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The Problems Posed by Expansive Soils

Last updated 5 years ago

When you make preparations to build a home, the soil on the property may be the last thing on your mind. However, considering the soil is very important to the structure and future stability of your home. If you live in an area where the soil is primarily clay-based, you should identify the soil’s tendency to expand and contract so that you know what building materials and techniques to use. This will help you avoid certain foundation problems, including:

Foundation Heaving

Foundation heaving is one of the most common and serious problems associated with expansive soils. As moisture collects and freezes in the soil, the soil expands. This places upward pressure on some foundations, causing them to inch upward over the years. If you notice any signs or symptoms of foundation shifting, including cracks in the walls of your home, contact a foundation repair specialist immediately.

Differential Swelling

If parts of your foundation are more heavily loaded than others, you may experience differential swelling, which is characterized by non-uniform changes in foundation elevation. Differential swelling is more complex and oftentimes more expensive to repair than uniform swelling. Since light buildings are more likely to be affected by soil heaving and expansion than heavy, large buildings, homeowners generally have to worry more about expansive soils than commercial building owners.

Are you concerned that soil expansion and contraction may be taking a toll on your property? To address any potential foundation problems, you should hire a foundation repair specialist to inspect your property. Serving the Fort Worth area, Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. is equipped to meet your foundation repair and drainage correction needs. To speak with a professional about our services, visit our website or call us at (972) 484-1200 today.

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