Is Your Foundation Failing Or Is It Just Settling?
There are several factors that can affect a home’s foundation. Number one issue is water. The most common problem that is found is the lack of gutters and proper drainage away from the foundation. For your property, always channel water away from the foundation and so that there are no ponding areas that can lift the foundation.
Older homes that have bad drainage around the house and no gutters that channel water away from the foundation are more likely to have foundation movement. Pier and beam homes are homes where there is a crawl space under the house which can also be conducive for movement because so many of these homes have areas where water gets under the house and contribute to foundation movement.
The most common problem in a home foundation is differential settling, where one section of the house is sloppy wet and another area is dry. The wet area soil will expand and lift the house’s foundation and the dry area will settle. The result is foundation cracks and the well anticipated cracks in the drywall inside the house. Every home is built differently, so an in-depth inspection of the property is necessary.
Sometimes you will see the effects of foundation settling on the outside of the house, such as mortar cracks in the brick exterior. On a house that has wood siding you probably not see these obvious cracks except for corner wood trim areas or around windows. The rest of the time you will see them inside the house.
Cracks in the sheet rock are most commonly found at the corners of the windows and doors. Another attention area to look at is how well the doors fit or latch. If there are doors that rub at the door frame or refuse to close or latch is another indication of settling.
Babcock Home Inspections is dedicated to providing our clients with one-of-a-kind home inspections. All of our clients get our assistance and full attention. We will generate comprehensive reports that will outline what issues we find with some recommendations for repairs. Please feel free to contact us with your questions or concerns.