Soil Settlement and Foundation Settlement Go Hand-in-Hand
Soil settlement is a major cause of foundation damage and can be devastating to your home’s value. The soil surrounding a home will shift and move over time. Different weather conditions can cause the soils to shift and lose their support, causing them to settle.
Soils become saturated with rainwater and expand, then they contract during dry weather conditions. This constant expansion and contraction creates voids in the soil, making it no longer supportive to the weight of your foundation and causing settlement.
The settlement can put massive amounts of pressure on your home’s structure and can cause other problems for your home. As water flows through the soil, it builds up pressure against the foundation walls and begins to push on them. As the water pushes on the walls, the basement begins to start seeing water seeping in through cracks either in the foundation or in the concrete.
Water can seep through even the tiniest of cracks and cause extensive damage. Even if your basement doesn’t flood, the moisture from the water intrusion can cause damage like mold growth, musty odors, or pest infestation.
Aside from water damage, soil settlement can also cause your walls to crack from the pressure. As your foundation sinks further into the ground, it puts so much pressure on your home’s structure that it can cause your interior or exterior walls to crack.
Soil settlement is a major issue that can cause several different problems for your home. If you’re unsure if you have a soil settlement problem, sign up for a free, no obligation estimate with a MidAmerica Basement Systems Design Specialist. They will do a thorough inspection and discuss repair options based on the needs.
We offer several foundation repair products to protect your home from the damaging effects of soil settlement. Contact us today for your free quote!