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Sinking Foundation

Have you tried opening a window, but it won’t budge? Or maybe you notice a crack forming on the wall in your living room. In either case, it’s a sign that your foundation is sinking. 

These issues may seem minor but are often only some of the first signs of foundation damage. When a foundation starts sinking, it puts you, your loved ones, and your property at risk. 

At AFS Foundation Repair & Waterproofing Specialists, we help homeowners resolve foundation issues with industry leading foundation repair services. After reading this page, you’ll understand how to best deal with a sinking foundation and keep your home safe in the long run.  

What Is a Sinking Foundation? 

A sinking foundation usually happens when soil becomes unable to support your foundation. This is called differential settlement, and it’s more common than you think.  

Differential settlement is a big problem for your home; it’s a condition that significantly compromises the structural integrity of your entire house, especially the most important elements like the walls, floors and roof. 

Wall cracks are a sign that your foundation is sinking.

If your foundation is sinking, you’re likely going to notice other issues in your home. These common red flags are all hints that something is wrong with your foundation: 

If these issues aren’t addressed, it could result in significant structural damage and pose safety risks, such as gas leaks or electrical issues. 

What Causes a Sinking Foundation? 

Generally, outdoor elements cause foundation problems for your home. No matter the source, each has its unique set of challenges that we can deal with. Here are the most common causes we see: 

  • Soil Swelling: Water infiltration causes soil to expand, and drying leads to contraction. This cycle gradually forms gaps around your foundation, affecting its stability. 
  • Inadequate Drainage: Poor drainage not only leads to soil imbalance but also contributes to mold and mildew growth, adding another layer of problems. 
  • Poor Soil Compaction: Weakly packed soil can collapse under the home’s weight, leading to more serious issues like basement flooding
  • Nearby Vegetation: Tree roots can drain soil moisture, causing contraction and spaces beneath the foundation. Some roots can even intrude upon your foundation, causing direct damage. 

Can You Fix a Sinking Foundation? 

Absolutely, fixing a sinking foundation is possible! The key is to make use of professional methods designed to stabilize your foundation before it deteriorates further.  

Prompt action can potentially save you thousands of dollars in repairs and even more in property value losses. Although DIY solutions are sometimes more cost-effective for smaller home repairs, they are ill-advised for foundation repairs.  

DIY fixes might make the problem look better for a short time, but they don’t solve the root cause. As the problem continues to get worse, the overall price for repairs will rise. 

How to Repair a Sinking Foundation 

To offer a lasting solution for foundation settling, AFS installs subterranean foundation piers that reach solid ground to bolster your home. These piers shift your home’s weight away from unstable soil, providing a reliable base for years to come. 

AFS Foundation Services has a range of foundation piers to secure and possibly lift sinking foundations: 

  • Push piers penetrate deep into the earth with heavy machinery. 
  • Helical piers twist into the ground to provide extra support to your home. 
  • Slab piers specifically anchor below concrete surfaces, offering enhanced stability. 

Why Address Sinking Foundations Now? 

It’s imperative to get your sinking foundation assessed and repaired without delay. Acting now provides multiple benefits: 

  • Avoid escalating costs from additional structural damage. 
  • Reinforce the structural soundness and safety of your dwelling. 
  • Prevent further cracks and uneven settlement. 
  • Halt the worsening of jammed doors and windows. 
  • Enhance stability before you decide to sell your home, thereby increasing its market value. 

Don’t procrastinate—reach out to the foundation sinking specialists at AFS for a complimentary inspection and estimate. Gain the confidence that your home’s foundation is secure, giving you peace of mind for years to come. 

Contact AFS for Foundation Sinking Solutions 

If you suspect your foundation is sinking, don’t hesitate to contact AFS today. Our skilled team will thoroughly inspect your foundation and recommend lasting remedies tailored to your specific situation. 

We understand the anxiety tied to foundation repairs—it’s like dealing with car issues, but on an even bigger scale. That’s why we offer flexible financing plans that aim to alleviate not just your foundation problems but also any financial worries you might have. 

With over 25 years in the business, we have the knowledge and credentials to diagnose any foundation issue and deliver effective, guaranteed repairs. Schedule your free inspection and quote today and take the first step toward ensuring your home is safe and sound for the future. 

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