The sinking of some homes may concern some homeowners, while others may not notice it. There are many ways in which settlement can occur. There are several layers of soil under your house, and each layer has its own characteristics. The amount of moisture in soil can vary depending on its type. The two most common types of soil here in Oklahoma are sand and clay.
Sand: Moisture does not have a significant effect on sandy soil. Water usually passes through sand very quickly when it starts to rain. No matter how wet or dry the sand is, it can maintain its volume.
Clay: When clay gets wet, it tends to hold onto water as it begins to expand in size. As it dries, it shrinks.
When does the soil begin to dry and sink?
Drought: When a home is experiencing a dry spell, it can last for days, months, or even years. As clay dries, it shrinks in size, allowing your home to settle.
Softening of the soil:
Heavy rain: When clay experiences heavy rain, it begins to hold water and becomes very soft. Sinking occurs when the soil becomes soft and weak.
Compression of the soil:
When homes are built, builders tend to develop neighborhoods and housing additions on flat, buildable lots. A house will settle if the soil that is being filled is not compacted properly, causing it to compress under the weight of the house.
A solution to foundation settlement:
The foundation of your home needs to be stabilized. As a trustworthy and specialized contractor, we can provide a solution for you and your family. Steel Push Piers, Helical Piers, and PolyLevel Injection Foam are all solutions that can permanently improve your home's foundation.