Believe it or not, it may be easier to overlook the signs and symptoms of house settling than you think! When your foundation settles, it initially shows up in the tiniest of ways. It may begin as small cracks around door frames or window sills. From there, you may notice doors and windows that are sticking or hard to open. Maybe your floors are starting to slope and become uneven. You probably will not even notice these things at first. Many people, even after they do notice them, don’t think too much of these issues. What many don’t realize is that these are all signs of house settling.
Whether you have these problems currently or not, it is smart of keep these signs of foundation settlement in the back of your mind. Settlement is not an issue that should be taken lightly. If left unrepaired it can cause bowing walls, severe foundation cracking, basement leaking, and may even eventually cause foundation collapse.
Noticing cracks, sloping floors, sticking doors and windows, or bowing walls? It is time to call a professional foundation repair contractor who can inspect your home and its foundation and give your an expert’s opinion on what to do next. We can help you there! Give us a call here at Foundation Systems of West Virginia. We provide free inspections and estimates, so you can go into repairs knowing exactly what needs to be done and the cost. In the case of foundation settlement, underpinning is likely going to be the best solution.
Underpinning uses piers–like helical or steel push piers–to lift and stabilize your foundation back into its original position. Piers are driven into stable, load bearing soils and the foundation is transferred onto the pier and then lifted. Our team of professionals will help determine how many piers your foundation needs and where they need to be placed based on inspection. Underpinning will also fix the sloping floors, sticking windows and doors, and often close cracks. We use underpinning products from Earth Contact Products, a top producer of foundation repair products. To learn more about our services, products, or to schedule your free inspection and estimate, make sure to contact us!