Repairing Foundation Settlement
Repairing foundation settlement can come with a variety of methods and price tags. While we’re not going to go over the costs of repairing a foundation in this post, we have tons of other resources on this topic for you over on the blog.
Let’s start with the basics: settlement happens when there are soil changes below your foundation. When the soil is no longer able to bear the weight of the structure it is holding, the foundation moves. To what extent all depends on what’s happening beneath and around your home.
When Foundation Settlement Is Normal
Many homeowners hear the words “cracks in the foundation” and cringe. But it’s not actually all bad! Some settlement is normal, and to be expected, especially in new construction homes. You’ll likely see hairline cracks in newly poured foundations. Hairline cracks can appear as moisture leaves the concrete, just as cracks appear in soil when it gets dry.
When You Need Foundation Repairs
If your foundation is bowing inward, or has cracked horizontally, you need to contact a foundation expert in your area as soon as possible. Bowing walls and horizontal cracking are signs of a failing foundation. However, just because your foundation is damaged, doesn’t mean it is doomed. A common method for repairing this foundation settlement issue is installing plate anchors. Plate anchors apply lateral force to stabilize wall, and straighten the wall gently over time.
As a general rule of thumb, any crack over 1/8th of an inch wide, no matter the orientation, should be inspected by a professional. You can contact us to find a highly qualified foundation expert in your area!