Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 by Stephanie Parish
As you look around your house you might not be sure what to look for, how do you really know if you have foundation settlement that needs to be addressed.
Here at Legacy Supportworks we’re all about educating our customers to know what to look for and the exact cause of the foundation settlement in your house. There are lots of old wives’ tales when it comes to the foundation of your home, but what it really comes down to is the soil beneath your home.
As the soil around and under your home begins to settle, it will begin to cause issues within your home. It’s important to know what to look for to recognize foundation settlement.
1. Wall Cracks & Cracks Above the Door Frames
Some cracks are normal in and around your house, but how can you tell the difference? There are a few factors to take into consideration.
“Where are the cracks located at?” AND “Are they growing longer/wider over time?”
It’s normal to see shrinkage cracks in the poured concrete within the first year of new construction, but when they appear years after the house is built or continue to grow and change overtime, it usually means there is active movement in your foundation.
2. Sticking Doors or Windows
This is a common problem in many homes and sometimes the reasoning varies. It could be because you live in an area known for humidity which causes a moisture problem in your home. But often its your foundation settling.
3. Uneven Floors
A clear sign of foundation settlement is uneven concrete floors in your basement. To avoid further foundation damage to your home, we encourage you to set up a foundation inspection as soon as you notice the problem.
If you notice uneven floors on the upper levels of your home, it could mean a variety of things are going on. From basement or crawl spaces shifting, to your floor joist not being stabilized properly, or your foundation is simply settling. Either way our specialist are trained and know what to look for to properly diagnose the issues.
Legacy Supportworks provides FREE inspections for all homeowners. During the appointment with one of our specialist you’ll learn exactly what is going on with your home & you’ll be provided with a quote to repair these issues permanently. BUT if you do not have any foundation issues, we’ll be glad to let you know. Regardless, Legacy Supportworks is happy to educate our customers on the current state of their home to give them peace of mind.