What Does Soil Have To Do With My Foundation?

Understanding Soil

Soil has almost everything to do with foundation failure. Soils are consistently changing because of weather patterns. Therefore, the texture and movement of soil are constantly evolving particularly in a four-season environment. So basically, shifting soil actively influences foundation placement. Here are the three vital reasons that soil affects your foundation:

Poor Compaction

dry soil

Poor soil compaction happens often in the midwest. This process occurs when a foundation is built over soil that is already heavily compacted. Consequently, the water can not drain appropriately. After this occurs, the increased density and decreased volume in the soil leave little space for infiltration.

Oversaturated Soils

saturated soilOverly irrigated soil can lead to water damage and shifting foundations. More specifically, the constant oversaturation of soil makes the foundation less secure. The soil is less stable and therefore creates space for shifting foundations to take place.

Expansive Soils

Expansive soil occurs with the revolving mid-west seasons. The soil expands and therefore shrinks which leads to gaps in the soil. These gaps allow unwanted cracks to creep up in sidewalks, driveways, and basement floors. Inevitably, expansive soil begins to leave gaps between doors and ground pavement.

Contact Experts

It is often difficult to see foundation problems occurring until we see the effects in and around our home. Would you like to avoid this before it happens? The soil beneath our home’s foundation is so complex and varies in texture and expansion. This is why it is so important to contact a foundation contractor who is knowledgeable on the subject matter.

Rapid Foundation Repairs wants to help you with your foundation-related issues. Between our team, we have years of experience. Please call us at our main number (605) 716-0300 or our Wyoming number at (307) 271-5462. Feel free to fill out a contact form in order to get a free quote.