The dangers of expansive soils to our homes
Building a home is always an exciting experience, a proud one as well being a strong cultural demonstration of maturity and responsibility. But there could be more to the durability and integrity of the construction of your home than the technical expertise of the contractor. In some cases, the type of soil plays a dominant role in determining how well things go with your home and your foundation in particular.
Of such soil types to be quite worried about is the expansive type. Some demographic regions are largely knotted to expansive soils. Colorado particularly is infamous for expansive soils as seen in its popular bentonite soil type.
Most times expansive soils are accompanied by undistributed soil moisture as the soil in most cases is not even as to moisture composition. Uneven soil moisture is definitely not the best friend of your foundation in any regard. Uneven soil can easily trigger drying soil. And when your soil begins to dry up, it could inspire the formation of cracks all foundation leading to the eventual situation of a shifting foundation.
Also when moisture is abruptly introduced in these dry soil, it can cause exaggerated swelling which can really hurt your foundation. Such is the face of danger of uncontrolled water movement in expansive soils.
Clay soils are more associated with these soil expansibility. Alternated contraction and expansion of soil is not something uncommon with clay soils. Let us look closely at the pinpoint hazards this expansive soils could promulgate.
In most cases where your foundation is troubled with repeated contraction and expansion, your foundation would become susceptible to heaving. When the soil expands, for example, it pelts your foundation with an upward pressure. Across the years, if this upward pressure is sustained, your foundation would helplessly tilt up and shift. The signs of tilting could manifest with cracks in your walls.
If parts of your foundation are more heavily loaded than others, you may experience differential swelling, which is characterized by non-uniform changes in foundation elevation. Differential swelling is more complex and oftentimes more expensive to repair than uniform swelling. Since light buildings are more likely to be affected by soil heaving and expansion than heavy, large buildings, homeowners generally have to worry more about expansive soils than commercial building owners.
In other cases, as noted, you may be plagued with problems worse than differential swelling. Differential swelling is notably different from the case of uniform swelling and could alter the elevation of your foundation. Such swelling can push up your foundation. This may continue so long the moisture in an expansive soil is not regulated.
Just like your shifting foundation, cracks begin permeating your whole building. The daring cracks could appear across your floors, your windows even as far as these cracks surfacing in your driveway.
All these show that the days of delaying in getting quality examination of your foundation are over. You will thus need to expedite actions and bring in foundation experts to come and evaluate the situation. Reach out to us today for a quality evaluation of your home. Why should you wait any longer to get your home and loved ones safe?