What Causes Foundation Settlement?

front door sticking doorWhen your home was built, there were a few things that your contractor should’ve made sure to do. These include making sure that the soil is compacted, making sure that the soil is not a shifting soil that could cause movement, and installing pre-construction helical piers if necessary. However, these are not always taken care. Additionally, even if your contractor took all the right steps, you could still have issues with settlement due to the weather and expanding and contracting soils.

When Does it Happen?

Settling is a problem in many houses in the area, and usually It is caused by foundation footings being placed on unstable soil. When the soil gets very wet or very dry, as after a big storm or during a drought, your soil is going to shift or pull away from the home. It has become looser and easier to permeate with water and shifts. Your home foundation was relying on the soil to support it in that position, and therefore it will begin to settle or move in whatever direction the soil has caused it to.

Common Signs of Foundation Settlement

  • Cracks in Sheetrock, stone or brick veneers, and fireplaces
  • Sloping Floors
  • Sticking Windows and Doors
  • Leaning Chimney
  • Water in the Basement

sticking doors and windows

How Can You Resolve the Issue?

The most effective way of taking care of settling issues is piering. There are different ways of piering but the most effective of all are hydraulically driven piers which are fused to solid structure or bedrock. The pier is driven deep into the ground into the solid, stable soil which is heavily compacted. This provides a good support for your home that will not be impacted by the weather like the soil closer to the surface. The pier is then attached to the home by a plate and the weight of the home is transferred to the piers to support it.

We offer several different types of piers including: Model 350 hydraulically driven piers, helical lift piers, helical porch pier, helical slab pier, and new construction piers. Which pier we use will depend on your specific situation and how we think the issue will best be resolved. We want to make sure that your home is safe, stable, and comfortable for you and your family.

Olson Foundation Repair is Your Foundation Settlement Expert

If you’re having problems with a settling foundation, it’s time to give Olson Foundation Repair a call. We can help you figure out what the issue is, come up with a solution, and get started on resolving it so that you can get back to enjoying your home stress free. If you have questions or you’d like to get started, give us a call!