A strong, solid structural foundation is built to carry the weight of your home and provide stability for you and your family for years to come. Ensuring that the structural integrity of your home's foundation is intact, is a practice that should be performed annually. There are certain situations that can negatively impact the strength of a block or poured concrete foundation. Cracks can form on foundation walls, and soil around foundations can erode, causing sinking and settling. Foundation damage is known to tilt chimneys, making it difficult for doors and windows to open and close properly, and your floors can become uneven/unsteady. As a homeowner, bowing basement walls are also a major concern, because once the walls have become compromised, it affects the structural integrity of the home.
Expansive soils and hydrostatic pressure are the most common causes of bowing and cracked foundations. This occurs when the soils surrounding your foundation becomes saturated with rainwater and expand. This expansion puts pressure against your foundation, and when the force exceeds the wall's strength, it starts to crack and buckle.
Once the soil dries, it pulls away from your foundation – reducing your foundation's structural integrity. Clay in the soil surrounding your home's foundation can add to the volatility of the stability of the soil.
Heavy rain, storms, and floods cause repetition of this process and eventually destroy the effectiveness of the wall. The good news is these types of problems can easily be fixed & often prevented. Due to its importance, and your family's safety, repairing cracked & buckling foundations should only be left to the professionals. At EcoSpect, we are prepared to put your home back on solid footing, as if it were our own.
If your home is showing any of these signs, contact the experts at EcoSpect, at 585-207-3830.