Basement Waterproofing | Foundation & Concrete Repair | Insulation

Signs of a Settled Foundation

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 foundation of the house will settle. This is because the soil surrounding the house inevitably will get wet, and then dry out. The concrete will expand and contract as the temperature and moisture levels change. And, as owners live in the house, the movement, vibration, and weight in the house increase.

Sometimes, all these factors combined will cause even more movement or shrinkage than is normal. That’s when walls begin to crack, windows and doors get stuck, and water starts seeping in.

Is Your Foundation Settling:

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 this water saturates the soil near the home, the moisture increases which causes the soil to expand which puts stress on the side of the wall. This can cause it 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.

Sticking Doors or Windows

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

Uneven and sagging floors

Floors becoming uneven, soft, or sagging can be a sign of foundation problems. This happens when soil shifts or if there is inadequate foundation waterproofing.

Foundation Repair Solutions

Our SafeBase™ Push Pier system is a permanent solution to address the core issues that are 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. This solution is easier to install since you only need small equipment. They are installed without costly and messy excavation and allow concrete to be poured immediately after being placed in the ground.  

Contact Missouri Foundation & Foam for a free estimate and consultation about any foundation issues you may be experiencing in your home.