How To Identify Foundation Problems In Your House

At Residential ResQ, we make sure that your house is secure and free of any foundation problems. Our team of home foundation repair experts will be there for any issues.

Some signs of foundation problems are sloping floors, a leaning chimney, a sinking foundation, cracks in garage columns, ceiling cracks, damaged porch or steps, foundation cracks, cracks in walls, sticking doors and windows, and slab or floor cracks. If any of these signs are detected, contact Residential ResQ. If you have an older home, then these signs may be more probable.

Some common causes of foundation problems can come from transpiration, improper drainage, and poor building site preparation.

When transpiration occurs, trees and plants take in moisture from the soil. This dries up the soil and causes it to break away from your house causing cracks.

With improper drainage, water may not leave correctly, leading to excess moisture. Too much moisture can cause erosion, upheaval, or settlement problems.

If builders do not prepare the build site properly, it can lead to issues with poor drainage, erosion, and other foundation problems.

Mostly prevalent in homes in Connecticut, concrete slab foundations may sink or settle. This is caused by the frequent movement of the soil from expanding when wet, to shrinking when dry. This constant movement of soil underneath the foundation may make the need for slab foundation repair necessary. Many of the signs of problems above may hint that it is necessary.

The benefits of the slab foundation repair is that it will save both time and money, as no more money will have to be spent on slab repair. The repair will also solve any slab problems that were present.

Similar to the soil issues with the slab foundation, post and beam foundations suffer the same issues. A post and beam foundation is made from either wood or concrete to support smaller structures. If foundation damage is present with the same issues as the slab foundation, Residential ResQ can install a drainage system to help prevent water and moisture from damaging the foundation.

There are some more common issues found in foundations. Bowing or leaning walls are serious problems that need to be fixed immediately as much damage has already been done. It is caused by hydrostatic pressure, which is the pressure from water.

The most common way for fixing a bowed wall is with a plate anchor. The anchor is attached to the interior of the wall, as well as the exterior that is driven into the soil. This anchor will be tightened over time and pull the wall back into its original position. The installation can be very quick and is very practical.

Another way is with the use of carbon fiber fabric. An epoxy is applied to the wall. Carbon strips are installed and link the foundation base to the house frame. This method is quick and inexpensive, but may not always be practical for your situation.

Foundation cracks and other cracks are important to get fixed as it can let in water and pests. Some common causes of cracking is the shrinkage, trees, and water. Trunk and root growth can push the concrete out of place causing the cracks to form. Excess water can create too much pressure, while not enough will take support away.

Different types of wall cracks have different types of causes. For example, center converging cracks are caused by bowing or settlement. More examples and causes are shown on our website. Contact us and we will not only fix the problem but figure out what is causing it.

Another way to identify foundational issues is if your chimney is leaning. Since chimneys are very heavy, any leaning suggests that the foundation is weak. The leaning chimney can cause bricks to fall and pests and insects to easily enter your house through the cracks.

Some of the causes are poorly designed chimney footings, poor soil, deteriorating footing, shallow footing, and plumbing issues.

Trying to fix a leaning chimney by yourself is not a good idea as it requires much more attention than a small fix.

Residential ResQ uses helical piers which help stabilize and support the chimney. Helical piers are screwed into the soil and mounted to the chimney. Once the helical piers are in place, hydraulic jacks raise the chimney back to normal.

Although squeaky and bouncy wooden floors may seem like it is from old age, it can actually be a sign of foundational problems. It can actually be an indication of a sagging floor. It is important to fix sagging floors as you eliminate dangerous hazards, strengthen your structure, and improve home value.

Fixing sagging floors takes professional knowledge so it is important to contact Residential ResQ if you need to fix sagging floors.