Soil Settlement and Poor Supporting Soil for Chimneys

It is natural for soil to settle over time. But as the backfilled soil around your exterior foundation walls sinks into place, it can slope towards the house. This allows water to easily collect and then seep in through the walls. Soil also can settle unevenly and lead to other problems in your house. You could see diagonal cracks in drywall and from corners of windows and doors. These windows and doors also may not open or close properly. 
 
If you have a fireplace in your home, you need to keep an eye on the chimney. The chimney could show some dramatic signs of foundation failure such as cracking and leaning away from the rest of the structure. These problems can happen if the chimney foundation was not built on the same foundation or soil as the rest of the structure or if the foundation lacks the proper footing. 

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