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How Bentonite Clay Affects Your Home’s Foundation

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Your house is the headquarters of your life. It shelters you from all outside elements, while providing you and your family a place to call “home”. It is built to withstand most curveballs the world throws at it. But all too often, it’s not what’s above and around your home that can cause severe damage; but what’s BENEATH.

Over time, you may have noticed small cracks throughout the walls of your home, that started small, yet continue to get bigger and bigger until it’s an eyesore that refuses to stop. You can paint over it, patch over it, or even install a whole new wall. But it just keeps happening. So what’s the cause of this? Well, the problem usually isn’t the construction of your home. City & County building codes typically make sure of that. The short answer is SOIL. The earth in which your house sits directly on top. Foundation repairs are immanent. In the event the soils begin to shift, what do you presume will happen to your home? You guessed it. Whatever the soil does, your house will just follow suit

Soil movement can occur is a variety of different directions. Below are the main 3 ways:

  1. Downward Vertical Movement (Settlement)
  2. Upward Vertical Movement (Heave)
  3. Lateral Movement

Which way the soil decides to move, is a mystery. However the soil type can play a big part in that.

In the Rocky Mountain region, high attributes of Bentonite, have been identified in numerous areas. Bentonite is a soil type that reacts extremely to different moisture levels. When overly saturated with water from heavy / constant rains or snowfall, Bentonite Clay will expand at an alarming rate. And on the flipside, when Bentonite experiences fits of drought, it shrinks up.

These highly reactive soils can exert tremendous force onto your home’s foundation, slab, and other structures. Compromising the structural integrity of your house. So what can be done?

Contact Peak Structural for a repair plan that takes that problem soil OUT of the equation entirely!

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