Foundation Types and Common Problems That Come With Them

Do you know what type of foundation your home has? It is not a difficult question to figure out with the help of the internet, but it is important to know the answer. There are the three primary foundation types.  Each comes with their own unique issues you need to watch out for to avoid a costly repair.

Foundation Types and Common Problems That Come With Them

Slab Foundations

The slab foundation is the most basic type, and the most popular. If your home sits close to the ground on what just looks like a solid slab of concrete, it has a slab foundation. These are prized because of their simplicity. You have less room for problems and it is excellent at weight distribution to limit settling on unstable soils.

Potential Slab Foundation Problems

  • Slab cracking
  • Slab sinking

Raised Foundations

Also referred to as pier and beam foundations, raised foundations sit raised up slightly from the ground with piers holding up your flooring. Not enough to be dug into the ground far enough to have another room, but often enough room for a crawlspace. You will see these in areas that have the potential for flooding since it does raise the home up a bit.

Potential Raised Foundation Problems

  • Sagging floors
  • Moisture issues in the crawlspace
  • Pier shifting

Basement Foundations

The basement is more common in homes in the northern United States, and even now are less popular in newer construction. It turns out building your foundation inside the ground can be problematic as well as wildly more expensive to repair compared to other alternatives.

Potential Basement Foundation Problems

  • Bowing basement walls
  • Cracking walls
  • Flooding

Is your foundation, no matter what type you have, manifesting issues? We can help. Contact us today to see what Steady House Foundation Repair can do to help you get your home back on a rock solid foundation.

by Steady House Foundation Repair Blog