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The Difference Between Settling and Foundation Problems

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In your home, there are a variety of problems that can arise. Some of these problems will be easy to fix, and others may take some time. The difference between fixing a problem quickly or waiting until the problem gets worse is called “settling” versus “foundation.”

According to the experts at ‘58 Foundations, “Foundation settling issues can arise when a part of the footing is poured over fill dirt that is not properly compacted. A footing resting on fill dirt is where the structural failure is most likely to occur. The footing itself cracks at the spot where the soil has further compacted. This is called a differential settlement, where one part moves and the other does not. Like a hinge, the settling side moves down and the other remains supported and does not move.” Here is an insight into the difference between settling and foundation problems

Foundation Shrinkage

When you have a problem with foundation shrinkage, it means that your foundation is starting to crack. Therefore, the material in the walls of your home may be pulling away from each other. This can cause issues such as doors not closing correctly or windows becoming difficult to open and close with time.

If you have foundation shrinkage, it is best to get a professional to your home so they can take a look at the issue and begin repairs or replacements.

Foundation Expansion

Foundation expansion is the opposite effect of foundation shrinkage. When you have a problem with foundation expansion, it means that your foundation has an issue where water and other liquids are getting inside to cause damage. This can make your home become structurally unsound over time and create mold throughout the walls, which is not healthy for people or pets.

Foundation Settlement

Settlement is when your foundation moves, which can happen for a variety of reasons. This usually occurs because the soil has changed where you are building or changes in water levels that cause it to move. You may hear popping noises around your home and feel vibrations throughout the day.

The Difference between Settling and a Major Problem

When you have a problem with settling, it means that the ground is continually moving and causing your home to become uneven. With time this can cause problems such as doors not closing correctly or windows becoming difficult to open and close. In addition, if there are any cracks in your walls, they will begin to get larger and larger.

Before you call a contractor to fix your problem, you must understand the difference between settling and foundation problems. If any cracks in your walls or doors have become difficult to open and close, then this may be an example of foundation settling. Therefore, it will require more time, money, and effort than simply repairing something such as uneven floors.

Possible Solutions

Settlement piering is an option if you are experiencing settlement problems with your home. The process involves installing deep pilings to avoid settling the ground, foundation, or sidewalks in front of your house. With this method, people will live in their homes without worrying about future foundation issues.

If you are unsure what is causing the problem at your house, give a professional a call today to take an in-depth look at your home and discuss all of the potential issues with you.

In summary, foundation problems are widespread and can occur in any home. Some of these problems will be easy to fix, and others may take some time. While there is no accurate way to tell how much your repairs cost, it should always depend on the type of problem you have with your residence.

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BDC 318 : Jul 2024