Foundation problems: Signs and solutions

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The walls in your house are cracking. Your windows won’t close properly – or they won’t open at all. There’s a gap between the door and the frame. What’s causing these seemingly unrelated problems? Foundation damage.

Often, foundation damage is caused by natural factors, such as expanding or shrinking soil, standing water, soil consolidation, tree or large shrub roots, or even a high frost line. But people may not necessarily connect odd structural defects in their home with foundation problems.

Regardless of the cause, foundation damage is not a home repair issue to take lightly. After all, the foundation is what keeps your house level and strong. When you find signs of damage, call a foundation repair company and get a professional opinion, so you can repair the damage before it becomes worse.

Causes of foundation problems

Be alert to factors in and around your home that could make you more susceptible to foundation damage. For example, if you have large trees near your home, their root systems could be leeching moisture from the soil around your home. While most people would assume less soil moisture is a good thing for basements, when soil is too dry, it can shrink away from the foundation, leading to instability. Other common causes of foundation damage include poor drainage resulting from faulty gutters or poor soil-grading.

Sealants or epoxies

For small, hairline cracks in interior walls, sealants and epoxies offer a simple fix. When cracks reappear, however, there may be larger problems within your walls that need to be addressed. Pay special attention to cracks that are wide or seem to originate from where the wall meets the ceiling. Cracks of any kind can allow moisture to seep into your home – and they can also be caused by moisture.

Repair solutions

Engineers who built The Golden Gate Bridge knew that for a bridge to be stable in such tumultuous water, they’d need a strong way to anchor the bridge. Some of the same principles used in the bridge’s construction – drilling well into bedrock below the water’s surface – are used today to repair foundation damage in homes.

For lasting results, cable lock repairs combine strong, long-lasting concrete pilings with steel piers that can be driven deeply down into the ground, even through rocky and hard, clay soil. The two components are then locked in place with cables, creating a strong, supportive base.

This innovative repair method offers a number of advantages, such as:

  • Concrete pilings last longer, bear more weight over more surface area, and don’t corrode in moist environments
  • Steel piers come in small segments that are strong enough to be driven deep into the soil, where weather isn’t a concern
  • Strong cable locks secure the system together, ensuring alignment while providing another layer of strong steel reinforcement
  • This type of repair comes with a lifetime warranty

When you notice warning signs of foundation damage, don’t delay. Letting the problem go can result in more extensive, costlier repairs later on down the road. Getting a professional opinion at the first sign of trouble is the best choice.

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