Foundation Soil Problems in Lincoln, Omaha, Sioux City, & Nearby
We Provide Reliable Foundation Repairs for Weak Soils, Expanding Soils, & Hydrostatic Pressure
Your home depends on its foundation and the load-bearing soil to keep things in place. When your foundation soil is in poor health or is no longer substantial enough, problems with your foundation are bound to happen. Issues like cracked and sunken foundations can worsen over time if not quickly addressed.
Understanding the source of foundation problems is the first step in repairing them. Some tell-tale signs of foundation damage caused by the load-bearing soil include bowing or cracked foundation walls and uneven floors. Thrasher Foundation Repair offers professional foundation repair services for foundation soil problems in Nebraska, Western Iowa, Central & Western Kansas and Northwestern Missouri, including Omaha, Lincoln, Sioux City, and nearby.
Understanding the Soil Around Your Foundation
Changes in temperature and moisture will have different effects on various kinds of foundation soils. Your foundation is at greater risk of damage depending on which soil type your house is built on. Common soil types include:
Clay soils absorb water like a sponge and can significantly expand, putting substantial pressure on your home's foundation. These expansive soils have the most potential to put pressure on and crack your foundation.
Sandy, loamy soils
Sandy, loamy soils allow a good amount of water to flow through without disturbing the soil. These types of soils are more stable and less likely to expand against your foundation.
How the Active Zone Affects Foundation Problems
There are several layers of soil under your foundation:
- Active soil on top
- Untouched "virgin" soils in the middle
- And then bedrock below the untouched soils
The active zone directly touches your foundation and can expand or contract during temperature and moisture fluctuations, putting pressure on your foundation and reducing necessary soil support causing:
- Foundation heave
- Bowing walls
- Foundation cracks on walls & floors
- & more
Even new homes are at risk of damage from poor foundation soil. When foundations are dug out and poured, the dirt is backfilled and can remain or become unstable. Soil can weaken as it experiences washout and seismic shifts, leading to potential foundation problems. At Thrasher Foundation Repair, we have the tools to identify issues with load-bearing soil and provide reliable foundation repairs for any damage.
Common Foundation Problems Caused by Soil
Whether the load-bearing soil is of poor quality to start or deteriorates from natural causes, each can lead to serious foundation problems if left unrepaired. Some builders even recommend removing and replacing certain soils before construction - as they can have such a significant impact on foundations. Problems caused by poor foundation soil conditions can include:
Foundations usually settle unevenly, forcing doors and windows to stick, eventually causing structural failure if not addressed. Signs of foundation settlement also include floor cracks, interior drywall cracks, and characteristic stair-step cracks on walls.
Foundation heave is generally caused by over-saturation of soil that forces foundations upwards. To spot foundation heave, examine visible floor cracks and see if they form an enclosed loop - with the greatest pressure on your foundation.
Expansive soils can cause foundation cracks. These can worsen over time without proper foundation repairs. A cracked foundation can cause other floor and wall cracks while also letting moisture, odors, and pests into your home.
Bowing or buckling walls
Changes in soil volume and density can affect the amount of support your foundation gets, shifting your home and putting pressure on interior walls.
When foundation soils cause your foundation to move, the floors in your home can slope, become uneven, and sag. Uneven floors can even separate from the walls, creating dangerous gaps.
Sticking windows & doors
As floors become uneven and foundation heave impacts upper levels in your home, doors or windows may stick as their frames shift out of shape and get smaller, becoming hard to use.
We Confidently Identify Soil Problems & Provide Permanent Foundation Repairs
Not sure about the condition of the load-bearing soil around your home foundation? Let the foundation repair experts at Thrasher Foundation Repair help! After identifying any foundation problems, we recommend fast, effective repairs perfectly suited for your unique situation. We offer a wide variety of foundation repair solutions to fix damage caused by poor foundation soils in Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri.
Call us at 1-844-948-3306 or fill out the form below to schedule your free foundation repair consultation. We offer our expert foundation inspection and repair services throughout Omaha, Lincoln, Sioux City, Grand Island, Bellevue, Council Bluffs, Norfolk, Fremont, North Platte, Kearney, and in surrounding cities.
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- Birch Tree
- Edgar Springs
- Lake Spring
- Middle Brook
- Mountain View
- Peace Valley
- Van Buren
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