The foundation is not only the most important part of any structure but also the most vulnerable to damage. There are many signs you need to call a foundation repair specialist.
Whether you experience heavy flooding, water accumulation, excessive moisture in the soil, or natural disasters like earthquakes, the foundation of a structure can be affected by even the slightest of things.
Make the Call
In many cases homeowners don’t even realize that there is a problem with the foundation, but if you suspect that your foundation may have become weaker for any type of reason, it’s time to call the foundation repair specialists.
But before you begin, you must remember that not every crack indicate damage to the foundation.
You often don’t have to experience a natural disaster like an earthquake for your foundation to get cracks. Moisture content in the soil, presence of trees around the house, drought or floods, and improper construction of the house can result in cracks in the foundation.
No structure remains the same as it grows old and the same applies to the foundation of a building. Because the pressure of the entire building is upon the foundation it is natural for the foundation to show signs of wear over time. This isn’t necessarily serious damage.
If you really want to check for a damaged foundation, look for the following signs.
- Sloping or buckling floors
- Doors or windows that stick when closed or open
- Spaces between door and window frames/sills
- Cracked or leaning chimney
- Gaps between walls
- Leaking roof
- Cracks in foundation walls
- Bent or cracked walls
- Nails jutting out of walls
- Peeling wallpaper
- Cracks in floors with water leakage
- Stagnant water accumulation surrounding the house after rain
- Uneven roof
- Lowered or raised porch or stairs
- Mold on roof or walls
- Cracked soil near foundation
- Wall rotation
- Sunken foundation
Obvious signs of damage requires the need to call for a foundation repair specialist. But before you go for repair, it helps to call a structural engineer who can inspect and examine your foundation and suggest the right course of action.
Serious Help can be Notified
Remember that an engineer always knows better than a repair contractor, so before you decide your building foundation is in dire need of repair, call an engineer to determine what exactly is wrong with your foundation.
If there is need for repair, call Weinstein Construction Corp around the Southern Californian area for residential foundation repair jobs that are backed by experience, quality, and warranty.