When a property owner notices cracks in the foundation or interior and exterior
walls, it may be a sign of structure settlement. Settlement can continue over
the life of the home and cause substantial damage. Additionally, exterior wall
separations allow moisture intrusions which can quickly destroy framing and
wallboard. These problems can make a house difficult if not impossible to sell.
1. Footing on low-density moisture sensitive losse soil.
2. Loose backfill (previous & settlement prone).
3. Roof drain outlet next to foundation (or no gutters).
4. Surface drainage toward foundation.
5. Irrigation or sprinkler system to close to foundation.
6. Planter with loose soil & plastic edging creating "bath hub" effect.
7. Back fill settlement causing waterline break risk increased by use of brittle or weak pipes.
8. Loose back fill over utility lines transmit water to foundation.
9. Granularlar base allowing water from point source to spread freely.
10. Water line run below floor slab
11. Hydrant leaking, non-frost proofed or kids leave on.
12. Over-watering of lawn.
13. Planting high water demand shrubs or grass.
14. Improper compaction of soils at time of building.
15. Fill materials containing limbs, stumps etc. that decompose over time creating voids below the footings.