Sticking Windows and Doors
If you have recently noticed that your windows and doors are sticking, are out of square, or it has become difficult for you to open and shut your doors and windows completely, this may be a sign of serious foundation problems.
Often times, houses built on expansive soils experience settlement at a different rate than other portions of the house. When this differential settlement occurs beneath your foundation a portion of your home where windows or doors are located, are often affected quickly. Leading to the difficulty of opening or shutting your doors or windows, and in some cases causes your doors or windows to not open at all.
Separation in Caulk
Another common sign that your home may be in need of foundation repair is if you begin to notice separation of caulk lines where your door or windows meet the walls of your home. Re-caulking is often a quick and easy cosmetic fix, however, if the root of the problem isn’t merely cosmetic and your foundation is sinking, the problem will continue to reappear and possibly get worse.
It’s important to remember that not all signs of foundation failure may appear at once. So if you begin seeing cracked bricks or your chimney begins to lean, but your doors and windows appear fine, you still may be in need foundation repair, don’t hesitate to contact Danny Jarvis for a free foundation repair estimate.
As your home’s foundation begins to settle, the most obvious signs are cracked bricks and wall cracks.
The exterior brick walls of your home are supported by the concrete foundation footing or slab that your home was built on. When the soil beneath your home begins to sink or settle, the weight of your exterior brick walls can no longer rest on the concrete footing without beginning to crack or break apart.
In masonry brick walls, a good indicator of foundation failure is stair step cracks that are larger towards the top and get smaller at the bottom.
These stair step brick cracks usually only get worse over time. If you begin to notice cracked brick walls, cracked concrete block, or any cracked wall –located on the exterior of your home or structure -you should consider getting a free estimate to evaluate your home to make sure further damage will not continue.
Interior Wall Cracks
Cracks in interior walls and sheetrock are typical signs of foundation settlement. These cracks often appear above doorways and run towards the ceiling in the room. While not every interior crack may be a sign of a serious foundation issue, they can be an indicator showing the beginning of foundation failure.
At Danny Jarvis Foundation Repair we will not attempt to convince you to make a repair if it’s unnecessary. If interior cracks are cosmetic or only minor, we will tell you that. If they’re significant and indicate the need for foundation repair, we will write you a free estimate for your home repair.
The chimney of your home is most likely the heaviest area of your home. Often times, when a home is built on unstable soils, the first part of the foundation that will settle is the footing under the chimney. When a chimney settles, it begins to lean and separate away from your house. Typically you will begin to notice a gap between the chimney and the house, this gap is often times larger at the top and becomes smaller toward the bottom. A leaning chimney not only detracts from the overall value of your home, it is also safety hazard.
If you begin to notice your chimney starting to lean or falling away from your home, Jarvis Foundation Repair can come examine your issue for free.
Avoid Quick Fixes
It is not a good idea to use steel straps, cables, or any other method to hold a leaning chimney in place. While contractors typically utilize such methods temporarily to ensure safety while repairing your chimney, these should not be used to substitute for stabilizing the chimney, these are only temporary fixes – your problem sinking chimney will only continue to get worse.
Uneven and slanting floors can be cause by a number of reasons. Many times uneven floors are caused by the failure of the support joists below the floor. Floor joist are the beams that hold your house on top of the foundation. Floor joist can be repaired and or replaced in order to stabilize the floor back to a level position.
Another main cause of uneven floors is a sinking foundation, uneven settlement of your homes foundation can ultimately lead to uneven floors.
Unfortunately, uneven floors do not level out on their own. Crawl space and floor repair is typically the best solution to stabilize and even your floors back to their original place. Danny Jarvis Foundation Repair specializes in repairing uneven and slanted floors, contact Danny Jarvis to receive a free analysis of your floor issue.
Bowing Basement Walls
Due to extreme soil pressure surrounding basements, basement walls are often vulnerable to cracking or bowing out. Basement walls not only bear the load of the home above, but they also take on the pressure and weight of outside soils. When surrounding soils begin to expand or contract, the pressure against the basement wall increases and decreases. This pressure is extremely powerful and, as soils expand, the pressure against your basement walls can build up causing basement walls to crack, bow or bulge out of line.
Basement cracks typically only get worse with time. If begin to notice that you basement walls are bowing or have cracks, Danny Jarvis Foundation Repair offers free foundation repair estimates.