Foundation problems come in many different shapes and sizes. Millenium Foundation Repair recently put together our list of seven causes of foundation problems. Take a look at the list and check if your home is experiencing any of these foundation problems.
- The Evaporation Can Lead to Foundation Problems
The hot dry wind and intense heat can often cause the soil to shrink beneath the foundation. The lack of support around the foundation can cause shifting and settling. When this happens, settling may cause cracks to appear throughout the structure of the walls and some other parts of the house.
- Avoid the Transpiration of Trees by Watering
Transpiration is the evaporation of water from various parts of plants, including the leaves. When this happens, tree roots may desiccate the soil beneath a home causing the soil to shrink and the home to settle. You should know that a leaf will transpire many times more water than its own weight.
- Plumbing Leaks Can Cause also Foundation to Move
The water that comes from plumbing leaks is often a cause of foundation problems. Sometimes you may have a leak that you don’t know about that causes the foundation to move. Many times the leak is in the sanitary sewer. A homeowner may not even know he has a leak until he notices foundation problems. Until the leak is fixed, the foundation will continue to shift.
- Drainage is the Leading cause of Foundation Failure
A not well built drainage is one of the leading causes of foundation failure. The constant moisture in concentrated spots can cause the soil to settle and compact in that area creating uneven support. The excess moisture can cause erosion which will remove soil that supports the foundation walls. These situations can lead to foundation cracks and because it is a water problem to begin with, basement leaking is almost inevitable.
- The Inferior Foundation Construction also Contributes to a Weak Foundation
The insufficient steel and inferior concrete will contribute to movement in the slab. If quality building materials were not used during the construction, there is a big probability that the entire foundation will be weaker and more susceptible to problems.
- Foundation Failure Stems from Inferior Ground Preparation
Soft, low density soils and/or improperly compacted soil beneath a home is the leading cause of foundation failure. Cut and fill methods is a leading cause of foundation settlement. There is not a whole lot you can do to prevent this as it is up to the home builder to let the soil settle before construction. That’s why our high-tech method system goes all the way to bedrock to make sure your home is on a solid foundation and that won’t move for sure.
- Poor Soil Conditions Expand or Contract to Contribute to Foundation Failure
When the clay soil is so dense, it retains water when it is wet and swells. Conversely, when it is very dry, clay soil shrinks just as dramatically as it swells when wet. This drastic change in soil composition can create pressure against the foundation wall when it swells or lack of support when it shrinks. Additionally, the “yoyo effect” of shrinking and swelling season after season can take its toll too.