Improving Foundation

(Helical Piers and more)

 

With so many things in life to think about, a slowly failing foundation can find itself on the bottom of most homeowner's "to-do" lists.  But, when a home is experiencing foundation settlement or has bowing, buckling foundation walls, the home needs some immediate attention.  During droughts and even the very wet periods, foundations can become damaged from shifting soil or from increased stress from expansive clay soils, which develop cracks in the walls and floors.  Windows can jam, chimneys can tilt, and the floors can become uneven.  But, these foundation problems are often just the beginning!  If a foundation problem is ignored for too long, it can become much more serious and may even lead to the complete failure of the foundation.

Improve your foundation's condition today! The certified foundation repair contractors and crawl space structural repair contractors in our network are trained directly in the Foundation Supportworks headquarters to ensure their ability to provide you with reliable and professional assistance.  Regardless of what causes your foundation settlement, sinking crawl space supports, bowing foundation walls, or foundation cracks, we create customized solutions that can restore your foundation!  

Expansive soils and soils with poor load-bearing capacity can wreak havoc on a building foundation, as well as on chimneys, retaining walls, driveways, concrete patios and sidewalks. When these structural elements crack, settle and shift, a multitude of problems are likely to occur, such as water intrusion, safety hazards, cracked walls, and doors and windows that become inoperable.

 

FOUNDATION PROBLEMS

Each year sinking foundations, cracked and buckled walls, and cracked and uneven floors affect millions of families. Buildings situated on unstable soils will settle when the foundation is subjected to moisture or poor drainage. A shifting foundation could result in structural damage and potentially, a loss of your investment.

INTERIOR SIGNS

  • Cracks in drywall on walls and ceiling
  • Doors that stick
  • Gaps between walls and ceilings
  • Nails that are coming out of the drywalls
  • Windows that are not square or are sticking
  • Floors that are cracked or not level
  • Gaps between walls and floors

EXTERIOR SIGNS

  • Cracks in the masonry
  • Gaps between bricks and windows
  • Bricks leaning away from garage doors
  • Gaps between fireplace and housev
  • Sagging roof line
  • Doors that stick
 
 

OTHER CAUSES

  • Drying of soils from the sun and weather conditions
  • Evaporation
  • Moisture loss from roots
  • Shallow footings
  • Broken or Cracked pipes
  • Extremely wet soil
  • Compressible soil
  • Organic Layer
  • Soils affected by water tables
  • Earthquakes and tremors

COMMON CAUSES OF FOUNDATION MOVEMENT

One of the most common causes of foundation movement is the shrinking and swelling of expansive soils. The degree of soil movement is determined by the amount of expansive material, and the variation of its moisture content. During the spring, when the moisture content of expansive soil increases, the soil swells. During the drier months when the moisture decreases, the soil shrinks, allowing foundations to settle. During wet periods, foundations return to their desired elevation. Sometimes, the soil will swell enough to raise foundations higher than their desired elevation, which is referred to as upheaval.