How Do I Know if I Need Foundation Stabilization?
Do you know what causes your foundation to weaken or become destabilized over time? It may be caused by soil-related conditions around your home. The common causes are due to the following conditions:
- Type of soil: Since most of California’s soil consist of clay, the ground absorbs moisture and shrinks during hot, dry conditions. This cause cracks in the foundation.
- Poorly compacted soil: Cut and fill situations should be properly compacted beneath the foundation.
- Soil erosion: Soil erosion can be caused by leaky plumbing, poor drainage, and over-watering.
- Soil shrinkage: Soil that is not getting adequate water will shrink as it dries up. The shrinkage causes voids to form in the ground. These spaces in the ground create a lack of support for the concrete, which in turn leads to foundation settlement and sinking.
- Soil saturation: The more rain the area gets, the more water the soil around your home will absorb. Saturated soil swells and creates pressure in the ground, pushing the foundation out of place and causing the entire structure to shift and move.
- Transpiration: Maturing tree roots tend to dehydrate the soil, soaking up moisture under the foundation. This leads to soil shrinkage and settlement issues.
- Poor construction: New construction built on poor soil or debris can cause settlement issues over time.
- Foundation deterioration: Over time, all concrete starts to deteriorate. This deterioration can be sped up if the foundation is exposed to water in excessive amounts. As it deteriorates, your foundation will lose stability.
- Poor grading: Poorly graded yards direct water toward the home. With a good drainage system, water is directed away from the foundation.
- Clogged gutters: Gutters filled with leaves and debris block the flow of water. Clean your gutters on a daily basis.
- Homes built down a hill: Homes built on a bottom of a hill could create drainage problems and face water damage.
- Growing trees and shrubs: If there are large shrubs or trees growing too close to your home’s foundation, the roots of these plants can push on the concrete. This leads to foundation shifting and crack formation.
Do any of these situations sound familiar? If you answered yes, then contact Bay Area Underpinning right away to avoid settlement. If you suspect foundation problems, look for the following warning signs in and around your home:
- Sloping or uneven floors
- Gaps between wall and ceiling or floor
- Sticking or misaligned doors and windows
- Leaning, rotating, bowing, bulging walls
- Cracked moldings or brick cracks
If you notice any of these foundation issues, give us a call so we can assess the situation. We’ll apply the latest foundation repair methods to support, lift and stabilize your foundation in California.
How to Stabilize California Foundations
There are a lot of different methods that foundation stabilization companies use to stabilize California foundations. Many of these methods involve the installation of underpinning devices to lift the foundation and give it the support that it lacks. There are a lot of different underpinning devices to fit specific situations, but they all have a few things in common. First, all of these devices are installed beneath the sinking or shifting foundation. Second, all of them work a bit like stilts installed underground to lift and provide stability for the settling foundation.
If you have a settling or sinking foundation, give Bay Area Underpinning a call. We use the latest products on the market to lift, support, and stabilize your foundation for many years to come. Call us to get a free estimate.