Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 by Cassi Sherman Henes
A lot of people believe houses just settle over time, is this true?
Yes, many times, home settle—this can be due to the compaction of fill soils, which is the most common reason.
2. If a house is settling, how do we know?
--Windows and doors are sticking, hard to open
--Multiple nail pops are appearing in ceilings and walls
--There are large gaps in window and door frames
--Window and/or door trim are developing spaces
--Floors are starting to settle and become uneven
--Bowed or leaning basement walls
--Cracks in your foundation walls
--Interior plaster walls are cracking
--Chimneys are tilting or leaning
--Foundations are sinking
--Cracks in your basement walls
What do we do to fix an issue like that?
Today, more and more homes are being built on unstable soils. Between expansive and hydro-compactable soils and subsidence, foundations are pushed and pulled, creating movement. Each year, thousands of homeowners are faced with evaluating and repairing foundation problems. Thankfully, this means that there are reliable, engineered solutions available. So what exactly is available and is it the right solution for your structural problems? Since the root of structural problems is the soil, the first two solutions deal with taking the foundation’s weight off of unstable soils and placing it on bedrock or other stable soil—these solutions are called push piers and helical piers.