The foundation is a vital piece of any structure, holding the entire load of the building and keeping it stable. Problems with or damage to the foundation must be repaired quickly, as issues with the foundation can easily lead to larger (and more expensive) problems that aren’t as easily solved. For that reason, regularly inspecting your foundation and keeping an eye out for potential issues can save you from a lot of headaches in the future. Here are three things to look out for with concrete foundations.
The first and most obvious issue to keep an eye out for when inspecting your foundation is any plainly visible damage you might see. This includes things like large cracks, sagging walls, deformed roofs and floors, and gaps in the exterior trim. All of these are signs of critical problems with the foundation that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. If there are minor cracks and chips in the foundation, it is still best to get them filled in and repaired as minor cracks can escalate into larger and more serious ones.
Wherever possible, however, it is best to keep an eye out for things that could potentially cause damage and address those issues before the damage can result. Excessive water around the foundation can cause water damage and potential flooding if the building has a basement. Make sure gutters and drainage pipes drain water away from the foundation, and that the soil around the foundation is graded so water flows away from it. Trees and large shrubs that grow too near the home can also potentially damage the foundation. Large roots can weaken and crack the concrete as the tree or shrub grows, damage that is not easily repaired. To prevent this, make sure that trees and shrubs are a good distance away from the home, at least several feet.
To repair any damage or issues you might discover with your foundation, it is best to consult with a professional concrete company. Visit us at www.razorbackconcrete.com today to learn more.