Do you see any cracks on your walls, especially the basement or just outside of it? These are signs that your house might be sinking, and your likely reaction is to blame the ground and construction company. But, you need to look below the ground to determine the cause of the settlement.
Signs of foundational problems are no laughing matter. Your home might completely sink, putting you or other people in danger. The first thing you should remember is that moisture affects different soil types in various ways; the two most common are sand and clay. Moisture does not have much of an effect on sand. When it rains, water just passes through it and when wet, it does not expand or shrink when dry. Clay is the problematic type because when wet, it holds water and expands, and it shrinks when dry.
BASEco says drought is a factor because it dries clay out. When this happens, clay begins to dry and may cause your home to sink. The high temperatures results in soil shrinkage around your property, creating empty spaces for your house to settle in. The problem gets worse when there are trees; shrubs and mature trees take moisture form the ground, causing the shrinking to get even worse.
Soil compaction reduces its volume because of outside factors; this reduction lowers the quality of the environment and soil productivity. This has a variety of effects that will not only sink your house, but will also affect its surroundings. If the construction company fails to compact the soil adequately, it starts to compress under the weight, resulting in settlement.
Drought is not your only problem and the only factor that may cause the sinking. Floods and heavy rains wet the soil, soaking the clay and making it soft. Houses will begin to sink because of the weakened soil. The effect is similar to whenever you step on mud.
A sinking house is a serious problem that needs an immediate solution. Once you see the signs such as cracking walls and sloped floors, contact a professional.