Getting Ready for Spring
Are you tired of this winter yet? I know we are, it seems to be a non-stop cycle of cold, ice, and snow. Let's set all that aside and daydream about green grass, sunny skies, and warm temperatures.
Now is the time to think about getting ready for spring cleaning and repairs. You can take some time now to plan and take steps to make sure your home is strong, stable, and dry. With a few small tasks, you can determine if your home is in need of foundation repair or if it is something that you can handle yourself.
Take a Crack at Your Foundation
One of the clearest signs of foundation damage is discovering cracks
. If you walk around the outside and inside of your home checking for cracks, you can save yourself a bigger problem later. Also, make sure to check walls, windows, doors, and other places where there are joints in the walls. There are a lot of different kinds and location of cracks and not all of them are serious. If you do find a crack, contact a professional (like Atlas Master Companies) to determine if it is something that needs to be repaired.
Another area to check is your floor, whether you have a basement, crawl space, or slab. Floor cracks in concrete or tiling are usually a big indicator of some foundation issues.
Are Doors or Windows Sticking?
A common sign of foundation problems is usually ignored: sticking doors or windows
. Some people fix the symptom by shaving window or door frames or making other superficial adjustments. If doors and windows are tough to open, or seem to close on their own, your foundation may be off-kilter. Some settling occurs over the years in every home, but an expert can tell you if it is something that is not only serious, but also fixable.
Flowing Gutters Save Foundations
If the water coming off your roof doesn't drain well away from your foundation, you're going to have a bad time. The water should flow cleanly through the gutters, through the downspouts, and well away from the house. If your gutters are clogged, the water may spill over the sides, running down the foundation walls or pooling alongside the house.
Downspouts should also flow freely and empty around 5-10 feet away from the foundation. Make sure your gutters and downspouts aren't clogged and are big enough to handle the water coming off of your roof. This is a pretty easy step that gets overlooked, but can save you a lot of stress down the road.
Be Inclined to Have the Right Slope
Even if your home was originally built with the right slope and grade, there are factors that can change the angle of the land. Vehicles, erosion, and landscaping can all impact your property's grade. Make sure that land slopes away from your foundation, allowing rain and melting snow to flow away from your house.
Still Need Help?
If you have signs of foundation problems or aren't sure what is going on with your foundation, give the pros at Atlas Master Companies a call. We'll check out your property and, if there is a need, we'll give you an estimate for any repairs. Contact us
today to learn about foundation repair and more from Virginia's best foundation repair company, Atlas Master Companies.
Signs That Your Foundation is About to Fail
Some of the physical signs of foundation stress are things like floors that are suddenly uneven, pictures beginning to hang askew where they used to hang straight. The soil density under many houses is not uniform, and therefore settles differently in different places, causing the foundation to have more stress and potential damage in some areas.
Usually, if there is significant damage or potential for it, it will be visible in the frame and in the floors of the structure within the first 5 years if it is going to be caused by vertical stress (soil settling differently in different areas under the foundation). Damage after that is most often attributed to lateral or horizontal shifting.
Here are a couple ways to tell if a foundation is shifting vertically.
If your doors, windows, moldings, etc. no long longer meet properly, (both those inside and outside the house) you may have a problem. Another sign is cracks
forming in the masonry (for instance the brickwork around the fireplace.)
Contact the foundation repair experts at Atlas Master Companies to learn more or to schedule your free estimate. We look forward to helping you restore your home's stability and beauty.