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The foundation of your home supports the structure and makes sure that it stays stable and safe. When there are problems with the foundation, it can cause major problems throughout the home as well. This could be anything as minor as small cracks in the wall up to the home collapsing in on itself. While the latter situation would be after months and years of neglect, it’s important to note that many of us don’t think about our foundation until we notice a problem. One of the most common foundation problems for slab on grade foundations is slab settlement.

What is Slab Settlement? How Does it Happen?

Slab settlement occurs in a few specific cases, all involving changes in the soil supporting the foundation. Poorly compacted soil is the main reason that slab settlement occurs. Untouched soil has been compacted for hundreds, if not thousands, of years and is stable enough to hold up foundations. However, most homes will be built with piering systems or some type of support to assure that the soil will not be disturbed and cause problems with the home’s foundation. When this doesn’t happen, we encounter slab settlement where you may start seeing floors sloping, cracks, or other issues.

Another reason for slab settlement is a change in the amount of moisture in the soil. When the home was first built, the soil may have been perfectly fine to support the home. However, over time there could be dramatic changes in moisture that cause the soil to be unstable. Think about a cabin on the river. Over time, the river may flood or erosion may occur with water in the soil. This can lead to settlement as the foundation is no longer adequately supported.

Signs to Look Out For

If you suspect that there may be slab settlement in your home, there are a few signs to look out for that can give you an idea if this is the case. Of course, it’s important to call a professional, like the team at KC Waterproofing, to assess your foundation, but this is a great first step if you are having concerns.

If you see these signs, you may have slab settlement:

  • Cracks in your walls, floors, or foundation
  • Sloping floors
  • Sticking windows and doors
  • Leaning chimney

All of these seemingly unrelated problems can be a sign that you are experiencing slab settlement and are in need of foundation repair. When you see these signs, it’s time to call KC Waterproofing!

Solutions to Slab Settlement

So you’ve had a professional come out to look at your property and they’ve determined that you have slab settlement--what now? What are the repair options and slab settlement solutions? Underpinning! Underpinning options will include a piering system, helical piers, or another option based on your specific situation. Underpinning takes your existing foundation and supports it with strong, steel piers which are driven into the ground and then attached to your existing foundation. The load is transferred to the piers, and the slab settlement issues are gradually corrected.

Whether your foundation repair contractor will utilize steel push piers, helical piers, or another option will be down to your specific situation. However, in general, the difference between steel push piers and helical piers is slight. Push piers are driven deep into the ground and attached, and helical piers are also driven into the ground, but they have a spiral structure to make sure that the hold is stronger. They are then attached to the building's foundation as well.

Slab Settlement Is Common--Don’t Worry!

If you have found out you have slab settlement, don’t worry! At KC Waterproofing, We Are Waterproofing, but we are also foundation repair and we’re happy to work with you on getting your foundation repair issue resolved. Slab settlement is one of the most common foundation repair issues and we deal with this a lot. We treat our customers like family and we will make sure to answer any questions you have. After the job, we clean up the work site to look better than when we arrived. We do not cut corners, and we are a respected area foundation repair and waterproofing company. If you are having slab settlement problems, give us a call today and we’ll get you on track to a safe and stable foundation!

If you are in need of foundation repair, contact us today!

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