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 of interior moisture, mould or dampness, then you probably have foundation cracks through which water has entered your basement. Seal those cracks up and take a look at your gutters and downspouts to ensure that they’re leading water away from your home effectively.
Your foundation is one of the most important aspects of your home because it supports your entire house. Even if you don’t think of your foundation as your first floor, your house does. Both the structure and the air quality of your basement have an effect on that part of your home that you live and sleep in. Wood rot, cracks, mould, moisture, water and pests can all cause harmful damage to your living spaces and the people who occupy them. Most can be attributed to foundation problems.
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