Reasons For Foundation Failure

If you have found yourself in a position where you are needing piering, you might be wondering what has caused these foundation failures in the first place. Knowing the causes of foundation failure can help you prevent the need for it in the future. In this post, we will explore some of the most common reasons for failing foundations.

When you find yourself with a failing foundation, Magnum Piering has a large amount of resources to help you figure out how to proceed. It can be an overwhelming process. Magnum Piering has a variety of resources to help with the piering process. Visit our support page for starters. We also have both design and installer resources. Before diving into the many resources offered by Magnum Piering, let’s take a look at what might be causing that foundation failure in the first place.

Site Construction

One of the primary causes of foundation failure and the eventual need for piering comes from poor site construction. The best action is preventative. Solid construction is literally foundational. It’s essential that sites are constructed on the appropriate kinds of soil, and that the appropriate steps are taken to ensure a solid foundation.

Magnum Piering offers the right kinds of tools, products, and resources for you and your client to rest assured that the initial site construction is optimized and maximally sustainable.

Tree Roots

It may come out of seemingly nowhere, but tree roots can cause serious damage to foundations. This can sometimes be difficult to see coming since all the action is taking place underneath the surface.

One of the problems with tree roots is that they can cause transpiration. Transpiration is the process of soiling drying out. Tree roots (and other kinds of roots) can use up a lot of the surrounding moisture and cause the foundation soil to dry and crack. Dry soil will shrink down and undermine the structural integrity of the foundation and demand the need for piering.

Overly-Saturated Soil

While the roots of plants can cause foundation damage from drying out the soil, the opposite can also be a problem. When soil becomes overly saturated, it can erode and destroy the soil and, ultimately, the foundation.

This can be the result of a variety of issues, including clogged drainage pipes or flooding from a storm. It is vital that the build-up of excess water is taken care of in a timely manner. It doesn’t take long before the overly-saturated soil will start to erode and the foundations will start to collapse. If it does get to this point, however, be sure to reach out to Magnum Piering for assistance.

Broken Pipes

Excess water will certainly cause your soil to become oversaturated. But a whole host of other problems can arise if there are problems with your plumbing. Busted or leaky pipes can of course lead to oversaturated soil, but it can also create more immediate issues.

Plumbing problems such as busted pipes can be difficult to see coming. If disaster strikes, it’s important to act quickly. As foundations deteriorate, piering is often the best option. Utilize the many resources offered by Magnum Piering. Contact us today with any and all of your piering needs.