Spotting The Signs Of Structural Damage
What are the signs of structural damage and can it be repaired?
Structural damage to a home is a serious problem and one that will likely need your attention. It is important to inspect a home that you are considering purchasing or even to inspect the home that you own to keep the people inside safe.
The signs of structural damage can be seen in the basement, aboveground, and on the exterior. When checking the basement for structural damage, consider the following during the inspection: Do the masonry or concrete block walls bulge or bow in the middle? Is there water seepage, and are the walls out of plumb? Check to see whether or not the floor is level and if there is separation between the sill plate and foundation wall.
In the aboveground structure, check for doors that stick and windows that do not open or close like they should. Do you see cracks in the drywall that start from the upper corners of windows and doors? What about the floors and walls? Are the floors unlevel, and are the walls out of plumb?
When checking for structural damage on the exterior, check for gaps around the windows and doors. Are there exterior cracks in the brick or stonework, and do they run in a stair-step pattern? Do you see any separations from chimneys or additions? Is the trim or fascia board pulling away?
If, after inspection, you can answer in the affirmative to most every question, it indicates that either minor or major issues are present. There are two types of structural foundation damage. The first is when the walls become unstable due to lateral pressure caused from settling or swollen soil. The second is caused when the foundation drops or sinks from soil compaction.
The first is the less grave of the two and can be fixed by stabilizing the wall with steel. If the damage has been left unrepaired for long period of time and the movement has been significant, it may mean that the wall will have to be entirely rebuilt.
When the foundation sinks, the problem is very serious and requires major repair called underpinning. The foundation will have to be raised back to level and stabilized.
Both types of structural foundation damage can be repaired, and the house can be made to be stable and secure. With that said, the repairs should be made early because structural damage can become catastrophic if not addressed quickly. Be careful to hire a reputable contractor to make the repairs. Visit this website for more information on foundation repair in San Diego.
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