Signs That Your Foundation May Need Some Attention

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The foundation under your home has an important job. If the foundation starts to sag or sink, the foundation may need repairs, but knowing how to tell when there is a foundation problem is critical. Some things should alert you to a problem if you are paying attention. 

Sagging or Uneven Floors

One of the most glaring issues that should alert you to a problem is sagging or uneven floors in your home. If you notice that the floor is starting to dip in one area, it is a good indication that the foundation is sinking on one side of the home and allowing the house to settle to that side as well. 

If the problem goes uncorrected, you may start to see cracks in the plaster or drywall joints and doors that may not open and close without binding. It is not normal for the floor to start sagging in just a few days unless there is a serious problem with the soil under the foundation. More often, this process happens over weeks, months, or even years. 

Cracks in the Basement Walls

If your home has a basement under it, the walls of the cellar are part of your foundation. Cracks in the walls of the basement can indicate a problem with the foundation and may indicate some shifting in the soil under the home. One or two small cracks might not be a big deal, but a large crack is a clear sign that there is a problem, and you need to have someone inspect the foundation for you. 

A crack in the foundation that has a basement can let groundwater seep into the basement and cause damage inside the home. The longer the water seeps in, the worse the damage will be inside the home.

Inspecting the Foundation

If you notice a problem that concerns you, call for basement foundation repair services and have them send someone to your home to inspect the foundation. The inspector will check the entire foundation for damage and let you know if they found anything that should concern you. The foundation company may recommend excavating the area around the foundation to further check the foundation all the way to the bottom of the foundation.

In some situations, you may need to have repairs made to the foundation, but if the damage is severe, the entire foundation may need replacing so that the house is sitting level again. This is a costly process, but the damage that will occur over time if you do not repair the foundation is going to be extremely expensive later. 

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