When the first cracks on your walls start appearing, you should be aware that there might be something wrong with the house. While this is not something to do with a horror movie and it is something much more real and also something that could end up being much more dangerous. Here are ways to identify a sinking foundations and ideas on figuring out what to do with it.
● Identification of the issue
Sometimes you will be able to see the house slanting to one side if you can actually see the house on its whole from one area. But usually the starting of the slanting is not so measurable or visible to the naked eye. Some of the more commonly seen problems are windows and doors ending up jammed and misaligned while it was not so a couple of months ago, cracks and lines appearing in walls or basement of parts of the house, upheaved or sloped stairs or parts of rooms and things like these are seen quickly. If you see things such as these then you should go for geotechnical investigation to make sure what the problem is.
● Go for repairs?
It is usually hard to repair a sinking foundation unless taking down the whole house. But getting professional help and also geotechnical investigation done on your house will help you figure out whether you can actually repair the foundation itself or whether you have to give up on the house itself. Usually once the causes are diagnosed then a foundation specialist or a general contractor should be contacted to figure out what can be done about it. So once the repairs and its estimates are given by the engineers then you can go ahead with getting services from a contractor but bear in mind that these kinds of activities are money consuming and it will be easier for you to buy a new house on your own with that money. So get estimates from several contractors and try to contact people who have gone through the issue to figure out what can be used as the best alternative.
● Getting the contractor
Once you have found several contractors who are interested in taking the job then you should take a stock take of their experiences and also get some reviews of their work from people who have hired their services before. A job as fixing a foundation can be extremely tricky and can end up with a house worse off than before it underwent repairs so be careful when you choose services.
There are different techniques contractors use for fixing a sinking foundation, so make sure that you know what the contractors are talking about before you hire them.