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Foundation Repair Problems

Foundation Repair Problems & Solutions

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What Causes Foundation Problems?

Your home rests on a foundation, which rests on the ground beneath it. That means, your home’s foundation is only as stable as that ground. You might think that “solid” ground is just that — solid. But, the ground beneath your home is actually made up of many different layers of soil, each with its own properties, such as moisture content, density and material type. Over time, these layers can shrink, soften or wash out, causing your home’s foundation to settle. This can result in a leaky basement, bowing or cracking walls, sticking doors and windows, gapping floors and ceilings or even total basement wall collapse. This is why foundation repair is such an important issue and why it’s so important to find a foundation repair contractor you trust.

Foundation Problems Begin with Soil Stability

Changes in soil stability can happen for a variety of reasons. Weather events such as heavy rains can soften or wash away soils. Not only that, but the increased water content means that soil weighs more, putting more pressure on your foundation walls. Or, the fill soil your house was built on may not have been compressed properly when the developer created your subdivision. Trees and other vegetation can take moisture from the soil, leaving voids into which your foundation may settle. So you can see, there are a variety of reasons why foundations sink and crack. The key to repairing them is to connect them to the competent soil or bedrock that lies beneath. And that’s where we come in.

Foundation Repair Solutions

In order to repair a sinking foundation, it typically needs to be physically connected to competent soil or bedrock stable enough to support it. CARE offers a variety of foundation repair solutions that are tailored to the particular issues facing your home. This can involve driving steel piers deep into the soil underneath your home to connect it to stable bedrock. It can involve stabilizing a bowing basement wall by attaching large steel plates to the wall and screwing them into an anchor buried in the soil a dozen feet or more beyond. It can even involve using next-generation carbon-fiber technology to shore up basement walls to prevent them from failing in the first place. Whatever the issue, a CARE design specialist will work with you to provide the best possible solution at the best possible price.

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