Tips on Foundation Settlement Problem Signs
When you bought your home, did you ever think about the health its foundation? You probably didn’t consider the home you invested so much time and money in, would have foundation settlement problems. Foundation settlement occurs when the soil can no longer support the weight of your home properly.
Clay soil will dry out when it does not see rain for a few months at a time. When it begins to dry, the clay will start cracking, which creates empty breaks in the soil. The weight of your home is not fully supported when these breaks occur. Thus, causing your home to sink into the ground, resulting in foundation settlement
Also, tree roots will cause clay to dry, creating foundation settlement. The roots of a tree will steal water and moisture from the clay around your foundation, which dries, cracks, shrinks, and creates those empty breaks to form in the clay.
Homes on wet soil experience foundation settlement too. Places that experience flooding and a lot of rainfall will notice the soil around their foundation, becoming soft and weak. Eventually, your home’s foundation will sink and settle due to the soil’s inability to hold the weight of your home.
Home builders will take soil from other locations, such as hilltops, to create a flat surface so they can begin construction. If constructors do a poor job in filling soil in, then with time the soil will begin to squeeze and shrink due to the home’s weight, causing foundation settlement.
Warning Signs of Settlement
Indoor and outdoor warning signs will be present if your home is experiencing foundation settlement.
Indoor Warning Signs
Telltale indoor warning signs are doors and windows not opening or closing correctly due to foundation settlement problems. Try flattening the top of your doors or window frames to make them level or exchange the locks of your doors. If these steps were completed by the previous owner or yourself, and your doors and windows continue to jam you may have a settling foundation.
In addition, cracks in your drywall, concrete floors, or walls may be signs that your home is experiencing settlement problems. Cracks will resemble a stair shape and will move up your dry or concrete walls. Note that cracks in your walls usually begin at the corner of doors and windows.
Outdoor Warning Signs
Similar stair shaped cracks will travel up through your outer concrete or bricks walls, expanding as settlement progresses. Also, you may notice changes in your doors and windows. Your doors and windows may stick out from their frames, or you may see cracks that gradually rise through your wall.
Moreover, one of the most startling signs of foundation settlement is the home's chimney separating from the remaining body of the home. The chimney may have been built on a foundation that is separate from the rest of the home. If this is the case, there is a higher chance for separation to occur.
In the event you believe your home is experiencing any of these problems, call to have a free foundation inspection or fill out the form below.