As one of your biggest assets and expenses, you expect your home to last a long time. If it’s one of the newer homes in Carmel, you may wonder what’s causing your foundation problems.
There are many perse reasons why you might need repairs to your foundation. Here are some causes that we typically see in Carmel homes:
For much of the winter months in Carmel, the temperatures hover around freezing during the day and plummet after dark. When you experience prolonged periods of freezing temperature, the soil experiences a hard freeze, and the water in the soil freezes as well.
Frozen water in the soil can form the dirt upwards, creating frost heave. The soil can push up anywhere in the yard of your home in Carmel, and this includes under the foundation, causing it to buckle, crack, or crumble.
Since the damage from frost heave can occur anywhere under your home, it’s important to know the signs of possible damage to the foundation. It’s also essential to call us for a professional evaluation if you think that you have a problem.
With an average of 42 inches of rain and an average of almost 23 inches of snow each year, Carmel sees a lot of water to saturate your soil. Water can quickly cause a lot of damage to anything that gets in its way.
Since the water doesn’t fall directly onto the foundation of your Carmel home, you might not see the problem. The issue comes with the weight of the water, and the pressure it places on your home’s foundation. This is called hydrostatic pressure. It can cause cracking, crumbling, and buckling to the foundation of your Carmel home.
Another water challenge for your home’s foundation comes from the gutters and downspouts attached to the roof. These systems help water flow freely off the roof of your Carmel home so that it doesn’t cause damage.
However, if the gutters and downspouts weren’t installed properly or become damaged due to storms, wildlife, or simple age, these systems can dump a lot of water on the ground beside your home’s foundation.
This standing water takes time to soak into the soil especially during a rainstorm. When pools of water sit beside your foundation for extended periods of time, it can cause erosion or begin to apply hydrostatic pressure.
In Carmel, we see a persity of trees, and some of them grow into behemoths. The most common trees to find in your yard in Carmel include:
- White ash
- Quaking oak
- Paper birch
- Red maple
- Sugar maple
- Black walnut
Trees need two things to grow big and strong, sunlight and water. With trees, they continue to grow as long as they live. In order to get water, the roots spread out far and wide.
These roots will go almost anywhere that they can wiggle under or over, and this includes any cracks or holes in the foundation of your Carmel home. Once they’re in the holes or cracks, the roots continue to push forward, providing enough pressure to damage your home’s foundation. Trees growing too close to your home can create many problems.
As a suburb and commuter city, Carmel seems to always have new homes and subpisions being built. Not all builders and contractors have the skills and knowledge to lay the foundation of a Carmel home properly despite strict building codes from the city and the state.
It might be that the contractor didn’t pour the depth correctly, or the foundation wasn’t leveled properly. Substandard work when creating a Carmel home’s foundation can cause many problems for the homeowners. You may need us to reinforce the foundation to keep your home safe and improve the foundation’s ability to bear the weight of your house and furnishings.
As a general rule, if it’s due to poor workmanship, the foundation of your home will start to show signs of damage fairly soon after you move in. If you suspect an issue, our team can evaluate your new home’s foundation and make a recommendation.