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Do I Have Foundation Damage?

Learn more about signs and common signs of foundation damage, as well as why it is important to seek a professional evaluation and repairs.

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Signs of Foundation Damage

If you see any of these signs of foundation failure in, around or beneath your home or business, it is important to get a professional evaluation before further damage to your house or building occurs. 

 
  • INSIDE

    THE HOUSE

    Signs of foundation problems on the interior of a house include:

    • Misaligned doors and windows

    • Cracks in sheetrock

    • Gaps around molding

    • Sloping floors

    • Cracks in the floor or tile

  • OUTSIDE

    THE HOUSE

    Exterior cracks can be a sign of shifting soil:

    • Cracks in brick

    • Gaps around Doors and windows

    • Foundation cracks

    • Trim pulling away

  • CRAWL SPACE

     UNDER THE HOUSE

    Signs of problems in your crawl space:

    • Cracks in walls

    • Sloping floors

    • Doors that will not close

    • Shifting piles in crawl space

  • BASEMENT

    UNDER THE HOUSE

    Foundation repair may be needed if you see these visible signs in your home's basement:

    • Bowing basement walls

    • Bulging basement walls

    • Wall cracks

    • Moisture problems

 

Watch & Learn about Foundation Problems

Moisture & Foundation Cracks

Expansive soils and fluctuating moisture levels are usually to blame for foundation failure. Excessive water in the soil causes it to swell. Alternatively, too little water causes the soil to shrink. In both of these scenarios, the soil under the foundation will move by shrinking or swelling if the moisture is not uniform, causing the foundation to crack or settle. Too much moisture may come from sources such as plumbing leaks, improper drainage of rainwater or other surface water, and a high water table. Soil can lose moisture from prolonged drought, especially around the house’s perimeter where it dries out more quickly.

Common Causes for Cracks in Your Home's Foundation

Poor Pre-Construction and House Settlement

During the pre-construction phase, the soil must be properly compacted before contractors lay the foundation. If the builder does not give careful attention to the soil layers under the foundation so they can provide stability to the structure, then the foundation may shift as the soil settles under the heavy load of a house or commercial building. If those soil layers represent different types of soil, a house can settle unevenly and lead to foundation distress. For example, if part of a house is situated on clay and the other part is on rock, seasonal shifting will vary throughout the house and may cause damage to the foundation and the house’s interior.

 
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Why You Should Repair Your Foundation

Over time, almost all damage to your home's foundation will get worse if it is not properly repaired. Shifting soil below your foundation can pose a serious threat to:

  • yours & your families' safety upon exiting in an emergency

  • your health from mold & mildew if water seepage occurs

  • your property's resale value 

Still have questions? Contact your local team of trusted foundation professionals to evaluate your foundation! Our specialist will meet with you on-site to perform a thorough evaluation review a custom repair plan with you, when needed.

 
 

Why Choose Ram Jack for 

Foundation Repair

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Evaluation

Need foundation repair for your home or business? Request a professional, on-site evaluation by contacting our team today.

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