Dealing with Dangerous Foundation Issues

by Robert & Nancy Lindeman 06/05/2019

Buying a property is one of the best decisions a person can make; it is also a great way to invest. After spending a lot of money to buy or build on a property, the condition of the house should be paramount. Having to deal with foundation issues can be daunting; it can take a lot of money to repair a damaged foundation.

The foundation of a home is what holds all other structures in place. If the foundation was laid incorrectly or without the proper tests and procedures, it could cause problems for the owner in the future. The types of foundation are the pier, beam, and concrete. It's best to know what kind was used for your property to look out for tell-tale signs of weakness or deterioration of the foundation.

A damaged foundation is a result of various environmental elements and stress like expanding and contracting soil, a terrible drainage system or excessive moisture. This stress over time causes the foundation to begin to weaken, resulting in uneven floors in the house, cracks on the walls and gaps in exterior doors.

The following are signs that indicate that you are likely having foundation issues:

Cracks in the walls.

A crack in the wall can be a sign of a foundation problem. If you notice floor cracks, a broken chimney, or wall fissures in your house, this might be your first sign of a damaged foundation.

Sinking floor. 

Have you noticed that some parts of your property are falling? Have them checked out to be sure it's not a foundation problem. One part of the house over time will be lower than the other if a sinking or settling floor is left unattended too long. Sinking or settling occurs when the ground the property is built on begins to collapse under the weight of the structure. Areas of the house that used to be even would begin to sag or dip. You would notice that such areas will not be on the same level as other parts on the property. It could be as a result of soil shift, humidity from water seepage or poor drainage system. 

Doors that don’t open or close properly. 

Another tell-tale sign of foundation issues is when the interior doors begin to stick or drag. Exterior doors may frequently leave space at the edge creating an uneven appearance.

Gaps around window frames. 

Did you suddenly notice gaps around your window or door? A faulty foundation can be the cause. Double-hung windows will be difficult to close because of the unevenness and inability to align the sash correctly.

Dampness in the basement.

Is your basement or crawl space becoming damp without any apparent source of moisture? Damp basement can cause a lot of problems like a moldy smell, mold growth, and uneven or saggy floors. 

Ask a professional engineer or contractor to help you investigate these signs to ascertain if it is a foundation problem. Discuss how you might go about fixing it and explore different options. Most of these evaluations are usually free and can save you thousands of dollars.

About the Author
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Robert & Nancy Lindeman

Robert and Nancy Lindeman have over 25 years of experience in residential and commercial real estate transactions, and have been top producers for many years.

They pride themselves on providing a highly individualized approach to each client's needs, including a strong presence on the Internet. Weekly blogs about the Sarasota Lifestyle provide a wealth of information to their clients. Social networking has enhanced their marketing efforts and has resulted in a new source of buyers and sellers.

They are currently living the Downtown Sarasota Lifestyle and have sold many downtown condominiums as well as properties on Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key, St. Armands Key, Bird Key, in many golf course communities, and in the greater Sarasota/Bradenton area.

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