As people do their part to stay safe and curb the spread of COVID-19, the issue arises as to what to do with all of the free time many are left with. One thing you can do to both occupy your time in the present and protect your assets for the future is to perform a home inspection and ensure that all areas of your home are operating problem-free.
It may be hard to stay positive during such trying times, but by focusing on what you can do at home, you can help take your mind off the stress. By using the quarantine time to inspect your home and tend to repairs, you can also help to regain an element of control over your life and your assets.
Understanding Foundation Health
Have the time to brush up on your foundation knowledge? Foundations can become damaged over time with persistent elemental wear and tear, through design flaws, or due to natural settlement.
While all homes settle to an extent as time passes, the degree of settlement depends greatly on the soil. Soil expands during periods of excess rainfall and contracts during drier months, which can create an unstable base for your home.
This constant flux in pressure can lead to an unstable foundation and cause cracking.
This can cause a myriad of problems throughout the home, in addition to structural instability. Though it initially may not seem like the ideal time to book home repairs, it’s in the homeowner’s best interest to rectify foundation issues as soon as they are spotted.
Foundation damage will worsen over time, which can cause more expensive repairs and open the possibility of requiring expensive and invasive foundation replacement.Avoid future stress by spotting foundation damage warning signs today and taking control of the situation while you have some extra time on your hands.
Search for Signs with Spare Time
Greater Los Angeles area residents are in a fortunate position when it comes to home health, as the recent rainy period can help to reveal potential foundation damage. Soggy or misshapen floorboards, damp crawl spaces, and visible liquid can all indicate water intrusion and a potential breach in the foundation integrity.
Cracks are one of the most obvious indicators of potential damage and can also contribute to water intrusion. Inspect your home for cracks that are unusually wide, closely clustered together, or horizontal.
Search around door frames, crawl spaces, and fireplaces for signs of damage. Warped floorboards, walls, ceilings, and an overall slanted house appearance are also clear signs that the foundation might be compromised.
To check if your home is warping due to an unstable foundation, verify if your windows and doors can open and close with ease. Doors and windows that stick can be yet another indicator of potential foundation damage due to shifting structure.
At Home Yard Inspections
While spending a safe time outside in your yard, there are also signs of foundation damage you can be on the lookout for. Observe the exterior of your home for cracks, as both interior and exterior cracks can be indicative of foundation damage.
Search around window and door frames, as well as crawl space openings for signs of cracking or water intrusion. If the foundation materials appear upset in any way, such as broken brick or exposed concrete blocks, then repairs are likely needed.
You can also inspect the perimeter of the home following periods of heavy rain to check for any drainage system failure that could be assisting water with entering the home. Be on the lookout for particularly soggy areas of the yard that appear to have problems draining.
For best results, perform routine property inspections regularly to check on the condition of your home. Fortunately, the extra time spent at home should allow you to observe and correct potential problems before they have the chance to get worse.
So you’ve noticed some potential problems. What’s next?
At California Foundation Works, we offer complimentary foundation inspections so that we can provide a thorough home evaluation and propose potential solutions to meet your home’s unique needs.
The great news is that the majority of cases of foundation damage can be rectified with stabilizing foundation solutions. Each repair solution will be customized to meet your unique needs, so every repair project operates differently depending on individual variables.
In some cases, this process involves pier and beam reconstruction and preventative support installation. Pier and beam stabilization allows the home to be filled with supportive piers connected to concrete beams that are reinforced with steel.
Other solutions include concrete slab stabilization, floor leveling, and installing a supportive sister foundation. Book your free foundation inspection today so that we can get started on discovering your home’s unique solution.
Focus on What You Can Fix
Here at California Foundation Works, we are happy to offer services that can assist with creating financial stability for your future.
Owning a house is one of the most significant investments you can make in a lifetime, and most of our services are still operational despite the uncertain times to offer construction work to keep your family safe and happy and your future assets protected.
There may be a lot that is out of our control at the moment, but fortunately, there are steps you can take from your home to ensure that it is protected and can safely house your loved ones for many years to come.
Why Choose Us?
Our team at California Foundation Works is dedicated to bringing your home repairs, renovations, and projects to fruition while maintaining all safety protocols and standards. It is our mission to ensure the safety of your family, and we’re achieving our goal one house at a time.
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