When you see problems with your foundation, it can be very troubling and frightening. Foundation issues can lead to catastrophic structural damage to your home. You may wonder what caused the issue and worry about the long-term effects on your home and family. Luckily, there are many resources available to help you navigate your way through this trying time.
What Causes Foundation Problems?
Many things can cause cracks and bulges in your foundation. The most common of these is water damage. A change in the amount of moisture in the soil surrounding your home can cause it to shrink or swell, which leads to movement in your foundation. You are more likely to experience this when you live in an area that has extreme weather patterns with lots of rain, snow, or aggressive freeze-thaw patterns.
The soil your house was built upon can also lead to problems down the road. If it was not compacted properly or has a high clay content, your house might be more prone to settle unevenly. Large trees growing close to your home may also be an issue. The roots may work their way beneath your foundation. A major plumbing leak can destabilize the soil beneath your home. Natural disasters, including earthquakes, floods, and even droughts may also cause damage.
Signs You Need a Concrete Foundation Repair
Signs of foundation issues may be visible both inside and outside your home. The most obvious sign is a visible crack or buckle in your foundation itself. However, if you see a separation between your home and the concrete around it, such as a patio, driveway, or sidewalk, this may also be an indication of a problem. Cracks in bricks or your stucco exterior are also indicative of foundation issues. Inside your home, you may find cracks in your sheetrock or uneven floors. A damaged foundation can also lead to doors and windows that won’t close or aren’t aligned properly.
What Do You Do When There Is a Problem?
Foundation repair is not something you can tackle by yourself. You will need to find a reputable foundation repair company. Do your research and make sure the company you choose has a good track record in your area.
Does Homeowners Insurance Cover the Cost of Foundation Repairs?
Unfortunately, your homeowners insurance usually does not cover the most common causes of foundation issues, including soil problems and poor construction. Natural disasters are usually covered but reviewing your policy to find the specifics is highly recommended. It may be possible to purchase a dwelling foundation rider, which may be advisable if you live in an area that is high risk. You may also want to look into whether your home has a warranty that covers foundation issues.
Catching Issues Early Can Help Prevent More Costly Repairs.
Foundation issues can be very costly to repair. However, if you spot the early signs and take action, you can save yourself a lot of expense and headache in the long run. To learn more or to get an estimate for a foundation repair, contact us today. At Atlas Piers, we have been building, repairing, and inspecting commercial and residential foundations in Atlanta and the surrounding areas for years.