Foundation Settlement

Having Issues with Foundation Settlement in Utah?

Experiencing leaning or bowing foundation walls or noticed cracks in masonry, brick, and drywall?  Then, your home or building may be in need of a foundation repair system that will restore property value and peace of mind. If you’re able to reply “yes” to any of the above issues,  you’re likely experiencing foundation settlement.

Your home or commercial building rests on several layers of soil. Each layer of soil is unique and many of these varying soil levels have been in place for thousands of years or more, having been moved and settled there by wind, water, glaciers and other natural shifts the Earth creates. Other soil levels have been intentionally placed or man-made by contractors as your home or building was built to create a level surface for your foundation. These soil levels are the root cause of any foundation shifts, sinking or settlement.

Settlement occurs when the soils under your foundation can no longer support the weight of the home or building. Foundation soils can dry due to drought, extended or prolonged dry periods. When the soils under and around your home are prone to dry out, the clay dries and will considerably shrink. When shrinkage under the foundation occurs, the reaction is the same as the soil settling. Without prevention or repair once this happens, your foundation will inevitably sink or settle downwards. And as it does you will experience structural damage above the foundation. A Mature tree with large roots beneath the home can cause drying and shrinking and inevitable foundation damage as it soaks up hundreds of gallons of water from the soil a day.

Wet soils can be just as damaging. Foundation soil typically becomes wet and soft due to Heavy rain fall and flooding. When clay soils come in contact with water, they absorb it like a sponge and become very soft. Soft soil makes terrible load-bearing soil, and heavy foundation will sink. If water is allowed to “pond” next to the home due to inefficient drainage, the soil absorbs the water. The soil will soften and cause the home or building to sink. Plumbing leaks under or around a home which can saturate the soils around a home, and potentially weaken their load-bearing capacity.

Poorly compacted fill soil can also effect foundation temperament due solely to man-made mistakes. In order to make a level surface where your foundation can be built, builders will sometimes resort to bring in loose soil from another location to fill in hollow or depressed areas. The builder will compact the fill soil thoroughly before placing a foundation on top. Not always a permanent solution and If this compaction is not done, or is improperly done, the weight of the building will cause the soil to compress, again leading to foundation settlement issues.

When a foundation settles, sections of the structure shift and sink unevenly. This causes cracks to develop. Over time, the broken sections of the foundation begin to drift apart and cause the cracks to widen and become uneven. A sure sign of a foundation that has significant settlement damage may have tilting chimneys, jammed doors, cracks in brick and drywall, windows that do not open or close, and leaking or drafts through openings. If appearance isn’t enough to prove damage has occurred; pests can also find their way in through the cracks, leading to infestations. Inside the building, warping caused by the shifting will crack drywall, stucco, and other finishing. The damage will never stop, and will worsen over time- unless something is done.

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