2 Common Causes of Foundation Problems
Foundation issues can be the underlying cause of inconveniences like creaky doors and sticking windows. They can also lead to more serious structural issues. While most foundation problems can be repaired, it helps to have an understanding of what can cause foundation problems in the first place. Some of the leading causes of foundation problems include:
Moisture Problems in the Soil
Most foundation problems are caused by water, either too much or not enough. In Texas, when the soil gets hot and dry, the soil shrinks and then develops cracks that cannot support the weight of the structure, so it experiences settlement. It then has to be mechanically raised and supported by piers.
Conversely, if you have too much moisture in the soil, the clay can swell and cause foundation upheaval. Methods of correction can include drainage systems and/or plumbing repairs, just to name a few.
When builders are prepping a pad site for new construction, they have to move dirt around. They either need to cut soil away because it is too high or they use fill dirt to address lower areas. If the fill dirt is not properly compacted it is not uncommon to experience settlement in the early stages of a home’s life.
The moisture content of the soil during the pouring of the slab is also important. Average moisture is ideal. If it is too dry, once it rains the level of moisture in the outside of the slab will be dramatically higher than the inside or underneath of the slab and it has the potential to heave the perimeter. If you have too much moisture when you pour the slab, and then you experience hot dry temperatures, the slab may settle.
A home that isn’t built with structural steel (i.e. rebar) is considered a sub-standard slab and has the potential to fail more quickly than a slab foundation that was constructed properly.
No matter what the cause of your foundation issue, the experts at Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. can evaluate the property for free and prepare a repair plan. Our foundation repair experts provide slab and pier and beam foundation repairs for residential and commercial properties throughout the DFW area. To learn more about our services, visit our website or call us at 972-484-1200.