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Your foundation does the heavy lifting when it comes to keeping your home safe and secure. These stone, brick or concrete walls bear the load of your whole home, but heavy rains and freeze/thaw cycles can wreak havoc. It's important to catch foundation problems early; before they become expensive and difficult to repair. Here's what you need to know.
What's in it for you?
- More weathertight house
- Improved safety
- Peace of mind
How to Inspect Your Home's Foundation:
- Test doors and windows. If your foundation is weakening and causing your house to settle unevenly, subtle shifts in the walls will cause doors and windows to stick or become impossible to latch. Open and close all doors and windows to see if any are hard to move, or won't move at all.
- Check for cracks. If part of your house is no longer supported properly, it can also cause walls and floors to pull apart and crack. Take a good look at all interior walls to check for new cracks or places where molding is separating. Ceramic tile floors may also crack, so check these as well.
- Assess basement wall cracks. Concrete walls in the basement often settle and end up
with small cracks over time, but if you notice large, horizontal cracks, ruptures that are wider at the top than at the bottom, or cracks in which one side juts out from the other, you could have a problem.
- Check for leaning walls. Inspect the exterior of your home to look for walls that are shifting out of position. Use a level along exterior walls both horizontally and vertically to make sure your house is seated properly on the foundation.
- Check for missing bricks and blocks. If you have an older foundation that's made of stacked stone, brick or concrete blocks, make sure none of the pieces are missing. Take a thorough look inside and out for any holes or blocks that have shifted. If you have a brick foundation, make sure the mortar is intact.
- Test broken concrete. If you have a concrete foundation that appears to be flaking or chipping away, use a screwdriver to probe the space to see if the damage is cosmetic or if the concrete is truly crumbling.
Pro Tip: If you find damage during your inspection, it's best to set up an appointment a professional foundation repair contractor to thoroughly examine your foundation. They'll know how to repair or replace your foundation to keep you safe and sound. Ready to get it done? Call us at 844-99-SUPER to schedule an appointment.