Settlement & Sinking

Understand what foundation sinking and settlement means for your home's foundation.

What causes foundation settlement?

Foundation 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
  • Poorly compacted soil
  • Changes in the level of moisture in the soil
  • Mature trees with roots and other vegetation
  • Soil consolidation

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 rainwater 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

The first thing to do if you notice the signs 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 following underpinning products:

  • Steel Piers or Push Piers
  • Torque Anchor Brackets
  • Porch Piers and Helical Piers

It is important to call a professional repair team when you are considering foundation repairs. Whether it is for a 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 than 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.
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