They say home is where the heart is. However, like your heart, your home can have problems too, such as your house’s all-important foundation. There are many warning signs that could spell trouble with both your home’s foundation and with your heart, which neither should be ignored!
Fixing foundation issues early will keep repair costs down and minimize the damage to your home, so look for warning signs that could signify something may be wrong with your home’s foundation.
Cracks, Cracks, Everywhere
Finding cracks in strange parts of your home are a common warning sign that your house’s foundation is weakening. Look for:
- Cracks in exterior or interior brick walls
- Cracked or bowed walls
- Displaced or cracked moulding
- Cracks in the floor tile
- Cracks in the foundation itself
Other common warning signs that point to foundation issues are when parts of your home just don’t work the way they are supposed to. These issues can seriously compromise your home’s daily usability and safety. These includes:
- Uneven or sloping floors
- Wall Rotation
- Windows and doors that won’t open or close properly
- Spaces between walls, floors and ceiling
- Separation of walls, doors, windows and the garage door
Cause Behind Foundation Issues
Georgia’s humid climate is the main reason foundation issues occur. The weather causes the soil to shift near or underneath your foundation, which may cause erosions. During the summer, when the weather is very dry and humid; the moisture escapes from the soil, which will cause the soil to erode. The lack of water causes the soil to fill the voids left from the ground eroding, which will cause it to shrink. The foundation of any home may crumble, crack or bow in or out. This issue is very common in the state of Georgia and if left unintended the surface of your home will shift and become uneven.
Common Solutions for Foundation Issues
There are many solutions for your home’s foundation issues and fixing your foundation will depend on the underlying problem. The common solution fixing an unstable foundation is to install foundation piers, deep into the ground. This will anchor your foundation in load-bearing soils or bedrock. Piers can either be pushed into the ground or screwed into the ground, so it stabilizes and lift the existing foundation.
Also, shifting foundation walls with screw-in tiebacks or wall plate anchors will settle the foundation into place and offer stability for the foundation. A newer option is using hydraulic slab lift piers, this lifts and levels the concrete slab of a foundation.
The Best Way to Fix Your Foundation
The best decision you can make for your foundation is to pick up the phone and call a foundation expert like ESOG to complete an evaluation to determine your home’s foundation issues. Foundation professionals know when foundation cracks are a serious problem. We know if the issue is caused by soil problems or a structural design issue and the best way to fix the cracks in your home’s foundation. Furthermore, ESOG has an in-house structural engineering department to make sure your home’s foundation is repaired, this ensures the health of your home for years to come.