5 Terms to Know Involving Foundation Problems

You see cracks in your home. You know that your foundation is failing. You know you should probably call somebody to inspect it, but beyond that, you don’t know much else.

Foundation repair can be an investment, and not understanding what is causing the problem can leave you uneasy. We understand. The good news is these problems are common and the cause of them can usually be revealed. The causes and symptoms related to foundation issues usually involve some of the following terms:

Foundation Settlement

Do you know why you have sticking doors, jammed windows and cracks around your home? It could be foundation settlement. What is foundation settlement? Think about the texture of soil. It is uneven. It takes time to pack down. Most importantly, it changes with added moisture. When the soil underneath your foundation fails to support the weight of your home, the foundation begins to settle unevenly and cracks form. It is common for small cracks to appear, but larger ones are cause for concern.

Stair Step Crack

Most common in brick and concrete block walls, this crack, as its name states, has the zig zag of stairs going up your wall. As settlement continues, the vertical cracks may widen or become uneven as sections of the wall start to tilt away from each other. This is one of the surest signs of foundation settlement.

Hydrostatic Pressure

Hydrostatic pressure occurs when water saturates the soil around your home and causes it to expand. When the soil expands, it presses against the foundation. This is another source of foundation failure and can cause cracked and bowing walls in your basement.

Foundation Heave

This is the upward movement of a foundation (or slab) caused by underlying soils that are expanding. This occurs due to an increase in moisture or freezing forces. This issue is similar to hydrostatic pressure, but the water comes up through the cracks of your floor.

Street Creep

Street creep is a common problem caused by the expansion and contraction of concrete streets surrounding a home. Concrete expands with the heat and contracts with the cold, so expansion joints are installed to allow for movement with temperature fluctuations. The problem occurs when these joints are widened in the cold months and become filled with sand and gravel. As the temperature rises again in the summer, the concrete expands further and pushes up again the driveway, which then pushes against the home’s foundation.

At Foundation Recovery Systems, we aim to create remarkable experiences for homeowners and restore peace of mind. Ready to tackle your foundation issues? We can solve them. Schedule a free inspection today!