fine for 5 years now 4 new craks in foundation

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Old 09-17-07, 09:12 PM
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fine for 5 years now 4 new craks in foundation

I have been in this house for 5 years now and knew of 2 cracks in the foundation when we bought. Everything has been fine except this summer I noticed 4 new cracks in the foundation, 1 in each wall.

My lot is 200x200 level, backing on to a forest. The only couple of strange stuff that has happened was we had a very warm winter for 50% of it. Then it was normal cold temps for 6 weeks and back to warmer temps. We had a lot less snow and not a lot of rain this summer. After the winter I noticed a portion of the back lot had sunk 3-6inches in sections. Other parts of the lot show slight sinking but not much.

Who should I call in to look at the lot and the foundation? I see in some posts an engineer should be called in and other a foundation company.

Can a house be stopped from sinking if the lot around is still falling down? Is this something I would have to pay for or could I see if insurnace would pay for it?
 
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fine for 5 years now 4 new craks in foundation

Since you do have soil settlement on your property, contact a geo-technical engineer (called a soils engineer at one time) to determine what is going on and if it is temporary or a long term situation.

A sturctural engineer can look at your house and determine the way to repair it, but he would need information on the soil to make any long term assesment.

Dick
 
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Old 09-17-07, 09:45 PM
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Thanks, I'll find a geo-technical engineer first thing to have them see what's going on.

Alex
 
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