The foundation of your home is one of the most essential parts. It’s also one of the most expensive parts to repair if there are issues. Of course, the sooner that you recognize problems and start the repair process means the less it will cost to fix. If you pull up to your home in the evening after work, and your home looks more like the Leaning Tower of Pisa than the neighbor’s house, then it’s obvious that you’re in need of a foundation repair. However, there need to be signs that you need a repair before your home gets to this point. Here are a few signs that you need a professional to check your foundation.
Signs of Water Damage
Water damage can be a sign of a variety of problems around your home, including the foundation. Water can also damage the foundation of your home. When you have a lot of water in the soil around your home, it expands. As the soil dries, it contracts. This can create shifting sand or soil that can cause your foundation to shift, crumble or even break.
When there is a crack in the foundation, water can seep through the cracks and cause water to pool around your home. Unnaturally, dry soil after a heavy rainfall or watering the yard can also be a sign of damage and cracking of the foundation.
Damage to the Floor and Ceilings
If you notice a sagging floorboard or warped areas on the ceiling, these are possible signs of damage to your foundation. Placing a ball on the floor is the quickest way to find out if your floor is level. If the ball rolls, then you have an issue somewhere in the foundation or sub-flooring. You should be able to set the ball anywhere on the and have it stay in place.
Another sign inside the house that your foundation might need a repair is gaps between the floor and an interior wall or the ceiling. These gaps aren’t always big or obvious so look around your home carefully.
Windows and Doors
Your windows and doors need to fit in place. You need to make sure that they aren’t too loose or too snuggly in place. It needs to fit just right. If they don’t, it could be a sign of foundation issues. There are a few other reasons that are possible reasons for why they don’t fit correctly. No matter the cause, you need to get them checked out sooner rather than later.
When checking out your doors and windows, other items to check are the HVAC vents. Another sign of problems with the foundation can be the way the garage door fits once it’s shut.
Your interior and exterior walls can be an early warning sign for foundation issues. When you build a new home, there is a certain amount of settling that occurs. In fact, the designs of building materials include a little give for this reason. Any cracks or warping of the walls is signs of problems with the foundation. If you have brick or cement walls, be on the look out for crumbling areas or cracks that are signs of foundation issues. Also, you need to look for signs of decay. Water stains and any signs of mold on your walls can be indicators of foundation issues that allowed the water to get to the walls.
At Structural Repair & Renovations, we’re ready to come out and inspect your property for any sign of damage to the foundation. Our company specializes in foundation repairs due to a variety of reasons. Contact us today to determine if you have a problem and get it taken care of before your home becomes the Leaning Tower of Pisa.