A sturdy, well-maintained foundation is essential for keeping your home or business safe and in good condition. If your foundation is damaged, the entire structure of the building is weakened — and may even collapse if the problem grows severe enough. To keep your house or business on sturdy footing, watch for these signs that indicate your property needs foundation repair.
When to Have Your Foundation Inspected
Your yard should be graded so that water flows away from your house. But soil can shift and settle over time, leading water to pool around the home. This moisture speeds up the erosion of soil in the area — so if you see standing water against the house, you should have your yard graded again and schedule an inspection to see if you need foundation repair.
House Isn’t Level
Due to soil erosion and settling, all or part of your foundation may shift over time so that the home is no longer level. This can lead to a perceptible tilt, sticky doors, bowed walls in the basement, and gaps where walls meet. One of the clearest signs of a shifting foundation is that cracks will form in the walls, floors, or ceiling.
Tree Roots Intrude
One common source of foundation damage is roots that slowly grow under — or sometimes through — the foundation. If there is a tree planted close to the home, you’ll want to have the area checked for any root damage and potentially remove the tree. If you can see large roots approaching the home or small ones in concrete cracks, don’t delay scheduling foundation repair.
If your home or business shows any of these signs, call The Dwyer Company. With locations in Lexington and Louisville, KY, and West Chester, OH, they serve a wide geographical area with foundation repair and concrete lifting to counteract the effects of soil settling and foundation damage. For a free estimate, call their Lexington location at (859) 231-0998, Louisville at (502) 489-5438, or West Chester at (513) 777-0998, or reach out online.