01 Mar 2016

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Foundation Repair Tulsa- Signs of Foundation Issues

Foundation Repair Tulsa – Have you ever come across a crack in your wall? Do foundation problems within your home concern you?

Knowing the early warning signs of foundation issues can lead to costly renovations if not identified sooner. In order to catch these repairs at an earlier time, these are some warning signs to look for:

  1. Cracks in a flooring system such as vinyl or ceramic tile
  2. Cracks appear in walls, especially over doorways, windows or where the wall meets the ceiling
  3. Windows that are old and suddenly don’t open

Houses will settle over time and these precautions will help save your home from permanent damage. Moving onto the outside of the home, you will want to make sure your foundation is appearing straight. Each exterior wall should be the same length in height, while standing straight (if not built on a hill).

Hint: You can check for leaning walls with a level tool!

Noticing a bulge or curve in either the block foundation or concrete wall could signal that the foundation has shifted. It could also mean that the soil around the foundation has expanded, which places pressure on the walls. Pressure on the walls could be a result of weakness within the structure.

How can you check for concrete weakness?

If you notice your exterior foundation is chipping or flaking to it, that is a first sign of weakness. You can check this by poking it with a screwdriver. If there isn’t any damage, then your foundation is good. But, if you manage to break off a piece of concrete, it could mean your concrete walls are deteriorating. This is common in homes that were built in the early 1920s.

How can you check structural components?

Your foundation is built by many structural components, such as the basement and crawl space that has posts and concrete supports. The posts should be standing straight up and firmly planted beneath the beams for support.

Water shouldn’t be found in puddles and the framing shouldn’t be wet. Having water in those spots can cause weakness and structural damage, especially if they are wooden posts. With the water and moisture in those small spaces, it could indicate that you’re experiencing poor drainage.

Hint: Check to make sure your gutters aren’t plugged!

How do you read foundation cracks?

When concrete foundation is exposed to water or moisture it tends to shrink, but when it can’t shrink evenly it will crack in certain spots. There will be spots where slight cracks are found so it’s distinguishing whether or not they are serious enough to get repaired.

Cracks to look for:

  • Hairline cracks in mortar
  • Cracks in an L shape
  • Stair-step cracks at masonry joints
  • Horizontal cracks

If you’re experiencing foundation issues within your home or the exterior of your home, give us a call today to request a free estimate.

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