How to Stop a Sinking Foundation

January 5, 2014 Melanie Chaney

Have you ever had that sinking feeling that perhaps your home is, well, actually sinking? You may be right. A sinking foundation is a problem that many homeowners face, especially those living in older homes.

What causes the foundation of a home to sink? Typically it’s a problem that can be attributed to seasonal changes like extreme temperatures or moisture. If the soil underneath your foundation is too moist, it can increase in weight and cause pressure and soil consolidation. This weakens the foundation’s support. Similarly, in extremely dry conditions, the soil can shrink and leave gaps and holes under the foundation.

How do you know if this is happening to your home? Look for things like sloping floors, large diagonal cracks in the walls, and excessive moisture in and around the foundation. If you notice any of these signs, there’s a good chance you have a sinking foundation, and it may be time to call in an expert.

The good news is that relatively quick solutions exist for a sinking foundation. Heavy-duty steel beams can be driven into the earth to reach a competent soil level. These beams transfer the weight of the structure to the stable soil, and the foundation can then be lifted to its original state.

Both push pier and helical pier systems can repair a sinking foundation. Both can be installed year-round through the interior or exterior of the structure and with very little disruption. They are cost-effective and when done properly, provide a permanent solution to the problem.

If you suspect you’re living on a sinking foundation, let one of our specialists assess the damage and determine what solution is best suited to your needs. For a free custom quote, call Baird Foundation Repair at 210-534-4110.