Common Foundation Problems:
Foundation settlement. Foundation failure. Those words are enough to spark fear in any homeowner. Rest assured that foundation settlement and failure can be fixed by the right company using the right products.
Cracked or settling basement or crawl space foundation walls are a sign that something is going very wrong with the structural integrity of your property. These symptoms occur for several reasons:
- Improper or inadequate drainage
- Inadequate or compromised foundation drain
- Pressure from saturated soils in the backfill zone
- Improperly compacted soil outside the foundation walls
- Poor construction techniques
- Soil swells and exerts pressure that forces the footing or foundation wall to shift and settle.
In North and Central Georgia we have a mixed-humid climate and expansive soils. That combination can lead to foundation and footing settlement and failures. During periods of normal to high rainfall, our soils tend to expand and exert pressure on the foundation and footing. In addition, improperly managed rain water can erode the soils around and under your foundation footing.
Conversely, when we have periods of dry weather, the soil tends to contract. This pulling away can leave the footings unsupported and lead to settlement. This expansion and contraction also occurs with temperature changes. This can cause a foundation to settle more than it should and eventually fail.
Signs of Foundation Settlement
Often there are early warning signs that a home’s foundation is settling or failing. If you suspect serious problems with your foundation you can do some investigation around your home and look for some tell-tale signs.
On your home’s exterior you should look for the following:
- Diagonal (stair-step) cracks in brick wall
- Brick or mortar joints that vary in width
- Tilting or leaning chimney
- Separation of wood trim at joints and corners
- Separation of concrete driveway, patio or sidewalk from the foundation
On your home’s interior:
- Cracks in sheetrock/plaster walls or ceilings
- Cracks in walls at corners
- Cracks in walls above doors
- Doors and windows that stick or are hard to open/close
- Un-even floor surfaces or sloping of floor
- Wide cracks in concrete floors
- Cracks in concrete floors that are shearing (one side is higher than the other)
If your home is experiencing any of these conditions, it is a good idea to consult with us for a complete assessment. We will ask questions and analyze:
- The area surrounding your home (nearby creeks, new construction, recent repairs, drainage)
- When you first noticed the problem(s)
- If they are more prevalent during certain weather seasons than others
- Age of the home
This type of question and answer and analysis helps in the proper diagnosis of a foundation problem and providing a custom solution.
Why should you call us? Our promise to you: We will never try to sell you products and services that you don’t need just to reach a sales quota. We want to help you fix your foundation and we want to do it the right way. When it comes to repairing your foundation, don’t settle for less.
We understand that you don’t want to hear that your foundation needs repair and that needing foundation repair is a scary proposition. So don’t trust your home to just anyone.
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