Settling of house build in 1999

Old 01-03-15, 05:33 PM
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Settling of house build in 1999

We bought this house in 2001 at that time it was 2 years old. Over time i see cracks on my 2nd floor (1st floor is ground level). I see that house has settled one side more then other at least more then 2 inches. We noticed this as I was renovating bathrooms which is one in each side.
One side bathroom door is slanted as overtime it was not closing and i had to adjust the knob and gap between jamb of door and door is quiet one inch with a crack in corner on drywall.
My question is should i be concerned and if i should what are corrective measures i need to take.
Thanks very much for any advice.
Old 01-03-15, 05:47 PM
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How old is the house?
2" is a huge amount.
Dozens of thing can cause the issues your talking about.
Really need someone on site to look over the whole structure.
A real structural engineer would be my suggestion.
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I agree with Joe, 2" is a serious problem. Can you explain where you are measuring this or estimating.

You mentioned a ground level first floor, do you have a basement or is this house built on a slab at grade level?

If you have a basement, is it unfinished and open or finished. If open, that is where I would start running some level lines.

Wood shrinks. A 2x10 starts out at 9.5" - 9.75" in height. After a few years it can be down to 9.25". But the exterior band is attached to the sheathing so it doesn't drop the same as interior joists and that can cause doors to stick and cracks in the corners. But it is far less than 2".

Is your attic structure made out of trusses?

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Over what length is the the 2" drop? Is it worse in one area or consistent across the length or width of the house?
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Thanks everyone for the reply much appreciated.
1. Yes it has a basement and finished basement.
2. House is build in 1998.
3. What I have seen is the difference on ceiling on 2nd floor. After posting the thread I did some calculations and found that there is a difference in ceiling from one end to other. But both ends are having difference from center of the house ceiling.
And we noticed that while remodeling our bathroom after starting the tiling work one end of bathroom has no space on ceiling and other end of bathroom has 2 inch space even though I put the tiles exactly same way for the line gap between tiles to be straight across the walls
Thanks again for everyones help.

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