Foundation settlement is caused by expanding and contracting soil underneath the concrete slab. If your home was built on clay and sand rich soil, common to Pennsylvania, water will be soaked into the soil during rainy or snow thawing seasons which will expand. During dry and hot seasons the soil will ‘harden’ and contract. Over time this will cause the soil underneath your home to constantly shift and move the foundation along with it. In some instances soil is too soft which will leave the foundation unstable in certain areas- susceptible to water which further weakens these points.
This process takes years to develop and will eventually lead to foundation failure. Without any safeguard against these shifts the home will deteriorate from the ground up causing more expensive repairs in future.
If you notice any of the signs below on the interior or exterior of your home, you may have a foundation problem:
- Windows and doors are hard to open or close
- You can see cracks on the inside and outside of your foundation walls
- There are cracks in the wall around the corners of window and door frames
- One or more sides of your home is visibly sinking into the ground
The experts at Poseidon Waterproofing have the knowledge and experience to evaluate the damage and determine the best course of action to safely repair any of these issues.