Your house might be a hundred years old or it might be five years old. Either way, it might need foundation repair.
Because Boston isn’t exactly prone to earthquakes, foundation repair here is usually attributed to eroding foundations. This can be because of improper water mitigation that’s causing water to wash away the underlying dirt, or it could be because the ground under your house wasn’t properly compacted in the first place.
What are the signs you might need house leveling and / or foundation repair?
Door jams starting to scrape – The first thing you’ll probably notice is that doors stop latching as the latch becomes misaligned with the hole in the strike plate. Doors might start to scrape in the jams, wearing on the top of the jam. You’ll be able to identify the problem visually, noticing that there’s more space at the top of one side than there is at the other.
Cracks in the drywall – Eventually, the seams at the edges of nearly all drywall cracks. When this happens, you might paint over it to hide the hairline crack. If it doesn’t return, it’s less likely you need foundation repair. If it keeps returning, you’re just putting a band-aid on a broken bone.
Cracks on the outside – While it’s certainly more obvious when cracks start to appear in a brick building, there are also signs to look for if you having siding. Is the siding not matching up like it used to? Are there cracks in the concrete near the ground where the siding stops? Can you see the foundation where it’s exposed, like in lightwells? If you suspect you might need foundation repair, check for cracks anywhere you’re able to see the foundation.
While house leveling is an extensive process, it can be worth it if it saves you even more drastic repairs in the future. If you think you might need foundation repair, give us a call for a free quote!