Many of our clients do not notice any interior changes as a result of the lifting process. However, be aware that it is always possible that cracks and other changes may occur during and in the weeks after the lift process. It likely took years for your home to settle and show signs of stress on your wall and floor finishes. Your home is always under some form of stress due to the hydration fluctuations in the soil below the foundation. These include weather changes and load/lift scenarios. As your foundation settles out of level, the lowest part of your home’s foundation actually starts to take on more of the load of your home because the center roof fulcrum is shifting. Similar to a boat that leans to one side, more of the total weight goes to the lowest area of the structure. This is one reason a home that starts to settle usually starts settling faster and faster as it gets lower and lower. Rotation or tilting of the home creates a lot of energy that is absorbed by the foundation, walls, roof rafters and finishes of your home. The stress on your home becomes obvious by cracks appearing and finishes popping off, or doors and windows that do not work. In other instances the entire home will move as a unit and even though it is tilted, it shows little or no stress.
When we lift a home it happens so slowly that you need a timelapse to visibly see a difference. However, because the foundation settles over a period of years, your finishes have had time to adjust over time to your home’s tilted state. In fact, if you noticed cracks in your drywall or tile you may have already repaired them while your home was tilted. When your home is raised, we are gently forcing these materials to return to their original installed position, putting stress on the material. This may result in cracks in drywall, tile, and other interior or exterior finishes, particularly in areas that have previously been repaired. This is a natural and unavoidable outcome of repairing your foundation.
Our recommendation is to wait at least a month before repairing interior cracks to allow all of the changes to manifest. However, exterior cracks should be repaired immediately to ensure that water, air and insects are prevented from entering the home.