Foundation Failures

/// Causes and Signs

causes
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.
5

Inferior foundation construction

Insufficient steel and inferior concrete will contribute to movement in the slab.
2

Transpiration

Tree roots may desiccate the soil beneath a home causing the soil to shrink and the home to settle.
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.
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.
7

poor soil conditions

Poor soil and its expansion and/or contraction contribute to foundation failure.
signs
CRACKED WALLS
SLOPING FLOORS
STICKING DOORS
LEANING CHIMNEYS
FOUNDATION CRACKS
CRACKS IN BRICK
GAPS AROUND WINDOWS
CRACKS IN FLOOR

Interior signs

Exterior signs