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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Homeowners coping with sinking houses

  • Insurance rarely covers the repairs, which involve driving steel piers into the ground until they reach load-bearing soil.
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  • Homeowners in the Waseca area say their houses seem to be sinking, and they blame this year's drought.
    Pat and Howard Edwards say they started noticing problems this spring — doors and windows that wouldn't close properly and cracks in the walls and foundation. They had contractors return the structure to level footing, at a cost of $40,000.
    Victor Barke owns Complete Basement Systems of Mankato. He says soil shrinks as it dries, and areas that don't have enough moisture-retaining clay to stabilize things can see houses begin to tilt. Contractors say the problem hit at least 20 homes in the Waseca area.
    A Free Press of Mankato report (http://bit.ly/SWOCm0 ) says insurance rarely covers the repairs, which involve driving steel piers into the ground until they reach load-bearing soil.

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