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!