Typical Causes of Foundation Settlement

Foundation problems in the metroplex are most often caused by unstable soil. Many houses are not built firmly on bedrock or high-load compacted dirt. Instead, they are built on expansive soils that expand and contract as they absorb water and dry. Unfortunately, if the soil under one part of the house moves more quickly than the soil under another, stresses in the foundation and structure develop. These stresses lead to cracks in the foundation, cracks in internal walls, and sinking, buckling, or leaning foundations. Excessive ground or storm water entering the dirt near the house exacerbates the problem.