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How's the Structure of Your House

Mar 16, 2008
Whether a home is old or new, because of certain circumstances it can be susceptible to structural damage. This is something you do not want to happen. The cost of getting a homes foundation repaired can be very expensive.

Structural damage will frequently come about in a house or other building due to problems caused by water. If water can find an opening to leak into the foundation of a building, that is all it will take. If your building is placed on a slope where the water flows down to the house, water might accumulate near the foundation. When this takes place, with time, the water may slowly cause a foundation to settle. Only a few inches to any foundation area could create damage from minor to major for a house's structure. The cement blocks on the homes base could crack, split or come apart at the cement joints from pressure or water exposure. Bricks on homes could separate where the mortar binds them together. This is easily seen proof of foundation failure.

If the structure starts to sink on any side of a residence on the exterior, it can cause damage to the interior also. You might discover that the floors are beginning to slope downward in places. 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 them hard to open and close. Window frames can be affected as well.

If you observe these kinds of things inside your home, you likely have structural problems taking place. You will want to call some help quickly. Structural problems can affect the value of your house. Getting the problem corrected as fast as you can can side track a huge repair that might cost you a lot more money later.

If there is a lot of rainfall, watch for where and how any excess water is running. Preventing it from accumulating around your home's base structure is vital. When there are drainage situations and it is something you are not sure how to take care of, a landscaper will be necessary.

Make sure the gutters on your residence are working good. If they have rusted spots on them, water can build up in areas where it does not need to. Structural damage can also start on the housetop when gutters are stopped up or loose and not working correctly.

Water will be an asset to the house or it could be one of its most dangerous enemies. It must exit and enter your residence appropriately and not gather where it is not supposed to. Investigate your residence's foundation every once in a while to keep it from being damaged by water.
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Dror Klar is a writer and promoter of quality
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