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When Is Foundation Settlement Finished?

Foundation settlement is a process that can take years to complete, and it’s difficult to determine when it’s finished. Once the movement of the foundation has slowed or stopped, this may indicate that it has reached a point of stability. However, some factors can affect how long this process takes and if the foundation ever reaches a stable state.

Soil composition is key in determining how long and far foundation settlement will extend. The type of soil under the foundation can influence how much weight it can support and determine whether or not it will settle further over time. Clay soils are particularly prone to shifting due to changes in moisture content, while sandy soils tend to be more stable but less able to support heavy loads. Additionally, any large trees or vegetation near the structure may increase settlement due to their roots disturbing the soil beneath the building.

The type of foundation being used also affects the rate of foundation settlement. Slab-on-grade foundations tend to settle more quickly than those with deep footings since they don’t have additional support below ground level. Other factors, such as the size and weight of the building, as well as any pre-existing cracks in its walls or floors, can also contribute to an increase in settlement over time.

Although it’s hard to know when foundation settlement is finished, if a building appears structurally sound with minimal signs of settling, it can be assumed that it is at a point of stability. Therefore, monitoring your building’s foundation for signs of settlement is essential. Some symptoms of foundation settlement include cracks in the walls or floors, doors and windows that stick, and uneven floors. If you notice any of these signs, you must contact a qualified foundation repair professional to evaluate the extent of the settlement and recommend appropriate measures to address the issue.

Don’t wait until it’s too late – call Carolina Foundation Solutions at (877) 770-7050 to keep your foundation in the best possible condition.

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