Foundation repair can feel like a significant undertaking for homeowners. While foundation problems might be intimidating, the key to dealing with them is to be proactive. As the ground thaws, this presents a great opportunity to examine your foundation to see where potential problems could arise in the future, even if they don’t appear urgent now. Making foundation repair a priority today can save you time, money, and a whole lot of hassle tomorrow.
As you investigate your home, look for indications of potential foundation issues, including cracks in basement walls, leaks, or even simply owning an older home could warrant attention from a professional. In these scenarios below, you shouldn’t hesitate to get a foundation repair estimate.
Foundation Cracks and Wall Cracks
If you notice cracks in your foundation, wall, or floor, this could point to a problem. That said, some cracks are more severe than others. Though it is normal for foundation to shift slightly, horizontal foundation cracks are of particular concern as warning signs for excessive pressure on the perimeter of your foundation. Similarly, 45-degree foundation cracks could indicate the occurrence of extreme foundation movement that can be quite detrimental over time. Vertical foundation cracks, on the other hand, are generally of less concern.
Left alone, cracks can lead to water damage and become an easy entry for insects that could further damage your foundation.
Leaks and Moisture in the Basement
In Alberta, thunderstorm season is already on the horizon. We’re certainly no strangers to the skies opening up for a sudden and unexpected downpour, which is exactly why preventative measures are important to avoid water seeping into your basement from the rain. Basement floor leaking can cause a lot of damage to walls, floors, and other belongings through the development of mold, so being proactive in basement waterproofing will help you stay dry and worry-free.
Even if you don’t notice active leaking in your basement, damp basement walls and excess moisture are also signs of a wet basement that can lead to mystery odours and mold growth. Especially if these indicators present themselves after a storm, they can be symptoms of a worsening problem. While a wet basement is something you’ll want to take seriously, there are many solutions available with the help of a professional.
Updating An Older Home
While owning an older home doesn’t immediately point to foundation issues, certain characteristics commonly found in older homes such as crooked doors, uneven floors, bowing walls, or even cracks as mentioned above are signs of a foundation problem you shouldn’t ignore. Furthermore, weeping tiles in older homes may be outdated. These may have done their job in the past, but they have limited longevity and are thus ineffective over time.
The old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” speaks to the importance of a proactive approach to foundation problems. If any of the above scenarios resonate with you, don’t wait! Give us a call for a free estimate today!