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Q: How can I tell if my house has foundation problems?

A: If you have noticed swinging or sticking doors, cracks in the walls or uneven floors, your home may be in need of foundation repair. You can visit our Foundation Repair page here to learn more about other warning signs of foundation failure. At J.L. James House Leveling, we can specify the necessary methods to correct these common problems and make sure that your house is stable for life. We will be happy to come to your home for an evaluation and provide you with a free repair estimate.

Q: What causes foundation movement and problems?

A: Lots of factors can cause foundation movement; however, the main causes are contraction or expansion of clay soils. Soil expansion is caused by the absorption of moisture in the soil causing an upward movement of the foundation known as “heave.” Contraction of the soil occurs when moisture is lost from the soil causing it to shrink in size and compact together. This causes the foundation to move downward which is called “settling.”

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