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We moved into our house 2 years ago and had several cracks

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We moved into our house 2 years ago and had several cracks patched throughout the house. Within 6 months all of them were back and some seem to be growing. The front door frame seems uneven and I had shaved the top of the bedroom door so it could close. About a month ago that same door is starting to stick again. I'm concerned that there's a structural problem but it seems concentrated in the bathroom areas. We have two bathrooms back to back in the hallway and it seems they might be sagging. We have a raised foundation. Finally, about a year ago, when it wasn't quite so bad, we had several companies come out to take a look and all three gave us different responses so we were left wondering if anyone really knew what was going on or if they were all guessing.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Structural Engineering
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 10 months ago.

Hello

Expert:  StructuralEng replied 10 months ago.

Do you know anything about the structure near the bathrooms?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I only know we're on a raised foundation
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
we're towards the base of a hill.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Do you have any thoughts or suggestions?
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 10 months ago.

All wood structure? Joist size? Joist span?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
It a rancher. I'm guessing all wood structure. I don't know joist size or span.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Perhaps you can suggest a list of questions I need to ask to get a good answer (like joist size/span, etc). Or whom to call to get a reliable assessment.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 10 months ago.

It sounds like a progressive problem. When did it start rubbing again? Temp and moisture increases cause swelling

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
We moved into the house in December (Southern California - so not freezing temps, but cold). We had the plaster walls patched in the spring. We do have a sprinkler system that waters close to the house and we're trying to address that and convert to a drip system. By the summer the cracks were back. I shaved the door to the bedroom in the fall and now it's sticking again (and there was no rubbing after I shaved the door).
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 10 months ago.

Do you have pictures of closed doors (that rub) that you can share?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I can get them. Stand by.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Here are four
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
three more.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Are you able to see them? Not sure if the file size is okay.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
At what point do I decide if I'm satisfied with the help?
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 10 months ago.

I'm looking at the pictures now.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Okay. Thanks.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
If you want to look at the house on Google it's***** 91364
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 10 months ago.

These look like cracks associated with vertical deflection of the supporting members. These are difficult to diagnose when you have access to the house. I will think on this and get back to you ASAP. It could be settlement or deflection or possibly something else

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Thank you. Could you briefly explain vertices deflection?
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 10 months ago.

When a beam sags, that is vertical deflection. The difference in wood is that it creeps, so deflection increases over time, even if the load never increases

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Thanks again. If you have any recommendation for next steps that would be helpful. It seems a lot of companies over the phone want to jump to settlement or hillside issues when I'd like to rule out a rotten support or some other problem.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 10 months ago.

I agree. They don't mind jumping to conclusions because you're paying for it all. Let me put some effort into this and get back to you ASAP

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Sure. Thanks again.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Just checking in today.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Can you give me a timeframe of when you might have more information?

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