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How to Diagnose Foundation Issues

Apr 21, 2020 | Foundation Inspection, Foundation Repair, Slab Foundation Repair

Your home is one of the most expensive investments you’ll ever make. That’s why it’s important to know how to diagnosis foundation issues.

When inspecting your foundation it’s good to keep this in mind: What begins as a small dip or crack in one area of your house can grow to become a very large problem. Contacting an experienced foundation repair expert when you first notice complications, can avoid foundation failure and reduce cost.

If you see any of the following signs, please contact us immediately:

  1. Foundation/Wall/Floor Cracks
    Have you noticed cracks in your house or commercial property? It could most definitely signal a foundation problem. Floor cracks, wall fissures and a broken chimney can also mean trouble. Over time houses in Southern Louisiana may experience foundation movement due to expanding and contracting soil, as well as inclement weather.
  2. Foundation Settling Or Sinking
    If your house appears to be sinking or having settlement issues, have it checked out. Settling is another sign that you may have a foundation dilemma. Over time, you may notice that one side of your house is lower than the other, or you may observe that the center of your home is sinking. If so, your foundation may need to be lifted and require the installation of interior or exterior foundation piers.
  3. Sagging Or Uneven Floors
    Sagging, bowing or dipping floors could indicate trouble. When foundation problems impact pier and beam foundations, floors have a tendency to sag and squeak. When it comes to concrete slabs, floors are prone to be uneven or out of level. Since slab foundations are positioned directly on the ground and pier and beam foundations are not, they are impacted differently. While both may have flooring issues, the signs of damage don’t look the same.
  4. Doors That Stick Or Don’t Open And Close Properly
    Sticking doors is a common indication of foundation issues. When interior doors are affected, they tend to drag at the top while exterior doors hang down at the top and appear uneven.
  5. Gaps Around Window Frames Or Exterior Doors
    Homeowners in Southern Louisiana often notice gaps around their exterior window frames and exterior doors. This is a common indicator of foundation issues.

What To Do If Your Property Is Showing Foundation Issues:
The first thing to do is contact Academy Housel Leveling for a thorough and comprehensive foundation inspection. We’ll come up with an affordable and custom plan to meet your house leveling needs.

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