Foundation cracks may be ugly and insightful, but not all cracks create structural problems. Cracks that are larger than 1/16 inch usually indicate trouble, especially if it allows water seepage. Several factors can cause foundation cracks to spread and widen over time, creating an entrance for unwanted pests and insects. The most common causes of foundation cracks are caused by the soil type, soil erosion, transpiration, and soil compaction.
- Soil Type: Expansive clay tends to absorb moisture and produce swelling in the soil. This causes movement in the ground known as settlement.
- Poorly Compacted Soil: Soil that not properly compacted, will not support the structure’s weight and create foundation issues.
- Soil Erosion: Soil erosion can be caused by poor drainage, leaky pipes, or uncontrolled water flow. It can erode the soil around the foundation and create settlement.
- Transpiration: Maturing tree roots remove moisture from the soil during hot, dry summers. Fluctuating weather conditions causes the soil to expand and shrink which leads to foundation settlement.
Over time, these conditions can lead to foundation cracks. If you suspect your home has foundation damage, look for other warning signs in and around the home. Some signs include:
- Wall cracks
- Windows/doors hard to open and close
- Misaligned windows and doors
- Water puddles or water stains
- Soft spots on walls
- Cracks in exterior brickwork
- Wet, damp crawlspace
If your home has any of these signs, contact Bay Area Underpinning right away. We can inspect your foundation cracks and determine the best foundation repair solution for your settlement.
Foundation Crack Repair in the Bay Area
The professionals at Bay Area Underpinning know how to fix foundation problems by using the latest foundation repair methods on the market. Steel piers and helical piers are often the solutions for your basement or foundation problems. Whether you have horizontal cracks or vertical cracks, Bay Area Underpinning can help you with your California foundation crack repair needs. Our piers are made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leading manufacturer in the underpinning industry.
Steel piers are designed to repair settling foundations caused by soil-related issues. The steel push pier supports and stabilizes the structure’s load-bearing walls by transferring the weight of the structure from weaker soils onto the piers to the more stable soil.
Similar to steel piers, helical piers are designed to stabilize and support your foundation. They can be used for light structural loads, unstable soil or deep load-bearing soil. They can be applied to all weather installation with little to no disturbance to the worksite.
Our steel piers and helical piers will fix and prevent foundation settlement in your home. Call us today if you have foundation cracks. Our team of experts offers free inspections.