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Why is My Home’s Foundation Sinking?

Sep 2, 2023 | Uncategorized

Truth is that every home’s foundation has many layers to it and every home is dealing with a unique set of soil variables specific to the lot where it’s built. There are however many common denominators found in North Texas homes dealing with foundation issues. 

The biggest issue right now is HEAT! 

The National Weather Service reports that this summer was 3rd hottest & the 4th driest in DFW history. Those 2 factors alone have disrupted the #1 rule in home foundation maintenance which is “maintaining balance”! 

The season’s heat and lack of moisture is causing our North Texas clay soil to shrink and open up like never before! This means any structure, whether it be a home, fence or street sign can end up being subject to the soil shrinkage & falling through. 

Just last week I was watching my nephew’s soccer game & looked up to see the stadium light poles sinking & leaning at 45 degree angles.  Your home is no different… with balance disrupted it can begin to sink, lean, or tilt.  

Foundation sinking can look like different things depending on the home. Many 1-story wide footprint homes on evenly shaped lots will appear to push out on the perimeters in what looks like an “umbrella effect”. Other homes with smaller footprints on uneven lots will often appear to lean or tilt in one direction often parallel to the grade of the lot. All of these are considered to be problematic if the home measures outside of “acceptable tolerances”. 

If indeed you believe your home to be sinking, please give AlphaLift a call today! We’ll come out, inspect your home, and provide documented measurements that will show what exactly your home is doing. Many times the house isn’t moving much compared to what it may seem and sometimes may not be moving at all! Either way you’ll have documentation to compare against as time moves forward. 

Whatever the issue, our team is here to help make sure sinking doesn’t get the best of you & your home!

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