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Structural Integrity of the Home

Mar 16, 2008
Whether a living space is old or new, under certain conditions it can be susceptible to structural damage. This is something you will not want to happen. The sum of money it can cost for getting a homes structural foundation reworked can be enormous.

Foundation destruction can often come about in a home or building because of situations caused by water. If water finds a place to flow into the foundation of the house, it will begin from there. When a home is positioned on a hill where the water flows down to the home, the water might stand around the foundation.

If this takes place, over time, the water could eventually cause a home structure to sink. Moving downward several inches on any foundation side will cause damage from a little to a lot for a building's structure. The cinder blocks of the homes base might split, crack or come apart at the cement joints from pressure or water exposure. Bricks on homes may separate where the mortar binds them together. This is visible proof of structural failure.

When a foundation starts to sink on either side of a house outside, it could create changes to the interior too. You might see that some floors have begun to slope downward in spots. Sheet rock may start cracking because the wall studs behind it are slowly becoming misaligned. Doorways may begin to slant one way or the other and make doors hard to open and close. Window frames can be affected as well.

If you discover these examples of damage inside your home, you could have foundational issues taking place. You will need to get some help immediately. Structural issues can positively affect the value of your house. Having the problem fixed quickly might stop a bigger repair that will cost you thousands of dollars later.

After heavy rains, pay attention to how and where any big amount of water is gathering. Stopping it from settling around your foundation is very important. If there are drainage situations and they are something you have no idea how to remedy, a landscaper might be necessary.

You must ensure the gutters on your home are working adequately. If they get rusted areas on them, water can stand in areas where it should not. Structural damage could also happen to your roof if gutters are stopped up or loose and not working as they should.

Water will be a friend to a residence or it could be one of its most hated enemies. It must come into and go out of your home appropriately and not take up residence where it causes problems. Investigate your homes foundation occasionally to prevent it from being hurt by water.
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