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How to inspect your home foundation

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

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With a higher-than-normal amount of rain this year, the calls for water damage have increased dramatically, with foundation and slab issues at the peak of calls. While we always recommend having a professional inspect your home, there are a few signs to check for that it may be time to get professionals involved. Here are some things to keep an eye out for when doing a routine inspection on your home’s foundation.

  1. The most obvious is cracks and discoloration in the foundation itself. Horizontal cracks are the biggest things to worry about and are a sign of the wall breaking down by outside pressure. Vertical cracks are usually caused by shrinkage and are the easiest to repair if caught early and repaired.
  2. Check your walls. Walls my show signs by having cracks or discoloration from settling, shifting or potential water damage to the foundation.
  3. Check your basement and crawlspace. Have you noticed any unwelcome bugs or insects?  Is there a musty or mildew smell?  All of these things can be potential culprits or signs of foundation or water damage.
  4. Check your doors and windows. Something as simple as windows and doors not opening smoothly can be signs that your foundation has shifted and may need to be inspected or repaired.
  5. Check your floors. Have you noticed that they are sitting uneven or that flooring is beginning to pull away from the walls or is buckling?  That’s usually a sure sign that the support structure may need to be checked out.
  6. Check your plumbing. Any plumbing issues that have been leaking over an extended amount of time can cause your foundation and supports to bulge and crack and cause erosion to the soil supporting your foundation. In contrast, foundation shifting can also cause your plumbing to leak, crack or even break.

Need a professional foundation inspection? Call SERVPRO® of Greater Waco at 254-224-5999

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