Foundations & Slabs
A buildings foundation like anything else in construction is the basis for all other elements to be constructed on. A crooked, misaligned, or shaky slab will set the standard for the rest of construction, and cause countless issues and problems to arise.
Although a concrete foundation slab is reinforced and should be strong, there are some other elements to consider. A foundation can settle and cause cracking and shifting.
Shifting and settling in the soil or fill below a homes’ foundation is the main cause for foundation cracks and slab failure, this type of settling can make a building unsafe or at the very least cause problems that span from simple unattractive floor cracks, to drywall failure, broken pipes and bug infestations.
The cause of foundation settling can be mostly attributed to water and its erosive properties. As water filters in and out of the ground below a concrete foundation, it causes shrinking and expanding pocket of soil as well as erosion, then, depending on the type of soil, drainage and erosion control the extent of this movement and the associated problems can vary significantly.
Some of the obvious issues with Slab movement and cracking includes but is not limited to, structural wall and floor damage, cracking, trip hazards, water and moisture issues, bug infestations, and much more.