There are many different ways that the foundation of your home can be damaged; erosion can cause settling, poor footings can cause structural cracks or static water pressure can lead to leaks and other damage. If you want to avoid the serious problems that foundation damage can cause, it may be a good idea to know how to identify these problems before they become too big and costly to repair. Here are some tips to help you identify potential foundation problems, so you can have them repaired in time:
1. Static Water Pressure Causing Leaks And Cracks In The Foundation
Static water pressure may not be something you think about, but it can be damaging to your foundation. This is the pressure that is caused by water as it filters through the soil and pushes against the foundation of your home. Improper drainage can lead to excessive pressure that can cause cracks in a foundation, as well as leaks in the basement or crawlspace of your home. When you have this type of damage repaired, also consider drainage improvements to prevent future problems.
2. Soft Soils And Poor Footings Causing Uneven Settling And Cracking
In some areas, soils are soft and when there are not sufficient foundation footings, a home can settle too much. This can lead to cracks and areas of the home sinking lower than other areas of the structure. The problem can often be seen with cracks in brickwork and concrete foundations. You may also notice problems with interior doors and drywall in your home if the problem area is not on the exterior walls. To solve this problem, footings need to be reinforced with a system like concrete piers or other structural supports. The foundation may also need to be jacked-up to correct the settling.
3. Erosion Leaving The Foundation Without Support That Can Lead To Serious Problems
Erosion is another issue that you may encounter with the foundation of your home. This can be caused by poor drainage and loose backfill that was used when your home was built. To correct this issue, the eroded materials will need to be replaced and the foundation footings reinforced. In addition, drainage problems need to be corrected to prevent further erosion and any future problems with the foundation of your home.
These are some tips to help you identify potential foundation problems and have them repaired. If you think your home may be in danger due to foundation damage, contact Tremor Ready or another foundation repair contractor and talk with them about the repairs your home may need.