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Residential Guide

CAUSES OF FOUNDATION FAILURE

1. EVAPORATION Vents of hot, dry air and intense heat will often cause the different soil types to shrink beneath your foundation. This settlement may lead to cracks appearing throughout the structure.

2. TRANSPIRATION The deep roots of trees may desiccate the soil underneath of your home causing the earth to shrink and the home to settle.

3. PLUMBING LEAKS Leaky plumbing leaks is a common cause of uneven soil settlement.

4. DRAINAGE Poorly designed or faulty drainage systems are one of the leading causes of foundation failure. An increase in moisture can cause soils to deteriorate or consolidate and cause settlement.

5. INFERIOR FOUNDATION CONSTRUCTION Undercutting the appropriate amount of steel and relying on inferior concrete will both add to movement in the slab.

6. INFERIOR GROUND PREPARATION Soft, loamy and/or poorly compacted soil beneath a structure is the greatest cause of failing foundation. Be sure your contractor properly prepares for cut and fill situations before the structure is set to be built.

7. POOR SOIL CONDITIONS Poor soil and its expansion and/or contraction contribute to foundation failure.



SIGNS OF FOUNDATION FAILURE

INSIDE

Symptoms on the interior of the house that signify foundation problems may include:

1. Misaligned doors and windows

2. Cracks in the sheetrock

3. Jamming doors and windows

4. Sloping Floors

5. Cracks in the floor or tile

OUTSIDE

Clues on the outside of the house that signify foundation problems may include:

6. Cracks in the brick

7. Spaces around doors and windows

8. Foundation cracks

9. Fascia board pulling away

garage

Clues in the garage that signify foundation problems may include:

10. Separation from door

11. Wall rotating out

12. Stair Step Cracks in brick

Basement

Clues in the basement that express foundation problems may include:

13. Concave or Convex Wall Lean

14. Wall cracks

15. Moisture Problems



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