Signs of Foundation Damage
If you see any of these signs of foundation failure in, around or beneath your home or business, it is important to get a professional evaluation before further damage to your house or building occurs.
Watch & Learn about Foundation Problems
Moisture & Foundation Cracks
Expansive soils and fluctuating moisture levels are usually to blame for foundation failure. Excessive water in the soil causes it to swell. Alternatively, too little water causes the soil to shrink. In both of these scenarios, the soil under the foundation will move by shrinking or swelling if the moisture is not uniform, causing the foundation to crack or settle. Too much moisture may come from sources such as plumbing leaks, improper drainage of rainwater or other surface water, and a high water table. Soil can lose moisture from prolonged drought, especially around the house’s perimeter where it dries out more quickly.
Common Causes for Cracks in Your Home's Foundation
Poor Pre-Construction and House Settlement
During the pre-construction phase, the soil must be properly compacted before contractors lay the foundation. If the builder does not give careful attention to the soil layers under the foundation so they can provide stability to the structure, then the foundation may shift as the soil settles under the heavy load of a house or commercial building. If those soil layers represent different types of soil, a house can settle unevenly and lead to foundation distress. For example, if part of a house is situated on clay and the other part is on rock, seasonal shifting will vary throughout the house and may cause damage to the foundation and the house’s interior.
Why You Should Repair Your Foundation
Over time, almost all damage to your home's foundation will get worse if it is not properly repaired. Shifting soil below your foundation can pose a serious threat to:
yours & your families' safety upon exiting in an emergency
your health from mold & mildew if water seepage occurs
your property's resale value
Still have questions? Contact your local team of trusted foundation professionals to evaluate your foundation! Our specialist will meet with you on-site to perform a thorough evaluation review a custom repair plan with you, when needed.