Creaking And Cracking, Is Your House Talking To You?

Have you ever notice when you settle down at home after a busy day, all is quiet in the house… do you sometimes hear creaking and cracking noises? Some of these sounds are normal, commonly known as thermal expansion and contraction caused by the cooling of the air, frequently in the evening, your home’s wooden structure and attic beams will contract, creating a cracking noise. These sounds are usually not something to worry about, but if it becomes constant or you notice an increase in sound, you may need to listen.

Soil contracts and expands. When the weather is hot and without rain, the soil will dry up and contract. When it rains, the soil will absorb the water like a sponge, and expand. When a house or building sits for a time with this expansion and contraction going on beneath the foundation, it can weaken the foundation and cause it to crack or break. If this happens it can leave signs for you to see inside and outside the house. Some of these signs are as follows: cracking in walls and floor tiles, sticking windows and doors, and bricks separating from the house or plumbing leaks. If you notice any of these things in your home, you might want to have it checked out by a reputable foundation company. The earlier you can detect a problem and have it assessed, the easier and more cost effective it is to solve.

You may not have a serious problem. Many times these symptoms can be improved by regular foundation maintenance, such as watering around the house during hot, dry weather. Keeping the soil moist can assist in preventing major foundation problems. Another important factor is having good drainage around the house so water does not gather and pond. Ponding and pooling of water causes the soil to become saturated and swell.

So, if your home is talking to you or if you have questions or concerns, call Perma-Pier Foundation Repair of Texas. Having been around since 1992, and completed over 18,000 foundation repair and drainage projects, Perma-Pier has solutions. Perma-Pier’s staff members are all trained in geological sciences, and we have the most experienced evaluators in the industry. Employees undergo continual training giving them the most up to date knowledge and information available. Advanced in all systems of foundation repair, Perma-Pier can customize a plan of repair designed specifically for your property. So, if your house is talking to you, give Perma-Pier a call and get some answers.

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