Is There Any Kind of Tolerance for Foundation Movement

Another question that I have gotten in my over 15 years of working with clients with Foundation Issues is the following:
Is there any kind of tolerance or acceptable foundation movement?

The answer to that is yes.

Industry standard for the Jackson MS Area is 1” in 16’ which is a 0.5% slope. This is a slight slope in the floors that most people are not going to feel when walking around. We also have to remember that we are assuming that the foundation was constructed level, which is not always the case. So, we have to look at the entire picture to help determine if there is actually foundation movement occurring at the residence.

I look for 2 things when looking at foundations.

  • Is there elevation differentials in the foundation?
  • Is there physical signs that indicate foundation movement? Example: Cracks, doors not working correctly, gaps between the floors and the base boards, etc.

If you have any questions about foundation repairs or concerns for a foundation problem please call us and we will be glad to assist you.