm, erosion may occur. The rain washes away soil under your foundation, forming voids and causing the foundation to settle into these voids.
  • Poor Soil Compaction: If the soil beneath your home was not properly compacted at the time of construction, the ground will begin to settle. The foundation above often settles as a result of this soil settlement.
  • Vegetation: If you have large trees or shrubs growing close to your foundation, the roots may push against the foundation and burrow underneath in search for moisture. This is especially common in dry seasons, when the roots must go farther than normal to find water.

Common Foundation Problems in Arizona

Because of the hot, arid conditions in Arizona, foundation problems are not uncommon. One of the biggest foundation problems is foundation settlement or sinking. This occurs when the foundation of the home sinks as a result of changes in the moisture content of the soil, soil shrinkage, or other factors. Shifting foundations are also common. If you have a shifting foundation, it may lead to bowing or leaning foundation. Foundation cracks often accompany shifting or settling foundations, leading to various other problems, such as pest infestation, or water problems. Symptoms of a foundation problem in your home include:crumbling brick and masonry

  • Floor cracks
  • Sloped or uneven floors
  • Wall cracks
  • Sticking doors or windows
  • Ceiling cracks
  • Bowed or leaning walls
  • Leaning chimney

Solutions for Foundation Problems in Arizona

No matter what type of foundation problem you are suffering from, there is likely a reliable and effective solution. For settling foundations, the best solution is to install helical piers or steel push piers. These foundation piers anchor into the load bearing soils deep underground, to support the structure and lift the sinking foundation. This stabilizes the foundation and closes any cracks that may have formed.

If you have a basement, shifting foundations can lead to bowing or leaning foundation walls. To pull the walls back into place, plate anchors can be installed. These devices are installed in the ground adjacent to the bowing wall and attached using a metal rod and a plate that apply pressure to pull the wall back into place. My Foundation Repairs is proud to serve the following cities in the state of Arizona, including the rest of the state.

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