Settling houses often have cracks in the drywall above doors, ceilings, and bricks. To fix the foundation requires a strong understanding of the building construction, the causes of the settlement, and foundation repair options.
When a house is settling, cracks begin to form because voids are created. One part of the house is staying still, while another part of the house is dropping. The crack opens and expands as one part of the house settles faster than another.
Most homes in the United States are constructed with hundreds of wooden boards fastened together with nails, screws, and wall materials to support several thousand pounds of structure. Diagonal cracks in the drywall and stair-step cracks in the brick are usually a definite sign of settlement.
The challenge with diagnosing houses with settlement is to determine exactly what is settling because there are multiple building components that could be the source of the settling. Since many things could be going wrong, a professional assessment is recommended.
While this list may seem long, a building expert trained in foundation repair should be able to identify the specific causes of the house settling and construct a plan that will halt future settlement.
Since there are so many causes of houses settling, there are many repairs. The main focus should be to permanently stabilize the house in the areas that are settling and control moisture.
These are only a few of the most common repairs we recommend but we do not condone a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. Every house and crack should be diagnosed and assigned a repair solution based on the unique circumstances of that individual home, along with the homeowners preferences.
Our Expert Advisors are trained to identify the causes and best repair options for your home. If you’re concerned about the integrity of your home, we offer free no-obligation inspections and estimates. When we inspect your home, we explain the problems, solutions, and explore multiple options to find the best solution for you.