As a homeowner, the most important part of your investment may seem like the house itself – the exteriors, the windows, the décor of the interior. All of these things undoubtedly add value to your home and property, but one of the most important aspects of your home is generally not as obvious – the foundation.
If your home’s foundation is severely compromised and problems go unchecked, you may begin to suffer cracks, interior damage and even structural instability. Being proactive in looking for signs of problems before they happen can help to secure and protect your home and prevent potentially expensive repairs or problems.
Early warning signs of foundation problems that you may notice inside your home can include:
- Windows or doors that never showed a problem before that have begun to jam or won’t fully close
- Cracks in your walls, especially in areas new doorways, archways or windows, or at the point where the walls and ceiling meet
- Cracked flooring, especially linoleum, tiling or hardwood floors that were laid on top of concrete
You should also regularly review the exterior of your house for any potential concerns, including bulging or leaning walls, disturbed soil or cracked concrete sections. These symptoms may indicate a possible fault or issue that may be eroding your foundation.
The No. 1 cause of foundation damage and degradation is water. Water can cause wear on concrete, displace soil beneath your foundation or even cause your foundation to shift. Managing and controlling the drainage of water can make all the difference in preventing and solving any potential issues.
Having proper placement of the soil surrounding your home can help to channel water away from your foundation, as can controlling rainwater flow using gutters. It’s important to keep in mind that your gutters should drain away from your foundation as much as possible to not only deter water accumulation and potential wear, but also to prevent soil erosion.
If you suspect that you may have signs of foundation problems, or just want a professional look to help give you additional peace of mind, contact a foundation specialist today for further analysis and advice.