So the contractor checking your home tells you that it’s settling—what exactly does that mean? Simply put, your house is sinking into the ground because the soil beneath your foundation is shifting. It’s something that naturally occurs over time, but it can also cause a lot of damage. Thus, it’s important to identify right away if your house is settling, what is causing the settling, and how to address it before matters get worse.
You can usually tell if your house is settling from the following signs:
- You struggle to open your windows and doors.
- You discover cracks in your house’s foundation.
- You find gaps between your window frames and walls.
- You notice that the floors in your home are slanted.
There’s no way to tell if the settling in your home is serious or not… Unless you contact a professional. In this blog post, we dealt with a client whose house was settling and needed our help. This is how we handled it.
Installing the PT2 System in McKinney to Lift a Settling Home
A McKinney homeowner had started to notice some large sheetrock cracks close to the front door of their home. They were worried about what that could possibly mean, so they called us. After taking a closer look, we discovered that the front of the house was already beginning to settle.
Natural environment changes can cause settling. Another cause can be construction errors. In our customer’s case, the most likely reason their house was settling were the two large trees that were much too close to the front of their home. These two trees were draining the soil beneath the foundation of moisture, affecting its integrity and making it less compact. Soil that isn’t compact enough will not be able to hold a house’s weight, thus the settling.
A settling home is never a good thing. To fix their problem, we would be installing 14 piers from our state-of-the-art PT2 system.
Two of these piers had to be installed inside their garage next to the wall because of the pattern of movement and the locations of the foundation beams. Our client had a few things in their garage, so we squeezed in and hung plastic over their stuff to protect it from concrete dust. We were able to complete the project in just two days. After we left, the customer accidentally stepped into one of the concrete patches. But that was no problem at all—we went back and fixed it for them for no extra charge!
Most foundations move from time to time, but the wrong kind of movement can cause minor to major damage. You can keep that from happening by addressing any issues before things get worse.
Are you worried your house is settling? It might be time to call in the experts to perform foundation repair! Get the help you need by reaching out to PermaTech Foundation Repair today.