Top 5 Causes of Foundation Problems

The foundation is arguably the most important element of your home. Without a strong foundation, your home is at risk of a whole host of problems.

Whether you are looking to identify foundation problems in your home or you’re hoping to avoid them, here are the top five most common causes of foundation problems.

  1. Shifting Soils

During hot, dry weather, the soil beneath your foundation can shrink and dry out. When this happens, the support provided by the soil pulls away from the foundation, and this makes it unstable and more inclined to shift.

When the foundation shifts, you might start seeing things like cracks in walls, ceilings, and floors and even problems with opening doors and windows.

Soil can also dry out because tree roots can suck water from it.

  1. Soil Erosion

Soil erosion is caused by improper drainage. When moisture doesn’t drain away from your foundation the way it should, the soil that supports your foundation begins to erode.

This can lead to the creation of dangerous underground voids.

  1. Water Damage

One of the most common causes of foundation issues is water damage. When water seeps into the foundation, it can cause cracks and other issues.

While a little moisture isn’t usually a problem, a lot of moisture can seriously damage a foundation over a long period.    

  1. Sinkhole Foundation

Sinkholes can be created during severe underground erosions. While some sinkholes can form naturally beyond your control, it is important to be aware of the potential signs of a sinkhole forming:

  • Tilting trees, poles and other vertical structures
  • Doors and windows that won’t shut properly
  • Soft, spongy spots in the ground
  • Sunken areas in your garden
  • Cracked driveways
  1. Improper Foundation

Another cause for foundation issues is improper construction of the foundation. Poor soil preparation by the contractor can lead to more shifting around the foundation which can create more problems in the future.

Below Ground: Expert Piling Contractors

To avoid any potential foundation problems, use a qualified contractor to ensure the ground has been properly prepared.

At Below Ground, we have a team of experts who can design your home foundation. We also offer a range of other services including concrete foundation repair, piling construction and more.

Get in touch with a member of our friendly team here today for more information.