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How To Identify Your Foundation Problems And Prevent Costly Home Damage

Gregory Walker

There are many problems that you may have with the foundation of your home, which can be difficult to deal with. It is not just homes with basements that can have serious foundation problems. Issues like settling can also cause serious structural damage to homes on slab and crawlspace foundations. If you suspect that you home may have a foundation problem, here are some tips to help you identify the problems:

1. Erosion Problems Causing Settling And Cracks

Eroding beneath a foundation can cause a lot of problems. This can cause the supporting earth to wash away, leading to settling and cracks in walls inside and outside your home. To solve this problem, first the erosion problem needs to be addressed. In addition, you may need to have the footings of your foundation reinforced, as well as install things like piers to support your home.

2. Static Water Pressure Causing Cracking Of Foundation Walls

Another problem that you may have with a foundation is static water pressure. This is the pressure that ground water causes as it filters through the soil near your foundation. With homes on basements or foundation walls below grade, this can cause cracking and serious structural damage. In addition, it can cause water problems due to damage of the waterproofing on foundation walls. To solve this problem, you will need to have improved drainage, as well as repairs done to the foundation walls and waterproofing systems through a company like Central Penn Waterproofing.

3. Poor Soil And Footings Causing Settling Cracks In Foundations

Your foundation problems could also be due to the soil where your home is located. In some areas, soft soils from sediments, like near rivers and coastal swamps can cause the foundation to literally sink in the earth. There are several methods that can be used to correct the problem, such as improving the foundation with tensioned concrete or using pier support that is driven into the earth for more solid footings for your foundation.

These are some tips to help you find any problems that you may have with your foundation. If you think that there is a problem with your foundation, contact a contractor and discuss the best solutions to prevent further structural damage to your home. They can help with solving drainage and water issues with your foundation, as well as tasks like sealing cracks and other damage caused by water pressure and drainage around your home. 


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A Welder in the Office

Hi, I'm Caroline. Welding has always been really fascinating to me. One day, when I was at work in my office, we had a leaky pipe in the ceiling. After calling a plumber, he called a welder who came to repair the large, open pipe. As we were all sitting there trying to work, the welder just came in and started repairing the pipe! I had never worked on a construction site before, and I probably never will. But I started thinking about what it would actually be like to work on a construction site, which led to me exploring construction themes and writing this blog!