When foundations settle, the structure above will start to crack, sheer, buckle, lean, bulge or sink. All of these are warning signs that the foundation is moving and needs to be stabilized. We have mastered many foundation settlement repair techniques that are used to safely fix these structural issues.
What causes foundations to settle? Simply put, the soil your foundation was built on isn’t stable and/or was poorly compacted during construction. We call this top layer of soil the “active zone”. Depending on the amount of clay, sand, and organic matter in your soil, it’s unique geologic composition can present a variety of problematic reactions to an extended period of wet, dry, hot or cold conditions.
When soil stays too dry, it shrinks and creates voids where a foundation will settle. When soil stays too wet, it gets soft and cannot bear the heavy loads and a foundation will sink. When soil freezes, it will expand and heave the foundation upwards. All of these soil conditions put pressure on a foundation which can cause it to fail.