What Causes Foundation Problems

It is important to build your home on stable, solid ground. Unfortunately, soil is a composite of many different materials, some of which is more dense and stable than others. Over time, the soil can compress causing your home’s foundation to settle and crack. Depending on where you live, “solid” ground may span hundreds of feet below the surface.

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MDH Foundation Repair What Causes Foundation Problems Explained

What Causes Foundation Problems

It is important to build your home on stable, solid ground. Unfortunately, soil is a composite of many different materials, some of which is more dense and stable than others. Over time, the soil can compress causing your home’s foundation to settle and crack. Depending on where you live, “solid” ground may span hundreds of feet below the surface.

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MDH Foundation Repair What Causes Found Problems Explained

Fill Soil

The Gulf Coast area has been undergoing a period of rapid population growth over the last few years, which means new neighborhoods are continually springing up. When developers create a new subdivision, they typically level-out low points using soil from high areas. Often this “fill soil” isn’t properly compacted during construction, and will be subsequently likely to settle once the weight of a house is applied to it. As fill soil is used throughout a particular development, it’s common for many houses to be affected with foundation problems.

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MDH Foundation Repair Fill Soil Causes Foundation Problmes

Fill Soil

The Gulf Coast area has been undergoing a period of rapid population growth over the last few years, which means new neighborhoods are continually springing up. When developers create a new subdivision, they typically level-out low points using soil from high areas. Often this “fill soil” isn’t properly compacted during construction, and will be subsequently likely to settle once the weight of a house is applied to it. As fill soil is used throughout a particular development, it’s common for many houses to be affected with foundation problems.

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MDH Foundation Repair Fill Soil Causes Foundation Problmes

Climate Events

Around your home’s foundation, there is what’s called an “active zone” which is affected by periodic shifts in moisture as the seasons change. Strong storms or constant rain increases the moisture levels of your active zone which can lead to foundation-related issues, like increased hydrostatic pressure and soil softening.

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MDH Foundation Repair Causes Foundation Problems

Climate Events

Around your home’s foundation, there is what’s called an “active zone” which is affected by periodic shifts in moisture as the seasons change. Strong storms or constant rain increases the moisture levels of your active zone which can lead to foundation-related issues, like increased hydrostatic pressure and soil softening.

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Is My Home Done Settling

As time passes, homes typically settle into place. The majority of the soil underneath the home will have compacted enough to slow any rapid changes in elevation. However, this does not mean that settling has or will ever completely stop as the weather greatly affects moisture content of the soil. The most reliable solution to install permanent foundation supports that aren’t reliant on the potentially unstable soil below your home.