Have you ever noticed cracks or other damage to your foundation? If so, then you probably need to repair your home's foundation. But how do you know what needs to be repaired now, what you can watch to see what happens, and what you can safely ignore? Here's what you need to know.
If you notice water leaks from your foundation, this could mean that your foundation has been damaged over time. This happens mostly in older homes. Newer homes were more likely built to a stronger building code, and the foundation also hasn't had enough time to wear out.
However, any sign of water damage is something that needs to be looked at. If you suspect water leaks, contact a restoration repair specialist right away.
Cracks in Walls
Cracks in walls are not necessarily a sign of structural damage. They may have been caused by moisture seeping into the wall through cracks in the exterior siding. These cracks can often be repaired without replacing the entire wall.
Of course, if you repair your walls without fixing the problem, you will keep having problems. Water can enter walls directly through the walls, down through the roof, or up through your foundation. It's important to have a full inspection done to find the source of the moisture.
Sagging floors are another common result of foundation damage. If your foundation cracks or wears away, your floors may lose their support. The only way to fix this is to repair the foundation underneath your floors.
While you might suspect that your floors are just old, this often isn't the case. Think about an old rug. It might lose softness and wear out over time, but it doesn't sink into the ground. If your floors are sinking, you need to check your foundation.
A bowing wall is when one side of a wall leans toward the other. This usually indicates a foundation issue.
The reason your foundation is to blame is that it's what keeps your walls apart. Think about how a cardboard box acts if you don't have both the top and bottom secured. If your foundation is no longer able to support your home, this is a problem that you need to have addressed immediately to avoid further damage to your home.
To learn more about when to schedule a cracked foundation repair, contact a local restoration repair company today.