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Foundation Settlement

Have you noticed cracks appearing in your home’s walls or floors? Do doors and windows stick or fail to close properly?  

These are telltale signs of a settling foundation. While some settlement is normal for any home, excessive foundation movement indicates a serious problem. Left unchecked, ongoing settlement and sinking can cause extensive damage.  

Basement Authority of West Virginia specializes in diagnosing and repairing foundation settlement issues throughout West Virginia. We understand how our rainy, humid climate and expansive clay soils impact foundations, leading to settlement. 

This page explains what settlement is, what causes it, and how Basement Authority’s customized foundation repair solutions permanently stabilize settling homes. 

What is Foundation Settlement? 

Foundation settlement refers to sinking or downward movement. Some minor settlement is expected as a new foundation adjusts to the soil.  

However, uneven, rapid, or excessive dropping indicates your foundation sits on unstable ground unable to bear its weight. This is known as differential settlement. As parts of the foundation sink while other areas remain stable, it places incredible strain on the structure. 

If your foundation is settling, you’ll various obvious signs, including: 

If left unchecked, foundation settlement can eventually undermine the structural integrity of your home. Detecting the early signs allows for treatment before the problem worsens. Call Basement Authority of West Virginia at the first signs of foundation settlement to prevent severe damage  

What Causes Foundation Settlement? 

Several common factors lead to foundation settlement and sinking problems, including: 

  • Soil Erosion: Heavy rains wash away soil surrounding the foundation. Without supporting soil, foundations sink into voids beneath them. Our humid climate and summer downpours speed erosion. 
  • Compacted Soil: Insufficient soil compaction during construction leaves air pockets that collapse under the foundation’s weight. 
  • Tree Roots: Rapid-growing tree roots expanding next to foundations lift and crack slabs. 
  • Drought Conditions: Parched soil becomes compressed and shrinks away from the foundation, enabling sinking. 
  • Expansive Clay Soils: Clay absorbs moisture and expands, exerting pressure on walls and floors. As soils shrink and swell, foundations rise and fall unevenly. 

Can You Fix a Settling Foundation? 

Yes, a sinking, settled foundation can be repaired and potentially lifted back into the proper position. However, do-it-yourself fixes rarely offer permanent solutions and can further destabilize foundations. 

Instead, trust the foundation repair experts at Basement Authority of West Virginia. After a thorough inspection, we determine which of our proprietary foundation repair solutions suits your home best.  

Don’t wait until it’s too late; minor settlement can quickly become major disasters. Call us at the first signs of foundation problems for swift repairs. 

How We Stabilize Settling Foundations 

Our comprehensive approach permanently stabilizes and can possibly lift sinking foundations. We customize solutions based on inspection findings, home design, soil conditions and settlement severity. Common foundation pier options include: 

  • Helical Piers: Screw-like piers are hydraulically driven deep beneath the foundation, gripping onto more stable soil. 
  • Push Piers: Durable resistance piers are pushed into the soil for permanent foundation stabilization. 
  • Slab Piers: These piers are designed specifically for homes with concrete slab foundations, reinforcing the floor once stable load-bearing strata is reached. 

Our array of steel foundation piers offers a permanent solution to stabilize your home, with the potential to lift areas that have settled. Additionally, we can address and repair any cosmetic damage resulting from the settling process. 

Why Address Settlement Issues Now 

Don’t ignore early warnings like small cracks or slightly unleveled floors. Such signs indicate soil problems that will only worsen over time. 
Addressing foundation settlement issues promptly is crucial for several reasons: 

  • Halt Further Deterioration: Settlement tends to worsen if left unaddressed, resulting in extensive and costly repairs. 
  • Eliminate Safety Risks: Significant sinking can lead to uneven floors and unstable walls, posing a risk to occupants. 
  • Safeguard Your Investment: Foundation settlement can significantly reduce your home’s value. Effective foundation repair can help in restoring and even enhancing your property’s worth. 
  • Ensure Long-Term Stability: Our durable solutions are designed to provide lasting stability and safety for your home, offering you peace of mind. 

Basement Authority of West Virginia offers specialized foundation repair products and the expertise of seasoned technicians to comprehensively tackle your foundation settlement concerns. 

Contact Basement Authority of West Virginia for Expert Foundation Repairs 

Has your home’s foundation sunk unevenly? Are cracks appearing and structural damage worsening? As local foundation repair specialists serving West Virginia for 20 years, Basement Authority of West Virginia has seen it all. Let our experts inspect your foundation and determine the personalized solutions your home needs.  

Our proven methods halt foundation settlement and can lift sunken areas. All our work is backed by transferable warranties, too. Invest in your home’s future stability, safety and value with Basement Authority of West Virginia. Contact us today to schedule your free foundation inspection

FAQs

The time required for foundation repair depends on the severity of the settlement and the specific repair method used. Minor repairs can often be completed in a few days, while more extensive stabilization projects may take a week or more. We provide a time estimate after assessing your specific situation during a free foundation inspection

Yes, foundation settlement is relatively common in West Virginia, mainly due to the region’s varying soil types and weather conditions. Regular home inspections are recommended to identify and address any settlement issues early. Contact Basement Authority of West Virginia to learn more and schedule a free foundation inspection. 

The cost to fix foundation settlement differs based on the extent of the damage and the chosen repair approach. Basement Authority of West Virginia provides free inspections and no-obligation repair estimates. We strive to accommodate your budget through various financing options. Contact us today to learn more and receive a tailored approach and accurate price breakdown. 

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