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Recognizing Settlement Around Homes Due to Unstable Soils and What To Do About It

As a real estate agent, property manager, or anyone working in the real estate industry, you know how crucial it is to recognize and address problems occurring on a property.

As a real estate agent, property manager, or anyone working in the real estate industry, you know how crucial it is to recognize and address problems occurring on a property. Buyers and property managers alike hate finding out about issues when it’s too late! However, not everyone knows exactly how to spot common problems, such as foundation settlement or unstable soils. Here’s some tips on recognizing these issues and how to resolve them!

Settlement can show itself in a few different ways. Here’s what you can look out for:
 
Signs of Settlement:
  • Cracks in Foundation: Settled foundations may have cracks. These may look like hairline cracks in concrete foundations, or stair step cracking in cinderblock or brick foundations.
  • Alternative Settlement Signs: The settlement of a property may not only be visible in the foundation, but also in other concrete structures on the property. You should assess sidewalks, patios, pool decks and driveways for problems. These structures may have cracks or may no longer be level, with low points or dips in the concrete. The concrete may no longer line up with another piece of concrete. Examples of this include patios made of multiple slabs in which the joints are no longer flush against one another. This may also be seen in driveways slabs that no longer line up with garage floor slabs or the asphalt of the road.
  • Interior Signs: Settled properties may also experience issues within the home, such as improperly closing doors or windows. If windows and doors are not fitting correctly into their frame or are hard to open and close, this may be a result of settlement. This is because settlement of the foundation causes the whole home to settle.
  • Roof Issues: Settled properties may also experience the maladjustment of the roof. The roof may be misshapen, appear sunken, or have leaks.
Unstable soils are soils that are shifting or moving. They may not always be obvious, but there are some signs you can look out for:

Signs of Soil Instability:

  • Soil Washout: Soils may be moving if there is visible washout. This may occur from gutters or the rain running off your roof in certain places. You may see dips in the ground where water has created a path for itself to travel. This is a drainage problem and can wash away soils.
  • Landscape Signs: Sometimes soil loss can also cause a loss of vegetation. If the yard is grassy in most places, but losing grass in others, it could have water running off causing soil and plant loss in that area.
  • Soil Loss around Foundation: If there is soil loss around a foundation, this may be causing the foundation to settle. Look around the footer of the home for places that appear to have less soil than others. If the home is being inspected, the inspector may see soil loss in the around columns or around the foundation. Soil loss from around or under the foundation may be a result of poor drainage or leaking pipes.
Spotting these signs early allow them to be addressed sooner. This could help your sale or help the buyer. When you see any of these signs, it is best to contact an experienced contractor like Adams Seawall Repair. Our company offers more than just seawall repair; they also repair foundations. If you notice any signs of settlement on a property, our contractors can address these issues. Our services are fast and cost effective. Our state-of-the-art polyurethane injection method is minimally invasive, convenient, and tailored to meet the needs of the unique issues properties may experience.
 
To learn more about our services, visit our website Adams Seawall Repair Florida – Adams Seawall Repair or call us today at (941) 928-3646.

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