What is Causing Foundation Cracks in My Colorado Home?

Foundation crack repair in CO using helical piers by Rapid Foundation RepairColorado homeowners are occasionally faced with foundation failure resulting from the clay soils prevalent throughout the state. Because clay is an expansive soil, it shrinks or swells with respect to area precipitation levels. Colorado is notorious for its unpredictable and frequently changing weather, which can exacerbate any soil-related problems, including foundation damage. When the soil expands and contracts many times, it eventually begins to shift, simultaneously moving the foundation above it. If left unchecked, foundation shifting or settling can lead to a host of structural problems. The most common causes of foundation failure include:

  • Weak bearing soils - Some weak bearing soils are unable to fully support the weight of a home or business.
  • Improper compaction - Experienced contractors know the importance of proper soil compaction, but if your home was constructed in a short time frame or by inattentive workers, it is likely that the soil beneath the foundation was neglected.
  • Varying moisture content - Excessive rain or flooding can weaken soil, eventually causing them to shift or erode.
  • Maturing vegetation - Trees and plants may look nice surrounding your home, but they can inflict damage if planted too closely to the foundation. When the roots expand, they will push up on the foundation, cracking it.

Foundation problems are inclined to spiral out of control if not taken seriously, so call a professional foundation repair contractor at the first sign of structural damage such as foundation cracks. Early intervention almost always allows for a quicker and more affordable fix. A few additional indicators of foundation issues include:

  • Tilting chimneys
  • Floor, ceiling, and wall cracks
  • Leaning, bowing, or rotating walls
  • Uneven or sloped floors
  • Stair and stoop cracks or settlement
  • Sticking or misaligned doors and windows
  • Cracks in mortar or brickwork

If any of the symptoms mentioned above have materialized in your home, reach out to our team of professional experts at Rapid Foundation Repair as soon as possible. Our skilled repairs will ensure the continued safety and stability of your Colorado home.

Solutions for Foundation Cracks in Colorado

There are several varieties of foundation cracks, and all of them indicate a different problem in your home. The short list of foundation cracks and what they mean include:

  • Vertical cracks: Often a product of the natural shrinkage of curing concrete, these cracks are typically small and therefore a quick fix.
  • Diagonal cracks: Because these cracks are large and prone to spreading, they usually necessitate a more intensive solution.
  • Horizontal or Stair-step crack: Caused by the hydrostatic pressure of overly saturated soil, horizontal cracks are usually accompanied by bowed walls.

Your home's repair process will differ depending on the type, size, and location of the foundation cracks. Minor, age-related cracks may benefit from our crack injection services, in which we insert high-density epoxy or polyurethane foam into the affected wall. Once in place, the foam expands to 20 times its liquid volume, filling and permanently sealing any cracks.
For more extensive repairs, we rely on highly durable helical wall tiebacks and anchors to relieve the foundation of any pressure that is causing it to crack. Helical wall tieback installation is fast and affordable, maintaining the stability and functionality of your home for many years to come.

Regardless of the cause or severity of foundation cracks plaguing your Colorado home, Rapid Foundation Repair has the solution. Call today for more information and your free estimate!

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