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Foundation Settlement

Owning a home is a significant milestone, but maintaining it is equally crucial. One common issue that North Carolina homeowners face is foundation settlement, a predicament where the foundation of the home shifts due to various soil-related issues. Let’s delve deep into the topic with the help of the expertise brought to you by Tar Heel Basement Systems, a leader in foundation repair across North Carolina. 

What Is Foundation Settlement? 

Foundation settlement is when a foundation moves – either sinking or shifting – due to unstable soil conditions beneath it. This manifests through signs like wall cracks, uneven floors, and malfunctioning doors and windows

Whether it’s a gradual process that happens over the years or a sudden occurrence due to environmental conditions, foundation settlement can lead to substantial structural issues. Tar Heel Basement Systems has the perfect range of solutions, such as push piers, helical piers, and slab piers, designed to stabilize a settling foundation and prevent further damage. 

What Causes Foundation Settlement? 

Expansive Soils 

The soil beneath your home is in a constant state of flux, influenced by changes in moisture levels which can be due to varying weather patterns, including droughts and heavy rains. This fluctuation triggers soil contraction and expansion, processes that can exert undue pressure on the foundation, jeopardizing its stability and strength. As a homeowner, it’s important to be aware of the soil conditions in your area and to take preventive measures such as ensuring proper drainage systems to mitigate the adverse effects of soil fluctuation. 

Improper Soil Preparation 

A foundation’s stability is fundamentally tied to the quality of soil preparation undertaken before construction. When the soil has not been compacted properly, the ground tends to be loose and susceptible to settling over extended periods. 

Erosion 

Erosion is the gradual yet relentless washing away of soil primarily due to water runoff, creating voids and gaps beneath the foundation. Over time, these voids compromise the support to the foundation, causing it to settle unevenly and potentially leading to structural issues in your home. Implementing effective landscaping techniques and maintaining gutters can significantly curb erosion and its detrimental effects on your foundation. 

Can You Fix Foundation Settlement? 

Absolutely, fixing foundation settlement is within reach with the right expertise. The ultimate goal is to stabilize the foundation firmly with a focus on utilizing stable soil or bedrock layers to support the home’s structure. 

Tar Heel Basement Systems specializes in offering effective yet less invasive solutions compared to complete foundation replacement, bringing both economy and efficiency to your foundation repair endeavors. 

How to Fix Foundation Settlement 

A detailed understanding and methodical approach are integral in fixing foundation settlement. At Tar Heel Basement Systems, we employ: 

  • Push piers: These are driven deep into the ground and connected to the foundation, offering firm support. 
  • Helical piers: Installed under the foundation to hold onto stable soil layers, providing a solid base for your home. 
  • Slab piers: Designed to reinforce and potentially raise settled concrete slab floors, helping regain even ground. 

With a proven track record, we assure not just stabilization but also the potential for elevating settled sections, bringing functionality and aesthetics back to your living space. 

Why Address Foundation Settlement Now? 

Procrastination can be a homeowner’s worst enemy when it comes to foundation issues. Addressing foundation settlement promptly ensures: 

  • Preventing escalation: Early intervention can avert more substantial damages and associated costs. 
  • Safety assurance: Overlooking foundation issues can lead to unsafe living conditions, making immediate attention crucial. 
  • Preserving property value: A stable foundation enhances your property’s market value, making it a prudent investment for the future. 

Tar Heel Basement Systems stands as a pillar of support, guiding homeowners to find lasting solutions to foundation settlement issues, reinstating safety and stability to their homes. 

Contact Tar Heel Basement Systems for Expert Foundation Settlement Solutions 

Take advantage of the expertise and innovative solutions that Tar Heel Basement Systems offers in the North Carolina region. Reach out to our expert team today to schedule a free consultation and safeguard your home’s foundation. 

FAQs

Yes, while homeowners can spot visible signs such as cracks in the walls, uneven floors, and doors that won’t close properly, it’s always best to consult with a professional from JES Foundation Repair to accurately assess the extent of the issue and recommend the optimal solution. 

Insurance policies vary greatly. Generally, home insurance does not cover damages due to settlement since it’s considered a maintenance issue. However, it’s advised to review your policy thoroughly and consult with your insurance agent to understand your coverage better. 

The duration for repair can range depending on the severity of the settlement and the repair method chosen. Generally, repairs can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. The team at JES Foundation Repair will work diligently to complete the repairs in a timely manner without compromising on the quality of the work. 

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Fayetteville Location

3400 Walsh Pky, Suite 220
Fayetteville, NC 28311

Greensboro Location

611 Summit Ave, Suite 5
Greensboro, NC 27405

North Raleigh

208 Millbrook Rd. Suite C
Raleigh, NC 27609

Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill Location

3333 Air Park Road
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

Wilmington Location

2155 Enterprise Dr. NE
Leland, NC 28451

Winston-salem / High Point Location

2910 Griffith Rd
Winston-Salem, NC 27103