In today’s post, foundation repair company, Stratum Structural Systems, tackles six foundation problems commonly encountered by homeowners.
1. Hydrostatic Pressure
Hydrostatic pressure, characterized by high or rising water tables, refers to the force exerted by a fluid due to gravity. Water tables in certain regions tend to fluctuate notably depending on amounts or levels of rainfall, snow and drought. Issues arise when water seeps through the floor and wall seams. The hydrostatic pressure in your home can be maintained by installing basement waterproofing, interior drainage systems and sump pumps.
2. Exterior Water
Standing water, overflowing window wells and inadequate downspouts can all result in water seeping into your home’s foundation. To fix this, you can enlist the help of a professional to correct your yard grade, install a French drain and extend your downspout.
3. Cracks in the Foundation
Keep in mind that not all cracks in the foundation indicate a structural issue. You can, however, use epoxy or urethane mixtures to prevent water from entering your basement. It’s highly advisable to consult a professional should the cracks widen or run diagonally or horizontally.
4. Rotating Walls
Clay soil tends to expand mainly due to heavy and prolonged rains. This expansion results in a lateral movement, which then results in a bowing or rotating wall. Foundation piering can help manage unstable soils. In some cases of severe nature, excavation and exterior pressure relief systems can be put in place to address the underlying problem.
5. Settling Foundation
A foundation can settle due to various reasons such as clay soil shrinkage during drought, soil erosion and improper handling of filling material. Resistance piers can be installed to support the foundation and prevent further settlement.
6. Cracks in the Bricks and Drywall
Foundational movement of any sort can result in cracks in the bricks and drywall of your home. Your windows and doors may also stick or malfunction due to a moving foundation.
Stratum Structural Systems is committed to helping homeowners solve basement and foundational issues. Our team specializes in foundation repair and basement waterproofing. Call us today at (314) 620-8153 to schedule your consultation and to receive a free quote.