Foundation damage: just the very phrase can strike fear into the heart of any homeowner. Your mind immediately flashes to catastrophic damage brought on by tiny cracks in the foundation that are spidering their way to the core of your house. The next thought is how much money this will cost you to fix. Relax. Foundation problems, when caught early, don’t have to generate sweat-inducing bills. In fact, you’re much better off structurally and financially if you address foundation problems early before they become worse. That’s why it’s important to take quick action when securing Los Angeles foundation repair.
Perhaps you’re experiencing problems with opening and closing doors properly or maybe you’ve noticed a strange hairline crack on your ceiling. These can all be signs of foundation damage and it’s important to get them looked at before they worsen. Identifying foundation problems starts with you as the homeowner. You want to document all issues in detail so when your foundation repair expert visits for an inspection, you can point out the problem areas quickly.
There are many indicators that can signal trouble, such as:
Some of these are obvious and others? Not so much. Plus, even if you see obvious signs of foundation failure, such as sloping floors or crumbling foundations, you still need an expert in foundation repair in Los Angeles to look below the surface. Only then can you hope to get at the root cause. An expert can hone in on those more subtle or hidden clues in the foundation itself, such as cracks, slippage and water damage, thanks to a trained eye and state of the art diagnostic equipment.
In a word: settling. This is the cause of most foundation problems, which is an inevitable fact of life. Houses settle. Some amount of settling and cracks are normal, especially as the years wear on. Only your foundation repair expert in LA can tell which issues are imperative to fix. Other causes include:
If your property was built on expansive clay, or compressible or improperly-compacted fill soils, you’re at a greater risk for foundation issues. Also, if you haven’t kept up with general maintenance OR if your foundation has suffered serious damage through settling, you will need Los Angeles foundation repair to remedy the situation.
Many residential properties experience slab-settlement problems that can result in potential damage to the structure, possible accidents, and a drastic decrease in real estate value, says the Concrete Network. Settlement can also result in poor drainage, tripping risks, uneven floors, cracks, and equipment malfunctions.
French drains offer one solution to siphon off excess water away from the foundation. You should also ensure your home’s gutters and downspouts are allowing water to flow freely through, pointed well away from your foundation.
Moisture is the cause of many problems in a home. Foundations with cracks love moisture because they absorb it readily. Once that moisture starts getting in, the problems multiply. It starts off by accumulating in the soil, which expands and exerts pressure on walls and foundation footings, says House Logic. This is when cracks start to appear.
In addition to installing a perimeter drain system such as a French drain and ensuring your gutters are working properly, you should also make sure the grading is sufficient. It’s recommend to have grading that slopes at least six inches for every 10 feet.
Time is another culprit. As the years wear on, your home settles more and more. Again, to some degree, this is natural and normal. You’d be hard pressed to find a foundation that hasn’t developed some small cracks throughout the years! The problem occurs when the foundation experiences differential settlement, which means the ground under the house doesn’t settle uniformly. Add to that many years of the same abuse, coupled with moist soil or two different soil types as well as poor drainage and you’ve got a big problem on your hands. These situations only worsen with time.
There are several consequences to delaying foundation repair in Los Angeles. First, there’s the obvious issue of safety. All it takes is one good earthquake to cause shifting, subsequent structural damage and a risk to the safety of your family. Actually, it doesn’t even take an earthquake to undermine the integrity of your foundation. Heavy rains can also produce the perfect conditions for cracks.
The end result can include bowed or cracked foundation walls thanks to lateral pressure from oversaturated soil. Another common result is dropped or sunken foundations, which requires repair via a process called underpinning. This is when a support called a pier is placed underneath the foundation so that it lifts back up to its prior stable position.
As the damage worsens, the more piers that are required to repair it, which increases the cost to you as a homeowner. Naturally, if you catch the problem early, you can keep your costs down.
There are also the above-ground damages to think about which also increase as the foundation is neglected. Recall that list above? Those are your first clues about problems going on underneath your home that you can’t see. Put them off and you’ll see your costs rise accordingly.
It’s important to treat foundation repairs and maintenance as critical to your home improvement budget as mowing the lawn and cleaning out your garage. Foundation problems are silent potential killers. Don’t wait for the next big earthquake to reveal its shortcomings.
As the foundation contractor that Los Angeles trusts, CXC Contracting is happy to offer you a free inspection, so contact us today. We can inspect your home for any signs of damage to the foundation and repair it before major issues settle in.
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