Causes of Foundation Problems

Every home needs strong soil underneath the property to support the foundation. Over time, the strongest foundation can fail if it doesn’t have strong soil supporting it. Let the professionals at Homesmith Foundation Repair evaluate your home to find out what is causing it to fail and find the appropriate course to repair it.
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What Causes Your Foundation To Fail

Common issues of foundation failure:

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 the fill methods are leading cause of foundation settlement.

7. Poor Soil Conditions: Poor soil and its expansion and/or contraction contribute to foundation failure.