Homes make strange noises – they’re built from many different materials such as glass, concrete and wood that expand and contract at different rates. If your home is making noises that rival a big city sound, then it may be sending you signals that there’s a problem – that’s where Dalrock Foundation Repair comes in. With over 20 years in the business, Dalrock Foundation Repair has worked hard to provide DFW home owners with a warranty product that not only will protect their home’s foundation, but add to it by building owner confidence and giving home owners peace-of-mind.
If you are experiencing strange sounds within your new home, should you ignore the common myth referred to as “house settling noises”? Absolutely not. Knowing why you should pay close attention to any “unsettling” sounds you may hear, even years after owning your home, is crucial.
Minimize Sound With Temperature and Humidity Control
The good news is that most “settling home” sounds are not structural. You can reduce the creaks and groans from your home by eliminating both temperature swings and indoor humidity. Also make sure the attic is well-ventilated. If you have a crawl space, be certain the soil is completely covered with a plastic vapor retarder. Coat basement walls with damp-proofing material and be sure the kitchen and bath have vent fans that discharge moisture outdoors.
If it’s the fall or winter, then these sounds may coincide with turning on the heat for the first time all season- it’s the sound of the ductwork in your house expanding and contracting with the change in temperature. The noise could be coming from your roof during the hottest days of the summer, when the rays of the sun beat down on the shingles. Thankfully, Dalrock Foundation Repair are experts in foundation settling repairs and maintenance, and will quickly point out any foundation settlement problems.
Common Reasons Your House Is Settling, Creaking, and Popping
Soil: By far, the most common reason for a house settling is improperly backfilled soil. The type of soil used when building a home can accelerate or decelerate the settlement of your home – and thus, determining the sounds it makes during the “settlement” process. Foundation repair experts recommend keeping plants and foliage around your foundation to help keep the soil at a constant moisture level. A layer of mulch around plants will help keep the plants moist as well as the foundation. If these plants look healthy, your foundation is most likely in good shape.
Cracks in Walls: A jagged crack running off at a forty-five degree angle is a sure sign that your foundation is seriously shifting and has resulted in actually tearing the sheetrock apart.
Sticking Doors or Windows: If you have doors or windows that consistently stick for no apparent reason, these can be a sign of your foundation shifting. This happens because the door or window frame twists out of balance as the foundation moves.
Trust Dalrock To Eliminate Settling Sounds With Expert Maintenance
If you are experiencing foundation problems, cracks in the exterior and/or interior of your home, it could be a serious foundation problem. Common house shifting, sounds, and swelling occur year-round with the change of the seasons and moisture, but there are instances where there is a bigger problem in your foundation that can cause serious damage to your home. Contact Dalrock Foundation Repair to get a professional to assess the creaks, groans, and cracks in your home.