Concrete Pier Failure
Having a “newly constructed home” does not necessarily mean it will be free from foundation issues. A beautiful new home perched on a hillside on the outskirts of a small urban area in southern Oklahoma was purchased by a young family ready to grow. What they didn’t know was that this new purchase would have significant issues within the year.
During the building phases, the hillside which afforded beautiful views from the back patio had to be leveled using a process called “cut and fill.” Drilled concrete piers were placed around the perimeter; however, with no soils information or monitoring tools, the preventative measures taken were improperly prepared and poorly executed. Only a few months after moving into the home cracks began appearing in the sheetrock and brick exterior. Doors no longer worked, causing issues for emergency exits and daylight could be seen through the walls.