5 Common Reasons for Concrete Slab Foundation Failure

5 Common Reasons for Concrete Slab Foundation Failure

Concrete slab foundations are the most common foundations found in Texas homes. This means that not only are they commonly requested when homes are built, but they are also the common reason for foundation repairs across the cities of Plano, Garland, McKinney, and other areas in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Some people may feel comfortable and secure with their concrete slab foundation, as well they should. However, all things have the potential for failure, and a concrete slab foundation is no different. Here are the top 5 reasons why concrete slab foundation fails.

 

Poor Design

Your foundation’s design means everything for its success in the state of Texas. Poor design is an extremely common problem because many homes in Texas are not designed to withstand the force of soil movement, leading to foundation failure.

These issues can stem from failure to conduct a proper geological survey or not following recommendations for the foundation construction. Regardless of the reason behind poor foundation design, foundation damage is nothing that should be left ignored. Seek out professional help if you notice any signs of concrete slab foundation failure.

Settling

Settling is something that all homes experience as a natural process of the home and ground sinking together. This can lead to foundation issues in your home that can be very costly if not taken care of when they are discovered. Signs of foundation problems due to settling include stuck doors and windows and cracks in your home’s bricks, walls, or windows.

Cracks in the Foundation

As mentioned before, foundation cracks are a sure sign of concrete slab foundation failure. Once the foundation is cracked it opens up the possibility of not only further damage but the unwanted invitation of insects and moisture into the home. If you feel that your foundation is damaged, visually inspect it for cracks that are larger than 1/16 of an inch.

Upheaval in Foundation

Upheaval in a home’s foundation is the opposite of settling. In settling the foundation sinks into the earth, upheaval is when the foundation rises in areas due to increased moisture in the soil or a poorly designed foundation. When looking for upheaval, watch out for floors and countertops that are no longer level.

Need Your Concrete Slab Replaced? Dalrock Foundation Repair Can Help!

If you have noticed any of these issues with your concrete slab foundation, then it is time to start discussing repair or replacement. Dalrock Foundation Repair has the experience and tools to ensure that your replacement is carried out masterfully. Call us today to find out more about the products that we offer, all backed up with our lifetime warranty.