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Common Causes of Home Foundation Failure and How to Address Them

Wednesday, July 20th, 2022 by Meagan Apang


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When your home's foundation fails, the results can be devastating. Not only does it cause costly repairs, but it can also make your home unsafe to live in. In this blog post, we will discuss several common causes of home foundation failure and how you can address them. We'll also take a look at some expert opinions on soil types and why they matter when it comes to foundations. So if you're concerned about the health of your home's foundation, read on!

One common cause of foundation failure is poor drainage. When water pools around your foundation, it can seep into cracks and joints, causing the soil to expand and putting pressure on the foundation walls. This can lead to cracking, bowing, and ultimately collapse. To prevent this from happening, make sure that your gutters are clean and functioning properly, and that any downspouts are directed away from your foundation. You may also want to consider installing a drainage system around your home.

Another common cause of foundation failure is inadequate footings. Footings are the concrete pads that support the weight of your house. If they're not strong enough, or if they settle unevenly, it can put stress on the foundation and cause it to fail. To ensure that your footings are up to the task, have them inspected by a foundation expert every few years.

Yet another common cause of foundation failure is poor construction. If your foundation was not built properly, it may be weaker than it should be and more susceptible to failure. This is why it's so important to hire a reputable foundation contractor when you're having your home built. Make sure they have experience in constructing foundations in your area, and ask for references from past customers.

If you're concerned about any of these causes of foundation failure, don't hesitate to contact a foundation specialist for help. They can assess the condition of your foundation and offer recommendations for repairs or reinforcements that can help prevent further damage. Taking care of your foundation now can save you a lot of time, money, and hassle down the road.

Do you have any experience with foundation failure? Share your story in the comments below!

Author's Note:

If you're worried about foundation failure, don't hesitate to reach out to a foundation specialist for help. They can assess the condition of your foundation and offer recommendations for repairs or reinforcements that can help prevent further damage. Taking care of your foundation now can save you a lot of time, money, and hassle down the road.

Do you have any experience with foundation failure? Share your story in the comments below! We'd love to hear from you. Thanks for reading!

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