If you’re noticing foundation problems in North Charleston, it could be because your home is built on expansive soil. Commonly soil with high clay content, this soil type is one of the leading causes of foundation issues. CNT Foundations provides solutions to all your foundation repair needs. If you suspect that your home is built on expansive soil, one of our experienced staff will examine your foundation and provide a free, no-obligation estimate for foundation repair.
Expansive soil can cause major structural damage to your foundation. Here’s how:
Why is expansive soil so dangerous?
Expansive soil contains clay which can absorb a lot of water. Parts of the Atlantic Coastal Plain and the Piedmont Plateau contain this clay-rich soil. Once the soil begins to soak up moisture, it expands and will push against anything in its path, including your foundation. Expansive soil can expand 10-15% of its dry volume and as it grows, it will cause your foundation walls to crack and bow or it will cause foundation heave as it pushes up against your foundation floor.
This soil can be just as dangerous during dry seasons because it will shrink as it dries out. The decreased support can put stress on your foundation and create cracks that will allow water to run into your foundation and weaken the structure. The expanding and collapsing soil increases the likelihood that your foundation will settle or experience other extensive damage.
What damage is caused by expansive soil?
If your home is built on expansive soils, you may start to notice water damage caused by cracks in your foundation. Expansive soils can cause:
- Cracked bricks
- Foundation settlement
- Exterior foundation cracks
- Foundation heave
- Interior wall cracks
Expansive soils are the root of many foundation problems. The best way to prevent expansive soils from damaging your home is to make sure water is draining away from your foundation so the soil doesn’t soak it up.
If you’re noticing signs of foundation damage, contact CNT Foundations today. Our foundation repair experts will come look at your home and assess any problems caused by expansive soils. Call our local North Charleston team at 843-405-7022 for a free, no-obligation consultation.