Foundation Settlement and Failure Causes

  • Evaporation - extremely hot or cold conditions can cause soil to shrink and/or expand causing for unstable conditions underneath the home
  • Transpiration - tree roots can dehydrate the soil and cause shrinking and expansion of soil
  • Drainage - improper drainage of water around a foundation can lead to hydro-static pressure on the foundation walls and underneath a home
  • Poor building site preparation - improperly compacted fill soil often time leads to settling
  • Poor soil conditions - dense clay soil can cause expansion and contraction of the soil