Foundation Repair is not something most people like to think about, because it is one of the most extensive projects to undertake in home repairs, and it can be quite costly. But foundation problems can devalue structures and also render them unsafe. Foundation repair is needed when the structural condition of the foundation is in jeopardy. Foundation damage is usually indicated by factors such as improper foundation settling. This settling often presents symptoms such as cracks in the walls and roof, sagging floors, or uneven siding. Cracks in drywall or plaster walls or ceilings; the bottom of wall separating from the floor; cracks at wall corners; cracks above doors; sticking doors and windows; cracks in ceramic or vinyl tile; or cracks in concrete floors are usually signs that the house needs foundation repair. Other indications of a settling foundation are: foundation walls becoming bowed and buckled; cracks develop in foundation walls, in exterior walls; or there are fallen and/or buckled interior concrete floors. This damage causes a variety of problems in your home and requires different solutions.
Foundation repairs are usually quite expensive, but are an essential home improvement. Foundation repair is one of the fastest growing industries for the 21st century, and are fairly common repairs on distressed properties.
Foundation repair is not a do-it-yourself project, so if you think that there is a problem with your foundation, call a foundation repair contractor for an assessment of your problem. Repairing these problems can add up to a lot of money, which is why it is important to fix the foundation as soon as possible, before these problems get worse.
There are many ways of doing these repairs, based on what is causing the foundation to fail. For most concrete block foundations and older poured concrete foundations, an interior de-watering system with it's inherent versatility, is the least intrusive, most effective way to deal with leakage. If your problem is caused by water, French Drains are sometimes needed as part of a drainage correction and foundation repair program to eliminate areas of sub-surface standing water or high water soil saturation.
The failure may be in the foundation itself. Concrete, which consists primarily of cement, sand, gravel and water, can be mixed much differently on a house-to-house basis. Concrete strength can be a factor in foundation problems. Concrete foundation repair methods normally require 2-10 days.
Though foundation repair may not be something you want to think about, it is an issue that many homeowners face, and is usually needed when the livability of a residence is impacted. How do you determine what repairs are necessary? You need to call someone with experience. The best way is to call a repair expert like Oakbridge Construction, or an engineer.
Oakbridge Constructions has experience the area of foundation repair. Call us now at 586 703 0112.