Homes in North Texas are particularly prone to foundation problems primarily due to highly expansive clay soils common to the region. Soils with high clay content respond to moisture like a sponge, they expand with moisture gains, and contract with moisture loss.
The key to minimizing foundation movement is to maintain a consistent moisture level underneath and around the entire foundation. Problems occur when only part of the foundation settles. The difference in movement can cause damage to your foundation as well as damage to plumbing, brick veneer, sheet rock, tile floors etc…
Maintaining a consistent moisture level around your foundation sounds simple enough. However many things can affect themoisture level underneath your foundation. In the diagram below you will find the major factors which can lead to deterioration and weakening of your foundation if improperly managed.