As a homeowner, you’re busy. You might not have time to notice small problems with your home that could turn into big ones if left unchecked. One such problem is any issue with your home’s foundation. Many homeowners don’t even realize they have one until it’s too late.
Fixing foundation problems early helps prevent major damage, issues, and expenses down the road. Thus, if you see any of these signs, it’s best to call us right away. We’ll take a look at your home and determine the extent of the damage so we can fix it before it gets worse.
So how can you tell if your home needs foundation repair? Here are seven signs your home might need foundation repair.
Poor Water Drainage
Water can cause foundation issues by putting too much pressure on your foundation walls and weakening their structure. If your home doesn’t have proper drainage, the water can pool around your foundation and cause it to weaken and crack. You might notice:
- a flooded basement
- water not being absorbed into the soil causing pooling
- or water seeping into your home through cracks in the foundation.
If you are experiencing these problems, call us right away. We’ll fix the drainage issue, which should help prevent further foundation damage. We also offer basement repair and crawl space repair services to help keep them dry and free from mold and insect infestation.
Leaning and Bowing Walls
There are many possible reasons for a wall to lean or bow. The most common reason is improper foundation support, which could be caused by the ground sinking, settlement of the building’s foundation, or an issue with the original construction.
Any movement in the foundation will cause you to see warped, leaning, or bulging walls. If this is not addressed quickly, your walls can collapse resulting in much more damage and higher repair costs. Thus, once identified, it’s important to call a professional right away to assess the problem and offer the most effective solution.
A sagging floor can occur when the weight of a building is not properly dispersed along the foundation, which creates uneven pressure on your foundation walls and floor. Sagging is not the only sign of foundation issues. If you see your floors bowing or forming new cracks, you may have a foundation problem.
Naturally, as time passes, your floors will sag by 1/2″ due to normal wear and tear. However, if you see your floors sagging more than this or forming new cracks you should call us to assess the problem and offer a suitable solution.
Sagging floors are not only deformed and unappealing but they can be dangerous. They can collapse and cause injuries if they’re not fixed quickly.
Cracks in Walls and Floors
When there’s a problem with the foundation, you’ll start to notice cracks in your basement walls and floors. These cracks can form for various reasons: too much water pressure, soil erosion, or building settlement. Whatever the reason may be, it’s important to call us if you spot any.
Cracks in walls and floors are generally harmless on their own. However, they can lead to more serious problems with the foundation if left untreated. This means if your home has cracks, find out what’s causing them so you can prevent further damage down the road. Plaster, drywall, bricks, and concrete can form cracks and will need urgent repair. Carrying out routine checks of the perimeter can ensure that you’re on top of any issues as soon as they arise.
Doors and Windows Not Opening and Closing Properly
If you notice your doors and windows are not opening or closing properly, it could indicate a serious foundation issue that needs to be addressed. This is another common issue that homeowners might not notice until they have severe damage to their home’s foundation.
Trouble opening or closing doors and windows can be caused by an uneven floor, which in turn can arise from an underlying issue with your foundation. Also since the frame is attached to the walls of your home, if one wall has issues then the frame will likely be affected too.
You should be able to easily and smoothly open and shut all the doors and windows in your home. If you notice your doors and windows are not opening or closing correctly, then there’s a good chance you have foundation problems that need to be handled as soon as possible.
Gaps in Ceiling
If you see gaps in your ceiling, it could indicate a shifting foundation. When the ground is sinking or if the support beams underneath are unevenly distributed, this can cause large holes in your ceilings.
This can be unnerving and give an impression of impending danger if your ceiling collapses. If your ceiling is shifting, it’s likely due to your home’s foundation setting and may not be able to support the rest of your home. Seek assistance with this immediately.
Lastly, if you have an uneven patio, it might indicate that your foundation is not level. This is another clear sign that you need foundation repair services.
Having a slanted or uneven patio can cause problems with the rest of your property. Over time, this can lead to cracks in your walls and flooring which can be dangerous for you and your family. If left unattended, this issue could get worse and result in more expensive repairs further down the road.
Your Solution? Effective Foundation Repair Services
As a homeowner, you’re busy and may not notice problems with your home’s foundation until they become a serious issue. However, early detection can save you money in the long run as it prevents further damage from occurring.
Identifying and fixing these seven signs of foundation damage early on helps prevent more serious issues down the road including injury. If you’re experiencing any of these problems give us a call today at 844.468.4674 to schedule a free, no-obligation foundation repair consultation. Our experienced foundation repair contractors can handle any type of damage to your home’s foundation, including concrete repair, basement repair and crawl space repair.
Foundation Problems Don’t Get Better with Time. They Get Better with TFS.
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