CAUSES OF FOUNDATION PROBLEMS

WHAT CAUSES FOUNDATION SETTLEMENT?
Kansas City is located along the Missouri River Valley, and area of which the soil is made up with a high clay content.  Engineers refer to this soil type as expansive or shifting soil.

Winter snows and spring rains swell the clay until the summer sun and demands from large root systems of surrounding trees, crack and shrink the clay, leading to unstable soil conditions under the foundation of your home.

These soil conditions could be the cause of the settlement and cracking of your foundation walls.

Other causes of settlement are foundations placed on compressible soil, improperly compacted soils, or foundations installed at improper depths.

WHAT CAN BE DONE TO PREVENT SETTLEMENT DAMAGE?
  • Make sure you have adequate drainage away from your foundation.
  • Keep gutters and downspouts clean and directed away from your foundation
  • Keep the yard damp near and around your foundation during summer heat to prevent cracking and separation of the soil.

CAN THE SETTLEMENT BE STABILIZED OR CORRECTED?
Yes.  Settlement can be stabilized or corrected.  The affected area of the foundation needs to be supported to a greater depth.  This is accomplished by the installation of 
foundation piers.

WHAT TYPES OF FOUNDATION PIERS SHOULD BE USED?
Rayview uses the 
DynaPier® foundation piering system. Reinforced Concrete Piers and Steel Piers. Each have their advantages and should be used in accordance to the damage and needs of your foundation problem.

Rayview will help you select the type of pier that best suits YOUR needs.

What Causes Your Foundation To Fail

Common issues of foundation failure:

1. Evaporation: Hot dry wind and intense heat will often cause the soil to shrink beneath the foundation. This settlement may cause cracks to appear throughout the structure

2. Transpiration: Tree roots may desiccate the soil beneath a home causing the soil to shrink and the home to settle.

3. Plumbing Leaks: Water from plumbing leaks is often a cause of foundation problems.

4. Drainage: Improper drainage is one of the leading causes of foundation failure. Excess moisture will erode or consolidate soils and cause settlement.

5. Inferior Foundation Construction: Insufficient steel and inferior concrete will contribute to movement in the slab.

6. Inferior Ground Preparation: Soft, low density soils and/or improperly compacted soil beneath a home is the leading cause of foundation failure. Cut the fill methods are leading cause of foundation settlement.

7. Poor Soil Conditions: Poor soil and its expansion and/or contraction contribute to foundation failure. 
What Causes Your Foundation To Fail

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