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Protect Your Home’s Foundation, Just As It Protects You

Although you may not think about it much, you need your home’s foundation to be good and strong; otherwise you can end up with some very expensive and worrisome problems. Trust us; you don’t want that at all. That’s why it is so important for you to take care of your foundation in every way you can. Make sure that you keep your foundation in –tip-top shape by doing the following: Inspect your perimeter: Look for cracks or breakage. Look to see if the exterior coverings are at least half a foot above the foundation’s bottom. Remember, you want to prevent moisture from seeping into your foundation. So clear any dirt or debris away from the clearance to avoid the moisture problem. Don’t ever let the ground slope toward your foundation. Ensure that the ground slopes away from your foundation so that water will flow away from it and not into it. If you notice that there is water pooling around various parts of your foundation, fix it immediately. You can fill those areas with dirt to make sure than the pooling stops. Be mindful of the changes that are made around your property. For instance, if your neighbor does some work on their drainage system, yours can be affected too. Take steps to counteract any possible problems that may arise. Maintain your gutters. Make sure they’re clean, debris-free and leak-free because if they aren’t they may lead to water damage in your foundation due to overflowing and more. Check out your downspouts too. Make sure they are leak-free and are carrying water away from your home effectively, instead... read more

Foundation Cracks: Structural and Non-Structural

You don’t want a foundation crack…at all! No matter how small it looks at first, you need to remember that if it isn’t monitored or repaired immediately, it could just grow into a ticking time bomb. However, there are different kinds of foundation cracks. There are structural and non-structural cracks and they can be caused by different things. We’ll go through them. Non-structural cracks: They don’t threaten your home’s structural integrity. They aren’t very big. They’re usually less than 3mm wide. They are usually caused by natural things like temperature changes, moisture content and weather conditions. They are also caused by other things such as “creep damage, settlement, shifting foundations, hydrostatic pressure, and vegetation or trees”. They can turn into structural cracks if water is allowed to seep through it and erode the inner concrete. They should be fixed immediately using a sealant resin. Structural cracks: By they can be caused by issues like “poor soil bearing, overloading, swollen soil, and poor construction sites”. They may cause thing on the inside of your home to go wrong. You may experience sloping floors and doors or windows that stick when they close. They have horizontal cracks, vertical cracks, diagonal cracks or cracks that look like a staircase. They are usually more than 3mm wide. They can be fixed from the inside or the outside, with an interior French drain or an exterior weeping tile drainage system. They are “injected with high-pressure fittings to create a permanent seal that carries a transferable warranty”. Your foundation is one of the most important aspects of your home because it supports your entire house.... read more

Pay Attention To Your Foundation

If you want to own property, you’ve got to know a little bit about it. You’ve got to keep your eye open and your mind alert when it comes to identifying and thus, preventing serious issues that can occur because of foundation problems. Pay attention to the interior and exterior signs of foundation problems and then call the experts to resolve these issues immediately. Interior signs may include things like wall cracks, sticking doors, sticking windows, bowing walls and sloping floors. They are actually quite normal because your home may shift or settle over time, but it becomes a problem when these things start to become more severe. Check them out! Upon outdoor inspection, you may realize that your foundation has significantly bowed or shifted. You can be sure of this by using a measuring tape and a level to determine if there has been movement. “Measure the distance from the top of the foundation to the ground at different locations around your home. Is the height equal? Use a level to see if your walls are leaning or bowing.” Check to see if the concrete is scaling. Try poking the foundation at your foundation with a metal object to see if it begins flaking or peeling. That’s a sign of deterioration. You should call an expert if it crumbles or breaks. See if there is any rotten wood. If your posts or beams look like they are rotting, you may be seeing the results of moisture damage and you need to correct that immediately. Those beams or posts need to be replaced or repaired. If you notice signs... read more

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