Northridge homes experience frequent foundation damage because the soil under such homes often consists of soft clay that expands during our rainy season and contracts during the dry season. This soil expansion and contraction, as well as the water intrusion that occurs constantly, causes concrete foundations to lift, slide, become brittle, and crack. Moreover, the power of seismic activity – even a small earthquake – can often cause big foundation issues. How can homeowners tell if their foundation is experiencing issues?
Here are some clues:
(1) If the home was built 60 or more years ago, its foundation should definitely be inspected for foundation repair issues as in those early “Wild West” days, foundations were fabricated as thin, unreinforced concrete slabs, that were poured on top of unstable, uncompacted soil. Many such old foundations are today found cracked!
(2) If the home’s finishes (inside or outside) are cracking or warping, or if tiles, plaster walls, or ceilings are buckling or cracking, that says that the home’s foundation is experiencing some very serious issues!
(3) If the home is often humid, that is a sign that moisture is getting in from the outside (e.g., as rainwater) and this can often make a foundation brittle and prone to cracks!
(4) If the home’s molding and baseboards are warping or separating; or floors are sagging, warping, or squeaking; or walls leaning or bowing; or doors and windows are sticking; or counters and cabinets are detaching from walls, all these are serious indicators that the home’s foundation should be inspected by a licensed foundation repair specialist!
Northridge homeowners can take comfort in the fact that the foundation repairing specialists at Weinstein Construction are foundation repair experts in diagnosing and repairing foundation damage and helping homeowners take care of all of their foundation needs! Weinstein Construction has the right skills, tools, and methodologies to do the job right every time, and at an affordable price!