You are spending a considerable amount of money to get a new home and now the responsibility of taking care of it is yours. How do you know when things are going well or if you’re in need of a repair? Paying special attention to regular maintenance is key. Failing to do so leads you toward needing expensive repairs down the road. One particularly overlooked aspect of home maintenance is concrete foundation and slab repair.
If you catch your concrete foundation’s need for repair early on, you will save a considerable amount of time and money on completing the appropriate fixes over the long run. To that end, here are a few signs that your concrete slab is failing:
Cracks can be considered the most common sign indicative of a failing concrete slab. Hairline cracks or fractures are easily identifiable with the naked eye, and can appear horizontally, vertically or zigzagging. Buckling, sagging or slopping of the concrete foundation are all associated with cracking. Inspections must be conducted from both inside and outside of the home to diagnose the cracking in the most effective manner.
Improper water drainage has been identified as one of the most common causes of failed slabs and foundations. Water contributes toward unnatural shifting of concrete, which gives life to tremendous pressure. If you see water present around your foundation, realize that it’s high time to think about restoration.
Warped Ceilings and Sagging Floors
Another sign of a failing foundation are warped ceilings and sagging floors. Keep an eye on these issues, as well as any exposed gabs (where the walls meet the ceilings and floors), and once they are in obvious distress, begin the restoration process.
Buckling, Crumbling and Cracked Walls
Excessive settling commonly indicates failing slabs and foundations. Be sure to keep an eye on the shifts, warps, fissures and cracks in both the interior and exterior walls of your home.
Improperly Fitting Windows and Doors
Last but not least, check whether there are any improperly fitting windows and doors around your home. The windows and doors should fit perfectly well, being neither too loose nor too tight.
Concrete slab and foundation issues can be difficult to predict, but you can plan ahead for them and be vigilant in watching for the telltale signs that a restoration may be needed.
If you notice any of the above mentioned issues, seek the assistance of a professional service provider as soon as possible to ensure your home remains a safe, secure place for yourself and your family.
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