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When Water Causes Home Structural Damage

Aug 4, 2008
Do you know what the warning signs are for structural damage to your home? If you do not, you need to learn them and look out for them from time to time. If you put a high value on your home, you will want an appraiser to have one of it too. If you develop structural damage, it is one of the major issues that de-value your home fast. Once it has begun to take place, you will be in for some major repair and expense.

There are several different things that contribute to structural damage and it can begin occurring in several different places. Sometimes the inside of the home is where you will notice some changes taking place first. They can begin very slowly and then increase as times goes by. When you notice certain things in your home happening, it can indicate that things have already gotten out of hand.

Have you noticed that there are small cracks forming on your walls? Are you beginning to realize that some floors in your home appear to slope down hill? Are there spaces forming between the floor and your baseboards? Are some of your doors and windows becoming difficult to open or close? Do your door or window frames appear to be crooked in some way? All of these things can be signs of structural failure.

On the outside of your home you should look for signs of cracking and separation in the foundation blocks of the home. With a home that has wood or vinyl siding, it might be more difficult to plainly see that there is damage unless you notice there is separation happening in areas where siding or wood come together. With a brick home, sometimes you will see that the bricks are coming apart where the cement joins them. This is a more obvious sign that is hard to miss.

Sometimes the structure of the home will begin shifting because the ground it was built on is unstable or a proper building foundation was not used. Other times the damage can be caused from excessive water near or at the foundation.

Over time it will cause ground erosion and damage to the foundation blocks and in time this is what causes other things like the floors, walls, windows and doors to become misaligned. If you have noticed any of these things happening in your home, do not delay in getting a professional person to come out and look at it. The sooner the cause is resolved, the less damage you will have to contend with later.
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