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.
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.
As previously mentioned, hairline cracks don’t pose a structural threat to your foundation. However, they may allow water to seep into your basement or crawlspace over time. If this should happen, or you notice moisture on the walls, it’s time to call an expert. Having excess moisture in your basement or crawlspace not only makes way for the growth of mold and mildew, but can also cause floor joists and support beams to weaken.
Aside from waterproofing, there are a few other instances in which you’ll want to repair your foundation. The direction, width, and location of the cracks can tell us a lot about what is happening beneath and surrounding your foundation. Determining the cause of the cracks help our contractors choose the best method for repairing them. Vertical and diagonal cracks are usually signs of settlement. In many cases of foundation settlement, steel piers are used to stabilize and lift the foundation.
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!