Foundation Repair in IN, including Fort Wayne, South Bend & Gary.
Foundation Repair

Foundation Or Slab Heaving (Upheaval)

diagram of foundation slab that is experiencing upheaval

Foundation upheaval can lift an entire structure, but more often it forces parts of a foundation or slab upwards, while other sections remain stationary. Either way, the damage that results will require the expertise of a foundation repair specialist

The Problem:

Your foundation or slab floor is moving upwards, leading to cracks in the walls and floors of your home.

Telltale Signs:

How to Fix It:

Solutions can be as simple as repairing a plumbing leak under your foundation -- or as extensive as demolishing and then reconstructing damaged sections of foundations or slabs.

A professional foundation contractor is the best person to evaluate foundation heaving problems and suggest suitable solutions.

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We solve foundation heave problems! Call us for a free slab or foundation upheaval repair quote today!

We serve South Bend, Fort Wayne, Gary, and many nearby areas in Indiana.

What Causes Foundation Upheaval?

Heave is the upward movement of a foundation or slab caused by underlying soils that expand or swell. This occurs due to an increase in moisture or by freezing forces. Heave is more common with slabs than foundations because slabs have less weight to resist heaving forces. Unless there is a long period of drought, heave most commonly occurs within the first few years of the building's construction.

Slab and foundation heave is most commonly caused by these four forces:

samples of wet and dry clay

Expansive Soils

A house built on soils with high clay content will be susceptible to heaving forces because clay-rich soil expands significantly when it gets wet.

The excavation for a foundation often gives the soil around and under a house a chance to dry out and shrink, as shown in the photo at right. After the house is built, clay-rich soil that gets soaked during wet spells can cause heaving problems, while also damaging foundation walls.


Frost on a grassy hill with a frost-covered tree.

Frost Heave

Water increases about 9% in volume when it freezes, wet soil can expand by at least that amount upon freezing. When this happens, the resulting pressure on a slab or foundation can cause it to shift and crack.

The colder the temperature, the deeper the soil will freeze. In frigid temperatures, foundations that were not built below the "frost" or freezing line.

Frost forces can lift a foundation upwards dramatically, sometimes by several inches or more, leading to serious frost heaving damage. to a foundation.


Diagram of a broken pipe underneath a foundation slab.

Plumbing Leaks

Leaks or breaks in plumbing lines that run underneath a concrete slab or through a foundation wall can deposit moisture underneath the foundation and slab. This moisture can be from supply lines, waste lines, or even HVAC systems.

Over time, this moisture can cause the soils underneath the foundation to expand, which will then cause them to push up on the structure above.


Heavy rains in a downpour in Highland.

Prolonged Or Heavy Precipitation

Too much precipitation combined with too little drainage away from the house will lead to increased moisture underneath your foundation. Moisture that comes into contact with expansive soil can result in heaving of your foundation and slabs.

Precipitation can also cause expansion in the soils on the sides of your foundation, leading to bowing, buckling walls.

What NOT To Do:

cracks in a slab floor consistent with slab heave in Hammond.

Cracks on floor slabs that are caused by foundation heave are unique in appearance.

You will see multiple cracks that come together to a point or form an enclosed loop where the heave is greatest.

Before doing any repairs to your foundation, it's important to identify the problem as heaving.

Some contractors who have not been fully educated on the signs of heave can easily misread the cracks in your home and suggest the wrong solution.

The problem? While heave is the opposite of foundation settlement, the symptoms are often similar. To an untrained eye, it may appear that the exterior walls are going down -- — when what's really happening is that the basement slab is being pushed up near the center of the house.

To apply the right solution to a foundation problem, make sure you're getting the right diagnosis.

More about sinking concrete slab floors.

Repairing Heave Damage

Start by having an experienced foundation repair specialist inspect your foundation issue and identify what is causing your problem.

Once the problem is identified, a customized solution can be proposed to repair the damage and address the cause of the issue.

We Do Foundation Heave Repair in IN!

At Foundation Supportworks, Inc., we have the tools and training available to fix foundations and slabs that are experiencing problems with upheaval.

We offer foundation and slab heave repair quotes to all within our Indiana service area. If you would like to schedule a free, no-obligation appointment with one of our foundation specialists, call or e-mail us today!

We proudly serve Gary, South Bend, Fort Wayne, surrounding areas such as Elkhart, Valparaiso, Mishawaka, Goshen, Crown Point, Michigan City, La Porte, and nearby.

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Serving IN including the Greater Fort Wayne area
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Cities in Allen County, IN
Fort Wayne
Grabill
Harlan
Hoagland
Huntertown
Leo
Monroeville
New Haven
Spencerville
Woodburn
Yoder

Cities in De Kalb County, IN
Ashley
Auburn
Butler
Corunna
Garrett
Saint Joe
Waterloo

Cities in Elkhart County, IN
Bristol
Elkhart
Goshen
Middlebury
Millersburg
Nappanee
New Paris
Wakarusa

Cities in Fulton County, IN
Akron
Kewanna
Rochester

Cities in Huntington County, IN
Huntington
Roanoke

Cities in Jasper County, IN
Demotte
Fair Oaks
Rensselaer
Wheatfield

Cities in Kosciusko County, IN
Burket
Claypool
Etna Green
Leesburg
Mentone
Milford
North Webster
Pierceton
Silver Lake
Syracuse
Warsaw
Winona Lake

Cities in La Porte County, IN
Hanna
La Crosse
La Porte
Michigan City
Mill Creek
Rolling Prairie
Union Mills
Wanatah
Westville

Cities in Lagrange County, IN
Howe
Lagrange
Shipshewana
Topeka
Wolcottville

Cities in Lake County, IN
Cedar Lake
Crown Point
Gary
Griffith
Hammond
Highland
Hobart
Lake Station
Lowell
Merrillville
Munster
Saint John
Schererville

Cities in Marshall County, IN
Argos
Bourbon
Bremen
Culver
Plymouth
Tippecanoe

Cities in Miami County, IN
Macy

Cities in Newton County, IN
Brook
Lake Village
Morocco

Cities in Noble County, IN
Albion
Avilla
Cromwell
Kendallville
Kimmell
Laotto
Ligonier
Rome City
Wawaka

Cities in Porter County, IN
Chesterton
Hebron
Kouts
Portage
Valparaiso

Cities in Pulaski County, IN
Francesville
Medaryville
Monterey
Star City
Winamac

Cities in St Joseph County, IN
Granger
Lakeville
Mishawaka
New Carlisle
North Liberty
Notre Dame
Osceola
South Bend
Walkerton

Cities in Starke County, IN
Grovertown
Hamlet
Knox
North Judson
San Pierre

Cities in Steuben County, IN
Angola
Fremont
Hamilton
Hudson
Orland
Pleasant Lake

Cities in Wabash County, IN
North Manchester
Roann
Urbana

Cities in Wells County, IN
Markle
Ossian

Cities in Whitley County, IN
Churubusco
Columbia City
Larwill
South Whitley

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