I have a 20 year old house and part of the house has settled slightly --
some of the floors are no longer level.
Is it possible to counter the settling by adjusting the posts in the
crawlspace? Are there companies specializing in this type of work? If so,
how do I lookup these companies?
What did it settle for?
Look underneath at the framing and the foundation or whatever it is
built on, possibly a footing/ground/soil problem, to see what is
Maybe your house was built over what will eventually become a giant
I would suggest an engineer or architect specialising in residential
If only part of the house is setteling, there are several
The house was added to and the foundations in the two parts are
The ground is different in one of several possible ways.
Some part of the structure was not designed or built to meet present
loads and posts were added to support the failing members.
Ther are so many possible causes and remedies that you need someone on
site to diagnose and suggest a remedy.
Get someone with a helicopter to fly over the house and hook a chain
on your chimney. Then tell the helicopter driver to lift the house
until you can put shims under the low spots. When he sets it down, be
sure he bounces it a few times to be sure its set in place firmly.
Could be as simple as regrading or adding gutters to divert water which
may cause problems on expansive (clay type) soils.
Or moderately expensive foundation repairs to very expensive foundation
repairs. Only a competant structural engineer would give you a true
diagnosis. You could try calling foundation repair companies out for
free estimates but ultimately I would want an engineers opinion.
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