Whether new construction or existing homes, there are certain actions homeowners can take to prevent or minimize foundation cracks and shifts.
When you are looking to build, ask your contractor for an opinion and report, based upon the type of soil in your area. You may need to obtain the services of a soil engineer.
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We recommend installing French drains from the very beginning as a means to regulate moisture amounts in the soil around your foundation. If you own an already existing property, pay careful attention to cracks along the exterior areas around the south side of your home. This is typically the first warning sign of foundation shifting. Other warning signs are cracks around door frames and windows or bricks on the outside. Often, driveways will settle too. While inconvenient, this is not necessarily a sign of foundation damage or a need for foundation repair.
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