Due to expansive soil, a basement foundation can encounter shifting and settling. Expansive soil tends to heave when it is wet and shrinks when it is dry. This shifting of the soil can cause the basement foundation to settle.
One of the signs that your basement foundation may have shifted or settled is wall cracks. As the foundation settles and there is a loss of support, walls will begin to crack. The most serious types of wall cracks are angled cracks, stair step cracks, and vertical cracks that are wider at the top.
Crawl space foundations have at least 2′ under it to take care of the mechanical systems of the home. Structural problems such as the settling of the columns or sagging beams and floor joists are common within a crawl space. This can be caused due to weak foundation soils.
The soil under your crawl space is comprised of multiple soil
types and layers. Over time, these soils shift and settle with
the changes in moisture content and density. This movement causes the shifting in the existing columns and the beams above, resulting in foundation cracks, uneven or sloping floors and other structural damage in the home.
A slab foundation is usually concrete poured directly onto the ground. The footings are dug around the perimeter and the enough soil is removed so that you can pour the slab and footing at the same time. This type of foundation is usually found in a tract-home environment and is a cost saving foundation. As with any other type of foundation, the soil beneath the slab can shift and move due to the changing moisture content, causing the slab to shift and move, causing structural damage.
No matter what type of foundation your home has, they are all vulnerable to foundation failure. Whether you notice bowing walls in your basement, beam and post problems in your crawl space or crack in your slab, Pro Foundation Technology has the products and experience to get your foundation back to its original level. Don’t hesitate to contact Pro Foundation Technology to inspect your Missouri or Kansas home. We have a large service area that includes Kansas City, Raytown, Overland Park, and Columbia, MO.