Foundation Soil Problems Near Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Edmond

We can repair damage caused by weak soils, expanding soils, and hydrostatic pressure

Foundation issues can arise in any home due to the surrounding soil. You may notice the signs of foundation problems in your home, including sticking windows and doors, bowing or buckling walls, uneven floors, and even cracks in the foundation itself. At Vesta Foundation Solutions, we offer quality Oklahoma City foundation repair services that can repair the damage caused by weak or expanding soils or hydrostatic pressure, which is the force that water exerts as it presses into your foundation walls.

During the process of building a home, the foundation is dug out and concrete is poured. The soil that has been removed is then replaced as backfill, which can weaken the soil and possibly lead to foundation problems. When you notice foundation problems, the soils surrounding your home may be the problem. We provide free inspections to identify the soil issues surrounding your home, starting with understanding the type of soil your home sits on, and come up with a plan to prevent further issues with your foundation.

Foundation Soils

Understanding foundation soils is the key to understanding foundation repair problems. The type of soil your home sits on plays a huge role in the risk of foundation damage you have. Sand and sandy loam soils allow water to pass through, making them more stable and less likely to expand and cause foundation problems. On the other hand, clay soils absorb water, expand, and put pressure on the foundation. This pressure can lead to floor cracks, wall cracks, and other foundation problems.

There are several layers of soil under your foundation, including bedrock, untouched "virgin" soils, and the active zone, which is where foundation problems can happen. The active zone is the area that is affected by moisture and weather changes, causing soil to expand and contract. These soil movements can severely impact your foundation, causing bowing walls, wall and floor cracks, and poor stability. Depending on where you live, the active zone can be a few feet below grade or as far as 30 feet below the surface. Our foundation repair services can solve a wide variety of foundation soil problems.

Foundation Settlement

The soil under your foundation is comprised of several different layers, some of which were disturbed when your foundation was originally dug out. When one of these layers can't support the weight of your foundation, it will begin to sink and settle. This is a slow process that will not be immediately obvious, but over time it can have serious effects on your home.

Common signs of foundation settlement include floor cracks, stair-step cracks in walls, cracks in interior drywall, and windows and doors that are difficult to open and close. Foundations usually settle unevenly, causing damage to walls and floors that can eventually lead to failure if not addressed. We use foundation piers to stabilize settling foundations and provide a long-lasting solution.

Foundation Heave

Foundation heave occurs when soils under your home expand and force the foundation upwards. This process is generally caused by over-saturation of soil. Underground water, prolonged or heavy precipitation, poor drainage, and frost heave can all be causes of foundation heave. Foundation heave will cause cracks in floors, bowing walls, and sticking windows and doors.

It's important to note that although the symptoms of foundation heave and foundation settlement are very similar, the causes are very different and the solution for one won't work for the other. One easy way to spot heave is to examine floor cracks and see if they form an enclosed loop. The area inside that loop is where the greatest pressure is being exerted. In order to fix foundation heave, we use solutions such as improved drainage, soil stabilization with polymer injections, and mechanical foundation repair.

Expansive Soils

When your foundation is dug out, the removed soil is backfilled into the empty space once the foundation is poured. Backfill behaves differently than "virgin" soil because it no longer has the tightly packed, watertight properties that undisturbed soil develops over decades and decades. When excess moisture enters backfilled soil, it expands and exerts pressure on your foundation walls. This is known as hydrostatic pressure, and it can cause serious damage to your foundation walls.

Foundation walls that are subject to pressure from expansive soils will bow inwards and develop cracks. If too much pressure builds up over time, the foundation walls could eventually fail. We can repair this problem with our wall anchor system which will stabilize the wall by tying it to stronger soils and preventing inward movement.

Get quality foundation repair services for foundation soil problems

Over time, foundation settlement can occur when one of the many layers of soil under your home’s foundation can no longer support the weight of the foundation, causing the home to sink and settle. This can lead to damage to walls and floors, including visible and sometimes dangerous cracks. Our technicians install foundation piers to stabilize foundations that are settling. Another foundation problem, known as foundation heave, is caused when the soils beneath your home expand due to the over-saturation of the soil from prolonged precipitation, poor drainage, or frost. This can also result in cracked floors, bowing walls, and sticking windows and doors inside the home. To fix foundation heave, we work to improve the drainage around your home, stabilize the soil using polymer injections, and repair the foundation using mechanical means.

For a free foundation inspection of your home, contact Vesta Foundation Solutions today!