Did you know expansive soil in the Huntsville area is one of the biggest threats to the foundations of homes and businesses? Our foundation repair team has seen the damage that soil can do, and we’re here to help you reinforce your home against this hazard with soil stabilization solutions from our Huntsville experts. Expansive, clay-rich soil can absorb a lot of water and place a great deal of inward pressure on your foundation walls.
How Expansive Soil Affects Your Foundation
Plumbing failures, flooding, snow, and rain can all cause the soil around your home to take on water. Expansive soil can swell in volume by as much as 10% or more, placing additional pressure against your foundation walls at an average of 20,000 pounds per square foot or more. This pressure, if you don’t have proper reinforcements in place, can cause the foundation and basement walls of your home to bulge, tilt, crack, or even collapse. This type of concrete damage can also leave your crawl space or basement vulnerable to water infiltration, pests, and more.
Expansive soil around your Huntsville foundation expands significantly as it soaks in water but shrinks as the water percolates away or evaporates. The shrinkage of the clay-heavy soil can be significant during dry seasons, and that natural expand-contract process will cause movement, and wear and tear on your foundation. The shrinkage will create air pockets and erosion, resulting in structural shifts. It’s important to protect your Huntsville home as it goes through these seasonal wet/dry cycles.