The foundation is the lowest part of a building or home
Needs to be designed by engineers.
Design concerns include settlement and bearing capacity.
Typically made out of steel or reinforced concrete.
What is a foundation and why is it important to keep it in good repair?
Most older homes in southern California were built without steel reinforcement or rebar. This decreases the lifespan of the home or building: while buildings without steel reinforcement or rebar foundations last about 50 years, a home with a modern foundation can last anywhere from 75 to 150 years depending on the soil condition existing under and around your home.
Cracks are common in foundations but need to be repaired quickly before bigger issues with the foundation develop. Cracks can be caused from conditions like saturation of backfill around your home, water penetration, expansive clay soils, and tree root undergrowth.
A homeowner or property owner with foundation problems needs to contact an expert to evaluate the extent of the damage. A foundation repair expert is needed because while symptoms are obvious and fixes may seem easy to accomplish, this does not address the root of the problem. Foundation Depot has experts who can both fix the immediate problems with a foundation and diagnose the bigger issues to your property up for long-term success.
How to tell if your foundation needs attention
There are many visible symptoms that a property owner can look for when trying to identify if there are problems with a foundation. While it takes an expert crawling in a cold basement or poking around an unpleasant crawl space to diagnose a problem, there are easy to access, every-day signs that can be used to identify if a problem exists.
• Unleveled floors
• Broken floor tiles
• Sloping floors
• Bumps in carpet
• Cracks around windows and door frames
• Chimney cracks
• Floor gaps
• Sticky doors or windows that are difficult to open and close
What do you need to do?
Once you identify that your foundation has a problem, the best thing to do is call an expert, like those at the Foundation Depot. Once you call and schedule a free inspection, a certified foundation expert will come and evaluate the problems with your home (and do all that dirty investigating for you!). Once the problem has been identified, our experts will work with you to develop an affordable plan to fix the problem and strengthen your home.
Foundation problems can come from a variety of places, all of which damage the foundation to the point it can no longer sustain the weight of the house or building it is trying to support. These problems usually stem from some sort of change or disruption to the soil in the area around the foundation including tree roots that extend underneath the foundation or soil that becomes so moist it can no longer support the foundation atop it.