The state of Colorado often experiences wild and unpredictable weather. This can lead to some severe foundation problems for residents of Colorado Springs, the second most populous city in the state of Colorado. Generally, Colorado Springs has a semiarid climate, which means that it is warm and dry during the summer months, and rather prone to droughts. Colorado Springs also experiences extreme weather quite often, including thunderstorms, hail, tornadoes, and earthquakes. For this reason, it is important for homeowners to be aware of the dangers to their foundation and check for signs of foundation problems regularly.
There are many causes of foundation problems in Colorado Springs; some of the most common may include:
Soil Shrinkage: If there is a lack of moisture in the ground around your home, it may cause the soil to shrink and fall away. This can form cavities beneath the foundation that fail to support the concrete, leading to foundation settlement.
Hydrostatic Pressure: This problem occurs when a buildup of water in the soil causes the hydrostatic pressure in the ground to increase. This pressure pushes on the foundation, causing shifting and foundation cracks.
Erosion: Excess water in the soil can also lead to erosion, when the soil is washed away and gaps form beneath the foundation. These gaps do not offer enough support, and as a result, the foundation starts to sink and settle.
Vegetation: Trees or shrubs that are planted too close to the foundation can also cause issues, as the roots may push on the foundation and cause foundation movement and cracking in their search for moisture.
All of the above listed situations can lead to some serious foundation problems for your Colorado home. The most common of these problems include settlement, shifting, and foundation crack formation. Foundation settlement or sinking occurs when the foundation is inadequately supported from underneath, causing the downward movement of the concrete. Shifting and movement of the foundation can happen when external pressure in the soil or from vegetation pushes on the foundation, or if shifting soil moves and takes the foundation with it. Foundation cracks are the result of severe foundation movement or extreme settlement. Look for these common symptoms of foundation failure in your home:
Settling and sinking foundations are best repaired by installing foundation piers such as helical piers or steel push piers. These piers drive into load bearing soils beneath the foundation to offer lift and support. Shifting foundations can be pulled back into place with plate anchors or helical tieback anchors. Plate anchors utilize an anchor in the yard connected to the bowing foundation wall with a rod to pull the wall straight. Helical tiebacks act like large screws, driving into the ground horizontally to apply lateral pressure and straighten leaning walls while also closing foundation wall cracks that may have formed.
The foundation repair contractors at My Foundation Repairs can help assess your foundation problem and provide the necessary repair solutions. Contact us today for more information.