How To Know When Your Foundation Is In Need Of Repair
At AA Action Waterproofing, one of the most common home ailments we see in conjunction with moisture or flooded basements is the need for foundation repair. For those who aren’t well versed in home maintenance, spotting a need for foundation repair before it becomes a larger problem can be difficult, but we want to inform our customers on how they can know when it may be time for a repair before it’s too late. The top 5 ways that you can tell your home may be in need of a foundation repair are:
- Sloping floors – Do you sometimes feel that your floors aren’t quite as straight or even as they used to be, or should be? Sloping floors can be a telltale sign that there are problems present with your foundation, and this sign should be taken as a serious one. One way to check if your floors are sloping is to put a ball or cylindrical object, such as a can, on the floor and see if it rolls towards the wall or one side of the room over another. If the object begins to roll, it may be time to seek professional help with fixing your foundation.
- Cracks in the brick – If your basement, interior, or exterior has brick, finding cracks in this brick could be a sign that there is a problem with your foundation. Also, these cracks can allow moisture in, placing you in a situation where a dry-out or mold remediation may be necessary.
- Cracks in your molding – Molding can be found around walls, on ceilings, or around doorframes, and a surprise crack in your molding can be a sure sign that your foundation is in need of repair. A damaged foundation can place excess stress on the walls of your home, causing the molding to separate or grow cracks in its surface.
- Bowing in walls – Because of the aforementioned stress placed on walls due to a broken foundation, walls in your home may begin to bow as the need for repair grows worse. This bowing can lead the walls to have a more convex or concave appearance rather than an even one.
- Floor cracks – The need for foundation repair doesn’t only place stress on the walls, but it can stress flooring, too. One of the most common forms of floor cracks that we see at AA Action Waterproofing is that on cement basement floors, but it can be seen in tile or wooden flooring as well. If cracks suddenly appear in your flooring, it could mean your foundation is experiencing problems.
If you happen to see any of these problems in your home, your foundation could be suffering, and we at AA Action Waterproofing recommend you call us today to see what can be done about your foundation in order to save your home from further strife.