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Causes of Foundation Damage

Foundation damage is a leading cause of expensive home repairs. Unfortunately, most homeowners don’t know what to look for to prevent foundation problems, so they go unnoticed until significant damage occurs.

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Common Foundation Damage Causes

For years, the technicians at Foundation Support Specialists have been identifying and repairing common foundation problems from Austin to San Antonio. We do everything from slab foundations to pier and beam, so you can trust our team to help you identify the cause of your problems. Thankfully, the team at Foundation Support Specialists is here to share everything you need to know about the common foundation damage you may encounter. Learn more about us or contact us today for a free estimate!

Water

Water is a primary cause of foundation damage. Not only does it cause dangerous mold and mildew, but it can exert immense amounts of hydrostatic pressure on the walls of your foundation and cause it to crack.

Excess water generally either comes from indoor plumbing failures or inadequate outdoor drainage. When runoff and excessive rainwater pool around the foundation, the hydrostatic pressure builds until the foundation can no longer withstand it and begins to crack.

Trees

The presence of trees improves the appearance of a home, but if you have them on your property, they very well may be the cause of your foundation damage. This can happen in one of two ways, but the first and most common is when the tree’s roots grow into the foundation and eventually cause it to crack.

The other way generally only occurs when larger trees that require a lot of water to survive are placed close to the home. When they absorb all the surrounding moisture, the soil dries up, cracks, and can no longer support the weight of your home and foundation.

Soil Conditions

The clay soil types in central and southern Texas swell and contract when exposed to water. The repeated cycle of swelling and contracting will eventually cause the ground to shift from its original position.

Unfortunately, houses aren’t made to move, so when the ground that supports them does, it creates all kinds of problems. The only way to repair a foundation surrounded by poor soil conditions is to install helical or push piers for a slab or implement one of our proven pier and beam repair methods for added support.


Protect Your Foundation with Foundation Support Specialists

When it comes to foundation repair in central and south Texas, we are the crew for the job. Our technicians have more than 20 years of experience and are ready to provide the exceptional foundation repair you need at a price we know you’ll love.

When you notice one of these common foundation problem signs, it’s time to call in the professionals. We offer lifetime guarantees and flexible financing so you can repair your foundation and preserve your investment for decades to come. Contact Foundation Support Specialists today to schedule an inspection with an expert technician and get your free estimate.


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