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Warning Signs of Foundation Failure

This differential movement is largely caused by differences in soil moisture. Loss or gain of soil moisture can cause serious shrinkage or swelling.

If the frame of a house does not begin to distort until after three or more years of satisfactory performance, it is doubtful that the distortion is caused by full-depth foundation settlement, which is always evidenced by matching cracks. Cracks occur at each side of a portion of the foundation wall that is undergoing downward movement caused by soil bearing failure.

Settlement cracks are nearly always vertical, and they should not be confused with cracks that occur when a wall is subjected to lateral movement from soil pressure.

Exterior Warning Signs

1. Wall Rotation

2. Separation around the garage door, windows and/or walls

3. Cracked bricks

4. Broken and/or cracked foundation

5. Displaced Moldings

Interior Warning Signs

1. Misaligned Doors and Windows

2. Cracked sheetrock

3. Cracks in Floor


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