cracks in a home or an office building's foundation?
means the structure was built where expansive (clay) or collapsible (sand)
soils are known to exist. Combine that with extreme moisture and/or poor
drainage and the structure becomes unstable. Something as simple as rain
run-off from the roof and allowing the water to "pool" will cause your
foundation to shift. Structures built on back-fill lots are always in danger
of weakened foundations because of potential air pockets in the soil and
soil composition itself.
do I know if I have a foundation problem? There are several things
to look for: cracks in the brick veneer on the outside of the home, gaps
between the window frames and door frames in the siding. Some obvious visual
things to look for are: slopes in the roofline, cracks in the slab itself
beam if it is a pier and beam foundation. Another thing to look for
inside the home is stress cracks in the Sheetrock, which is the softest
material used in building a home. Therefore, you will get stress cracks
above the door and below the windows if you have movement in the house.
An obvious thing to look for is that your windows and doors won't open
or close properly or at different times of the year they will be tight
and at other times they will be loose.
do I know if I need foundation repair done?
If you are experiencing interior
cracks in the Sheetrock or the exterior brick veneer, you have enough movement
that you most probably need to have a trained specialist evaluate the problem.
If I don't repair my foundation
problem what will happen?
If you don't repair the problem
as quickly as possible, then damage continues to worsen and the repair
costs could increase.
Could I have a problem selling
my home without repairing the foundation problem?
We can usually repair the house
for half of the amount that your realtor will suggest you discount the
selling price of your home. You can't get most conventional nor FHA financing
if you are trying to sell a house with a foundation problem. That can seriously
limit the pool of buyers available to purchase your home.
If I call your office to set up
a consultation appointment, what should I expect?
Just call us to set
up an appointment and we will send one of our foundation repair specialists
to your home to explain and educate you on the foundation repair process
that is right for your home. We will inspect your home for signs of a foundation
problem and prepare a repair quote for you. We will answer any particular
questions you may have.
Could I have exterior and interior
signs of foundation settlement and not need foundation repair?
Yes, it is possible. In most instances,
this is most certainly not the case. But, we will be honest and tell you
if your foundation could not benefit from repair.
What if I don't yet have any damage
to my foundation. Is there anything that I can do now to protect my foundation
from severely shifting and causing damage?
Yes, there is. Please check out
our Foundation Care Tips Page. While the care precautions we have listed
may not protect your home completely, our tips can go a long way in safeguarding
your foundation against most major damage that is related to fluctuations
in the soil saturation and consistency surrounding your foundation due
to extreme climate changes.