Foundation settlement types and causes
If you have a home, your foundation has settled, at least to some extent. As a home’s weight puts pressure on the soil, the home will sink slightly or settle slightly. Usually, though, your foundation will stop shifting, sinking or settling after this.
Small, hairline cracks around your home or on your foundation are evidence of this initial foundation settlement—these are nothing to worry about, though you should have them filled into prevent water damage and pests.
After this initial foundation settlement, however, your home’s foundation should not shift, crack or settle. If you notice cracks growing or changing direction, then it could be a sign ofstructural damage.
In general, there are two causes of settlement of foundation:
- the foundation was not properly designed to bear the full load of your home or
- environmental circumstances have caused the soil around your home to change in some way.
These reasons are explained in further detail below, but it’s important to note that foundation settlement can cause serious structural damage to your home regardless of the cause. If you spot all the telltale signs of foundation settlement—uneven floors, wall crack, sticking doors—you need to have your home looked at by professionals.
Helitech offers free estimates for this very reason—we’ll take a look at the foundation settlement damage and tell you exactly how our team of experts will fix it and exactly how much it might cost. So if you notice any type of foundation settlement, don’t wait—give us a call.
Foundation settlement can cause serious damage to your home.
Call in the professionals—we’ll take care of everything.
Types of foundation settlement
Foundation settlement can cause serious damage to your home. Speaking in general terms, there are two ways this occurs: natural causes and improper planning during construction.
Understanding the cause of your foundation settlement gives us an idea of how to best treat your foundation problems at their source.
We’ll give you, the homeowner, a free quote for your foundation repair.
We’ll get back to you with a cost-effective solution.