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Signs Of Foundation Settlement

The signs of foundation settlement on your home or property will vary from building to building. Our team of experts has compiled a list of the most common signs of foundation settlement that you can watch for. 

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Foundation Settlement Repair in Auxvasse, Columbia, and Jefferson City

Most houses settle after they’re built. It doesn’t matter what type of foundation a house is built on – whether it has a full basement, crawl space, or slab – the house’s foundation will settle. This is because the soil surrounding the house inevitably will get wet and dry out. The concrete will expand and contract as the temperature and moisture levels change. Also, the house will adjust to movement, vibration, and weight from homeowners.

Signs Your Foundation Is Damaged

Missouri weather can often be unpredictable, and excess moisture combined with poor drainage can take a toll on the foundation of your Jefferson City home. Sometimes, all these factors combined will cause even more movement or shrinkage than is normal. That’s when walls crack, windows and doors get stuck, and water seeps in. So, how do you know if the foundation of your Columbia home is settling?

Foundation settlement can happen for a variety of reasons. No matter how your home is built, foundation issues are likely. Poorly compacted soil, the weight of the home, and the climate can all impact the home’s foundation. Read on to learn more about the signs of foundation settlement.

Bowing Walls

Bowing walls are primarily due to poor drainage or negative grade near basement walls. When it rains or snow melts, water can pool next to the wall rather than drain away. As water saturates the soil near the home, the moisture increases. This moisture causes the soil to expand, putting stress on the wall’s side. The stress can cause the wall to break in the middle and bow the wall. Once bowed walls occur, the lateral strength of the wall is gone, and it becomes susceptible to structural failure. Our team uses a combination of carbon fiber repair, bowed wall anchors, and the Waler wall support system to fix bowed basement walls.

Sticking Doors or Windows

You may notice gaps in windows or sticking doors that can appear crooked. Sticking or gaping doors and windows often mean that your foundation has settled or shifted.

Uneven and Sagging Floors

Floors that become uneven, soft, or sagging can signify foundation problems. This happens when soil shifts or if there is inadequate foundation waterproofing.

Our Foundation Repair Solutions

Our SafeBase™ Push Pier system is a permanent solution to address the core issues causing your foundation to settle and crack. These include poor soil conditions and unstable soil. The SafeBase™ Push Pier system addresses these issues by driving through the failing soil to the stable soil below.

To fix a bowing wall, we use the SafeBase™ wall anchors and the SafeBase™ Carbon Fiber strips to realign bowing basement walls.

For new construction, our SafeBase™ helical piers can be installed in all weather conditions. They are installed without costly and messy excavation and allow concrete to be poured immediately after being placed in the ground. This solution is easier to install since you only need small equipment.

Contact Us for Foundation Repair in Central Missouri

Missouri Foundation and Foam uses SafeBasement products and training to offer homeowners in Central Missouri high-quality basement waterproofing services. Our team of experts at Missouri Foundation and Foam offers many home improvement services, including basement waterproofing, foundation repair, concrete leveling, insulation, and dirt work. Contact us today for a free estimate on our basement waterproofing services for your Central Missouri home.

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