Signs and Causes of a Failing Foundation

Signs and Causes of a Failing Foundation

Exterior Signs

  • Doors do not open or close properly
  • Windows are difficult to open and close
  • Gaps at the corner of fascia trims
  • Diagonal cracks in the wall at the corners of doors and windows
  • Gaps between the garage door and the pavement at either side of the garage door
  • Cracks in the bricks and mortar

Interior Signs

  • Unleveled or sloping floors
  • Cabinet doors that won't stay shut
  • Windows and doors stick
  • Inconsistent gaps between a window/door and its frame
  • Diagonal cracks in the wall at corners of doors and windows
  • Curling and tearing of existing sheetrock repairs
  • Cracks in the drywall
  • Sinking basement floors

Foundation Failure Causes

Weather and Soil

Changing weather conditions and the expansive nature of the clay soil on which we build our homes and businesses make up the primary reason for foundation failure in Missouri. The clay expands and contracts as moisture content changes with the weather. The ground beneath and around your foundation is constantly changing. The large cracks you see in the ground after a dry spell are a result of the contracting clay.

Now, imagine your foundation sitting on top of this clay as well as the shifting and movement it endures with the changing moisture content.

Wet Spots

Dripping faucets, air conditioning condensation lines, leaking drains, and water pipes can lead to sinking foundations. Poor drainage around the foundation perimeter can result in water running under the foundation and dissolve or wash away supporting soil.

Reach Out to Us

For more information, don't hesitate to contact us at PermaJack of Mid Mo LLC in Mexico, Columbia & Jefferson City, MO. We'll be more than happy to answer your questions.