Three Issues that Can Literally Sink the Home

There are a lot of little issues that every homeowner has to contend with throughout the years. Plumbing problems, damp and mold, the efficiency and effectiveness of HVAC, and so on. Many of these can lead to big costs when not treated well. However, there are a few issues that could result in the downright destruction of the home if you’re not careful. A sinking home is one that’s in much more danger of causing serious foundational damage, wall cracks, and eventually complete collapse. Here, we’re going to look at the three sources of that sinking feeling. If you’re worried that your home might suffer from any of these, now is the time to act.

Nearby construction
When most homes are constructed, a lot of care is taken to make sure that the ground is stable enough to be able to support the loads of the home.
Often, the soil is compacted and contained around the supports to do just that. However, vibrations in the ground can drastically change the consistency of that soil. In some locations, this might be due to earthquakes, but sustained vibrations due to heavy construction or renovation work in your area can be just as dangerous. When the ground shifts, the home settles into the newly distributed soil, often causing foundation damage. In the event of nearby construction causing foundational damage, it’s important to know that you might have legal recourse, so you’re not left to pay for the repairs by yourself.
Water, water, everywhere
Excess moisture in the deepest parts of the home can be just as dangerous. The buildup of moisture in the basement can be caused not only by leaks or humidity inside the home. It can also be caused by foundational cracks and gaps that appear over the years due to settling. When water builds up in the foundations, it causes them to degrade even further. If your basement smells damp, it’s more than a small issue. It can lead to sagging floors, wood rot, and severe damage to the supports of the home, necessitating foundation repairs. If you have any sense that moisture is building in the basement, call a waterproofing specialist out to see if they can find and fix the source.
The root of the issue
That majestic tree might look beautiful in your garden, but it can also be one of the pervasive sources of damage to the foundations of the home. Tree roots are very powerful and will search far and wide for sources of nutrition and water. In their search, they can very well affect the soil beneath them, causing a change in consistency much in the same way that construction or earthquakes can. If you think the tree is the root of your problem, it might be a good idea to contact a tree removal service to cut the threat off at the source.
A sinking home is most easily spotted when you see signs of cracks in the walls, windows, and doors. As soon as you do, you have to get to the bottom of the issue. The sooner you work to stop a house from sinking, the more you can do about it.

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