CHECKING FOR HOME FOUNDATION DAMAGE AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Homeowners frequently overlook foundation concerns, and one of the reasons for this is that foundation damage often appears to be linked to other problems in a home. There are, however, several foundation-specific warning flags that every homeowner should be aware of. Knowing what to look for can save you tens of thousands of dollars in the long run.
Below you’ll find a list Basement Systems Calgary has put together of the best spots to look for foundation damage around your home. The sooner you discover foundation issues, the easier and less expensive it will be to fix them!
CRACKS ON WALLS
One of the most obvious signs of a faulty foundation is the presence of cracks on your home’s walls – both on the interior and exterior. Because all home structures settle to some degree after they are built, wall cracks are usually caused by structural damage or settling.
Cracks can vary in size and direction, so some are more serious than others. Stress cracks, for example, are usually 1/8-inch thick and aren’t much of a risk. But cracks that are 1/4-inch broad and wider are more dangerous and should be assessed by a FOUNDATION EXPERT immediately.
Another telltale sign of foundation damage is sagging ceilings. When a house is built on soil that contains clay-like material, the earth is prone to expand or heave. This frequently results in damage to the structure of a roof, such as sagging ceilings. This is a very serious sort of foundation damage. A sinking ceiling can result in serious injury or death, so it’s essential to contact a foundation repair expert to assess the severity of the damage as soon as possible.
The presence of warped, uneven flooring is another one of the more serious signs of foundation damage. It can create tripping hazards and have an impact on the efficiency of other appliances and devices in your home.
Having sagging floors is a warning that there is major damage to the joists beneath your home as well as the overall structure of your property. This can result in injury, property damage, and even tragedy if left unattended.
Having a chimney that is tilted or leaning could suggest that the home’s foundation is sinking. The cause behind a tilted chimney can vary, but oftentimes it’s because your house has shifting earth surrounding it. Your foundation can be jeopardized if the soil is too thin or moist. Sinking foundations may not be obvious from the ground, but a chimney that leans to one side is a good indicator.
It is also possible that gaps around windows and doors on the exterior of your home are a sign that your foundation has shifted. In some cases, doors may even drag or stick to the door frame or fail to latch altogether.
CONTACT BASEMENT SYSTEMS CALGARY!
If you feel you may have FOUNDATION PROBLEMS, or if you’re buying a new home and have concerns about the foundation, Basement Systems Calgary is ready to help! Our foundation repair experts will point out potential foundation issues so you can address them before they become more serious! Contact us today!