Home foundation settlement is an unfortunate fact of life. Finding out that your home is settling can seem like a hopeless situation, how can you fight mother nature? While it may seem hopeless at first, once you understand foundation settlement you can learn how we combat it. Settlement occurs when the soil below a home is unstable, causing it to expand and contract, resulting in a sinking movement, or settling, of the house’s foundation. This leads to cracks in interior and exterior surfaces, most often on the foundation or on walls and ceilings.


Foundation settlement can be caused by:


Evaporation.  Hot and dry conditions may cause soil to pull away from the foundation. Settlement due to this moisture imbalance can cause cracks to appear throughout the structure.


Transpiration.  Tree roots can dehydrate the soil beneath a home causing soil shrinkage.


Plumbing Leaks.  Water from leaky plumbing is often a major contributor to foundation and settlement problems including heaving.


Drainage.  Improper drainage will lead to excess moisture buildup, which can erode or consolidate soils. Excessive moisture may cause heaving and expansive soils.


Site Preparation.  Cut and fill situations, where soil is removed from part of the building site and stacked on another, need proper soil stabilization before a structure is built; otherwise, unexpected movements of the soil beneath the foundation may occur.


At Epp Concrete, we have two solutions for foundation settlement problems:

Steel Driven Push Pier System


Permanently stops settlement of foundation

Installation is quick and only minimally invasive

Application can be done from the inside or outside of the foundation

Positive results are immediately noticeable

All parts are American made steel

25-year transferrable limited warranty


Force Wall Brace


Permanently stops failing foundation walls

Installation is quick and non-invasive

No disturbance to landscaping and yard

Only sits 4″ from foundation wall as not to interfere with framing

Application done from inside the basement

Straightens wall immediately and over time without excavation

All parts are American steel

10 year transferable limited warranty

Installation can be done with limited interior access

Can be utilized when yard access is limited


If you notice the signs of a settling foundation, call the experts at Epp Concrete for a free estimate today!