What does it mean when a house is settling?

‘House is settling’ means a house is sinking into the ground. But, this is not a fast process. A house may sink gradually into the soil.

Why Does A House Settle Abnormally?

1) Improper Basement Excavation
Sometimes builders dig too much soil from the ground. Then, they fill the basement’s (empty) space with new soil. Now, this new soil may not settle properly. It may take time to find its compactness. Hence, your house begins to settle with this new soil.

2) Soil Condition
Clay soil is not an ideal soil under your basement. It can expand and dry up occasionally. That’s why the chemistry of soil matters most while building your house.

3) Concrete Drying Process
Concrete mixtures have water in them. After the construction of a house, this water begins to dry up. As a result, house settling starts. Though it’s a natural process and it’s not harmful to a house.

Is ‘House Settling’ A Natural Process?
It’s a natural process. But there is a certain limit to a house’s sinking process. A house may take 1 year to 3 years to settle down into the ground. Though this settling may not cause any noticeable damage.

Should You Be Worried?

If a house settling begins to cause damages to the house, then it’s not natural. In that case, your house is sinking deeper into the ground than it should be. You can read the below information to detect a harmful house settling.

How Would You Know If Your House Is Settling Unusually

1) Noticeable Cracks
Miniature cracks are normal in a house. You can see small cracks in your house’s walls or basement walls. But, when walls begin to show large cracks, then you should be worried. Your basement’s walls may begin to lean and you may also notice unusual cracks near your basement. Even, some cracks may appear on your house’s outside walls.

2) Sloping or Uneven Floors
House settling has no fixed rule. As a result, your house may begin to lean. It may begin to lean to one side. Consequently, the floor on your house becomes uneven. You can use a spirit level gauge to find out – whether your house has a sloping floor or not!

3) Tight or Loose Doors & Windows
House settling may take an abnormal turn. As a result, your house’s door and window frames can lose their shapes. Consequently, the doors and windows may become too tight or too loose. Furthermore, walls may also start to leave the window or door’s frames. This incident may create visible cracks between the wall and the ‘window & door’ frames.

4) Twisted Water Pipes
Sometimes house settling changes the shape of an entire house. This incident can twist the water pipes that are around your house. House settling can even make the water pipes burst.

What Should You Do To Help Your House?
If you experience any of the above signs, you should call an expert. Because only a professional can inspect your house’s condition properly. A professional has proper experience and tools to inspect a house. Hence, you should contact a professional to know about your house’s health