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Have you noticed cracks forming in your foundation wall? Or your foundation wall bowing inward? These issues are no small matter. Foundation cracks and bowing walls are a telltale sign that your home's foundation wall is starting to fail and it needs to be addressed as soon as possible. DBS has foundation wall repair solutions that will solve your foundation wall issues and provide you with a healthy, safe, and comfortable home.
The main cause for foundation wall failure is the inward pressure from the outside soil on the foundation wall. The pressure from the outside soil varies with the type of soil around the home. Three common reasons for soil pressure build-up are:
These all cause the soil to expand and exert more pressure on the foundation wall. Because there is no counter pressure coming from the inside of the foundation wall, the wall begins to fail.
In addition to the added pressure against the foundation wall from the outside wall, foundation settlement can also factor into foundation wall failure.
The main cause for foundation settlement is the soil changing below the foundation. Underneath your home, there are different layers of soil. These different layers of soil come with different soil types and moisture content. This can cause the various layers of soil beneath your home to compact and loosen over time due to the pressure of your home.
There are three common causes for changes in the soil:
Cause #1: Drying and Shrinking of Soil
The drying and shrinking of soil can be due to periods of drought or from maturing trees near your home drawing much of the moisture from the soil. When the soil dries out, it shrinks and forms voids that your home settles into.
Cause #2: Wetting & Softening of Soil
Heavy rains and wet seasons can cause the soil to become very soft and weak, leading to your home sinking down into the soil.
Cause #3: Compression of Poorly Compacted Soil
Often in newly developed neighborhoods, the buildable land is leveled with fill soil. If this fill soil is not well compacted, it can compress under the weight of your home, causing settlement.
Foundation wall failure looks different depending on the type of foundation your home has.
Stabilizing your home's foundation wall is extremely important to prevent your home's foundation from total wall failure. At DBS, we offer multiple different solutions to permanently stabilize your home's foundation wall.
Do not wait to repair your foundation wall, foundation issues only get worse with time! The longer you wait to address these foundation issues, it typically means more damage and higher costs to fix the foundation wall.
Fixing your foundation issues as soon as possible will save you money, protect the value of your home, and give you peace of mind in knowing your home is healthy, safe, and comfortable.
Each foundation experiences unique problems, meaning a unique solution is needed for each project. Our Design Specialists are highly trained in diagnosing foundation issues like bowing and cracked foundation walls. At DBS, we offer free, no-obligation estimates! Call us today at 218-525-0720 or fill out a Free Estimate Form to get started!