It pays to protect your home and the integrity of its foundation. You’re the only one who sees your foundation every day, so your vigilance and attention will pay off in the years to come.
The Early Signs of Foundation Problems
There are many people who would not know what to look for in the early signs of foundation problems. The team at Intech Anchoring believes in equipping customers with the knowledge to identify their own issues before they become problems. There are multiple foundation issues that you could encounter, and we want you to be able to spot them as quickly as possible. We have more than 20 years of experience in deep foundation solutions and geostructural engineering. So, you can trust our expertise and rely on our advice.
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Depending on your location in the U.S. and the weather conditions you face throughout the year, your property can be adversely affected. Snow and ice can both have an impact. Even long-term periods of high heat can cause complications for your structural integrity. Excessive rain or drought can also cause foundation problems. There is no shortage of factors and elements that come into play when considering the health of your foundation. The good news is that most foundation issues in residential buildings can be addressed and corrected quickly.
Do I Need Foundation Repair?
Identifying the cause of your trouble is the first step in resolving issues with your foundation, but how do you know what is worth calling your contractor about and what to ignore? No matter who you are, it can get expensive to call a contractor to your home for every possible problem. And the cost of foundation repairs will only get more expensive the longer the issues go unaddressed.
It is always best to stay on top of these matters and take precautions early. To save yourself the time and money, take a moment today to learn a few of the common signs that could mean something is wrong with your home’s foundation.
Fractures or Cracks in Your Foundation
It can be normal for a foundation to sink slightly or develop hairline cracks in the first two or three years following construction. However, you need to watch out for gaps in your foundation or on any brick exteriors of the house. Floor cracks, fissures in a wall, or breaks in your chimney are all considered warning signs of foundation movement.
Foundation Settling or Sinking
As time passes, you might start to notice that one side of your house has become lower than the other. Construction services might have to lift your foundation to make space for the installation of foundation piers. What could begin as a 1/2″ dip in one area could become a much larger problem over time. The longer a problem like this is ignored, the worse the trouble becomes and the more expensive your repairs will be.
Doors That Stick or Don’t Open and Close Properly
Doors that get stuck in the doorway or don’t and close properly are another common sign of a problem with your foundation. The top corner of a doorway might end up being as little as 1/4” higher than the other side. This gap is still enough to cause issues with using the door, and the gap will only widen over time. You might notice that doors stick or don’t close properly due to humidity during certain times of the year. Your contractor can assess the difference and let you know when it is time to worry.
Damp Crawl Space in a Pier and Beam Foundation House
If you see heavy moisture in your crawl space, it can be a strong sign of problems in the foundation. When you see moisture like this, it is vital to find the source and take steps to minimize the exposure. Moisture like this can even cause issues with the wooden beams beneath your home. Intech Anchoring offers products like the Hydraliner to keep your crawl spaces dry.
Getting Ahead of Signs of Structural Foundation Problems
Intech Anchoring offers our engineering expertise and superior line of products to assist contractors and professionals with deep foundation solutions and geostructural engineering. We maintain an extensive inventory to meet the needs of our clients quickly and efficiently. Over the years, we also saw the need for an in-house, full-time engineering team.
We offer their assistance to help clients overcome design challenges and issues. This team has practical field experience and they have the latest technology at their disposal. To learn more about what Intech Anchoring has to offer, contact us today.