Foundation Repair in IN and KY, including Evansville, Owensboro & Henderson.

Foundation Wall Repair in Greater Evansville

diagram of backfilled and virgin foundation soils around a home.

Backfill soil behaves differently than the unexcavated, "virgin soils" farther away from the foundation. Backfill soil typically absorbs more water and expands more, exerting pressure against the foundation.

Straight Talk About Foundation Soils

The soils around your foundation can put a lot of pressure on your foundation walls!

The amount of pressure will vary depending on three factors:

Since foundation walls are designed to support loads from above rather than lateral (sideways) loads, expanding soil can cause foundation problems.

When the pressure from outside the basement walls is greater than the wall can handle, the wall will begin to crack, bow, and push inwards.

Factors such as expansive clays, hydrostatic pressure, and freezing water can create too much stress on basement walls, causing them to push forward and even collapse entirely over time.

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Diagram of rainwater affecting foundation soils

As water builds up in the soils around your foundation, hydrostatic pressure increases against your basement walls, potentially leading to damage.

Backfilled Soils & Virgin Foundation Soils

When your home was being built, contractors had to dig a big hole in the ground. This was created to make space for your basement.

They dug up mounds of the hard-packed earth that was there -- some of which may have laid there untouched for hundreds of years or more.

As foundation walls and house framing were completed, the empty space around the foundation needed to be filled. Contractors typically backfill foundation walls using some of the excavated soil that was removed to make room for the basement.

The excavation process breaks up and loosens the soil. Because of this, backfill soils will always be more permeable, or water-absorbent than the hard-packed earth beyond.

When it rains, the water will collect in the backfilled soils, exerting hydrostatic pressure against foundation walls. This is known as the "clay bowl effect".

What Causes Soils To Expand?

Wet foundation soils have a number of possible ill effects on the soils. By adding water to soils, you can cause them to expand, add weight to the soil, and ultimately lead to enormous pressure on the foundation walls.

Wet soils can lead to foundation damage in these three ways:

Water-soaked clay soils

Expansive, Wet Clay Soil

While sandy soils remain stable as water passes through them, soils rich in clay undergo significant changes based on their moisture content.

When clay type soils dry out, they shrink significantly -- so much that the ground can become covered with cracks. But after a heavy rain, the cracks are gone and the soil is fully saturated with water.

Because clay soil absorbs so much water, it expands during wet weather. Expansive clay soils can put enormous pressure on your basement or foundation walls. When the pressure becomes more than the wall can handle, the wall will begin to push inwards.


Water gushing through a dam

Hydrostatic Pressure

Hydrostatic pressure is the pressure exerted by a fluid due to the force of gravity.

To understand how hydrostatic pressure can damage foundation walls, imagine how much heavier soil becomes when it's soaked with water. When the weight of water is added to the weight of the soil, you've got much greater pressure pushing against a foundation wall.

Hydrostatic pressure effectively amplifies soil pressure against a foundation wall. When pressure exceeds the foundation wall's ability to withstand it, the wall will begin to bow, buckle, tilt inward at the top, or move inwards at the bottom.

More about bowing, buckling walls.

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Frost covering trees and a grassy field in Chandler

Frost Heaving

In areas with cold winter climates, frost heaving can sometimes put enough pressure on foundation walls to make them fail.

When water turns to ice, its volume increases by about 9%. If wet soil experiences a deep freeze, the wedging or heaving force that results can be extremely powerful.

Frost heaving can put literally thousands of pounds of force against your foundation walls, causing cracks, bowing, and heaving.

More about foundation heaving.

More about wall cracks.

Do You Need A Foundation Repaired?

When your foundation is showing signs of bowing, buckling walls or any other foundation issues, we at Healthy Spaces are the contractors you're looking for. As a locally owned and operated foundation repair company, we've been working with soils in your neighborhood since we first opened our doors for business.

We'd like to offer you a free, no-obligation foundation repair quote to help you identify the problems you're facing with your foundation -- and what it might take to fix them. To schedule an appointment with one of our certified foundation specialists, call or e-mail us today!

We're proud to serve Owensboro, Evansville, Henderson, surrounding areas such as Vincennes, Shepherdsville, Newburgh, Radcliff, Jasper, Leitchfield, Madisonville, and many nearby locales in IN and KY.

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Serving IN and KY including the Greater Evansville area
Our Indiana and Kentucky Service Area
Cities in Crawford County, IN
Eckerty
English
Grantsburg
Leavenworth
Marengo
Milltown
Sulphur
Taswell

Cities in Dubois County, IN
Birdseye
Celestine
Dubois
Ferdinand
Holland
Huntingburg
Jasper
Saint Anthony
Schnellville

Cities in Gibson County, IN
Buckskin
Fort Branch
Francisco
Haubstadt
Hazleton
Oakland City
Owensville
Patoka
Princeton

Cities in Harrison County, IN
Central
Depauw
Laconia
Mauckport
Ramsey

Cities in Knox County, IN
Decker
Monroe City
Vincennes

Cities in Perry County, IN
Branchville
Bristow
Cannelton
Derby
Leopold
Rome
Saint Croix
Tell City

Cities in Pike County, IN
Otwell
Petersburg
Stendal
Velpen
Winslow

Cities in Posey County, IN
Cynthiana
Mount Vernon
New Harmony
Poseyville
Wadesville

Cities in Spencer County, IN
Chrisney
Dale
Evanston
Gentryville
Grandview
Lamar
Lincoln City
Mariah Hill
Richland
Rockport
Saint Meinrad
Santa Claus
Troy

Cities in Vanderburgh County, IN
Evansville

Cities in Warrick County, IN
Boonville
Chandler
Elberfeld
Lynnville
Newburgh
Tennyson

Cities in Breckinridge County, KY
Cloverport
Hardinsburg
Harned
Irvington
Stephensport
Union Star
Webster

Cities in Bullitt County, KY
Lebanon Junction
Shepherdsville

Cities in Caldwell County, KY
Fredonia

Cities in Crittenden County, KY
Crayne
Dycusburg
Marion
Tolu

Cities in Daviess County, KY
Curdsville
Maceo
Maple Mount
Owensboro
Philpot
Utica
West Louisville
Whitesville

Cities in Grayson County, KY
Big Clifty
Caneyville
Clarkson
Falls Of Rough
Leitchfield
Millwood

Cities in Hancock County, KY
Hawesville
Lewisport

Cities in Hardin County, KY
Fort Knox
Radcliff
Vine Grove
West Point

Cities in Henderson County, KY
Baskett
Corydon
Henderson
Reed
Robards
Smith Mills
Spottsville

Cities in Hopkins County, KY
Dawson Springs
Earlington
Hanson
Madisonville
Manitou
Mortons Gap
Nebo
Nortonville
Saint Charles
White Plains

Cities in Livingston County, KY
Burna
Hampton
Salem
Smithland
Tiline

Cities in Mclean County, KY
Beech Grove
Calhoun
Island
Livermore
Rumsey
Sacramento

Cities in Meade County, KY
Battletown
Brandenburg
Ekron
Guston
Muldraugh
Payneville
Rhodelia

Cities in Muhlenberg County, KY
Bremen
Central City
Graham

Cities in Nelson County, KY
Boston

Cities in Ohio County, KY
Centertown
Fordsville
Hartford
Reynolds Station

Cities in Union County, KY
Morganfield
Sturgis
Sullivan
Uniontown
Waverly

Cities in Webster County, KY
Clay
Dixon
Poole
Providence
Sebree
Slaughters
Wheatcroft

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