Settling is a term frequently used to describe a home’s unrelenting sink into the ground over time. Settling occurs when the soil beneath the foundation begins to shift. Although settling is usually not something to worry about, it can sometimes lead to problematic foundation damage. Therefore, it is important to be able to determine when your house has a settling issue so you can know when to call for help. Here are some of the signs of settling:
Difficulty Opening Doors and Windows
When a house begins to settle, the doors and windows can become slightly angled and they begin to not fit inside their frames correctly. Consequently, opening and closing them gradually becomes more difficult over time.
Spaces Between The Windows and Walls
When a home begins to settle, the walls can start to pull away from the window frames, which leaves a space between the window frame and the wall. This is an easy problem to identify and can easily be the first sign of settling that homeowners notice.
Cracks in the Home's Foundation
When soil beneath the foundation starts to shift, different parts of the foundation may sink deeper into the ground. As a result, the foundation will not be laying flat against the ground. Cracks then start to appear around the areas that have been affected by this shift in the soil. However, cracks in a home’s foundation can appear for a variety of reasons, even for something as simple as seasonal climate changes. Therefore, you cannot assume that your house is settling simply because there are cracks in the foundation.
Water Pipes That Have Burst
Water pipes exist throughout a home to ensure water is always available when you turn on a faucet or showerhead. When a home’s foundation begins to shift due to settling, the water pipes can become compromised. On occasion, a homeowner might even visually notice that their water pipes are starting to bend or twist. Unfortunately, however, many homeowners don’t notice the problem until a water pipe bursts as a result of the home’s foundation shift.
Floors That Become Slanted
Floors can start to slant as a home begins to slowly settle into the ground. In the beginning the slant may not seem to be a problem, but as it compounds over time, it will become even more obvious.
It is important to note that slanting floors may indicate other issues, as well. In some instances, the floor can start to slant because the support beams (joists) are rotting, an issue not related to settling.
What You Need to Do
Settling is frequently caused by natural changes in the environment, but it may also be caused by problems at the time of construction. For example, if a builder crew removes too much soil when constructing a basement, they must refill the area that is no longer compacted with soil. If the soil is not compacted enough, it will not be able to hold the weight of the house, causing the house to shift. It’s impossible to tell whether the settling is serious or not without a professional’s help. Therefore, it’s important that you call a professional as soon as you spot any of these signs of settling. My Foundation Repairs can connect you with an expert contractor in no time.
Repair Solutions For Settlement
The first thing to do if you notice signs of foundation settlement is to contact a foundation repair specialist in your area. My Foundation Repairs has a network of foundation repair specialists across the country. They can provide an inspection and estimate for your foundation repairs. Some of the solutions might include the following underpinning products:
- Steel Piers
- Push Piers
- Torque Anchor Brackets
- Porch Piers
- Helical Piers
It is important to call a professional repair team when you are considering foundation repairs. If you are looking for a contractor that specializes in residential foundation repair, My Foundation Repairs can help. Protect the investment you have in your home by giving us a call today.