How to Evaluate Your Home’s Foundation Problems

by Editor on September 9, 2013

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Pretty much every homeowner understands that there are certain issues that you never want to discover where the house is concerned. You don’t want to find black mold, you never want to see water stains growing on the ceiling or walls, and a crack in the foundation spells trouble. Pretty much any of these scenarios will lead to a leap in heart rate for the knowledgeable homeowner, and the reason is expense. Each of these situations could mean massive repairs and the attendant costs that go along with major renovations. And structural problems, depending on their severity, are potentially the most costly kind of home repair. But how can you tell if your home even has structural issues, much less how serious they are? Here are a few tips to help you evaluate your home’s foundation problems.

For starters, you should know that cracks in your drywall and doors that stick are not immediate indicators of issues with your foundation. Over time, all homes settle. Under constant pressure from the elements, the weight of your furniture, and of course, gravity, your structure is bound to settle and sag somewhat. So if your door doesn’t swing freely, don’t start freaking out just yet. That said, these could be indicators that you are experiencing problems with your foundation, and you need to know sooner rather than later, so if you discover that such instances are multiplying around the house, it’s definitely time to call in a professional inspector to take a look.

Another indicator that you’re experiencing problems with your foundation, and perhaps the most telltale sign, can be found in the foundation itself, with is to say exposed concrete in the basement, garage, and so on, in the form of cracks. For areas where the concrete is covered, you may notice that the floors have become uneven (place a marble on the floor and see if it rolls towards one wall if you want to test this theory). Either way, you’ll definitely want to get an experienced professional to conduct an inspection and tell you exactly how deep your problem goes.

Now, the truth is that foundations settle just like the rest of your house, and an evaluator may determine that the issues you’re experiencing are not linked to your foundation, or that the problems you think your foundation is having are not a cause for concern. And even if there are more serious issues with your foundation, you don’t necessarily have to fix them unless the inspector condemns your home, citing unsafe living conditions. You can even sell your house with such problems, so long as you are upfront in revealing them to prospective buyers (although most banks won’t supply a loan for such a property without specified repairs or at least scheduling for such repairs).

Of course, you’ll get a lot more value from your home if you do repair the foundation, and in some cases you might not even have to pay for it. If you hire a reputable company likeDura Pier Foundation Repair┬áto fix your problems, you’ll find that your home suffers no loss of value as a result of your issues. And there may be certain circumstances that allow you to utilize your home insurance as a means of paying for these potentially costly repairs (you should check in with your insurance provider before you have the work done). Although you might end up paying out-of-pocket to repair problems with your foundation, it’s important to make sure your home is safe and up to code. And catching issues early on through evaluation could save you a lot in the long run.

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