A home can be one of the biggest financial investments we make in life. A solid foundation is accepted as essential to supporting a residential or commercial structure. Richardson Foundation Repair offers a free inspection service to provide you with honest and reliable information about the status of your foundation by expert technicians. Give us a call today to arrange a free inspection that will work with your busy schedule.
Foundation Inspection Guide
There are some tells and hints you can take into consideration that may indicate a problem with your foundation or a need to have your foundation inspected. If your doors or windows begin to start jamming or you are unable to lock them, you start to notice cracks in tile, bricks, or other concrete areas, or the floors appear uneven, your home may have some foundation problems. You can also check the exterior of your home by looking from one wall corner to the next to determine if there is a straight line or if a bulge exists, which can indicate a foundation shift. Depending on the severity and nature of the problem, a structural engineer can determine whether the problems are a result of normal settling or structural damage.
Your Foundation Type and Potential Problems
There are several different foundation types used to create the base of houses. These types include concrete slab, block and base, and pier and beam foundations. Depending on the type of foundation in your home, it can be negatively impacted by certain environmental conditions or poor installation. States such as Texas are often adversely impacted by soil conditions. Clay soils are more expansive and hold water. Heavy rains cause soil to expand and shrink as it dries, which causes the foundation to heave upward and then settle. This constant movement causes cracks in slab foundations, and can lead to moisture and mold.
Buying or Selling a House
Buying or selling a home can be an exciting but stressful time in anyone’s life. Foundation problems can keep your home from selling or significantly decrease the value of your home. Our free inspection service can help you decide on the best course of action and determine whether to have the work done before listing your home. When buying a home there are some signs to look for before deciding to purchase. As stated above, uneven floors, noticeable cracks, or windows and doors that stick can indicate a foundation problem. We can provide you with a free inspection, so you can make an informed decision for such an important investment.
Why Inspections are Important
It’s important to ensure the foundation of your home is stable and safe, since an unstable foundation can be dangerous for your family. We do not recommend living in structurally unsound homes. Rotting wood or sinking floors put a home at risk of collapse and endangering anyone inside. We offer a free inspection service so homeowners and businesses have all the information about the status of their foundation. Give us a call to discuss any concerns or questions about your foundation.