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Signs of Foundation Settlement

Monday, June 15th, 2020 by Haley Tepool

Your home is one of your largest investments. It's where your life happens- you grow your family, welcome friends, and create memories. Like anything in life, you want your home built on a strong foundation. Now that we're into summer and the soil our home sits on is drying up, it's important to keep an eye on your foundation. Most foundation damage can be attributed to problems caused by water and soil. 

Existing Cracks- As your home continues to settle further, vertical cracks may widen. This indicates that the wall is rotating. If you can't tell if your cracks are widening, mark the ends of the crack with tape or a marker and see if there’s expansion beyond your mark. If you see them expanding, make sure to get it inspected. 

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New Cracks- Any new crack should get your attention. They can be dangerous because it's a sign that something is moving when it shouldn't be. The earlier you have it inspected, the less complicated and complex the repair will be, as well as less expensive. Having it inspected will also provide you with peace of mind. 

Water Intrusion- Do you notice small puddles of water in your basement? It might be because of hydrostatic pressure. Water always finds the path of least resistance, even if it means traveling through concrete. Obviously you don't want water in your basement, and it's a sign that your foundation can be at risk of washing out, putting your foundation at risk. 

Sloping or Sagging Floors- Floor slope, doors sticking, gaps in columns, floors, and interior walls are some of the most common signs that occur when your floors are not level and stable. 

Problem Doors and Windows- Because doors and windows are the weakest part of the wall, they often display the first signs of a problem. The most common signs of settlement in doors and windows include doors and windows out of square, cracks extending from the corners of door or window frames, doors and windows separating, and new caulking around doors and windows. 

With your home's foundation, the more secure, stable, and solid it is, the more confident and at peace you feel. If you've noticed any of these issues with your home, we're here to help. Get your free estimate today.

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