Signs of Foundation Failure

Your home's foundation is arguably its most important component. Thankfully, most foundation problems can be repaired using the latest technology and techniques.

In fact, in many cases, your home's foundation can be stabilized permanently, so you can restore your home's value along with your own peace of mind.

Foundation Failure

Cracked Brick

When a foundation settles, it often does so unevenly. This puts stress on the mortar joints between your home's exterior bricks, which can fail and result in what is known as stair-step cracking.

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Foundation Failure

Bowing Walls

Because poured concrete walls act as a single unit rather than a group of mortared blocks, they often fail at the top instead of cracking and bowing in. The failing wall breaks free from the rest of the structure, leaning in from the top.

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Foundation Failure

Cracks Near Frames

When poor soil conditions begin to affect your foundation, your home can settle - often unevenly - putting stress on the entire structure. The first telltale signs often appear as gaps in the weak areas around door and window frames.

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Foundation Failure

Cracked Poured Walls

When the pressure from the surrounding soil becomes too much for a poured concrete wall to bear, on rare occasions it can crack. Unlike a block wall, a poured wall will usually exhibit cracks that extend diagonally towards its upper corners.

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Foundation Failure

Floor Gap

Just as a ceiling can pull away from an interior wall, so too can a floor, leaving a telltale gap. This occurs when a home's foundation has sunk unevenly, putting stress on the structure above.

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Foundation Failure

Shearing Walls

Because poured concrete walls act as a single unit rather than a group of mortared blocks, they often fail at the top instead of cracking and bowing in. The failing wall breaks free from the rest of the structure, leaning in from the top.

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Foundation Failure

Sagging Floors

If your floors sag or are "bouncy," it's likely that there is an issue in the crawl space beneath them. Often this can be attributed to foundation pillars that have settled into poorly compacted or otherwise incompetent soil.

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Foundation Failure

Cracked Stucco

As with a brick exterior, stucco can crack under stress as a home's foundation sinks in an uneven manner. Instead of simply being patched, the underlying issue needs to be addressed to prevent future problems.

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Foundation Failure

Chimney Separation

One of the most visible and dramatic signs of foundation settlement is a chimney separating from the house. This often occurs when the home's foundation sinks at a different rate than the chimney's foundation.

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Ceiling Gap

As a foundation settles, it typically does so at an uneven rate. This causes stress on the home above as its frame slowly twists and becomes irregular. One of the signs of this stress is a gap between an interior wall and the ceiling above it.

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