Foundation Settlement Indications
As you may know, your foundation can settle due to shifting soil. The soil around your foundation can weaken or move due to too much water or not enough. When the soil can no longer support your home, your foundation can sink, crack, or shift. There are a variety of reasons that your foundation can sink, settle, or move.
Causes of Foundation Settlement
If you have expansive soil, like clay, too much water can cause the foundation to settle. The ground can become soft and weak from all of the water. The weight of your home can push the foundation further into the ground, causing cracks and other issues. Depending on the type of soil and the drainage around your home, it may not take much more than a couple of torrential downpours to endanger your foundation.
There are times in Arkansas where we go through a drought period. This dry time can be just as damaging to your foundation as oversaturated soil. The earth around the foundation can crack and shrink, weakening the support the soil provides your home. In addition to the weather, trees and landscaping can drain the soil of the water it needs to remain stable. The roots can dry out the soil, causing the same issues as a drought.
Some building contractors will take shortcuts to save a buck, but in the end, the homeowner has to pay for it. If the soil isn’t properly compacted, the weight of your home will compress the earth, slowly sinking into the ground. This can take several years, but the end result is still the same. Although older homes usually have more problems than a new one, these problems can occur with new construction too, if the ground is poorly compacted.
Signs of Foundation Settlement
There are some pretty obvious signs of foundation settlement that you can see from the inside of your home or business. You may notice cracks in the walls, floors, and ceilings. Windows and doors may stick or not shut properly and floors may begin to slope or warp. You may notice basement walls that are leaning or bowing. All of these are serious signs of foundation damage and need to be repaired as soon as possible.
It is a little more difficult to detect foundation problems outside of the structure. You may begin to see cracks in the concrete or brick foundation. The cracks are usually in a stairstep pattern and will get bigger as the foundation settles unevenly. Another place that you may notice cracks is around doors or windows. As the foundation settles, the structure will be pulled askew and cracks will form where the windows and doors begin to separate from the walls. Not a lot of homes in Arkansas have fireplaces, but if you do and you notice your chimney is leaning or pulling away from your home, you probably have a foundation settlement problem.
Don’t Wait on Foundation Repairs
The longer you wait to repair your foundation the more time and money it will take to fix it, in addition to endangering your home and family. Make sure that you hire a trusted contractor like Airlift Concrete Experts for your foundation settlement repairs. There are some areas of home repairs that you can do yourself or cut corners on, but when it comes to foundation repair, you really want to make sure it is done well and permanently. Contact us to learn more about stabilizing your Arkansas home.