Your home is built upon a foundation, which rests on the ground beneath it. This means that your home’s foundation is only as stable as this ground below. And this ground that your foundation is built upon isn’t as solid as you might think. It is constantly shifting due to a variety of factors. As this ground below your home changes, foundation settlement can occur. Foundation settlement can jeopardize your home’s safety and value, which is why it’s so important to find a foundation repair contractor you trust.
What Causes Foundation Problems?
How Does Foundation Settlement Occur?
Soil composition plays a huge role in your foundation’s integrity. Your home’s foundation is built upon ground that contains many different layers of soil, each with its own properties, such as moisture content, density and material type. Over time, these different layers can shrink, soften or erode, causing your home’s foundation to settle.
Changes in soil stability can occur for a variety of reasons. And homes built in Southeastern Virginia and North Carolina are especially vulnerable to foundation settlement, due to the region’s variable climate and coastal location. Weather events, such as hurricanes, storms, and heavy rainfall can soften or wash away soils. Moreover, this increased water content means that soils weigh more, which can put pressure on your foundation walls and cause them to crack or shift. Another factor which can cause foundations to settle is the amount of trees or vegetation surrounding your property. Especially in Coastal Virginia’s hot summer season, plants draw moisture from the soil, leaving voids which may cause your foundation to sink.
Recognizing Foundation Problems
If your home is suffering from foundation problems, you may notice sticking doors and windows, bowing or cracking walls, warping floors, gapping ceilings, a leaning chimney, a leaky basement, or even total basement wall collapse. However, although there are many obvious signs of foundation issues, there are some symptoms which may not be so easy to spot. This is because your home’s foundation lies underground, so not all foundation problem signs may be visible inside of your home. This is why it is so important to have a trusted foundation repair professional to come and inspect your home, to determine if your property is experiencing foundation settlement, and to help you formulate a plan to solve it.
Foundation Warning Signs
How Can Virginia Foundation Solutions Help?
To repair a settling foundation, it typically needs to be physically connected to competent soil or bedrock stable enough to support your home. Virginia Foundation Solutions specializes in customized foundation repair solutions, and we offer a variety of solutions depending on the specific foundation issues your home is experiencing. Your repair solution could involve hydraulically driving steel piers deep into the soil beneath your home to connect it to a point of resistance in load-bearing soil. It could include stabilizing bowing basement walls by attaching large steel plates to the walls and screwing them into anchors buried in the soil. Whatever your issue, a Virginia Foundation Solutions design specialist will work with you to provide the best possible solution for your home.
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