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Causes of Foundation Damage

Your home is under an incredible amount of pressure, and damage can result from a number of causes. At Basement Authority of West Virginia, we know what to look for to properly diagnose what’s gone wrong with your foundation.

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Common Causes of Foundation Damage

Foundations are under immense amounts of force and often end up shifting, cracking, and buckling as a result. This might not be a problem in the early stage, but if left to worsen, it could cause significant structural damage to your home. If you notice any of the following causes of foundation failure, you should contact the team at Basement Authority of West Virginia for expert and permanent foundation repair.

Foundation damage can be caused by a number of interacting factors, but some are more common than others in West Virginia. The dense forest cover, settling silt loam soil, and higher than average rainfall in West Virginia creates a perfect storm of conditions that cause foundation damage.

Soil Settlement

The silt loam Monongahela soils commonly found in West Virginia are great for growing food and preventing flood waters from forming, but they tend to settle over time. Monongahela soils are made from a number of different sedimentary rocks. This composition makes the ground particularly susceptible to moving under the immense weight of a home. Such uneven settling exposes the brittle Achilles’ heel of concrete and often leaves the homeowner with a cracked foundation.

Tree Roots

Our dense forest cover makes West Virginia a beautiful state, but it presents a unique set of problems for homeowners. We are fifth in the nation when it comes to forest cover, and where there are trees, there are bound to be tree roots. Although roots grow slowly, they displace the soil they move through and can wreak havoc on nearly anything in due time by exerting significant amounts of pressure on the sides or bottom of a foundation.

Another concern is that tree roots can damage plumbing and cause leaks under or around foundations.

Improper Drainage

Another climate trait in West Virginia is our above-average rainfall. As mentioned above, our soil is equipped to handle this excess water, but just because it’s not flooding on the surface doesn’t mean the water disappears. If your property doesn’t have an adequate drainage system in place, the soil around your foundation will become saturated. When this happens, the ground will shift, which subsequently moves and cracks the foundation.

The soil under your foundation can also swell from holding too much water. If this happens, the foundation will heave upwards, causing a crack and an uneven surface.

Protect Your Foundation with a Free Inspection from Basement Authority of West Virginia

Although our foundations would likely disagree, we love West Virginia. Our team at Basement Authority of West Virginia strives to deliver the exceptional and lasting foundation repair solutions West Virginia homeowners deserve. Foundation damage never gets better on its own, so if you notice any of the common causes above, you should address the problem before the problem gets worse.

Our number one priority is to serve the homeowners of Charleston, Huntington, Morgantown, and throughout West Virginia with exceptional customer service and foundation repair solutions. Thousands of homeowners just like you have trusted their homes to our professional team, and we are ready to help you too. Contact the experts at Basement Authority of West Virginia to schedule your free inspection and estimate today.

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