What Causes Foundation Problems

As your home ages, wear and tear can take its toll, but foundation problems can lead to a break down in the stability of your home and the safety of your family. A well-laid foundation is essential when your home is initially built, but over time there are some issues that can harm any foundation. These issues include foundation drainage, expansive soils, trees and roots, improperly developed foundation, and pipe leaks under a slab foundation.

5 Questions to ask to get to the root of your foundation issues

Maybe literally, if you answer yes to question #3.

How can improper foundation drainage cause foundation problems?

Inadequate or poorly designed drainage affects soil upon which the foundation has been built. Too much or too little moisture surrounding your foundation can alter the soil’s composition. Look for areas of standing water surrounding your foundation. This may be an indication of poor drainage or poorly designed gutter placement which usually causes sloping landscape toward your foundation. In some cases, insufficient moisture causes the soil to become dry and crumbly leading to shifting in your foundation.

What are expansive soils and how do they impact my foundation?

The composition of your soil is generally based on the area in which you reside, and it is best to be aware of the type of soil surrounding your foundation. Areas high in clay content are very vulnerable as the clay expands or contracts based on moisture content. A discussion with the CNT Foundations experts in North Charleston will help you determine the best moisture content for your specific type of soil to maintain a stable foundation.

Are the tree and tree roots around my home causing foundation issues?

The beauty of your landscape trees may prevent a nice escape from the heat by providing shade, but those tree roots can wreak havoc on the foundation of your home.

Is improper foundation development the cause of my foundation problems?

Whether it be inexperience or poor work ethics, those who prepared your foundation may not have followed best practices in laying your foundation. Overspanning floor joists, framing or girders and improper footers may contribute to an unstable foundation and future foundation problems.

Could leaks under my slab foundation be causing damage?  

Some homes are built on slabs rather than crawl spaces or basements. While slab foundations might reduce the risk of basement flooding, hidden under the slab are water and sewer lines that can break and leak. The water from the leak can cause the slab to become moist and deteriorate over time. 

Getting Help for Your Foundation Problems

Your home deserves a strong foundation, not only for the value of your home but for the protection of your family as well. At CNT Foundations North Charleston, we offer free evaluations and suggested solutions for your foundation problems to quickly and efficiently get your home back in shape with effective foundation repairs.