Foundation Lifting FAQs
Your foundation may be settling if doors or windows that once opened and closed with ease, are now difficult. Also, cracks may begin to form in foundation walls, sheetrock, stucco or bricks.
In Utah, foundations typically settle because the home or building was constructed on soil that was inadequately compacted. Often times, water will come in contact with these lose soils and cause them to collapse beneath the home’s foundation.
A trained foundation specialist will visit your home/business and perform a thorough investigation. Sometimes the signs are obvious, but other times it will require a special instrument that checks for level.
Each project is unique and has it's own set of circumstances. The best thing to do would be to contact Interwest Foundation Repair and schedule an appointment to speak with one of our trained estimators.
It depends on the soil beneath your home. If you live on loose sands or silts the piers will be driven deeper that if you live on hard soils containing rock and stone.
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Common Signs You Have Foundation Problems
A visibly tilting home and slanting floors are obvious signs of a sinking foundation. Less obvious signs include: doors and windows that stick and become difficult to open and close, a tilting chimney and cracks in the foundation, basement walls, floors, sheetrock and stucco.
Cracks in Foundation
Structural damage can be visible within the foundation itself. There are three different types of foundation cracks to look for: step, vertical and horizontal.
Horizontal Foundation Cracks
A horizontal crack is a sign of hydrostatic pressure, or too much water pressure building up behind the foundation, and a good indicator of foundation damage.
Cracks in Stucco
Cracks in stucco are common and are not necessarily indicative of a structural concern, however any cracks exceeding 1/8" can be a sign of significant foundation shifting.
Bowing walls occur when there is excessive pressure pushing against the foundation wall from the outside. That pressure will keep pushing and can cause the wall to collapse.
Cracks in Floors
Floor cracks are one of many signs that there may be problems occurring in your home's foundation. Cracks in tile and other flooring types found in the living area can occur as a foundation sinks or shifts.
Basement Floor Cracks
While some cracking in basement floors are due to natural shrinkage, basement floor cracks that run parallel to the walls and footings and vertical movement associated with the cracks are cause for serious concern as they can indicate structurally compromised foundations.
Basement Wall Cracks
Cracks in basement walls can be a sign of excessive stress on a wall, caused by foundation settlement. Excessive displacement, continuing movement, differential settlement and certain combinations of cracks are cause for serious concern.
Cracks in Walls & Sheetrock
A jagged crack running off at a forty-five degree angle is a sure sign that your foundation is seriously shifting and has resulted in actually tearing the sheetrock apart. This is one of the primary indicators that your foundation has been compromised.
Stair Stepping Cracks in Brick
Probably the most obvious and easy way to diagnose a settling home is through a stair-step crack. A stair-step crack is a diagonal crack that migrates to the mortar joints, mortar is usually not as strong as concrete block or brick, as it zigzags along a path of least resistance.
Sagging Crawl Space
Gaps between the floor and baseboards, between the floor and the wall paired with a sagging floor or crawl space are all indicators of foundation settling.
A sloping, sagging or uneven floor can be indicative of foundation settling.
Bowed slabs are the most common indicator of heaving as well as slab cracks that resemble spider webs with at least two intersecting cracks. Most of the damage will be in the ground level flooring materials.
Sticking Windows & Doors
A door or window that will not close properly, needs a further push or gets stuck while trying to open it could indicate issues with the home. Small cracks, openings or gaps around the border of the frame could indicate foundation settlement as door and window frames twist due to shifts in the foundation
Collapsing Retaining Wall
You may have a collapsing retaining wall if a retaining wall is falling away from adjoining walls or shows signs of tilting, buckling, cracking or crumbling.
Street Creep Damage
A fully compressed expansion joint between the driveway slab and foundation walls, foundation walls on either side of the driveway that have been pushed inwards, gaps present at either the curb or garage door and cracks in front foundation walls can be signs of street creep.
A sinking chimney that has begun to separate from the house is an indication of unstable supporting soils beneath your home.