Construction service/ Leaking basement?/ Foundation problems?
Throughout many regions in Manitoba, many dwelling owners will at one time experience foundation problems. If proper construction/weather proofing systems were completed correctly, should minimize any financial losses in the future in regards to leaking basements and overall foundation problems.
At NPC, we are specialized with all types of foundation repairs. Below is a list on some of the root causes for foundation failure.
Chipping or cracking concrete
Popped out nails
Gaps at the tops and bottoms of walls
Windows out of square
Leaks in basement
Cracks in drywall
Jammed doors and windows
Cracks in floors
Gapping around chimney
Misaligned doors and windows
Plumbing Leaks – Plumbing leaks sometimes go unnoticed. Over time, as water or sewage, leaks under the home, it begins to pool around the foundation on the soil. Wet soil expands, causing a foundation to settle atop of the new soil formation.
Improper Gutters – Gutters that do not properly divert water away from the foundation, often causes dampened soil to expand, causing the foundation to shift or sink.
Evaporation – After rainfall, water evaporates, often leaving soil very dry. When soil dries it shrinks, thus, causing foundations placed atop the soil to sink or settle.
Transpiration – Plants absorb water resting on soil. When plants absorb water that has dampened soil, it dries up soil in close proximity, and can often leave soil too dry. Soil dryness and shrinkage lead to foundation sinkage.
French Drain Failure – Allows water to pool on top of soil. Water that sits near a foundation, causes the soil around the foundation to collapse.
Poor Soil Conditions – There are many variables that can contribute to foundation failure. One of the main causes for a foundation to settle in many parts of the Canadian prairies, is the soil. In this region, the soil consists of a clay loam. This soil is found in humid regions and is composed of many particles that form a clay like texture. Soil that is clay-like allows for movement, shrinking and expansion. Thus, when a home’s foundation is built on ever changing, clay-like soil, changes in moisture levels and other Earthly components, cause the soil to move and re-form. When a foundation is built on top of soil that has shrunk or expanded, the foundation is forced to move/settle.
Improper Soil Preparation – When a foundation is poured, it is important that the soil is tightly compacted before slab or blocks are installed. Failure to do so, can create foundation settlement.
Poor Foundation Preparation – Since foundations are created using concrete, in some shape or form, improper installation of concrete (poured too thin, lack of steel or rebar, using broken blocks) can lead to improper foundation functionality.
Acts of Nature
Maturing Tree Roots – Tree roots grow and reach outwardly over time. Trees near a home can often wreak havoc on foundations.
Shrubbery Roots – While trees and shrubs often add curb appeal to homes, when planted too closely to the home, can often wreak havoc on foundations.