Causes of Foundation Failure

Residential Foundation Issues

1. EVAPORATION:
Hot dry wind and intense heat will often cause the soil to shrink beneath the foundation. This settlement may cause cracks to appear throughout the structure.

2. TRANSPIRATION: Tree roots may desiccate the soil beneath a home causing the soil to shrink and the home to settle.

3. PLUMBING LEAKS: Water from plumbing leaks is often a cause of foundation problems

4. DRAINAGE: Improper drainage is one of the leading causes of foundation failure. Excess moisture will erode or consolidate soils and cause settlement.

5. INFERIOR FOUNDATION CONSTRUCTION: Insufficient steel and inferior concrete will contribute to movement in the slab.

6. INFERIOR GROUND PREPARATION: Soft, low density soils and/or improperly compacted soil beneath a home is the leading cause of foundation failure. Cut and fill situations should be properly prepared before the soil is ready to support a structure.

7. POOR SOIL CONDITIONS: Poor soil and its expansion and/or contraction contribute to foundation failure.

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