Home Foundation Repairs
One of the dreaded repairs that homeowners face is repairs to their home’s is home foundation repairs. It strikes a chord of fear into a homeowner when they hear, “You have a problem with your home’s foundation.” Roofing repair for a home is much easier to repair. Whether you need a new roof, remove and replace shingles, but when it comes to the foundation of your home, that is a whole different side of home repairs. Keep in mind that the foundation supports your entire home and everything in it.
When it comes to home foundation repairs in your home, the main source of the foundation problem is mainly one cause – water moist. The constant expansion and contraction of water in the soil surrounding the foundation can cause it to heave and buckle. Unfortunately many cities in Texas, such as Dallas, FT Worth, Longview and Houston go through many of those expansions and contractions of the soil. Those movements tend to create cracks in the concrete that will allow water to come into the foundation and directly into the home.
The two (2) most common problems causing a foundation to shift or move are:
- When the soil is too high in clay. Clay is known to expand when it comes in contact with water, which leads to the common problem of heaving.
- Improper or inadequate compaction of non-clay soils when preparing to lay a foundation.
Foundation problems will begin to surface in both inside and out of a home when the foundation has become unstable and unsafe.
Interior foundation problem signs include:
- Cracks that appear – especially over doors and windows
- Those Cracks where walls meet or where a wall meets the ceiling
- The Cracks on the floors
- Doors or windows that don’t close properly
- Uneven floors
Exterior foundation problem signs include:
- Bulge or divot in either a block or poured foundation
- Deteriorating concrete
- Significant sized cracks.
Homeowners fear that their home will be swallowed up by a giant sink hole, as we recently saw in Florida. There is no need to worry too much. It is normal to see most homes develop cracks in the concrete. Even to see cracks in the walls as part of a normal settling process so there is no need worry. Nevertheless it is imperative to address the foundation problems, as they will lead to worst problems for the home. Such as more structural damages and potential health risks for you and your love ones.
For the most part, simple, do-it-yourself repairs can solve many foundation problems. It is advisable that you contact a profession to inspect your home for any foundation problems; they will be able to determine to gravity of the foundation problem, and with such information determine the next step. If a problem is found in your home’s foundation, it is better to have it taken care of sooner rather than later.
Find a professional who can inspect your property and give you the best advice on how to remedy the situation before it becomes worse and costs you a lot more in repairs.
An experienced foundation repair specialist will be able to explain and show you what your best options to solve the foundation problem.