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Sinking Foundations

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

Many regions across the nation are already experiencing heavy rainfall, and we're not even near the peak of winter.

We've already begun to see and hear about property's foundations sinking across America due to heavy rainfall. 

Heavy rainfall can cause the soil around and underneath a property to expand, and when a hot summer or drought follows, it leaves a gully. This can leave an open area for the foundation to sink into. 

Though the sinking process of a foundation can take years, here are five signs your property's foundation is at risk:

  • Cracks around doors and windows
  • Leaning chimney
  • Cracks in concrete floor or drywall
  • Stair-step brick cracks
  • Jammed doors and windows

It's crucial that you keep an eye out for a sinking foundation year-round and take proactive measures to preserve your home's foundation. 

A few ways to prevent foundation water damage is by ensuring gutter downspouts release water away from the property's foundation; watering your lawn regularly, along with your foundation to prevent soil shrinkage; and plant trees and vegetation away from your foundation. 

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