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The particular foundation and basement problems in and near Jefferson City, Missouri are due to the types of soils we have. Owing to the clay deposited by wind-blown sediment, we have clayey soils over dolomite sandstone. It is the clay that is one source of our problems, as this can expand and contract - causing extreme stress on any building foundation or basement.
The dolomite sandstone that forms the bluffs around and under our homes is also interesting, as it can be eroded by regular water activity and isn't as durable as having a granite base.
The information in this pdf is designed to give you more information about cracks, settlement, bowed walls, and shifting slabs.