You do a lot to invest in your home. You make sure that the roof is in good shape, that your landscape is well-maintained, and that everything on the interior is functioning as it should. But have you ever given much thought to your home’s foundation? If you’re like a lot of homeowners, the answer is probably no. It’s easy to see why. Your foundation is not an aspect of your home that you see regularly, and you may not even know what to look for in terms of problems.
While it may be easy to overlook your foundation, it can also be detrimental to do so. After all, the strength of your home lies in its foundation. That’s because the purpose of the foundation is to hold the structure and keep it upright. It must be constructed in a way that it keeps ground moisture from seeping in and weakening the structure.
What to Know about Foundation Problems
Of course, drainage is a common cause of foundation deterioration along with a host of other potential issues ranging from soil compaction to plumbing problems and even climate. That’s why it’s wise to be cognizant of potential problems.
The most obvious sign of foundation problems is cracks. Of course, not all foundation cracks are bad—some may even be normal. Shrinkage cracks, which occur with poured concrete, are both common and likely not cause for concern. These cracks are narrow (a 1/8 of an inch or less) and generally vertical. Larger and horizontal cracks, however, are potentially more concerning and require assessment.
Settling or sinking of your foundation can also cause sticking doors and windows (which are no longer in line with their frame), cracks in the walls, or uneven flooring. If any of these problems wind up being a result of a sinking foundation, you can count on it getting worse over time.
Do I Need Foundation Piers?
Now that you understand a bit more about how a foundation problem can occur, you might want to know what you can do about it. Piering, also known as underpinning, is a common solution that works by supporting a sinking or crumbling foundation with the installation of concrete legs.
In most instances, we can raise your foundation to its original position. In other cases, we will lift the foundation as much as the structure will allow. At the very least, we will support the structure in its current location and assure that it will not sink further.
What to do Now?
If you have suspicions about the integrity of your foundation, then it definitely warrants further investigation. Your foundation is simply too important to ignore. Whereas pier foundation repair can fix a problem—or at least stop it in its tracks—letting a problem go can cause the problem to get worse.
A qualified foundation repair contract, like Adams Foundation Repair, can perform a thorough inspection. At the very least, they may find nothing is wrong, giving you peace of mind that you have nothing to worry about. But should they find a foundation problem, then they can provide you with a free estimate on a piering solution that will work best for you.
Though it can feel a bit daunting to consider there’s a problem with your foundation, the truth is, there are affordable solutions out there. It’s worth working with a knowledgeable and skilled professional to find out what’s best for you.