Should you worry about house settling?
Should you worry about house settling? We've all heard those strange noises coming from a house. Most of the time these noises or settling are just the house taking it's place on the ground. Though sometimes this can mean there is a bigger issue. Large cracks in the foundation and uneven floors are signs that the house is in bad condition. House settling occurs when your house is getting used to life in its new location. A new house is usually done settling within the first three years of being built. House settling shouldn’t cause major issues. You may see a thin crack where the wall meets the ceiling, this can be patched pretty easily with some Spackle. Thin cracks might also appear in the foundation, but they shouldn't be an issue if the house was constructed properly. Some cracks indicate bigger issues. Older homes might not be up to code or might suffer damage due to changes in the surrounding soil. Here are some warning signs, and tips on how to deal with them: Check for Cracks Look for horizontal cracks, cracks that are uneven, and cracks that are wider on top than at the bottom. If you see these in your house you may want to contact a professional to take a look at it and most likely fix the issue. Fixing foundation problems and preventing future structural issues can start at around $1,500 and go up from there depending on how severe the issue is. Be Concerned About Slanted Floors While a sloping floor could just indicate a bad repair, they could also indicate issues such as rotted floor joists or supports, or a foundation that has cracked. If you aren't sure it may be a good idea to call a professional to get an expert opinion, they will be able to take a look and give you a recommendation. This may be as easy as a do it yourself project or you may need further professional help but when it comes to the foundation of your house you want to make sure it is done correctly.