When Donnie, a Foundation Repair Specialist with Healthy Spaces, returned at this Princeton, IN home, he was shocked to discover how much the foundation cracks had grown.
Donnie had been to the home over a year ago and the homeowners had decided to wait and see if the cracks closed or got better on their own. Now, Donnie counted a 300% growth in the width of every crack and most cracks had grown in length to span the wall.
Here's a close up of the cracking. Vertical cracks are indicative of foundation settling problems. If the walls had been bowing inward, then the cracks would be horizontal. After taking measurements with a laser level and other equipment, Donnie knew that the northwest corner of the home had sunk dramatically over the year.
The best solution for a settling foundation like this one is to apply push piers underneath the failing section of foundation and lift that section until it is returned to level condition, or as close to level condition as possible given site constraints. Donnie recommended 9 push piers be installed for this foundation crack and settling repair.
So, why did the foundation settle and crack? Most foundation problems can be boiled down to one element: water. Either too much or too little water. Water causes sandy soil to collapse and it causes silty/clay soil to expand. Both conditions will cause foundation movement.
Does this look familiar? Foundation cracking can be scary, especially if it comes on suddenly or expands rapidly. That happened in this Princeton, IN basement.
The crack expanded swiftly from Spring and through this summer, causing alarm in the homeowners. They decided to contact Healthy Spaces right away to come and design a custom solution to resolve this foundation cracking.