Buildings are typically supported with either a crawl space foundation, concrete basement or a concrete slab foundation. The earth we walk on and build on is moving and shifting. These movements are minute but over time can undermine a structural foundation. Factors such as lack of soil compaction, soil moisture content, soil erosion, gravity and fault lines affect our best efforts to support buildings. Termite infestation will also cause foundation damage in crawl spaces.
To the untrained eye how do you know if you may possibly have a foundation issue? Here are some things to look for: cracks in mortar and brick, floor sagging or not level, separating and cracking sheet rock and base boards, door frames will not close properly, damaged piers and footings, rotting or damaged wood beams, joists or perimeter band.
How Do You Determine Possible Foundation Issues
Here at Wells Capital llc. We offer free site inspections of your home or business foundation.
If you are experiencing structural issues in your home or business it could be arising from a faulty foundation. A foundation that no longer securely supports a building can result in structural issues from the roof to ground level. For issues like this it is advisable to have your structure inspected. We have found that a damaged foundation results in damage that is not static but grows with time. If left alone damages could progress. It is important to diagnose the issue and address it in a timely manner. No matter what type of problem you’re facing with your foundation, our experts at Wells Capital llc. can help you find the best solution.
The symptoms of foundation damage vary depending on the type of foundation being assessed. A basement foundation consisting of concrete and masonry can bow and crack. Leaking groundwater into the basement space can then occur. Mold and mildew may begin to grow in these locations.
Crawl Space Foundations
Symptoms of Crawl Space damage can show numerous signs. This kind of damage can be subtle or difficult to see since they are located out of sight underneath the building. A trained eye to see the issues may be helpful. Crawl space issues include damaged piers or footings, rotted wood beams, joists or perimeter band, sagging or sloped floors, cracked masonry, cracking sheetrock and gaps between ceiling and wall sheet rock and doors that don’t close properly.
Concrete Slab Foundations
Concrete slab foundations may also experience issues. If undermined by poor soil compaction, erosion or drainage issues a concrete slab can crack and sink with time. Similar to the crawl space foundation structural deformations will arise.