When a new home is constructed, the newly excavated earth underneath settles into the ground under the weight of the structure. Usually, settling foundations are not a severe problem and the process stops after a few months and results in minor cracks that are easy to fix. However, in cases where the home was built on unstable land or if environmental factors have affected the foundation enough, settling can become a serious problem that could result in the collapse of the house if not corrected.
Signs of Settlement
- Time of year for repair
- Interior of exterior repair method
- Length of wall repair needed
- Soil type surrounding home
- Concrete or tree removal surrounding home
- Depth of excavation
Newly built homes are more often associated with settlement issues than older homes. Usually, these issues are not severe and are easily corrected. However, seasonal effects, like clay expansion, can result in severe settlement problems. When a home is built on clay, the foundation can stay intact for months or even years without any settlement problems. However, once it rains, or if there is a drought, the clay will either expand or contract causing the house’s foundation to shift. If the expansion or contraction is dramatic enough, the structure of the home is put in severe danger of collapsing.
Older homes are less susceptible to settlement issues than new homes since they have had time to settle correctly. If you have an older home that begins showing signs of settlement, this is not normal and the foundation will need to be either reinforced or underpinned to restore strength to the home. If settlement does occur, you should take note of any cracks and keep an eye on the issue to ensure the cracks do not grow larger.
Depending on the extent of the settlement, different solutions may be needed to correct the issue. When settlement occurs to a lesser extent, a solution as simple as polyurethane crack injections
Underpinning a foundation can be expensive and requires the foundation to be exposed. If the settlement is severe but not in need of underpinning we can reinforce the structure from the inside of the home using kevlar or carbon fiber straps.
If your home is suffering from a settling foundation and you are in need of an inspection or any of the other services we offer, you can contact us here or call us at 800.782.9379.