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21 February 2007 @ 10:36 am
Foundation shifting  
How much does your foundation shift in the winter?

We moved into our first house in June 2006 so this is our first round of the seasons. The snow is finally melting a little bit up here in North dakota and I can see a noticable gap formed along the backside [west facing] of the house. The rock bed has a distinct drop, the step from outside the garage door has the rebar showing so it's a good few inches moved, and the gap continues along most of the length of the house. I know the foundations do this some with the changes in the weather and some is to be expected but how much?

I might get out later to take some pictures. It's crazy.
 
 
 
jchammondsjchammonds on February 21st, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
I can't speak because I'm in a mobile home, but my dad's, my mil's and my mil's SO's doesn't shift at all. At least not so that you would notice. I think you'd have to have some very precise equipment to measure them since you can't tell by looking. Of course, our weather is so much milder.
Heidimarshmelococoa on February 21st, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
I know it has to do with weather so I think that our extremes probably have a lot to do with it. And I'd think that different soils and wetnesses can effect it too. I'm just hoping it will expand out again so that I don't have to do some serious work out there this spring! There are no visible marks inside though so I guess that's good.
elegantelbowelegantelbow on February 21st, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
My foundation has never, to my knowledge, shifted. I live in a much more southern latitude than you, though.
Heidimarshmelococoa on February 25th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
I've heard from others around here that it is pretty normal. It's still freaky and you can bet I'll be keeping an eye on it!