Causes of Foundation Settlement | Best Pick Reports
Foundation problems are most often caused by unstable soil. Many
houses are built on relatively loose fill dirt—soil that has been
disturbed during the building process. The fill dirt under a house
settles over time. Unfortunately, if one part of the house settles more
quickly than another, stresses in the foundation and structure develop.
These stresses lead to cracks in the foundation, cracks in internal
walls, and buckling or leaning foundations. Excessive ground or storm
water entering the fill dirt near the house exacerbates the problem.