Understanding Sinking Foundation Problems in Virginia, Maryland, DC
Identifying & Repairing Issues Related To Sinking Foundations & Foundation Settlement
Do These Foundation Problems Look Familiar?
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Why Do I Have A Sinking Foundation?
The ground sinking near your foundation tells you that there’s a problem with the soil that your home is built on, and you have house settling. When the soil can’t support the weight of your home, your home sinks and settles. There are a few things that can compromise the soil:
Hot summers can dry out the soil, which then pulls away from your home’s foundation. The extra room around your foundation allows the ground to sink and causes foundation settlement.
Water, Water Everywhere...
Whether it’s a plumbing leak, heavy rain or your gutters’ drains don’t lead away from your home, this extra water creates problems for the soil your home sits on.
Inadequate Soil Preparation
It’s common practice for builders to use backfill dirt to fill in the hole where your home’s foundation is built. If this soil isn’t pressed down enough it, shifts and causes your foundation to move with it.
How Do I Fix The Ground Sinking Near My Foundation?
The ground sinking tells you that there’s a problem and it could be affecting your foundation. Filling the area in with more dirt or gravel isn’t going to solve the real problem: your home could be built on soil that has been compromised and you have house settling issues.
If the ground sinking near your foundation or house settling is caused by poor drainage, then the solution will involve more than just cleaning your gutters. Your foundation may need underpinning to level your home and provide added stability.
Underpinning your home should only be done by a foundation repair expert. All of our foundation repair specialists are extensively trained by our team of Professional Engineers – who are a the industry’s respected authority on foundation underpinning solutions.
Can I Repair My Sinking Foundation Myself?
Foundation settlement is a job for a professional foundation repair contractor. It cannot be safely done with kits.. Quick fixes don’t address the foundation settlement problems, and can be expensive and can cause more damage to your home’s foundation.
It’s best to have your home inspected by a foundation repair contractor who can pinpoint the problem and provide you with a solution that repairs the foundation problem.
I was very happy with the whole experience working with JES. We had an addition that had begun to sink and move away from the house due to the foundation not being on solid ground. They performed all the work when they said they would, obtained all the necessary permits, and were cleaned up and out actually a little early. The foreman on the job was great and even took the time to show and explain to me the process at various points. I recommend them and would use them again.
~ Sam W., Midlothian, VA
Sinking Foundation Solutions
We’re Known Best for Being Better because we only use the best products and recommend custom solutions designed for your home’s foundation repair needs. We want to ensure that your home’s foundation problems are fixed for life – giving you the peace of mind knowing that your home’s foundation is safe and strong.
Some of the foundation repair solutions we recommend include JES Helical Piers, JES Push Piers, and JES Slab Piers. Remember that everyone’s foundation repair needs are different based on several factors including the ground your home is built on, type of foundation and the severity of the problem.