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What Causes Foundation Problems?

Foundation damage is complicated, and and the list of what causes foundation damage is too long to list in one place.  With that said, there are a few main culprits of foundation damage and ways you can be on the lookout.

  • Improper Construction – Bad construction leads to foundation problems in two main ways. First, if a homebuilder cuts corners during foundation installation, using cheap concrete, a bad concrete mix, or a foundation that is too thin, the foundation will break down quickly. The best way to prevent this problem is by using a trusted builder or having a complete home inspection prior to buying a home. Second, if a builder fails to take into account the soil on which he or she is building, foundation problems may follow. Different soil types require different types of foundation support. Even a well made foundation may fail if installed without appropriate support mechanisms given the type of soil.
  • Soil – The most common cause of foundation damage is soil settlement. Soil changes in volume depending on moisture content. When it is dry, its volume lessens, and when it is wet, its volume increases. This cycle of change from year to year means that the soil on which your home or business was built may be very different than the time it was built. The result is foundation movement and eventual damage. While it is impossible to prevent all soil expansion and contraction, there are steps you can take to minimize it.

How to Stop Changes in Soil Volume

  • Water drainage
  • Yard Grading
  • Rain Gutters
  • Basement waterproofing
  • Soil Injection
  • Regular Inspections

Worried About Your Foundation?

If you are worried about your foundation, have questions about the soil around your home or business, or notice signs of damage, call Ram Jack Wichita as soon as possible. We’re your soil and foundation repair experts. Whether you need advice on damage prevention or require an exhaustive repair, we’d love to help.