We Specialize in Solving Foundation Problems in Los Angeles
Every year sinking foundations cracked and buckled foundation walls, and cracked and uneven floors affect millions of homeowners in Los Angeles. Buildings located on unstable soils will settle when the foundation is subjected to moisture or poor drainage. A shifting foundation could result in structural damage and potentially, a loss to your investment.
One of the most common causes of foundation movement is the shrinking and swelling of expansive soils. The degree of soil movement is determined by the amount of expansive material, and the variation of its moisture content.
During the spring, when the moisture content of expansive soil increases after all the rain, the soil swells. During the drier months when the moisture decreases, the soil shrinks, allowing foundations to settle. During wet periods, foundations return to their desired elevation. Sometimes, the soil will swell enough to raise foundations higher than their desired elevation, which is referred to as upheaval.
Symptoms to Look Inside Your Home for:
• Cracks in drywall on walls and ceiling
• Doors that stick and are hard to open
• Gaps or cracks between walls and ceilings
• Nails that are coming out of the drywall
• Windows that are hard to open or are sticking
• Floors that are cracked or not level
• Gaps or cracks between walls and floors
Symptoms to Look Outside Your Home For:
• Cracks in the masonry or concrete
• Sagging roof line
• Doors that stick
• Gaps between bricks and windows
• Bricks sticking out
• Gaps between fireplace and house
What are the causes of foundation movement?
Some of the causes of foundation movement can be traced to the soil it is in. The condition of the soil is important for the stability of the foundation. Extremely wet soil or drying soils can be an issue. Also, a soil that is compressed can be a reason for foundation movement. Additionally, the soil can be affected by poor drainage or broken or cracked pipes. Another thing to put into consideration in a highly seismic region like Los Angeles is earthquakes and ground shifts.
Weather can also be a reason because of evaporation. If there are roots in the soil they can reduce the moisture in the soil which can cause issues.
California Foundation Works is a specialty foundation repair contractor that has the right solutions for your foundation problems.
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