It can be quite upsetting to look out your window and find that your fence is leaning to one side, especially if the purpose of the fence is to protect your privacy or keep animals off your property. While this issue can be repaired fairly easily, it's essential you figure out the root cause of the problem to prevent it from happening again in the future. Here are two things that may cause your fence to lean awkwardly and what you can do about them.
It's easy to believe the ground is solid and firm. In reality, soil shifts and settles all the time. Typically, it does so very gradually and over a long period of time. Thus, you may not notice anything is amiss until your fence starts falling over. Shifting soil can also be caused by erosion from an external force, such as the wind or water. The perpetrator continuously blows or washes away layer after thin layer of soil until the fence supports no longer rest on firm footing and fall over as a result.
Although any soil can cause this type of problem, you're more likely to have issues if you live in area where the soil is weak or poorly compacted. You can somewhat tell this is the issue if your home has settled over time as well, which is typically indicated by damage to the foundation, doors that sit unevenly in the frame, and wall cracks. However, it's best to have an expert come out and inspect your land to confirm whether your soil is the cause of your leaning fence problem.
This issue can be fixed by reinstalling the fence and importing a better quality soil that won't erode and shift so easily. Alternatively, you can secure the fence base using concrete or a similar sturdy material. A fencing contractor can evaluate your situation and help you come up with an appropriate solution.
Pushy Tree Roots
Another thing that could be causing your fence to start doing its best Michael Jackson dance impression are trees that are located nearby. Trees are beautiful, but their roots can cause quite a few problems, particularly if you live in a dry area or it hasn't rained in a long while. The trees will stretch out their roots in search of water, and sometimes this can cause them to disturb the soil under the fence, causing the structure to lean over.
You and/or an arborist can determine if this is the problem by digging in the affected area and visually inspecting the hole. If you find tree roots inside, then you'll need to take steps to abate the problem. An arborist can trim the roots so they're not in the way anymore, or you can plant a barrier between at the base of the fence to keep the roots from bothering the structure in the future.
For help with your fence issues or to have one installed, contact a fencing contractor like those at City Wide Fence Co.