A building is nothing without a sound foundation. If you maintain a commercial or residential building, you want to make sure the foundation is kept in good shape, or the integrity of the entire structure could be at risk. If there is damage to the foundation, it’s extremely important to have it inspected and repaired as soon as possible to prevent further deterioration. Here are some signs of foundation damage.
1 – A CRACKED FOUNDATION
Any time there are cracks and fractures in the foundation, they represent a major threat to your building. What’s more, if you are able to find some cracks or fractures in your foundation, there’s a chance that other damage has already occurred and you’re just not seeing it. That’s because some cracks can be hard to detect without proper training. A cracked foundation could refer to a fractured slab, or cracks in beams below your floor, or damage to piers that support those beams. These damages may be somewhat superficial or may indicate a serious safety hazard.
2 – SETTLING OR SINKING OF FOUNDATION
Buildings are heavy, and they rest on soil, which is prone to shifting and changing. In fact, the ground beneath a building can be unstable, depending on the location, moisture content, and other factors. When there’s too much moisture, either because of poor drainage, landscaping issues, or leaky plumbing, the ground can become soft. When the ground is too dry, as happens in a drought, the soil can contract and shrink. Poorly compacted soil can compress underneath the weight of a building. So naturally, when any of these conditions occur, settling and sinking of your foundation can be the result. This can be glaring, but it can also be subtle and hard to detect.
3 – FOUNDATION UPHEAVAL
You can think of foundation upheaval as the opposite of settling. Instead of the foundation sinking into the ground, it is pushed upward by shifting or swelling of the ground. When this happens, you may notice that sections of your slab tilt or are displaced. Foundation upheaval can also manifest in cracks, either on a concrete floor or on the interior or exterior walls of the building.
4 – STICKY DOORS
Are any of your doors hard to open or close? This can occur when your foundation has settled or heaved. It can also occur if parts of your foundation have sagged. This warps the walls around your door frames, making the doors no longer fit into their frames as well as they did before. Ill-fitting doors can be annoying but also can allow the doors to be blown open by strong winds. Or if the warped door frame has gaps, it can mean a breach in your home’s insulation, raising your utility bill.
5 – FLOORS ARE UNEVEN OR SAGGING
Are your floors uneven? Do they sag at certain points? This can indicate a number of foundation problems. One culprit could be rotten or warped wooden beams below the floor. It could also mean that piers below the beams need to be fixed or put back into place, or that stents need to be used. Whatever the cause for an uneven or sagging floor, it’s important not to ignore it, but to call for a professional inspection to get to the root of the problem so that you can make the necessary repairs and prevent further damage to the building.
6 – WALLS ARE BOWED OR CRACKED
When a foundation is damaged or unsettled, the whole frame of a house can be shifted or warped. This can cause walls to bow or crack. You’ll often notice this bowing or cracking in the basement, because of hydrostatic pressure putting a strain on the concrete structures that support your building. Foundation issues that destabilize a building’s structure can also cause walls to separate from cabinets and cupboards. The signs that something isn’t right with the walls can be subtle, like creases, wrinkles, and small tears in wallpaper. You might also notice that the crown molding and the ceiling don’t quite meet up, but rather have gaps between them. Sometimes, it can appear that a nail is trying to pop out of the drywall, or a nail shaped dent can appear in the surface. These are signs that the building has shifted and the walls are changing.
SCHEDULE A FOUNDATION INSPECTION OR REPAIR
The team at Accurate Foundation Repair understands that our customers aren’t foundation experts. That’s why we do our best to help you understand how your foundation was initially built, why it has become damaged, and what we can do to fix it for you. With our team on your side, you’ll know exactly what the problem is and have peace of mind knowing that our professionals are handling it. Whether you need commercial or residential foundation repair, we can help. All of our foundation repair solutions are cost-effective, ensuring that you don’t break the bank or spend more than necessary. Let us get to work repairing your foundation. Contact us today to schedule a free estimate for foundation repair in Dallas, TX.