How to check your home’s foundation
When it comes to making sure your home’s foundation is secure, it’s best to leave no stone unturned. Unresolved issues with a compromised foundation can end up requiring massive repairs and services like Polyurethane Foundation Repair or Slab Lifting, which can be easily avoided by performing an annual checkup on your foundation. If you want to avoid hiring a specialist to come out and check your foundation, try running through this checklist on your own and see if you notice any concerning symptoms of a possible foundation problem.
Step 1: Check for signs of excess moisture.
First, you will want to go around the length of your house on the outside as well as on the inside around the basement. Check for any signs of excess moisture like mold, and water stains. These are signs of improper water drainage which if left untreated will end up damaging your foundation, especially if you live in a high rainfall area of the country. If you notice your home is surrounded by small standing puddles that don’t drain right away after a storm this is often times an indicator of improper water drainage. Sometimes mold in your basement just means that there is a need to ventilate it better, but it can also be a sign of something more serious.
Step 2: Check leaning or buckling walls
Next, check to see if any of your walls are leaning or buckling. This will also prevent your door and windows from closing properly. If your doors and windows used to close fine and they no longer do, this is a sure sign of foundation damage. Also, if you notice that your walls or support beams are bulging or curving, this is a bad sign as well. Sloping or buckling of the floors as you walk on them is another symptom of a compromised foundation.
Step 3: Check for flakes or chips in the concrete
After you’ve inspected for mold and leaning walls, check the concrete of your home’s foundation for flakes or chips. If the concrete is crumbling on your foundation, it could be a cause for concern. If your concrete was well mixed, it should last a long time and not be crumbling or flaking unless it’s very old. If you can chip away your walls or foundation with a screwdriver this is a sign of excessive degradation of the concrete and should be taken as a sign that you have foundation damage.
Step 4: Check for other indicators
Other indicators of a compromised foundation include vertical cracks on exterior or interior walls, zigzagging staircases, cracks in the base of your foundation floor, cracks that are wider near the bottom or the top, horizontal cracks in your foundation walls, or cracks that have a single edge sticking out from the rest of the floor or wall.
What should I do if I find foundation issues?
All of these signs are possible indicators of foundation damage. If you run through this checklist and notice an alarming amount of these indicators turning up around your home, you should contact URETEK for a free assessment and quote on a Polyurethane Foundation Repair or a Slab Lifting repair today.
You can also download our FREE Foundation Guide Here!