Your home is a major investment. It’s up to you to ensure that the investment is there for you to enjoy for many years to come. Most people enjoy their homes for 30, 40, 50 years or more but if the home isn’t taken care of over its lifetime, you cannot expect to enjoy this many years with the home, at least not without some major expense involved. The best way to protect your home is to learn how to identify problems with the major components in the house, specifically the house foundation. Be sure that a professional is also on hand to call when service is needed. The foundation is what holds your home in place. It uses concrete slabs, beams, and piers to stabilize the house. Even small amounts of damage can cause big trouble for a homeowner and you don’t want to endure the consequences of this problem any longer than necessary.
Most common signs of foundation damage include:
· Foundation upheaval
· Cracks in the foundation, walls, floors and fractures in other areas of the home, including gaps
· Uneven floors/sagging floors
· Sinking/Settling foundation
· Window frame gaps
· Gaps around the exterior doors
· Doors are difficult to open or close, or they stick together to the frame
If you notice these signs or have other foundation damage concerns, contact a contractor to schedule an inspection and repair. A professional can identify and repair the problem before it causes bigger issues that are even more costly to repair. Usually, it costs anywhere from $350 – $800 to schedule this repair and inspection, though prices vary from one job to the next. It’s a small price to pay for superb work and protection year-round that comes along with a safe and secure foundation.