If you want to have your soil tested, you may be able to use a DIY soil tester kit in order to find out what your soil sits on, but be sure to test at the level that your basement foundations sit on. Alternatively, you can hire a specialist, such as a soil engineer. Otherwise, just look out for signs that your home has settled badly.
Why Does This Happen?
Soil absorbs water, and as it does so it tends to expand. When it dries again, the soil will contract, and shrink back down. The type of soil that your home is settling on can have a huge impact on this process.
Clay soil has the finest particles, and therefore absorbs water, expands, and contracts the most out of any soil. Silt also does this, but not to the same extent. If your soil is mostly clay and silt, then your home could settle unevenly.
Different parts of your home can be elevated and shift day by day. Although this shift is only minor, over time it can cause very real problems. If damage occurs, such as cracks in the floor and walls, water could find its way into your home, and you could end up with a damp basement.
The most serious problem is if structural damage occurs, in which foundations experience enough of a shift that the building itself becomes unstable. In this case, foundation repair is needed.
What Solutions Are Available?
We can install proper drainage to lead water safely away from your home, deal with grading issues that may be effecting your property, install interior and exterior waterproofing solutions to make sure your basement stays dry and cosy, and carry out foundation repairs to increase the structural stability of your home.
Contact Direct Waterproofing today to find out more, or to arrange a free consultation.
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