Why are Foundation Problems so Common in Mississippi?
One of the major causes of foundation problems in Mississippi is related to expansive clay soils, commonly refereed to as Yazoo Clay. According to the Mississippi Business Journal, Yazoo Clay soil can shrink and swell by as much as 38%!
Assistant clinical professor in the Department of Geosciences at Mississippi State in Starkville, Athena Owen Nagel, recently stated that, “The clay just dries up, just like clay you use in an art class,” she said. “It dries up, shrinks, and cracks. If your house is sitting on that, and we have a drought like we do now, your house is going to move.”
This volatile soil type, coupled with seasonal weather changes has lead to millions of dollars in home repair costs for Mississippi homeowners over the years.
According to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, “The lateral and upward forces generated during expansion are tremendous and are capable of lifting a ton of concrete and of disrupting the structural integrity of roadways and buildings.” This incredible force of nature means that even new homes can experience foundation problems. The conditions are so extreme that geologists are often brought in to assess the landscape before a new home is built. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, especially when considering older homes in the area.
More from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, “The name Yazoo Clay has long been associated in central Mississippi with such everday problems as broken house foundations, sticking doors and windows, cracked plaster on ceilings and walls, and bumpy or “roller coaster” roadways. Scientists and construction engineers have been aware of the problems of building in the Yazoo Clay area for many years.”
Considering the unfavorable soil conditions in the area, it’s no surprise Jackson, MS is a hotbed for foundation problems.
Fortunately, Olshan offers long-lasting solutions designed to help eliminate foundation problems caused by the Yazoo Clay found in Mississippi, such as our warranty-backed Cable Lock™ ST Plus system. Only Olshan offers this innovative foundation repair system that combines the durable strength and endurance of concrete with the deep penetrating power of steel.
There is some good news. About 20% of the homes we inspect do not require foundation repair. Find out where you stand. Schedule your free, no-obligation assessment now.
Decades of experience. Proven results. Unparalleled customer satisfaction. Designed to meet budgets of all sizes.
When your foundation is in need of repair, you don’t want to settle for just any company. You want the best. At Olshan, we continually strive to be the best in our industry.
Olshan provides professional services for home and business owners in and around Mississippi; including Jackson, Hattiesburg and Greenville, MS. We have both the experience and professionalism to take care of your home repair needs properly.
Let us show you what we can do for you. Schedule a free estimate by filling out our online form today.
How can Mississippi Homeowners Prevent Foundation Problems?
For some lucky homeowners, simple DIY foundation maintenance coupled with a proper drainage system can help improve existing cracks in walls, sagging floors or doors that stick.
Good practice includes:
- Installing gutters that discharge water away from the foundation
- Installing french drains and/or other drainage to prevent water from pooling near the foundation
- Install root barriers or remove trees that may dry out the soil underneath your home
- Water your foundation during periods of drought
- Landscape your yard using a downward slope so excess water does not pool near the foundation
Worried about long-term foundation problems, but not sure you need foundation repair just yet? No worries, one of our Certified Structural Technicians can help you develop a custom foundation maintenance program – free of charge.
Develop your foundation maintenance strategy now.
Choose Olshan, the Industry Leader for Foundation Repair & Exterior Drainage in Jackson
The experience you want – We have 80 years of experience repairing home, slab and block foundations, so now matter what the job is, we can do it right.
The results you need – Our innovative Cable Lock ST™ Plus System protects your home against foundation settlement, so you can have peace of minding knowing your home is protected against future settlement.
The service you expect – Our foundation technicians are well known for always being both skilled and courteous, and they come highly recommended by our loyal customers.
Whether you need repair for your slab, help improving drainage around your home or just a free inspection, we’ve got you covered.
If you’ve noticed warning signs related to your foundation, such as cracked or sloping floors, sticking doors and windows or damage to your interior walls, a certified member of our team can come to your property, diagnose the problem and explain all your possible solutions.
If you have any cause for concern, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
For the Best Foundation Repair & Drainage in Jackson, MS Call Today!
Do you have questions? Call 601-957-5511 today and speak with a friendly customer service Representative or General Manager. We can answer questions over the phone and set up a free estimate to discuss the specifics of your slab foundation or crawl space problem.
Olshan Serves Jackson, Mississippi and Surrounding Areas
With over 80 years of house leveling experience, we have solutions designed to repair foundations of all types, including those affected by Mississippi Yazoo Clay soils. Our services are available in Brandon, Canton, Clinton, Columbus, Greenville, Hattiesburg, Indianola, Jackson, Laurel, Leland, Madison, Meridian, Oxford, Pearl, Philadelphia, Ridgeland, Starkville, Vicksburg, West Point and Yazoo City. Call us today for more information about the services and payment programs available in your area.