Signs Your Foundation Is Sinking

Your home's foundation is the bedrock upon which your entire living space rests, providing stability and support to everything above it. While taking this crucial structural element for granted is easy, foundation issues can quietly develop over time, potentially leading to significant problems if left unaddressed. 

At Midwest Structural Solutions, understanding the warning signs of a sinking foundation is essential for every homeowner and prospective buyer. 

We'll walk you through the telltale indicators your foundation might be experiencing settlement, offering insights into the common causes behind this issue and the steps you can take to prevent further damage. 

7 Signs Your Foundation Is Sinking

Recognizing signs of a sinking foundation is crucial for homeowners. Some common signs include:

Common Causes of Foundation Settling & Sinking

Let's delve deeper into the common causes of a sinking foundation:

It's important to note that multiple factors can interact and exacerbate foundation issues. Regular maintenance, proper drainage, and early detection of warning signs can help homeowners prevent or mitigate foundation problems. 

Helical Piers & Push Piers Can Fix Sinking Foundations

Helical and push piers are foundation underpinning systems designed to stabilize and lift a sinking or settling foundation. They are commonly used to address foundation issues caused by soil movement, poor compaction, and other factors. Midwest Structural Solutions relies on helical and push piers to help solve foundation-sinking issues. Here's how they work and the critical differences between them:

Helical Piers

Helical piers consist of a steel shaft with helical plates (similar to large screws) attached to it. These plates allow the pier to be "screwed" into the soil, reaching stable, load-bearing strata beneath the problematic soil layers. Helical piers are often used in areas with difficult soil conditions or where the foundation needs to be lifted to its original position.

Key features and benefits of helical piers:

Push Piers

Push piers consist of steel tubes driven or "pushed" into the ground until they reach load-bearing soil. These piers are driven hydraulically, and their primary function is to support and stabilize the foundation by transferring its weight to more competent soil layers.

Key features and benefits of push piers:

Helical and push piers are effective foundation repair solutions that help stabilize and lift a sinking or settling foundation. The choice between the two depends on factors such as soil conditions, project requirements, and the severity of the foundation issue.

Midwest Structural Solutions Are Your Local Foundation Repair Experts

At Midwest Structural Solution, we work with homeowners to explain the benefits of these foundation-underpinning methods and help them understand which solution might be more suitable for their specific needs.

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