Bought a 20 year old house last spring and it appears to be settling - when to call in experts

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This house is about 20 years old and we purchased it last April without seeing any of this stuff. The inspection came back OK but we found a decent sized foundation crack on the walkthrough under some insulation (good times...) Over the year we've noticed regular popping noises and now we're seeing cracks in the drywall in the finished basement and screw pops on the main floor. After purchase we also discovered that the underground drainage system was blocked up by tree roots so we had that replaced and a company came in and mortared some minor (less than 1/8 inch) cracks in the foundation. There are two walls of the finished basement that we haven't opened up yet so we're not 100% sure what's going on with those walls.

Lots of drywall blemishes like this on the first floor, with the worst ones all along the same wall.

In the finished basement we've got cracks at all the seams where walls meet ceiling.

More basement fun.

So the question becomes this -...

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[Summary]Foundation Problems vs. Settling Your home is your number one most valuable investment – so it makes sense that maintaining your home's structural integrity is a high priority. When the structural integrity of a house has been compromised, a variety

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Foundation Problems vs. Settling

Your home is your number one most valuable investment – so it makes sense that maintaining your home’s structural integrity is a high priority. When the structural integrity of a house has been compromised, a variety of unpleasant problems can occur. But how can you tell the difference between normal wear and a problem that needs immediate attention?

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Your home will tell you if it’s settling and needs attention. Here’s where to look for the signs:

When you open and close the front and back doors, they hit the door jamb (the part of the door frame where the latch usually is) instead of moving smoothly...

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Everyone who owns an old house needs to know how to restore old windows. There are lots of them and they usually need a lot of work, but with the tutorials, tools, and supplies on this page you can learn how to restore old windows like a a pro from a pro.

Your home’s old wood windows are some of the most valuable yet misunderstood elements of a historic house. Most people find them painted shut with sash cords cut and with missing bits and pieces of hardware. That’s the time they usually opt to start over with replacement windows.

But replacing historic windows is a big mistake and I don’t want you fall into it!

Reasons people choose to replace old windows:

Inoperable windows Leaky and energy-inefficient windows Lead paint concerns Aggressive marketing from window companies

All these problems can be easily solved and you can make your historic windows just as efficient as a new window but much longer lasting!

The Facts About Historic...

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