Your home represents your investment portfolio. All of it rests upon a hopefully solid foundation, and the best time to discover an issue there is before it becomes a problem. For this, you should have a plan to perform a foundation inspection and know some of the things to look for in a slab foundation.
If your home is built directly atop a slab of concrete, you have a slab foundation. The hints there may be a problem in the works are subtle, but if you know what to look for you can spot a few of them.
When your baseboard was installed around the perimeter of your home, it was sat flush on the floor surface and nailed to the wall. If you start to notice widening gaps beneath your home’s baseboard, it means that the earth beneath your slab has contracted, allowing the concrete to sink, and it’s time to call in professional help before it gets any worse. If the gap is letting in air or you can see daylight, call Dodson Foundation Repair immediately. DO NOT attempt to simply fill in the gap with expanding foam or other home remedies, as this will only add more pressure to the downward movement of the slab and make repairs more difficult and costly.
Doors Won’t Open (Especially Exterior)
If your exterior door won’t open because the bottom is dragging, then the slab has moved. This can be caused by the expansion and contraction of the subsoil due to changes in temperature and moisture content. Once this has started, you can only anticipate that it can get worse over time.
Voids Beneath Exterior Slab
Walk around your home, and if the concrete slab is visible, watch the bottom edge for developing voids. Wind, water, and even pests can create small voids that can become big problems later down the road. You can call the professionals at Dodson Foundation Repair and have them inspect and fix the void before it affects the structural integrity of your home. Such repairs can be quick and economical and save you thousands further down the road.
Don’t wait for your walls to start cracking and your windows to stop opening. A small void or crack today can threaten your entire investment tomorrow. Whatever your slab foundation issues are, remember that the professionals at Dodson Foundation Repair are here to help. Contact us today and let us take the worry out of your foundation.