Causes of Foundation Movement
While foundation movement problems can result from many factors, including poor construction procedures, the most common cause is undoubtedly a result of differential soil movement. In Texas many homes are located on expansive clay soils. These soils respond in a like manner to a sponge, increasing in volume with moisture gains while shrinking with moisture loss. As long as all soils supporting the foundation experience the same volume changes, problems may not develop. However, when a portion of these soils moves differentially to those under the rest of the foundation, distress can develop in the structure.
The key to minimizing foundation movement is to maintain as consistent moisture content in underlying soils as is possible. Soil behavior can be aggravated by climatic conditions or from excess moisture due to plumbing leaks or drainage problems. These conditions, along with tree root drying effects can cause excessive foundation movement.
Regular changes in soil volumes will expose the foundation to continual flexure. As this movement intensifies, cracking will initially develop in rigid surfaces such as brick and drywall, followed by cracking of the foundation, door misfits and sloping floors. Continual movement can seriously damage homes and result in reduced property values.
Foundation Inspection and Evaluation
The perimeter of the home is visually inspected for exterior signs of foundation movement. Next the interior of the home for signs of foundation distress is inspected. Once the inspection has been completed we can determine if any work is needed. An explanation is given at the time of the inspection of recommended repairs if necessary. The Engineer’s report is typically ready the next business day which will include conclusions and recommendations to remedy the foundation
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