The pressure exerted on a foundation is a concept fairly easy to grasp. Water builds up on the outside of the foundation and pushes in. Simple. The next concept is also easy to grasp, but can take a little visualization.
Where are my Monty Python fans out there? “They told me I was DAFT to build a castle in a swamp. I did it anyway. That sank into the swamp.”
Water can have destabilizing effects on soil as well. Super-saturated soil loses its strength and allows weight above to compress it even further. Worse yet, build-up and movement of water can wash dirt away from under the foundation, leaving large gaps that allow the home to sink and settle into the ground. Broken Sewer Pipes can add to this, as a hole in a pipe can transport a lot of dirt from under your home, much like a conveyor belt.
As annoying as the symptoms of the issues are:
- Settling Sidewalks
- Sinking Foundations
- Cracked Siding/Brick
- Doors/Windows not opening/closing
The issues only get worse. It is one thing that a door or window is getting sticky. It is another entirely with a 1” ceiling crack and a front door that will not budge. Both are possibilities in a home and depend entirely on the action taken by the homeowner. If a problem is left to fester, it will only get worse. The link below brings you to our page describing Foundation Piering, the techniques behind it, and its respective costs:
Foundation Settling Repair Through Foundation Piering