Warning Signs of Settling Foundation

A settling foundation that is not identified or addressed early on can become a huge, inevitable, and costly stabilization process. Cosmetic patching of open cracks is often attempted, but these cracks will reopen if the underlying aggravating factors which cause differential settlement are left unaddressed.

It’s crucial to be aware of the warning signs so you can identify the structural problems of settling foundations sooner rather than later. Luckily, they are some of the easiest structural problems to identify. Here are the top 3 warning signs to keep an eye out for:

  1. Large Interior & Exterior Cracks

When it comes to cracks around the house, inside and outside, the only ones typically worth worrying about are the large cracks with a zig-zag pattern. Fine, small cracks inside or outside are usually not an issue. Inside the house, sheetrock cracks that zig-zag and extend across nearly the whole height of the wall should definitely be checked out, along with wallpaper pulling away from the wall and cracks at the junction of the wall and ceiling.

  1. Sticking or Uneven Doors

There are many telling signs the doors in your house can give you about the state of the foundation. If your interior doors begin sticking, that tends to be a sign of foundation settling, as interior doors on a settling foundation often drag or stick at the top. Exterior doors, on the other hand, usually drag at the threshold or hand down at the top, appearing uneven. Additionally, any doors that seem very uneven, separated from the frame, and have cracks above them should be evaluated.

  1. Sagging or Uneven Floors

It’s important to be conscious of the floors in your house and whether there are any points that appear to be uneven, squeaky, or sagging. These warning signs are easy to spot and can even be tested by spilling water on the floor and noticing if it flows downhill. Uneven floor issues can be strong warning signs of settling foundation, so any issues you may notice are worth getting checked out as well. (Not to mention an uneven or saggy floor that continues to worsen can become a hazard for young children or older adults.)

If you notice any, or multiple, of these three common issues in your house, it may be time to get your foundation inspected. If left unaddressed, settlement can lead to expensive structural stabilization repairs or structural failure. Read more about the causes of settling foundation, the solutions, and the cost of inaction here, and contact us today.

Thank You for Attending our Open House

On February 26, over 100 people (from clients and business partners, to community members and family members) came out to help celebrate the opening of our new office. Complete with an official ribbon cutting ceremony, a presentation from the leadership team and special guests at the entrance of the building, the grand opening was a successful event and perfect way to celebrate our new space.

Guests came hungry and left full from our BBQ buffet and beverages, entered our raffle and took a tour of the new office. The office features a dedicated engineering plan design room, spacious conference room, lobby, ping pong, and Foosball play areas, breakaway lounge to encourage open communication and thinking, dedicated offices, and an open layout. It’s easily accessible from the belt line and right near downtown Raleigh, just up Falls of Neuse Road.

We’re so excited about our new home and thank everyone who came to celebrate with us!


Stonewall Structural Engineering Hosts Grand Opening Event

Stonewall Structural Engineering is moving to a new office and hosting a grand opening event at its new Raleigh location, 4800 Falls of Neuse Road. Come visit the new office on Feb 26th from 4 pm to 7 pm for good food, great company, and a lot of fun.

Stonewall is a structural engineering company that delivers comprehensive structural inspections and building design services in the Triangle area for both residential and commercial projects. Stonewall’s small team is full of passionate, dedicated engineers who meet every deadline and approach each and every project seriously, with their strong reputation in mind.

The company was founded in 2011 by Chuck LaVerdiere. Chuck grew up in Southern California and graduated from the top-rated Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California San Diego. Over the years, Chuck’s design experience has taken all shapes and sizes; home remodels and additions, historical renovations, concrete tilt-up structures, steel framed buildings, mid-rise mixed-use buildings, commercial fit-ups, and more. He started Stonewall Structural Engineering with a brand based on structural integrity and a passion for doing things the right way, starting with the designer.

“It’s so exciting and rewarding to see our company grow to a new location. Everyone on this team has worked hard to help get us to this point, and we cannot wait to bring in the new year with this location!” – Chuck LaVerdiere, Stonewall Founder

To register for Stonewall Structural Engineering’s Grand Opening, click here.

Please join us to celebrate our grand opening!!
February 26, 2019 | 4pm-7pm
4800 Falls of Neuse Road
Suite 120
Raleigh, NC 27609