There are few, if any, investments that will be more important than your home.
It is very important that you protect it. The foundation of your home is what helps protect the whole house, so if there is a problem with your foundation, there is a problem with your home.
It is necessary to be aware of what a damaged foundation looks like so you can take precautionary and preventive measures.
What Causes Foundation Issues?
Deterioration can be caused by several things, including soil, climate, plumbing leaks, poor soil compaction, and inadequate foundation drainage. You should always be on the lookout for signs of trouble.
In order to prevent extensive foundation repair, you should learn to recognize the signs that may indicate there could be a problem with your foundation. It is best to catch them as early as possible because problems become very expensive.
If you have windows that are stuck in place, and cupboard doors that do not close properly, or countertops that are not level, you most likely have problems with your foundation. These are just a few of the numerous issues that occur with foundation settlement.
Whether it is because of the flaws inherent in construction, the earth’s pressure, uneven or settling soil, and the weight of the house resting on it, the foundation of your home is under stress constantly. If the foundation begins to fatigue and fail, the problems that arise can range from simply cosmetic to the complete destabilization of the foundation.
What are the Most Common Signs of Foundation Problems?
The most common signs of foundation problems include:
- The appearance of horizontal or stair-step cracks on the walls
- The walls are bowed inward or bulge outward
- Noticeable sinkholes above a crawl space
- The formation of cracks along windows and doors
- Leaning chimneys
- Foundation cracks, wall and floor cracks, and other types of fractures
- The foundation is settling or sinking
- Doors that stick or do not open and close properly
- There are gaps around the window frames or exterior doors
- Floors that are sagging or uneven
- Counters and cabinets are separating from the wall
Heavy moisture in the crawlspace and basement can be a sign that the foundation has problems or will be having problems in the near future. It is very important to find out why it is getting wet and find out what you can do to fix it to minimize moisture. Water around your foundation can damage your foundation and lead to expensive repairs. If you notice any moisture at all, it is a problem.
It is crucial to keep your basement dry to keep your foundation strong. If you have any concerns or issues with your foundation or notice any of the signs you have read about, call Bruno Guerriero Construction immediately.