The foundation in most homes is solid and well built. Nonetheless, there may come a time when foundation repair is necessary. Repairing structural damage is a major project. However, foundation repair is also essential to your home’s livability and property value. That’s why it’s advisable to regularly inspect your home for structural damage.
If You Notice This Structural Damage, You May Need Foundation Repair
1. Structural Damage Shows in Bowing or Buckling Walls
The walls of your house should be straight and true. If they are not, then you may need foundation repair. Conduct a visual inspection indoors by looking at the place where the walls meet the floors. If you see a gap between the decorative floorboard and the floor, then your walls may be bowing. You can also use a level indoors and out to make certain that walls are plumb. Contact a foundation repair expert if you notice bowing or buckling.
2. Wall Cracks Indicate the Necessity of a Foundation Repair
A few cracks, like hairline cracks that appear in the mortar between concrete blocks in the foundation, are normal. Other cracks are clear signs of structural damage. Cracks in a stair-step formation may be the sign of a moisture problem that is putting undue pressure on your foundation. Vertical cracks tend to be less serious than horizontal cracks, which may indicate serious shifting of the foundation or water damage.
3. Sinking Floors
If your floors are sinking or sagging, it’s a safe bet that you’ve got structural damage. You can test your floors with a level or simply place a tennis ball on the floor. If they are even, the ball won’t roll. If it does roll, it’s time to call in a professional.
Foundation & Structural Repair in Marietta & Atlanta, GA
AquaGuard Foundation Solutions provides expert foundation repair and structural services in the Atlanta area. Our products and techniques are created and distributed by Groundworks, Inc. (FSI), a leading network of 150+ North American structural foundation repair contractors. We can provide a number of foundation and structural repair services to address structural damage, including crawl space structural support jacks, foundation pier systems, wall anchor systems, and carbon fiber wall reinforcement.
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