Uneven foundations are problematic, and not just because it makes your house feel off-kilter. Foundation problems can cause cracks in your walls and ceilings, plumbing issues like slow drainage, and even brick separation on the outside of your house.
But what causes uneven foundations? And how do you know if your foundation work needs some major repairs?
Why does my house have an uneven foundation?
An uneven foundation isn’t always noticeable when you first buy a house. That’s because house foundations settle over time. It’s what causes all of those mysterious wood creaks you only seem to hear in the middle of the night.
There are three key factors that cause foundations to settle unevenly:
- Improperly backfilled soil. The soil under your home’s foundation needs to be backfilled properly. The soil will shift if it isn’t, which can cause cracks in your home’s foundation.
- Expansive soils. Certain types of soils can expand when wet and shrink when dry. Depending on the type of soil your house was built on, this expanding can cause the soil to shift even if it was properly backfilled.
- Tree roots. Sometimes when a homeowner cuts down a tree by their house it isn’t because they hate the view. Tree roots that are too close to a house can actually suck up the water in the soil around the home’s foundation. This can cause the foundation to shift because of the gaps left by the water.
How do I know if my house needs to be leveled?
You can usually tell when your house has a foundation issue because it can affect the entire house. Some of the most common signs of a shifting foundation include:
- Sloping or sagging floors
- Drywall cracks
- Leaning chimneys
- Stuck windows and doors
- Window cracks
The good news is that these foundational issues can be repaired by a professional repair service. Your house will be raised, your foundation leveled, and any damage can be repaired.
Does your home need structural and foundation work?
Bathroom remodels account for 78% of renovations, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders. But before you can renovate a bathroom, kitchen, or make a home addition you need to level your home’s foundation work.
Fuller Living can help you straighten out your home’s foundation structural work, whether it’s through house lifting or leveling. To learn more about our lifting/leveling services and home remodel services, contact Fuller Living today.