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A Homeowner's Guide to Heaving

Last updated 4 years ago

Foundations can behave differently depending on the existing conditions around your home. Homeowners may be familiar with foundation settling or sinking due to changes in soil conditions. Droughts often cause soil to become loose, which can lead to a foundation sinking. However, the opposite can also occur. At times, excessive moisture can cause the soil to expand to a point that the foundation is pushed upwards. When a foundation rises, it’s called “heaving.”

Causes

Though heaving can be caused by tree roots, this is most common for lightweight structures, like sidewalks. For homes and other heavy structures, heaving is almost always caused by expanding soil with high moisture content.

Risk Factors

Concrete is often thought of as a sturdy and rigid material—and for the most part, it is. However, long-term pressure from expanded soil can cause it to flex and eventually to crack. The foundations of many older homes have an increased concentration of sand in their concrete footing, causing these homes to be more vulnerable to foundation damage and heaving.

Repair Options

A foundation repair contractor can approach heaving in multiple ways. The foundation itself will need to be partially excavated and then brought down to its original position. Most importantly, if your home is near moisture-rich soil, your contractor will assess and implement appropriate drainage measures. This will help prevent the problem from occurring again in the future.

Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. can analyze the condition of your foundation and determine if it is heaving, sinking, or a combination of both. We can perform the corrective measures necessary to preserve the condition of your home and prevent foundation damage in the future. Visit us online or call us at (972) 484-1200 to learn more about our services.

 

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