The only thing more important to the stability of your home than its foundation is the ground upon which it’s built. This soil must be stable in order to support the weight of your home and its contents for decades to come. Unfortunately, it is all too common for foundation soils to become unstable over time for a variety of reasons. These chiefly fall into two categories: the composition of the soil itself and external factors such as weather or tree roots.
The red clay commonly found in our area, for instance, can absorb lots of water and expand during wet weather and can shrink during times of drought. This expansion and shrinkage can cause serious foundation issues. The fill soil that results when a developer levels a neighborhood in preparation for building can sometimes be poorly compacted. This too can result in foundation settling and other issues.
This is why it is so important to know what type of soil that lies underneath a house before you agree to buy it. In fact, entire neighborhoods have had their foundations repaired because they were built on poor soil. That means, even if you haven’t had foundation problems yet, you may still experience them sometime in the future. So, if you think your home may be built on poor foundation soils — or if you have neighbors who have had issues — it may be time to have an expert visit your home and determine if it needs to be protected against future foundation failure.
Further information on foundation soils can be found on the following pages:
Dritek Foundation Solutions offers a variety of solutions to permanently repair cracked, sinking foundations and leaning and bowing foundation walls and prevent wall failure due to poor foundation soils, including:
It should be pointed out that, in addition to these solutions, we recommend homeowners ensure proper drainage around their homes by grading the soil properly.
Put simply: because we can permanently repair your foundation problems on time and on budget. Don’t Settle!
Dritek Foundation Solutions has been making homes whole and restoring their owners’ peace of mind for more than 30 years. We’re a member of the Supportworks network — a group of more than 130 contractors across the United States and Canada that is committed to redefining the industry by proving that more is possible when it comes to the homeowner-contractor experience.
Honesty. Transparency. Courtesy. Respect. These are the values that drive us, from the person who first takes your call to the person who shakes your hand when the job is completed to your satisfaction. Don’t settle – call us today – you’ll be glad you did!
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