How can you tell if your foundation needs work?
- Sloping floors – If you put a marble on your floor if the slope is severe enough you will notice it with the marble. Sloping floors occurs when foundations settle or sink unevenly.
- Binding doors and windows – If your doors and windows are hard to open and close, that could be because of a shift in your foundation. If your doors and windows were properly installed, using appropriate screws and mounting techniques, then your foundation could be the culprit.
- Cracks in foundation – Most foundations have cracks in them. As concrete cures it will shrink, if it cannot shrink evenly it will crack. Some cracks are more serious than others, such as horizontal cracks and cracks that are not straight lines.
- Cracks in drywall or plaster – Often, as a building ages, cracks might appear in the drywall or plaster. This is not unusual. Cracks could be a caused by moisture change in wood, or rapid temperature changes. Settling and shifting of the foundation can also create these cracks. Wide cracks that are angled or diagonal could be signs of a bigger problem.
- Flaking or chipping concrete – If the concrete finish is no longer smooth that might be a result of a higher water content when pouring the concrete. Water infiltration can also be a factor. If your concrete has chipping or flaking it can be resurfaced, if the problem is bigger a replacement might be necessary.
If you are experiencing any of these issues, call us today!