What Causes Foundation Failure?

bigFoundation failure is a term that many people are afraid of. Why? Because foundation failure could happen to anyone, in any home, at any location. Not only does foundation failure ruin the structure of your home or business, but it creates lack of safety for you and your family. As much as we wish they didn’t, foundation problems happen to everyone at one point or another. The good news is, no matter what foundation issue your home or business may be experiencing, Foundation Systems of West Virginia can offer you a customized solution to the problem, thus, saving your foundation from failure, creating lifelong safety for you and your family, and saving you time and money as well. This is why being knowledgeable in what causes these issues is vital so that you are able to detect them and give us a call before foundation failure sets in.

Causes of Foundation Failure

Drainage Issues

If your home or business is experiencing standing water in the basement or the yard of the property, you may have a poor or improper drainage system. When your drainage system is not working properly, water will build up in your yard creating excess moisture in the soil. This excess moisture leads to a number of issues such as cracks in the foundation walls, major water seepage, flaking walls, or mold.

Leaking Pipes

If you have old or damaged pipes, chances are you have a leak in them. Leaks in your pipes cause water seepage into the soil surrounding your foundation. Similar to drainage issues, leaking pipes will cause a build-up of excess moisture around your structure. Eventually, this pressure will cause the water to break through cracks in your foundation walls, leading to water in your basement, mold, mildew, and other serious issues.


Settlement occurs when the soil around your foundation shrinks due to lack of moisture. This lack of moisture can be due to a number of things such as hot weather conditions, lack of rain, tree roots dehydrating the soil and more. When the soil lacks moisture and the soil begins to shrink, your foundation will shift with this soil, causing foundation cracks, bowing and leaning walls, or misaligned doors and windows.


Just as soil can lack moisture, soil can contain too much moisture as well. Things such as multiple days of rain, a leaking pipe, or clogged gutters can lead to excess moisture in the soil around your foundation, causing the soil to swell. When the soil expands from the moisture, it can cause your foundation to shift or crack, similar to the issues settlement can cause to your home.

Poor Pre-Construction

Sometimes foundation failure can be caused due to poor pre-construction of the property. If the home or business was built on poor soil, problems such as expansion or consolidation may occur, which can lead to foundation failure. Another poor pre-construction aspect deals with cut and fill situations. which is where soil is removed from part of the site and is stacked on another. When this occurs, soil stabilization is required to ensure that the soil does not unexpectedly move beneath your foundation.

Being able to detect signs of foundation failure and being knowledgeable of where these issues may be coming from is important to ensure that the structure of your home or business, you, and your family are all safe and secure. Foundation Systems of West Virginia can make sure that this is the case. We offer customized foundation repair solutions to whatever issue you may be experiencing. With our professional team and our top-quality equipment, you can rest easy knowing that your foundation is sound for a lifetime. For a free estimate or for more information, give us a call at 1-866-576-2186.


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