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Foundation Settlement

Foundation settlement is a deeply concerning problem that jeopardizes your home’s structural stability, requiring immediate professional intervention. 

Since the beginning, Foundation Systems of Michigan has been at the forefront of delivering high-quality foundation repair solutions. Our skilled professionals determine the causes of foundation settlement and employ effective methods to both stabilize and, where possible, lift your home’s foundation to close any existing cracks. 

Let us guide you through the complexities of foundation settlement so you can make educated choices for the safety of your home. 

What Is Foundation Settlement? 

When a house’s foundation gradually or suddenly sinks into the earth below, foundation settlement occurs. This occurs generally when the soil beneath your home no longer can bear the structure’s weight. 

This can manifest slowly over an extended period or quite abruptly following weather events like torrential downpours or severe drought. As the foundation settles, the house may exhibit cracking walls, jamming windows and doors, and floors that are not level.  

Foundation Systems of Michigan offers a comprehensive lineup of repair techniques that permanently secure a sinking foundation. From push piers and helical piers to slab piers, we specialize in enhancing your home’s foundational stability to prevent future settling. 

What Causes Foundation Settlement? 

Several elements contribute to foundation settlement: 

  • Soil Contraction: In dry conditions, the clay soil that is so common in our area shrinks. This creates voids and leads to settlement. Nearby mature trees may exacerbate this by absorbing soil moisture. 
  • Soil Swelling: Saturated conditions cause clay soils to swell, adding force to the foundation walls. Once the soil dries, it contracts, leaving gaps that contribute to sinking. 
  • Inadequate Soil Preparation: Occasionally, construction soil compaction is poorly executed. Over time, the building’s weight further compacts this loose soil. 
  • Soil Erosion: Inadequate drainage and blocked gutters can accelerate soil erosion around the foundation, weakening its support structure. 

Can You Fix Foundation Settlement? 

Absolutely, fixing foundation settlement is possible! The objective is to permanently secure the foundation by redistributing its weight to stable soil or bedrock deep below your home. 

Generally, comprehensive foundation replacement isn’t necessary. There are more straightforward, non-disruptive, and effective methods, and Foundation Systems of Michigan is the best choice for these solutions. 

How to Fix Foundation Settlement

Foundation Systems of Michigan uses cutting-edge repair methods for treating foundation settlement: 

  • Push Piers: Deep-driven steel piers support your foundation securely by connecting to the footings. 
  • Helical Piers: These are steel piers that are screwed into the ground beneath the foundation to anchor it to stable soils. 
  • Slab Piers: Used only if you live on a slab foundation. If your concrete slabs have settled, slab piers reinforce and potentially lift these surfaces. 

Our robust lineup of steel foundation piers not only stabilizes your home but has the potential to lift the foundation to its original position. This lift closes cracks and levels door and window frames that suffered from misalignment.  

Why Address Foundation Settlement Now? 

While foundation work may sound like something to put off, here are some reasons that’s not a good idea: 

  • Mitigate Further Deterioration: As time passes, settlement issues get worse, leading to extensive repairs. 
  • Minimize Safety Risks: Advanced settling can result in unstable walls and uneven floors. 
  • Safeguard Your Investment: Settlement compromises your property’s value, but timely repairs can restore it. 
  • Gain Peace of Mind: Our durable solutions provide long-lasting stability for your home. 

To tackle your foundation settlement issues once and for all, FSM offers proprietary repair products and experienced technicians. Schedule your free inspection and get a repair quote today! 

Contact Foundation Systems of Michigan for Foundation Settlement Solutions 

Don’t wait to tackle your foundation settlement issues—time is of the essence.  

At Foundation Systems of Michigan, our highly skilled technicians stand ready to assess your home’s foundation. Based on their evaluation, they will suggest the most effective and long-lasting repair methods to ensure your home’s stability.  

We’re pleased to offer free inspection with no strings attached. Reach out to us today to take the first step toward a safer, more stable home.  

FAQs

Signs to look for include: 

Foundation piers are usually the optimal solution. The specific type depends on your home’s foundation and extent of damage. Get in touch with Foundation Systems of Michigan for a free inspection to decide the best route for your home. 

Yes, it is safe to live in your home during the installation process. Our installation crew takes all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and minimize any disruption to your daily life. 

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Grand Rapids Office

5985 Clay Avenue SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49548

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32985 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, MI 48150

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Rochester Hills, MI  48309

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Toledo, OH 43615

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Traverse City, MI 49685