Sinking Footing and Skirting

If a home doesn’t have a basement, then it likely has one of these spaces underneath it. When it is not sealed off from the outside environment, or if a waterproofing system is not installed, moisture and humidity can cause a lot of problems. It can flood whenever it rains, or when there is melting snow on the lawn. Wood inside on supports and floor joists can start to rot and become ruined. All of this rotting wood is very attractive to unwanted pests, as well. The moisture can also lead to the growth of dangerous mold, which could make someone very sick, and it has been known to cause many different health problems, including: asthma attacks, skin rashes, fatigue, headaches, eye irritation, and cold/flu-like symptoms.

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Sinking Footing & Home Skirting

The foundation wall around a crawl space, sometimes known as the skirting, can sink or become uneven over time. This is most noticeable if the bottom level of your home has sagging floors with the presence of exterior cracks. Sinking footing can sometimes be caused by the columns which provide support being placed too far apart. In some cases, the joists, girders, and posts made from wood are rotting due to moisture intrusion. The low quality of the soil’s conditions around the perimeter of your home might cause the foundation to become too weak to hold up the mass of your home.

Does your home have a sinking footer? The warning signs:

  • Cracks on walls inside of the home
  • Windows and doors are difficult to open or close
  • Uneven, sloping floors
  • Tilting crawl space supports

How To Fix Home Skirting/Footing That Is Sinking or Bowing Inward

Jacks, piers, and other stabilization measures can be taken to make sure your foundation’s structure is adequately strengthened. In the event your damages are due to issues with excess runoff, your Stabil-Loc authorized professionals will install a drainage system (usually perforated pipe set in gravel) around the perimeter of the house. Moisture from the ground enters the drain layered within the gravel and will be forced away from the footing.

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