Most of us have played the game Jenga®, whether it was as a child or with our own children. The tower’s support lessens as the game progresses, and it slowly starts to lean. Soon enough, it crashes to the floor. If your home experiences a settling foundation, the same sort of thing is happening. As the support weakens, your home will slowly start to lean. We are your settling foundation repair solution in Cleveland.
There are some less obvious signs that your foundation is settling, too. Watch for sticking or misaligned doors and windows. Be aware of cracks in your basement walls or slab. Severely cracked or sloping floors are also a sign, along with puddling water around the base of your home.
So what causes this settling of your foundation? Bad drainage, ground movement, and poor construction can all contribute. Poor waterproofing around and under basement walls and floors is often a cause. Through the seasons, soils experience a variety of temperatures and water levels. Because of this, they are constantly expanding and compacting. Foundation settlement often happens when soil goes through a quick change in water level. If you were experiencing drought and suddenly receive a large rain, you’ll want to keep a close eye on your foundation.
A settling foundation in Cleveland is not only unattractive to the eye, but it can also be dangerous. To protect your home’s value and your family members, you’ll want to get your foundation problems fixed as quickly as possible. The longer you wait, the worse the problem gets. It will only become more dangerous and more expensive to repair.
Steel push piers are used to fix a settling foundation. They provide the support that was lost by surrounding soils. They are like stilts beneath your home. Steel push piers reach deep into the earth to receive support from more stable soils. They stabilize a settling foundation, and can also lift a home to it’s originally desired height.
If you have noticed a slight tilt in your home, don’t let it become a game of Jenga®. Give us a call, and we’ll help give your home the support it needs. We’re here for your settling foundation needs in Cleveland.