Heavy Rains and Foundation Problems
Springtime in Oklahoma means rain. And lots of it. Flooding can have a major impact on your home’s foundation. Tulsa foundation repair specialists, Metro Structural, are well versed on how the Oklahoma rains impact resident’s homes. Rain damage is preventable and 2-1o.com has shared some great ways to make sure that your home stays safe.
Ensure good drainage. The rooftop is the primary structure that keeps rainwater from entering a home. Check all aspects of the rooftop and ensure its construction is not damaged in any way. A tiny opening in the rooftop is enough space to permit leakage. Additionally, ensure all gutters are cleaned regularly, direct downspouts away from the house, and ideally, the slope of your yard should be directed away from the foundation to ensure rainwater is directed away from the home and not into the foundation.
Check your chimney and sump pump annually. Two vital areas that can allow rain damage if they fail are a home’s chimney and sump pump. Not only should a sump pump be inspected by a professional annually, it should be checked visually and operationally more often during long periods of heavy rain or more extraordinary climates, like hurricane seasons. Chimneys should also be checked to ensure bricks have no gaps and are tightly sealed. Additionally, bricks should be waterproofed to ensure water and moisture is not absorb from the outside. Finally, consider installing a chimney cap prior to the stormy season to prevent rainwater from coming in at all.
Fix water leaks. Plumbing leaks can be a potential catastrophe if left unresolved. It’s important to address these issues promptly by repairing any noticeably leaking pipes, checking for dark spots adjacent to pipes or on ceilings, repairing or replacing any cracked caulking, and inspecting the roof for any missing, loose or broken shingles. Poles, trees and other large objects can also fall on a house during heavy rain; therefore, cut off branches that are dangerously close to a home’s rooftop. Additionally, raise downward sloping areas to ensure heavy rain water doesn’t collect near the foundation and weaken it.
Be aware of potential health hazards. If your home does suffer from water damage caused by internal leaks, heavy rain or other inherent problems, it is important to hire a water damage restoration company as soon as possible. Moisture promotes the growth of mold and other dangerous organisms, especially in already-damp climates, which increases the risk for serious health problems. Exposure to these types of water-related growths can also aggravate symptoms for allergy and asthma patients and may compound these problems in children, the elderly, and people with poor immune systems.
Warning Signs of Foundation Problems
Foundation problems can wreak havoc on your home. Property Casualty 360 shared 5 warning signs of foundation problems.
1. Cracked, crumbling or compromised foundations
When doing routine property inspections, start with the foundation itself. Built to last, this underlying support should never show any noticeable signs of structural damage, including:
Hairline fractures or cracks (vertical, horizontal or zigzagging)
Sloping, sagging or buckling of foundation floors or walls
Ruptures or gaps
Crumbling or flaking (of the concrete)
Moisture (including pooling water, mold, and stains)
These inspections should be conducted both inside the home (within the basement) and along all exterior surfaces of the foundation.
2. Water damage and soil shifting
Improper water drainage is one of the leading causes of foundation failure. When soil surrounding the home rapidly expands (during wet spells) and contracts (during dry ones), this can lead to unnatural soil shifting — a process that places tremendous pressure on the underlying foundation.
In addition to being a major cause of foundation damage, improper water drainage is also a telltale sign that foundation failure has already taken place. Cracks in the foundation can redirect water to lower soil levels, resulting in excessive moisture buildup around the property.
Whether a symptom or cause, water damage requires immediate intervention. Fortunately, homeowners can check for potential signs of water damage by inspecting the soil around the property to see if it is:
Unnaturally wet (assuming no rain has fallen recently)
Unusually dry (following a heavy rainfall or after watering the lawn with a garden hose)
However, water damage and improper drainage often exist in other parts of the home — sometimes hidden from view. In addition to doing a top-to-bottom inspection of the property, homeowners should also check for invisible leaks by:
Shutting off all water-based appliances, spigots, and faucets
Noting the exact readout of the water meter
Waiting six to 12 hours
Checking to see if the water meter has changed
If there is a change, leaks may exist behind the wall or underneath the floor. Call in both a plumber and foundation repair expert immediately — before the problem gets worse.
3. Sagging floors and warped ceilings
Issues that originate in the foundation can sometimes appear in some of the upper levels of the home — often in the form of sagging floors or warped ceilings. Also be on the lookout for exposed gaps where interior walls are supposed to meet with each floor and ceiling.
With a level tool, verify whether the slope is consistent on each floor and ceiling. For a “low-tech” solution, use a tennis ball to see if minute gradients exist. When placed in random locations on every floor, the tennis ball should never move.
Cracked, crumbling walls
All properties settle with time — it’s only natural. In fact, building materials are designed to “give” a little bit.
But excessive settling is another common sign of foundation failure, with the most obvious symptoms manifesting as cracks, buckling and crumbling in the upper walls of the home.
Homeowners should routinely inspect all interior and exterior walls for:
Cracks, fissures, warps and shifts
Crumbling and decay — especially with cement or brick façades
Water damage (moisture, mold, and stains)
When conducting these inspections, don’t overlook corners, pillars, joints, molding, and chimneys — all of which should be straight and flush.
All of the windows and doors throughout the home should fit snugly in place — neither too tight nor too loose.
Even when foundation damage isn’t to blame, homeowners should fix these problems right away. Improperly fitting doors and windows often lead to uncontrolled heat loss and unusually high utility bills.
When conducting these inspections, don’t forget to include garage doors, HVAC vents, and attic windows.
By scanning for these signs on a regular basis, it’s possible to catch problems early and keep foundation repairs to a minimum while extending the lifetime of a property.
If you see any of these signs, don’t worry – the structural experts at Metro Structural are ready to help you save your home.
5 Things Buyers And Sellers Need To Know
1. How to spot the signs of foundation damage
When you’re looking at homes for sale, you’ll need to know whether there truly is a bad foundation or whether those cracks are from normal house settling. Here are some things to look for that could indicate potential foundation problems, courtesy of Janine Acquafredda, a Brooklyn, NY, real estate agent.
Misaligned doors and windows (could indicate a shift in the foundation)
Doors that stick or don’t latch shut
Windows that are difficult to open or that have cracks in the glass
Sloping floors or staircases (indicates a probable pitch in the foundation)
Gaps between the wall seams or between the wall and the ceiling
Large cracks in the exterior concrete
Water in the basement, crawl spaces, or around the perimeter of the home
If you spot any of these issues, consider hiring a structural engineer in addition to a home inspector. “The average home inspector often won’t know the full aspect of the damages,” says Mayer Dahan, CEO of Prime Five Homes, a real estate development company in Los Angeles, CA. Hiring a structural engineer typically costs anywhere from $500 to $1,000, but if you suspect you need foundation repair, it’s probably worth the cost to find out for sure.
2. Should you buy a house with foundation problems?
In a word? Maybe. If the house you’ve fallen in love with has foundation issues, you might not always want to back away — especially if you live in a competitive real estate market. But don’t expect the purchase to be a cakewalk: Now that you’ve uncovered some real problems, it’s prime time to renegotiate the home’s price to reflect the amount of money you’ll have to put into it to shore up the foundation. “If you are getting a good deal and love the house, by all means, go for it,” says Acquafredda. “Foundation problems can be corrected.”
3. Foundation cracks? Beware, but be smart
Not all foundation cracks are created equal. Some point to normal settling, but others can signal a foundation problem. How can you tell the difference? Consider the size. “Thin cracks — less than ¼ inch — on foundations and walls happen as a house settles, and have probably been around for most of the house’s life,” says Kelvin Liriano, a home inspector at Three Keys Home Inspections Inc. in the New York, NY, area. “They just have to be sealed to prevent water intrusion.”
But wide cracks or displacement could indicate a problem that needs to be addressed. Although it could be a costly repair, if you buy a house with a foundation problem, you should be prepared to take action quickly. “It will only get worse and more expensive to fix over time,” advises Dahan.
4. Selling a house with foundation problems? It’s possible
If you know that your house has a foundation problem, you might wonder if you should fix it before you list your home. Acquafredda says, to be honest, and upfront with buyers by disclosing what the foundation problems are, but not to fix them. Here’s why: “The history of the repair will most likely require permits to be pulled, and it will be documented and become public record.” The problem with that is, potential buyers will probably cross your home off their list if they see there have been foundation problems. And if buyers don’t even look at your house, you won’t have a chance to explain that you’ve fixed the issue. It might be better to not fix the problem but let the buyer know about it so they can bring in people they trust to do the job.
But as the saying goes, even a pancake has two sides. Dahan offers another school of thought on whether you should fix a foundation problem before putting your house on the market: “It is advisable to fix the foundation before selling. The warranty and reputation of the contractor will be a strong selling point to a potential buyer.”
5. You can turn cracked lemons into lemonade
Sellers can market a foundation problem as a good thing. (Yes, really!) After coming down on the price of the home, let potential buyers know that while they’re fixing the foundation, they “can easily add new amenities to the property,” says Elizabeth Jenkins with Source Capital Funding, Inc., a San Diego, CA-based real estate lender. “People like to create their own personal paradise, and this will attract buyers who have a can-do attitude.” Further proof: Atlanta, GA, real estate agent and attorney Bruce Ailion advises people to buy homes with fixable foundation problems. Why? “The discount to buy is perhaps 20% to 25%. The cost to cure is usually about 10%,” he explains.
3 Reasons Causing Foundation Problems
With Oklahoma receiving all that rainfall the other day, it’s safe to say we’ve needed it. But, what happens when that rainfall becomes excessive and has nowhere to go?
There are many reasons to why your foundation needs repairs, but the one main issue that indicates foundation damage is poor drainage.
Here are 3 reasons causing foundation problems and how to fix them.
Replace the Soil
Once you’ve removed a tree or a couple from your yard, you’re left with a big hole in the ground. The first thing to do is fill that hole back up, but now with the dirt that was dug up. Replacing the soil to refill the hole needs to be firmly packed with water.
Another reason to replace is the soil is by seeking out a spot not draining properly. Water build up isn’t good for the foundation of your home because it can create a shallow ditch along your home. Instead of draining outwards from your home, it will stay put and continue to build up until it damages your foundation.
Make Drainage Improvements
Whenever you remove a tree from your property the ground will reach its saturation point sooner since the tree isn’t there to soak up the water. To avoid standing water after a storm and expanding towards your home, it’s best to improve the drainage.
You want to divert excess water by correcting or replacing your draining systems such as the French drains, gutters, down spouts and catch basins. Check these items to make sure they’re doing their part and if they are leaking, it’s time to replace!
Top of Your Home
The first-place water to come into your home is through the attic. Although it might seem backwards to be investigating drainage problems in the attic, it will give you the best insight to what’s happening on the ground. Most attics consist of crawl spaces where moisture can build up from poor drainage. With moisture in the attic, it can create mold and mildew. If you can catch the early foundation problems in your attic, you can save your home from a lot further damage.
What to do with Sump Pump Problems?
As a homeowner, you’ll go through good times and bad times. The bad times are when your basement has suffered through a flood, which means the sump pump isn’t always guaranteed to work.
The sump pump is one of the things to fall back onto when a flood occurs, but there is no guarantee for a dry basement. We’ve put together a list of common sump pump problems along with ways to avoid a basement flood.
Sump Pump Problems to Avoid
Power failure. Like any other appliance in your home, without power the sump pump is no good. One way to avoid a powerless sump pump is by investing in a high-quality back-up sump pump.
Check the switches. With a sump pump, there could be various switches that you’re looking at. Some of the most common switches are the vertical and tethered floats. These two switches are known for getting stuck on the side walls of the sump pit which can result in a flooded basement. Another switch that tends to fail is the mechanical pressure.
Frozen Sump Pump. If you live in a place where you live through brutal winters, it’s a possibility that the pipes have frozen. When the pipe isn’t pitched properly, the water will sit and collect that will eventually freeze once it’s below 32 degrees. The water that sits there backs up the pit and ends up spilling all over your basement floor aka it floods.
Old age. The sump pump is one appliance in your home that you don’t want to overlook, even if it’s not broken. If the sump pump is old, it’s best to get a new one or have it looked at so your basement never must go through a flood. Tip: Sump pumps should be replaced every 5-7 years for safety reasons.
If your sump pump has any of these issues above, please contact us today and Metro Structural will help you fix it or replace it. You shouldn’t have to enter the new year with a flood basement!
Earthquake Damage in Oklahoma
While earthquake damage used to be a problem only those in the western part of the country would have to be concerned with, Oklahomans are having to deal with this issue more often than ever before. Earthquake damage can range from minuscule to major, depending on how close you are to the epicenter. Oklahoma’s Own, News Channel 6, gathered information from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) about how to check your home for earthquake damage:
1. Check The External House Structure:
- Survey all portions of your house to see if any part collapsed or sustained damage.
- Check to see if the house shifted on its foundation, or fell away from the foundation in any place.
- Check to see if the house is noticeably leaning, or looks tilted from a distance.
- Look for severe cracks or openings, especially around outdoor steps or porches.
- If inside the house, check to see if you are experiencing seriously increased vibrations from passing trucks and buses.
- Look for cracks in external walls. Check to see if existing cracks in the walls are getting bigger.
- Check to see if mortars are separating from the blocks.
- Look for sink holes or large divots in the ground next to the foundation.
2. Check The Chimneys:
- Look for cracks between the chimney and the exterior wall or the roof.
- Look for cracks in the liner.
- Check to see if there is unexplained debris in the fireplace.
3. Check Utilities:
- Check to see if power lines to your house are noticeably sagging.
- Check to see if the hot water heater is leaning or tilted.
- Check to see if all the water connections, dry-pipes, toilets, faucets are secure.
4. Check the Inside Of the House:
- Check to see if doors and windows are harder to open and if doors do not shut properly.
- Check to see if the roof is leaking. Look for water damage to the ceiling.
- Check to see if the furnace has shifted in any way and if ducts and exhaust pipes are connected and undamaged.
- If inside the house, check to see if you are experiencing unexplained draftiness. Look for cracks in the walls, poorly aligned
- window frames, and loosened exterior siding. They can all let in breezes.
- Check to see if the floor is separated from walls or stairwells inside the house.
- Look for cracks in walls and built-in fixtures such as lights, cupboards or bookcases.
- Look for gaps around plumbing pipes that exit the foundation wall.
9 Ways to Choose a Foundation Contractor
Anytime you get work done to your home, you want to make sure the contractor knows what they are doing at all times. Most people have had a bad experience or two with contractors working on their home. Whether the work is being done to the exterior of your home or the interior such as plumbing, you’ve spent lots of money on your home and you want the best working on it.
Choosing a foundation repair contractor can be difficult. Metro Structural Services has been in business for over 40 years and has solid experience with serving the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. The owners, Calvin Cozort, Russell Cozort, and Matt Cozort, offer a full service foundation and drainage repair service with specializing in using their product, DuraLIFT which is a customizable and adjustable steel pier system.
There are many factors that goes into choosing a contractor.
- Years of Experience. When you’re choosing a foundation repair contractor, it’s important to see how long they’ve been in business. Companies that have a reputable status around town and have been in business for many years is typically the go-to choice of contractor. The more years the company has been doing foundation repair, the more you’ll probably trust them.
2. The System. Foundation repair services is a huge deal to your home, so you want the best system in place for where you live. There are many foundation repair services out there, but it depends what conditions are lying underneath the structure of your home. Once you’re sold on the contractor, the work begins.
3. Does the Company Offer a Warranty? Metro Structural offers a warranty that our company stands behind. It’s important to seek our contractors/ companies that offer a warranty because it’s always best to have it in case something else goes wrong with your foundation.
4. Is the Company Insured? Gathering all of the information such as the insurance certificate from the insurance provider is very imperative to the work that’s going to be done. For example, your home was being worked on by a contractor without insurance and something happens, it’s on you.
5. The Price and Quality Work. If you’ve ever looked for a contractor to do work on your home and seek out the cheapest one, most likely you’ll get just that. For a long-lasting foundation repair, it’s best to find a happy medium with price and quality of work. The important item you’re looking for is VALUE.
6. Seeking out a foundation repair contractor requires some research and reference. You will want to look for the best referral from a friend or view their ratings on Google + or their website.
7. Search on Trade Associations. If the contractor is part of a trade association, the contractor and company will most likely be in good standing with the BBB and has good insurance. These places are great for looking for a contractor because it’s the most reliable companies that are portrayed on these sites.
8. Knowledge All Around. Whether it be sales knowledge or knowledge of the foundation repair, it’s best to represented by both of those aspects as a contractor.
9. No Badmouthing Allowed. One thing that you don’t want to do when hiring a foundation repair contractor is hear them badmouthing another company or contractor. It typically shows that the contractor or salesperson has nothing nice to say about their own company, so they choose to put down others. At Metro Structural, we’re not here to badmouth others. We’re here to repair your foundation and settle your foundation problems once and for all.
Common Issues with Oklahoma Homes
The Midwest goes through some of the strangest weather changes, seasons, and storms than any other place in the United States.
In the summer time, the temperature is exceeding 100 almost every day with tornado season towards the end of Spring. We can’t forget about the dry ground and strong winds that can lead to common issues within a home.
Most of the damage that is done requires professional help. If your home has experienced these issues you don’t want to deal with the nightmares of expenses and the damage getting worse.
Common issues could be roof damage, faulty wiring, mold and mildew, heat or A/C problems and pest problems. Other issues that your home can go through are:
Foundation issues can come from strong and heavy winds to the dirt that the house is built on. Oklahoma ground is typically full of clay and moisture, which makes it hard to build homes and can cause foundation problems. Droughts are very common in the Midwest and when a big rainstorm comes through, it causes the soil to shift, expand and contract. Having this common issue causes the ground to be unsettle under the house that leads to buckling and cracking within the concrete flooring.
When a big storm rolls through Oklahoma or the Midwest, there comes heavy rain. The heavy rain combined with the thick, moist soil can become a huge headache for homeowners. Certain areas will build up with the rain water and most times build up against the foundation of the home. When this occurs, it means there isn’t a way for the rain water to drain away from the home into a storm drain or street. Sometimes installing a drain can fix it, but more serious issues can arise and that’s when it’s time to call in the professionals at Metro Structural for a drainage correction.
Winter Maintenance Guide: For Your Home
Winter is coming. That’s not just a saying from Game of Thrones, but it’s our way of reminding you to get your home up to par for the season.
As the seasons change, you’re constantly working on your home whether it be structural damage, saving energy or keeping your home’s systems running the right way. These maintenance tasks will continue to keep you busy during the winter season. So, it’s vital to keep these tasks in order.
Here are some tasks to perform for the winter season.
Cleaning Your Gutters
Depending on where you live in Oklahoma, you might not see this as big of an issue. But, to others, having to clean the gutters before the winter is a must! The debris that gets clogged in the gutters over the fall season makes it hard for water that falls off the roof to push through the gutter system. This can leave mold or rotting areas on the shingle and roofing system. Whenever the snow comes, it will help clear out the excess water from when it melts.
From saving energy to keeping your home warm during the winter seasons, it’s important to keep the heating system in check. One thing to get checked first is the HVAC. The inspector can tell you if it will need a tune-up or an electrical hookup if necessary. Not only is it important to make sure everything is in-tune, but it’s highly imperative to make sure they are changed out from dirty filters and ducts.
Weather-stripping and Caulk
The best places to check the weather-stripping and caulk is by opening the exterior doors. You will want to make sure it isn’t crumbling or gaps. Those signs mean it’ll need replaced. The weather-stripping and caulking to the exterior doors are extremely vital because it enables the airflow to penetrate from the outside to the inside and vice versa.
What is soil expansion?
Tulsa foundation repair – Have you ever noticed the ground surrounding your home that looks cracked or dried up? This is expansive soil.
Expansive soil is also known as shrink-swell soil that surrounds your home and causes foundation issues. The expansive soil is known for causing lifts in the soil during periods of high moisture. Once the moisture period is over and a period of dryness will cause the expansive soil to collapse, which results in building settlement.
The expansive soil creates pressure on the foundation, basement and the retaining wall in a lateral movement. Since the soil expands around those areas, the soil loses its strength or capacity which results in a slope failure. If you have expansive soil or are not sure if it is soil expansion, Metro Structural will have someone come out and look at it because more than likely your foundation has been affected or has begun to move.
Ways that the expansive soil forms:
Fluctuations in the moisture that’s contained in the foundation soil
Desert or very dry areas
Common in river bottoms or valleys that are formed by sediment
Typically formed where seas or lakes have been
Best Way to Act and Control Soil Expansion
The best way to control the soil expansion is by keeping water off of it. If it rains a lot, try and collect the rainwater into gutters that gets pushed towards the road or into rain collectors. The key is to have the drainage directed away from the building. It’s good to be cautious about the trees and shrubbery around the area because of the roots.
Metro Structural can control your soil expansion by fixing the foundation of your home. The foundation of your home is vital in order to keep your home from collapsing. Give us a call today for to settle your foundation problems once and for all!
Restore Safety with Foundation Repair
Foundation Repair Tulsa – Bowed, cracked, or shifted walls typically indicates that your foundation has structural damage.
When your foundation has structural damage, it’s best to address the problem right away. Without dealing with the issue, the damage will get worse over time.
Restoring the foundation of your home is vital to your safety. Using quick fixes such as concrete mix or patching mortar won’t resolve your foundation problems in the long run. In order to permanently repair your damaged foundation, it’s imperative to call in a professional to indicate what caused the damage.
Various elements could lead to foundation issue such as the soil that your house sits on, water damage from a flood or leak, or construction-related damages that weren’t properly assembled. Metro Structural foundation repair in Tulsa will help identify the problem through a variety of conditions that might have occurred.
Sinkholes can be created by plumbing leaks or erosion that will leave the walls and slabs unsupported.
Expansive Soil can occur when clay-rich soil is expanded when wet and exerts pressure against the walls and foundation.
Weakness in the soil
Poor construction from previous work done to the home that left foundation elements prone to damage.
Without the proper foundation repair, your home will start to slowly diminish. Our product stabilizes, secures and supports the home without any damage done to the home-site. DuraLIFT® is a process that takes anywhere from 1 to 3 days to complete. It’s engineered to secure your home’s foundation to prevent any movement. Our product is cost-effective, permanent, and guarantees a lifetime to your home.
Are you concerned that your home is having structural issues? Contact our expert services in foundation repair to complement foundation stabilization. With your structural problems, there might be other complications along the way in which we specialize in:
- Slab floors
- Floor bracing
- Pressure grout
- Concrete repair
- French drains
- Repairing cracks in masonry walls
Your foundation needs to be taken care of right away when dealing with a structural issue.
Foundation Repair Tulsa – Signs of Drought Damage to Watch
Foundation Repair Tulsa – Lack of rain can become a concern for the state of Oklahoma during the summer. Reaching temperatures that exceed 100 without rainfall might be great for some reasons, but it’s not good for your home’s foundation to go without rain for a long period of time.
During the periods of prolonged dryness, the soil surrounding your home will shrink and cause foundation issues. It’s obvious to see a brown spot forming within your lawn or wilted flowers within your garden, but it isn’t as apparent to your foundation.
Living in a climate that goes through a drought can take a toll on your home, and here are 5 signs to look out for while in a drought.
Foundation Settling– When your foundation settles, it’s often caused by soil shrinking from a drought or dry spell. It’s very hard to notice a settling foundation, but the first signs are cracks that form in your basement or lower floor. If the settling gets any worse, it can lead up to the main floors of the home. The soil can sometimes swell enough to raise foundations higher than the original elevation.
Flooding – Sometimes a flood can cause the worse damage to your foundation. Why? Because when the foundation settles and the cracks begin to form, the water is able to make it through the walls. Those walls will now be damaged and can cost you a thousands of dollars.
Poor Drainage– On top of a flood, having poor drainage can cause foundation issues. With a surface that hasn’t had water in weeks and then receives too much water, it can divert through the land rather than draining. Without the proper drainage on your property, it can lead to softening the foundation and causing major issues.
As for solutions for your foundation, you will want to consider piering and waterproofing.
The collaboration of push piering, slab peiring and helical piering systems, these will help solve the settling foundation problems. Metro Structural will come out to your home and give you a free estimate on how much the piering system will cost. The piering system is customized to your home’s structure, and will prevent the issue from reoccurring.
Whether it’s your basement or bottom floor level that is being affected, we can waterproof those areas. Waterproofing will allow your home to not be susceptible to the water or moisture from the flood.
With a drought, your foundation can be at risk. It’s always a good idea to check your home’s foundation and walls during the hottest times of the year because you’d rather catch it early than late. If you want to have your home inspected or estimated for a foundation repair in Tulsa, please contact us today.
Tulsa Foundation Repair- Tips for Spring
Tulsa Foundation Repair – While you’re enjoying the outdoors this spring, take note to the foundation of your property. Spring is the time when the weather changes, and sometimes that change can cause drastic measures to your home.
Before you experience major issues with your foundation, be prepared for what the spring weather can bring. Following these tips will guarantee and prevent any structural damages that might happen to your home during the wet and dry spring weather season.
Check for cracks in foundation walls
There is a difference between a paint crack and a crack in your foundation. Inspecting the walls of your home will ensure there are zero cracks in the foundation. When you’re going through your home self-check inspection, you will want to look at all of the interior walls, drywall and ceiling. Those are the easiest places to spot a crack. If you discover anything odd or out of the norm, contact our team for a Tulsa foundation repair service where we’ll provide you with an estimate for the repairs. Catching an early sign of a foundation crack is key!
Gutters and Down Spouts
The seasonally routine is to clean out the gutters and downspouts from leaves and other debris that have collected over the fall and winter. When you have clogged gutters and downspouts, it makes it impossible for the water to drain properly. Since the water has nowhere to go, it will remain on your property and leaves a water playground around the foundation of your home. It’s very important to keep water away from the foundation in order to prevent foundation damage. If you’re experiencing drainage issues, Tulsa foundation repair services can help properly support and drain your guttering system.
The Slope of Your Home
Checking the grade and slope around the home’s foundation is key. What’s this include? The yard, patio, porch, and driveway is where you’re checking for a positive slope. A positive slope is the channel that leads away from the home allowing for the water to drain away from your home (this is what you want!).
Having damaged foundation to your home can derive from plumbing leaks, poor construction, poor drainage or expansive soil. We can help settle your foundation problems once and for all!
DuraLIFT Tulsa- The Permanent Solution
If you’re wanting a foundation solution for your home that requires minimal disruption with maximum results, check out our DuraLIFT Tulsa system.
The DuraLIFT system stabilizes, secures, and supports the foundation of your home without disturbance or damage. The process of the DuraLIFT installation only takes up to 3 days to complete in order for your foundation to repaired.
During the process there is no mud jacking or concrete involved, along with no heavy trucks or equipment. Those are the items that will most likely cause damage to your property, so by eliminating those items there shouldn’t be a mess to clean up!
DuraLIFT is a custom adjustable steel pier system that has the strongest pipes and brackets in the industry. One of the main components is the heaviest foundation bracket that is developed along a 3 ½ O.D. schedule 40 pipe on all of the exterior foundations of the home. The DuraLIFT Tulsa system can work with light foundations as well as slab repair.
As for expert services, here are some of the following we serve to accommodate the foundation repair:
- Structural problems
- Concrete repair
- Raise slab flooring
- Floor bracing
- French drains
- Repair cracks in the masonry walls
With the DuraLIFT system, your home’s foundation will provide a solid base (such as a bedrock) to prevent any movement. With the DuraLIFT piers, they can hold twice their load, and the guarantee is transferrable.
Since DuraLIFT is preferred by professionals, here are 3 benefits as to why they choose it over anything.
- Cost-effective- The DuraLIFT system has a success rate of 100% versus other systems that might not work or require extension disruption to the home.
- Permanent- The system is a permanent solution that will support on bedrock and far below expansive or weak soil.
- Guaranteed- We’re confident in the success that DuraLIFT has provided for over 20 years of installations.
If you’re experiencing foundation issues and need professional help, call today for our Metro Advantage Rebate and to learn more about DuraLIFT Tulsa!
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:
Cracks in a flooring system such as vinyl or ceramic tile
Cracks appear in walls, especially over doorways, windows or where the wall meets the ceiling
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
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.