What Are The Signs Of Foundation Issues?

A foundation is the base upon which your home is constructed. The foundation provides support for your house, transferring the load of the building to the ground and supporting it. The type of foundation used in construction depends on the type of soil, the climate, and the weight of the structure, and each type of foundation exhibits warning signs when issues arise.

Pure Properties is here with some of the most common signs of foundation cracks or problems and advice on house foundation repair. We are a locally owned foundation repair business focusing on crawl space encapsulation, and we have been creating happy customers for over four years in the High Point area. If you suspect your foundation needs a check-up, call us today!

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Cracks in the Walls

Cracks in a foundation can be a sign of various issues, such as settlement, soil movement, or water damage. Some cracks are normal and not a cause for concern, while others may indicate a more serious problem that needs to be addressed by a foundation contractor.

Look for cracks near floorboards or ceilings. This can be a sign that the walls are warping as added pressure imposes on them from an unsupported frame. The size and shape of the cracks can give you an idea of the type of problem you are dealing with. For example, thin, hairline cracks may be caused by shrinkage or temperature changes, while wider, more jagged cracks may be caused by more serious issues such as settlement or soil movement.

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Doors and Windows that Stick

If your doors and windows are sticking or misaligned, it could be a sign that the foundation has shifted. Sometimes foundation repair can be as simple as adding extra support beams, but if you see new signs of foundation cracks like sticking doors and windows, you’ll want to have someone check it out.

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Gaps Between the Wall and Ceiling or Floor

If you notice gaps between the wall and ceiling or floor, it could be a sign that the foundation has settled unevenly. Settling is natural in the first few years after a home has been built, but it’s important to note any gaps that are appearing in your home around the floors, ceilings, and walls.

If the gaps are expanding that’s a sign to take immediate action and have a foundation contractor check for serious damage. Foundation repair is easier —and cheaper— when you catch it early.

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Floor Slopes

If your floor is no longer level, it could be a sign of foundation problems. A foundation crack can come from water damage that seeps into the concrete and expands when it freezes. Foundation cracks require the maintenance of a foundation contractor as soon as possible because they are always expanding. A sloped floor can also happen when the soil shifts and the foundation cracks due to uneven soil support.

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Water Damage in Basement

If you notice water damage or standing water in your basement or crawl space, it could be a sign that there are foundation issues that need to be addressed. If your foundation was not properly sealed, then the space can get waterlogged and absorb excess moisture, weakening the support beams and creating mold. Pure Properties specializes in crawl space encapsulation and installing crawl space dehumidifiers to save your foundation.

Crawl space encapsulation creates a water-tight barrier between the open air in a crawl space and the walls and beams. This prevents moisture from accumulating after heavy storms and even those rare North Carolina hurricanes.

Pure Properties has been in the restoration business for years, and our dedication to quality results makes us one of the industry leaders in High Point, North Carolina.

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