Differential Settlement? When a home or structure of any kind is built some form of minor settlement will take place. This would be considered normal settlement if it occurs within the first twelve months of construction. There’s always a settlement tolerance with any structure regardless of the type of construction, spread footing to deep foundation systems (single story homes – 100 story buildings)! When settlement takes place after the first twelve months of construction, its anything but normal. Any signs of foundation settlement should be addressed early on, when they are in the early stages. When foundation settlement signs are ignored this will more than likely lead to very costly repairs to the foundation along with expensive cosmetic repairs to both the interior and exterior finishes.
The TERM normal settlement is a term typically used by a real estate agents. There Is NO such thing as normal settlement. This is a loose term mostly used by realtors to minimize foundation damage during the sale of the home or business. I’m not trying to bash realtors I’m just being honest and that’s the reason people hire us! Lets get back to the topic, normal settlement. So when the house was designed it was engineered to sink into the ground, I don’t think so! If any settlement should or would take place, typically it occurs with in the first 12 months of construction. Because after the first year what has caused the soils to lose there bearing capabilities. Now that’s cleared up lets move on!!!!his term is simply not true, if you see cracks in the exterior or interior walls call a Engineer like Foundation Masters, LLC for a free evaluation.
Foundation Settlement Repair
If you notice any signs of settlement, consult with a engineer that is experienced in foundation and structural repairs like Foundation Masters, LLC to determine if the settlement is actively moving and may need to be addressed. If it needs to be addressed, Foundation Masters, LLC Engineers will determine the cause of the settlement and the proper steps to fix the situation.