Structural Education – 2

Signs that Your Foundation Has Shifted

Take a walk around your house and see if you have any of these issues. The only way to know for sure is to contact a structural foundation repair expert.

•    Do you have any cracks in your walls? Cracks are usually signs of a settling structure.
•    Have you noticed any external cracked bricks or foundation, or bricks that don’t line up?
•    Are there any cracks, slopes or bulges in your floors?
•    How about your doors and windows? Do any of them stick, or are any crooked?
•    Has your foundation separated from the rest of your house?
•    Have you had problems with gas or water lines? Shifting foundations can cause them to bend or loosen.

Foundation problems can reduce the value of your house, raise your utility bills, create trip hazards, and interfere with electric, gas and water, causing potential safety issues. It’s important to have a correct diagnosis of your foundation problem so that it can be repaired, helping you avoid more serious and expensive problems in the future.

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Reasons for Foundation or Structural Problems

1.    Inadequately compacted soil. Your house may have been built on soil that wasn’t prepared appropriately to bear the load of your home.
2.    Drainage problems. Water that drains near the foundation causes soil to swell, thereby shifting parts of the foundation which can lead to structural damage.
3.    Unsteady moisture. Periods of wet weather followed by extended periods of dry weather cause soil to expand and contract at uneven rates, which stresses your foundation.
4.    Roots from trees or other vegetation. Roots and vegetation near your home can create changes and damage to foundations.
5.    Erosion. The stability of your foundation can be effected when homes are built on hills or other elevations.
6.    Construction: Poorly constructed structure and structural damage created by contractors installing heating units, a/c units or water heaters, etc.