Multiple conditions can cause your home’s foundation to become unstable and cause a variety of problems throughout the home. Foundation movement can cause interior problems including sticking doors, interior wall and ceiling cracks, and buckling floors. Problems can be more evident on the exterior of a building or home when visible cracks in the stucco or bricks’ mortar appear.
A common cause of foundation movement is soil expansion underneath your home stemming from extremely rainy conditions. Additionally, seasonal dry spells and drought conditions cause the soil to contract and can lead to additional foundation movement. Repeated expansion and contracting causes the ground to shift and places stress on foundation, eventually cracking the slab.
The type of sewer lines that lie underneath older homes may also damage the underlying soil layers. Over a period of time, copper pipes tend to weaken and leak, softening and expanding the soil. This can lead to the eventual result of the home actually sinking and causing damage throughout your entire home.
Richard Pacheco of Allied Foundation Specialists says, “Whatever the cause, settlement can destroy the value of your home and even render it unsafe. But this can be fixed rather quickly. We complete most of our repairs in one day.”
Signs of a serious problem will appear once the soil begins to swell, shift, or move. The signs will seem minor, but actually indicate a larger problem. At the first sign of cracks over doors or on your walls, it is then that you should call a professional and prevent further damage.
Doors and windows that stick or jam are often the most subtle signs of an impending problem. Because they are sometimes mistakenly dismissed as caused by the weather, it is best to have these items checked out by a trained professional to be certain. You will be happy you did because at worst, you will come away with reassurance, and at best, you’ll have caught a problem early and saved yourself money in the long run.
Not only is your house your most valuable asset, but most of all it is your “home” a place you should feel safe and comfortable. As with everything in life, a foundation must be strong and stable and, with over 28 years of experience in the foundation repair business, Allied Foundation can ensure that your foundation remains safe and secure.
At Allied Foundation, people equal experience. We use products that are tried, time tested and proven to work. Our Lifetime Warranty means forever. This is all part of the advantage of selecting us to perform the needed foundation repairs on your home.
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