Signs & Symptoms of Foundation Failure?
DO I HAVE FOUNDATION DAMAGE?
Signs of Foundation Failure Inside the House
Sloping floor? Doors won’t open? Interior symptoms of foundation problems include:
- Misaligned doors and windows
- Cracks in sheetrock or wallboard
- Doors or windows won’t open or close
- Sloping floors
- Cracks in the floor or ceiling
Signs of Foundation Failure Outside the House
Stair Step cracks in your brick? Chimney cracks?:
- Cracks in brick
- Gaps around Doors and windows
- Foundation cracks
- Fascia board pulling away
Signs of Foundation Failure in the Garage
- Wall rotation out
- Stair-step cracks in brick
Signs of Foundation Failure in the Basement
- Bowing or bulging basement walls
- Wall cracks
- Leaking basement walls
WHAT CAUSES A FOUNDATION TO BEGIN TO SETTLE?
Signs of Foundation Issues - Cracks, Leaking, Sloping Floors
Vents of hot, dry air and intense heat often will cause different soil types to shrink beneath your house's foundation. This house settlement may lead to cracks appearing throughout the structure, such as foundation cracks, sheetrock cracks, cracks in the brick, floor cracks, and stucco cracks.
The deep roots of trees may desiccate the soil underneath the house, causing the earth to shrink and the house to settle and opening up foundation, wall, and floor cracks.
3. Plumbing Leaks
Water from leaky pipes is a common cause of uneven soil and the foundation cracks associated with house settlement.
Poorly designed or faulty drainage systems is one of the leading causes of foundation failure. An increase in moisture can cause soils to deteriorate or consolidate and thereby cause settlement.
5. Inferior Foundation Construction
Undercutting the appropriate amount of steel and relying on inferior concrete will add to movement in a slab and eventually lead to the need for foundation repair.
6. Inferior Ground Preparation
Soft, loamy, and/or poorly compacted soil beneath a structure is the greatest cause of a failing foundation. Your contractor should properly prepare cut and fill situations before the structure is set to be built.
7. Poor Soil Conditions
Poor soil that easily expands and/or contracts contributes to foundation cracks and ultimately foundation failure if not properly treated with a helical pile or other Ram Jack solution.