5 Steps to Avoid Cracks in Your Home from Shifting Soil
I bought a ten-year-old home in the spring of this year. The entire interior had been freshly painted. By late summer, two cracks developed on top of the kitchen door, one crack on one corner of a window and one horizontal crack in the hallway upstairs, about two feet off the floor. All these are recently discovered and are hairline cracks. Is this normal? What steps do I have to consider to solve this?
- Install rain gutters and downspouts around the house.
- Grade all soil at the perimeter of the house so that it directs water away from the house. This goes for concrete patios and walkways– they should be poured so that water runs away from the house.
- Don’t flood landscaping adjacent to and surrounding the house.
- If the lots surrounding yours are higher, or drain onto your property, an extensive drainage system may be in order.
- And, last but not least, make sure that there is proper ventilation under the house to reduce moisture or dampness. The most common method of crawl space ventilation is to use of vents at the perimeter of the foundation.