Causes of Foundation Damage

CAUSES OF FOUNDATION DAMAGE

There are many causes of foundation damage and settlement. Here is a guide to a few of the most common that may be impacting your home.

ACTIVEZONE

ACTIVE ZONE

The active zone refers to the soil beneath the surface that is most affected by changes in moisture. The density and moisture level of this area shifts as the seasons and climate change. The active zone may be just a few feet below grade or more than 30 feet below grade, depending on the geography beneath your home.

SOIL MOISTURE

Heavy rain and floods cause the soil surrounding your home to become wet and hold water. This makes the soil very soft and weak, causing the home to sink or shift down into it. Drought can also causes the soil to shrink, creating voids in which your home can settle.

IMPROPER FILL DIRT

During construction, the area around the home must be filled with loose dirt. When this fill soil is not compacted properly, it can compress under the weight of the home, causing settlement. Even the best job of compaction will not compress the soil equally with the undisturbed soil.

HYDROSTATIC PRESSURE

Hydrostatic pressure is the pressure exerted by fluid due to the force of gravity. As water saturates the soils around your home’s foundation, that water puts pressure against the walls, impacting the stability of your home’s foundation.

WEAKENED FLOOR JOISTS

Moisture and humidity cause the wood beams beneath your floors to rot. When the beams rot, they are unable to support the weight above, and the floor becomes soft, bouncy, and begins to sag.

COLUMNS ARE SPACED TOO FAR APART

When construction is completed on the area below your floors, there is often too much room left between beams and girders. When the beams are made to carry too much weight, they will eventually begin to sag.

LEARN HOW TO REVERSE THE DAMAGE DONE TO YOUR HOME

If you know there’s something wrong with your foundation but aren’t sure where to start, the experts at Master Service Companies have got you covered. We’ll diagnose the problem and decide which foundation solution is right for you!

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