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Foundation Settlement

As a homeowner, you already know that many things can go wrong within your home and that it’s not always easy to spot any underlying issues. For example, the issue of a foundation settlement often goes unnoticed because it happens gradually. But what exactly is foundation settlement?

Simply put, foundation settlement is the term used to describe a building or house that has gradually sunken lower into the ground below where it was originally constructed. When this happens, your home can suffer a multitude of structural damage, and at worst, could possibly even collapse.

However, foundation settlement doesn’t always take place at the same time throughout the home. When different areas of the foundation settle at different rates, it’s labeled as a differential settlement. Conversely, when settlement throughout the building or home happens simultaneously, it’s called uniform settlement.

Signs of Foundation Settlement

There are many signs within your home that shows the possibility of foundation settlement, such as:

  • Cracked walls
  • Bowed walls
  • Unleveled floors
  • Uneven flooring
  • Stuck or difficulty opening or closing windows and doors


Foundation settlement doesn’t happen on its own. Factors that cause foundation settlement are as follows:

  • The foundation was built on loose, non-compacted, or weak bearing soil
  • A lack of moisture in soils, preventing soils from being able to stay stabilized and compact to support your foundation
  • Elevated water table or groundwater
  • Erosion or undermining of the foundation from drainage issues
  • Growth below grade roots of trees, plants, and other vegetation

Repairing or mitigating the issue yourself is not recommended due to the importance and difficulty of the task. If you find that you have foundation settlement issues, it is recommended that you contact a reputable contractor that specializes in settlement issues and with a professional engineering background.

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Customer Reviews

Average rating for Deska Foundation Repair & Basement Waterproofing is 5 stars of 5 stars - based on 8 reviews
Basement Waterproofing in Alexandria, VA
We were very pleased with Deska. Our foundation walls were cracked really badly. The engineer tested the walls and showed me that there was actually water coming through the walls at some areas and this was part of the problem. We ended up having the walls epoxy injected along with a drainage ...
John G - Alexandria, VA 22312
Foundation Repair in Alexandria, VA
Our home inspector found several issues with our foundation so he referred us to them. An engineer came out to look at the problems and provided us a report of the issues along with recommendations. We also used them to do the work which was nice and I didn't have to worry about searching for ...
Andrew H - Alexandria, VA 22312
Foundation Repair in Alexandria, VA
I've used Deska several times over the years for foundation repair and waterproofing issues and they have always been very honest and helpful! Good contractors are hard to find and they are truly a professional company!
Maria C - Alexandria, VA 22312