Any home can be ruined by the impacts of severe foundation damage. The best way to prevent this damage is to look for symptoms of foundation settlement and hire a professional foundation repair team immediately. This guide to foundation settlement shows homeowners the most likely locations of early settlement damage.
- Home Perimeter
Many foundation moisture problems begin with water intrusion around the home. Pooling water from heavy rain, for example, commonly collects near the home’s base and begins to intrude on foundation and cause it to settle. Thankfully, it’s easy for homeowners to determine if moisture issues have caused their home to settle. A quick jab with a screwdriver or other metal tool should reveal the foundation’s density. A soft, crumbling foundation likely has severe settling problems. In addition, visible distance between your home’s wall and the base reveal a foundation that has already shifted.
- Interior Surfaces
Settling foundations begin to move and shift beneath the weight of your home, so structures that rest upon the foundation, such as your ceiling or supporting walls, also begin to shift. The result of this movement is large cracks that start in corners and borders before working their way across the walls. These cracks can also be found on a home’s roof as settlement begins to weaken roofing structures.
- Entry Fixtures
Floors, walls, and ceilings aren’t the only areas affected by foundation settlement. Homeowners may also find signs of a problem in their doors and windows. The frames that hold these fixtures in place also shift after a foundation begins to settle. As a result, homeowners may begin to find more gaps between fixtures and their surrounding frames.
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