We all know the most important part of your home is the foundation. Some settling of the foundation can take place first few years of the houses life. Some of this settling is from the foundation and of it from the structure itself. It’s important to know how to tell the difference between the two.
If you see some of the more problems from settling, such as cracks in the brick or in the Sheetrock around the windows and doors, you should contact us for a foundation inspection and suggestions on how to take care of these problems.
One of the most common reasons that could be causing the house to settle improperly is water not draining away from the house. Water could be forming little ponds around the house or draining toward the foundation instead of away from the foundation, causing it to settle unevenly. This is called differential settling, where one section of the house is getting too wet, while the rest of the house is draining properly.
The use of gutters in the correct areas is a wise choice for reducing soil erosion and properly channeling water away from the foundation.
Some settling is not a cause for panic, but further analysis may help provide future movement. Suggestions from the inspector may include adding gutters or soil around the house to create a positive drainage angle. This way the water drains properly around the entire home.
The use of soaker hoses next to the foundation does more harm than good, because it over-waters the soil and contributes to dramatic foundation movement. One homeowner over-watered his house and it cost him over $20,000 in foundation and plumbing drain pipe repairs.
Babcock Home Inspections offers professional home inspections in San Antonio for over 15 years. Our years of experience helps us to determine the likelihood of foundation movement with the variety of different types of soils and drainage concerns.
Let our experience help you when it comes to identifying common defects as well as structural defects on you home.
For more information on our services or if you have any questions, please contact us today!