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What Causes Foundation Problems

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Slab Foundation Problems – Identify Causes to Create Maintenance Plans What causes foundation problems? Three main reasons account for 90% of all foundation problems. Advanced Foundation Repairs explanation helps you identify the issues helping you can create the right foundation maintenance plan.


  • Hi I’m Fred Marshall from Advanced Foundation Repair.
  • We’re frequently asked “Why do foundations move?” and “What causes foundation problems?” Foundations that rest on the ground move because the ground moves.
  • The 3 main reasons the ground moves in order of importance are because: 1.
  • Shrinking and swelling of clay soils. 2.
  • The compaction of soil that may happen to loosen during the construction process. The soil will move as it settles and so will your foundation. 3.
  • Finally the erosion, slumping and sliding of homes built on hillsides or above retaining walls.
  • By far the most common problem in Texas is the shrinking and swelling of expansive clays.
  • This probably causes 90% of the problems.
  • I have two blocks of clay taken from the same site.
  • One has been allowed to dry out. As you can see the dry block has shrunk enormously.
  • That is only for 12 inches of clay.
  • Look at the cracks.
  • But when you add water, expansive clays act like sponges and swell pushing up with thousands of pounds of pressure per square foot, more than enough to lift your home and give your foundation fits.
  • This is why it is so important to have good drainage around your home.
  • The drier, hotter and windier the weather there is, the more plants there are, the faster the soil will dry out.
  • Trees because of their size use more water than any other plants and over time the tree can extend it roots into the soil under a home.
  • Changing weather and growing plants are two of the most common reasons why a home might suddenly have foundation problems years after it was it was built.
  • Conditions around a foundation change constantly which is why foundation watering and drainage are important.
  • If you keep the clay soil under your home moist then they won’t shrink and your home won’t move.

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Christopher Lorenzo
Christopher Lorenzo
19:36 06 Sep 17
I have had multiple good experiences with Advance Foundation Repair. They stand by their work and kept me informed at all times on the repairs. Post work service was good too. I am very satisfied with their workread more
Ruth Schuman
Ruth Schuman
19:56 05 Sep 17
Workers were very professional and hard working. They dug up around the house and put plants back to look nice. This company also has a trust to forever be able to redo warranted work.read more
Gwen Baumann
Gwen Baumann
02:30 11 Aug 17
I can't too highly recommend this company. I had work done of my foundation by another company several years ago. That work did not resolve the problem, and that company did not fix. Advanced was recommended to me by mother, who said they were the best in the business. I agree! They were polite, professional, charged reasonable prices, and did excellent work. They also have a strong guarantee that is backed by a trust. I can't imagine why you'd use any other company.read more
Linda Krizka
Linda Krizka
19:44 10 Jul 17
Advanced Foundation repair is the only way to go! The engineer, Eric was kind, helpful and informative! The crew under Haynard's watch was unbelievably considerate. The crew was in and out of our house for 5 days. Everyone of them were happy even in the 90 degree weather. They work hard and were very polite. If you saw my house now you would never even know they were here. They cleaned up every night and on the last day it looked like new! Very thankful to have been able to work with them.read more
Michael Francis
Michael Francis
00:48 29 Apr 17
Advanced recently performed our foundation repair and did a fantastic job! The job took four days and throughout the process, the workers were on time each day, were kind and courteous. They left our house clean each day and took great care in making my wife and newborn comfortable during the repair. They came back out to make adjustments, as was expected, and I am more than pleased with the results. Thanks to Juan Martinez, Miguel Mata and Ernesto Alvarato for doing everything I requested. I highly recommend Advanced Foundation Repair, they know what they are doing.read more
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