A small crack in your bedroom wall, a sinking floor, and a chimney that's tilting to one side are subtle ways in which your home is trying to communicate with you.
Though many Americans will simply dismiss these symptoms as normal wear-and-tear, but all such happenings are signs of a foundation problem. A home with a faulty foundation is like a car with tires so worn, that running over a rock will likely cause them to burst. Many factors can cause foundation issues. Here we discuss some of those causes and what you can do when symptoms are present.
Soil Means Everything
A city like Dallas, is diverse in many ways, including the different soil types in different regions. A vast majority of homes are built on footings— very shallow foundations that extends a yard or so into the ground. Heavy rains, severe drought, and, of course, tectonic shifts can cause the top soil to expand or contract. These changes in soil density and consistency lead to foundation shifts, especially ones that were poorly constructed in the first place. Those creaking sounds that many homeowners dismiss as "house noise" are actually signs of a compromised foundation that needs attention. Prospective home buyers should always check for planed doors and cracks that have been patched over. Streets and sidewalks near the home that have a lot of cracks and uneven pavement are also signs of unstable soil.
When the cracks are getting longer and the creaking louder, it's time to get professional repairs. A legitimate foundation repair company will first assess the symptoms and then determine the surrounding soil condition. Repairs can be costly, surpassing the $15,000 mark if steal piers have to be installed to stabilize the home.
Financing is usually available, while some homeowners use gold purchased through a dealer like US Money Reserve, for emergency fund repairs. Concrete pressed piling are good for homes surrounded by soft clay. These jobs can be done quickly, but are unproven and no final inspection is performed by city inspectors, according to Dawson Foundation Repair. Most foundation repair companies offer free estimates before any work has been completed.
A strong foundation can remain that way for a long time with proper care. Several consecutive days of rain can be devastating to a home's foundation. Gutters should be empty at least six feet from the house, as this will keep the soil, which houses the foundation from getting too saturated. Similarly, long droughts can cause a tightening effect with the soil around the footing. Sprinklers should be ran for 30-45 minutes per day during extended periods without precipitation. Associated Soil and Foundation Engineers, recommend having a certified geoprofessional assess your individual situation based on your location and age of home.