Foundation Repairs

by Jane VanOsdol on June 17, 2011

When it comes to repairs with your home, one potential problem to take seriously is foundation problems. If your foundation is not secure, and you ignore the warning signs, you’ll find yourself with a serious and possibly dangerous problem. Learn how to recognize the signs of foundation problems so that you can take action to remediate the problem before it becomes catastrophic.

Warning Signs

Review the following list for some warning signs that you may need a foundation repair.

  • Cracks in exterior or interior brick
  • Cracks in walls or bowing walls
  • Doors and windows no longer closing properly
  • Walls pulling away from the house
  • Nail pops appearing in ceilings and walls
  • Gaps when garage door closes
  • Separation of walls and ceilings or floors
  • Separation of trim and molding
  • Sloping or uneven floors

Causes of Foundation Problems

Aside from obvious causes of foundation problems, such as a major earthquake, foundation problems can be caused by a few sources.

Soils. Homes which are built on expansive soil, that is soil with a high clay content, can be prone to foundation problems because the soil swells when it’s wet and shrinks when it’s dry outside. This constant swelling and shrinking can cause the home’s foundation to rise and fall depending upon the amount of moisture in the soil.

Poor Drainage. If your home was built on land that slopes toward your home, or you don’t have adequate gutters and downspouts to carry the moisture away from your home, then this excess moisture could be causing the soil around or underneath your home to erode, causing the foundation to shift.

Leaks. Undetectable leaks from showers, tubs, toilets and sinks may be occurring under the slab or pier and beam foundation. This causes problems similar to that of poor drainage.

Inadequate foundation structure. It’s also possible that in the construction phase, the builder simply set a poor foundation due to any number of reasons.

Foundation Repairs

It’s important that if you see any of these signs of foundation problems that you have your home evaluated by a reputable foundation repair company right away. You need to fix the problem before it becomes a major issue.

Home foundation repairs often involve the use of wall anchors and I-beams and the use of a piering system. These fixes can stabilize your home and help prevent further movement or settling.

Remember to pay attention to your foundation. Call in the professionals when you’re not sure if you have a problem and fix any issues before they become serious.

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