Common Slab Foundation Problems

There are many reasons why your slab foundation might need repairs. In this blog, we’ll address some common slab foundation problems that homeowners encounter and ways to repair these problems.

Common Problems

Disruption in the Slab

Just like it sounds, a slab disruption is something that causes your slab to buckle or sink. This can create complications such as uneven floors and walls, tilting countertops, doors or windows that do not shut properly, and gaps along baseboards. If you notice these types of problems, it is important to find the root cause of the disruption. An experienced foundation repair contractor can investigate, determine the cause, and provide a solution.

Foundation Cracks

When it comes to foundation cracks, size does matter. Concrete foundations will almost always develop cracks – typically small hairline cracks that are not a cause for concern. Larger cracks, on the other hand, can be more problematic. Larger cracks can allow moisture into the foundation, damaging the concrete slab and may cause your foundation to separate at the joints. Consult with an expert to determine if the larger cracks you are experiencing in your foundation are simply cosmetic or require repair to prevent them from widening or deepening.

Settling Foundation or Sinking Slab

Settling foundations and sinking slabs signal that your foundation is moving, and damage occurs. Common causes of shifting in your foundation are poor soil and water infiltration due to poor drainage. Regardless of the age of your home, the type of soil that your foundation is sitting on can be a source of problems. Ideally, your home will sit on properly compacted soil with good load-bearing capacity, allowing water to drain through it. This is a tall order. If you have noticed that your foundation is settling or sinking, a foundation professional may recommend installing foundation piers. This can be a very effective way to reinforce the foundation in less-than-ideal soil conditions.

Poor Design or Installation

Poorly designed or installed concrete foundations can – and probably will – fail over time. If the concrete slab was not originally poured thickly enough, it will not be able to support the weight of the house. The best remedy is to have your foundation inspected by an experienced contractor who can make recommendations to ensure that your structure will stand the test of time.

More Info

Have you noticed any of these common slab foundation problems around your home? If you are looking for a professional foundation repair company, look no further! At Jerry’s Waterproofing, we strongly believe in quality customer service and treat every home as our own. Our specialists will work directly with you to analyze the unique problems that your home is facing and come up with the best solution for your needs and budget. We have established a fantastic reputation for foundation repair, slab re-leveling, retaining walls, and more. Contact us for a free estimate!