One of the most common foundation problems in Evansville is the compaction, or settling, of the fill soils around a home. This is due in part to the composite soil in the area. The soil in our area is comprised of a mixture of silty clay and loamy sand. Most of this soil was deposited through sedimentary run off over hundreds of years. This combination of soil leads to a variety of issues when combined with our level of ground water. The ground around the foundation settles because the loamy sand compacts with the influx of water from rain, sprinklers, etc. This leads to foundation settlement that can cause stair step cracking, doors and windows that do not open and close properly. In the following pictures, we will look at common indications of foundation settlement.