House foundation cracks are only the beginning of your foundation problems. Usually by the team you see cracks in your foundation there are other problem areas.
Inside Signs of Home Foundation Problems
Signs on the inside of the house that indicate foundation problems for example may include:
- Doors and windows that are misaligned
- Cracks in the sheetrock
- Doors and windows that are sticking
- Sloping of the floorCracks in the floor or tile
Outside Signs of Home Foundation Problems
Signs on the outside of the house that indicate foundation problems may include:
- Cracks in the brick
- Gaps around the doors and windows
- Cracks in the foundation
- Fascia board pulling away
Garage Signs of Home Foundation Problems
Signs in the garage that indicate foundation problems may include examples of:
- Separation from door
- Wall rotating out
- Cracked brick
Basement Signs of Home Foundation Problems
Signs in the basement that indicate foundation issues include:
- Walls leaning in or out
- Cracks in the wall
- Water intrusion
Why do Foundations Fail?
Oregon and Southern Washington is well known for the highly expansive nature of its soils. Thus, over time, repeated expansion and contraction of the soils around and under your homes foundation can leave it weak and unstable. Furthermore, other causes of foundation failure can include evaporation, transpiration, plumbing leaks, drainage problems, inferior foundation construction, and inferior ground preparation.
Repeated evaporation occurs when climates are continually moist for prolonged periods of time, then dry out in the summer months. Firstly, hot dry wind and intense heat will often cause the soil to shrink beneath the foundation. Then cracks and settlement occur. This settlement may cause cracks to appear throughout the structure.
Even though the vast array of trees in Oregon and Southern Washington provide beautiful scenery, they can also cause some serious problems for your homes foundation. Transpiration occurs when tree roots desiccate the soil beneath a home therefore, causing the soil to shrink and the home to settle. Cutting down a tree will not fix your foundation issues. Let us provide you with solutions that are guaranteed to stabilize your foundation.
As plumbing ages, it may start to leak. Water from underground leaks in plumbing can often compromise the stability of an existing foundation.
Improper drainage is one of the leading causes of foundation failure. Excess moisture will erode or consolidate soils and cause settlement. We can work with your home using helical piers to stabilize any of these conditions as well.
Inferior Foundation Construction
Insufficient steel and inferior concrete used in the construction of your homes foundation will often contribute to movement in the slab.
Inferior Ground Preparation
Furthermore, One of the biggest problems in our area is poor soil conditions. Soft, low density soils, and/or improperly compacted soil beneath a home is a leading cause of foundation failure thus creating weak points in the under fill. Cut and fill situations should be properly prepared before the soil is ready to support a structure. Even If the soil is sloping, your excavation team should prepare it for stable foundation support.
Poor Soil Conditions
Expanding and contracting soils contribute greatly to foundation failure.
Lastly, we have experienced a number of situations that have involved the conditions noted above. If your home is experiencing cracking concrete in the foundation, a leaning chimney, or sticking doors and windows, give the professionals a call. We will send out our team of foundation experts to evaluate and address your foundation problems.