How To Inspect Your Home FoundationAugust 13, 2020 Baird Foundation Repair
Making sure your home is in tip-top shape starts with the foundation. Having a strong foundation ensures the integrity and structure of your home is sound. But when inspecting it for yourself, what foundation repair signs should you look out for?
Here are a few tips on how to inspect your home’s foundation.
Walk the perimeter.
Start by walking both the exterior and interior perimeter of your home. Be on the lookout for any cracks or separation issues that you can see. This indicates that there was a shift in the foundation. If you spot a horizontal crack, it means that there is stress on the foundation. If you begin to notice that the cracks are growing in size, it’s time to call a foundation company to prevent any further damage or collapse.
Also check for any buckling or bulging from the walls. This means that there is an uneven load on the foundation. Inside your home, also check the floor for bulging or sinking, which is also a sign of a shifting foundation.
Look for water damage!
While walking the perimeter, you may also notice cracks that are due to water damage. This is a sign of broken pipes or a leak in the foundation. Another issue could be standing water that causes the soil to shift and rot the wood in the home.
Water damage can lead to a multitude of problems that can severely damage the integrity of your home. Once you spot potential water damage, it’s time to call for a professional home foundation inspection.
Windows and Doors can be foundation repair warning signs.
Be sure to check your windows and doors for any difficulty when opening or closing. If your windows and doors are jammed shut or are hard to open, this is an indication of a shift in the foundation.
Once you have spotted reasonable evidence of a foundation shift, it’s best to immediately contact a local foundation company to look into repairs and solutions.
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