How to Spot Foundation Damage in Your Home
Foundation damage can occur when the soil underneath becomes unstable. When part of the foundation moves, it causes stress and eventually damage on the home. It is best to spot foundation damage while it is still minor as it will be more difficult and expensive to fix once it becomes a major problem. If you notice any of the following signs of foundation damage in your home, contact Highlander Waterproofing for our foundation repair services.
When inspecting the foundation, look for cracks going in any direction as well as cement that appears to be crumbling. Go to your basement to see if the floor or walls are misshapen or unleveled. Also check for water damage such as stains, mold, or moisture to determine if you’re in need of foundation repair services.
Your soil is an essential key to checking for foundation damage. If the water around your home does not drain properly, it will cause the soil to shift, which will cause cracks and other damage in need of foundation repair services. Check to see if the soil looks wet when it hasn’t rained for a few days or if it is dry right after rainfall or watering. This shows that the water is not draining at all or draining too fast into another area that it may be collecting in.
Cracks can appear on walls, floors, and the foundation itself. Look for cracks in exterior and interior walls, especially around your windows, doors, and garages. If you have a brick home, the crack can look like stair steps, which is a tell-tale sign you’re in need of foundation repair services. One corner of the house can also sink, which will affect the opposite corner. If you find a crack, be sure to walk 180 degrees around the house and see if there is another crack on the opposite side.
Look inside for floors and ceilings in your home that have become warped. Also be sure to look for gaps between the walls, ceilings and floors. A shifting foundation can cause floors to move, which can cause issues such as plumbing leaks. Surfaces of the house need to be inspected for signs of water damage, such as mold or stains, which can be done by your local specialists for foundation repair services. Contact Highlander Waterproofing today at 877-415-0564.