Learn What to Look for in a Foundation
The foundation of your home is the most important part of the entire structure. It provides support for all other parts of your house and also protects your family from natural disasters like tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods. If you notice any problems with your foundation such as cracks in walls or floors, a sinking feeling in some areas, or doors that don’t close properly anymore- then it’s time to take action and hire Benbrook Foundation Repair!
Sloping Foundation- if your foundation slopes downwards towards one corner or side then it can indicate thousands of possibilities including collapsed drainage systems, buried trees/debris under the ground which sunk over time, poor grading during construction, etc., however, this might also mean an underlying issue such as soil settlement (too much water causing compacting), faulty footings not properly anchored to bedrock, cracks due to shrinkage or too wet fill material used when building.
Cracks on floorboards – these could show up anywhere but especially in the corners or edges of rooms. They are often accompanied by doors that do not close properly, warped wood flooring, cracked drywall, etc., they can be caused by many factors including soil settlement (too much water), faulty footings not properly anchored to bedrock, poor drainage systems which cause too much pressure on the foundation leading to cracks.
Cracks or large gaps in walls – these indicate issues with your foundation wall itself and usually happen near entry points like doorways/windows if you have any nearby. This could also mean there is a problem with the frame inside your house- most likely it’s due to poorly erected studs during construction so try looking for sagging floors as well!
Bowing exterior brickwork – this means something is pushing your foundation walls inwards, the most common reason is due to pressure from the water. It can be caused by an improperly installed drainage system or a blocked downspout which causes too much moisture buildup near your home’s base leading to loss of support on the exterior wall causing it to bow out.
Cracks forming under concrete slabs – this means something is pushing up underneath all of your floorings and could indicate many problems with the subfloor- faulty footings not properly anchored/reinforced, soil settlement (too much water), poorly erected studs during construction, etc., if you have any cracks along edges then there might also be issues with load bearing beams inside the house as well so look for sagging floors!