Signs and Causes of Foundation Problems


While sticking doors, cracking sheetrock, and brick veneer are sometimes signs of foundation damage, it is important to understand the causes of foundation damage and to conduct a thorough evaluation to assess the actual situation. Expansive soil, thirsty trees, and deteriorating or cracking plumbing are known causes of foundation damage.

The good news is that repairs may not be necessary. However, if repairs are needed, they do not have to create a disruptive mess. Du-West repair methods are convenient, quick, and guaranteed. After conducting a thorough evaluation, Du-West’s foundation repair specialists determine if repairs are necessary.

First, if your foundation is not in need of repair, we will tell you. Needless work on a foundation can create other problems. Actually more than half of the foundations Du-West checks annually do not need repair. Instead, we assist you with maintenance solutions, such as watering, altering drainage routes, or installing root shields.

Because so much damage is caused by plumbing leaks beneath foundations, we recommend a static test on the waste water system before and after leveling. If a leak is discovered, Du-West can isolate it and provide a plumbing and foundation repair estimate. In some cases, insurance covers access to the leak and repair to the damage it caused.

If repairs are necessary, you receive a detailed foundation footprint drawing, including elevation readings and a written estimate. Du-West repaired areas are often covered by a lifetime, transferable warranty.


A sponge-like expansive clay known as gumbo is found in Texas soil, and is a cause of foundation movement. As soil expands and contracts, your foundation shifts as a result of rising and lowering motion. Each time the soil goes through the motion of shrinking and then expanding again, your foundation loses a little ground because the soil does not expand as much as it was the time before. This continuing motion causes your foundation to settle.


Whether under or near your foundation, tree roots can suck moisture from the soil. This causes the soil to shrink and settle, which creates foundation problems.


Cast iron plumbing deteriorates with time, allowing moisture to accumulate beneath your foundation. Also, PVC plumbing cracks and leaks at improperly glued connections and at broken joints and fittings. This causes moisture to accumulate beneath your foundation. Accumulated moisture will result in swelling of the soil in the wet areas, and as the other soils dry out, they settle provoking foundation problems.