Although there are many variables that affect the strength of a residential foundation, most problems stem from extreme moisture fluctuations in the surrounding soil. Some homes are naturally more prone to foundation problems, based on their location and placement, the weather, the type of foundation, and the soil type. Foundation repair and reinforcement can protect against settlement and provide better foundation support and drainage.
- Homes with Poor Foundations
Naturally, a home with a better foundation will be less prone to problems down the road. Structural support posts and reinforced concrete footer can provide better stability, but proper drainage is also important. If your Nashville foundation lacks sufficient drainage, heavy rains and flooding can put its security at risk as the water level rises.
- Homes on Slopes
The grade of the land on which your home is built can affect its foundation dramatically. Homes on hills are more prone to settlement issues because of the effect of gravity on the structure over time. It’s important for homes on a steep grade to reinforce their foundations with piers that are driven down into the ground to prevent vertical settlement.
- Homes in Areas With Extreme Weather Conditions
In Nashville’s wetter months, the soil swells, and in the dryer months it contracts. As the surrounding ground shrinks and expands, the pressure on the sides of the residential foundation increases and decreases, making it more prone to cracking and buckling. This process is also affected by the density of the soil.
Fortunately, these dangers to a home’s foundation can be significantly reduced by installing drainage systems, support piers, and other stabilizing systems. United Structural Systems provides sophisticated, precise methods for stabilizing foundations in the Nashville area. If you’ve noticed cracked floors or walls or are concerned that your foundation has been settling, then call us today at (615) 800-2058 to stabilize and secure your home. For more details on our waterproofing and foundation repair, visit us online at our website.