Each year during the annual winterization of your home, it is good practice to include a self inspection of your home’s foundation. After all, without a healthy foundation you can’t have a healthy home.
Of course, inspecting the your home’s many areas is good practice at any time of year; however, it has been found that January is the most ideal for the foundation as the summer soil shrinkage has completed and the spring showers have yet to begin.
Self inspecting your foundation is a simple process that requires only an individual’s vision and the ability to manoeuvre around the home free of obstacles.
To begin, walk around the outside of your home looking closely for any cracks or shifting of blocks. Make sure to look for any areas where snow can build up against the house and melt into come warmer weather. This type of moisture intrusion can cause significant damage.
Be sure to also check any brick areas around the outside of the home as well as the areas where brick meets concrete.
You may see small cracks in both the concrete and the brick areas; this in normal but should be closely monitored to make sure that they do not get bigger.
In addition to inspecting the actual foundation, many other areas of your home can indicate significant foundation issues.
To start, look at each of the home’s windows and doors. Check for visible gaps between the frame and the window or door as well as any cracks that may be extending out from the corners of each window and door. Additionally, be sure to look for any separation of door or window from its frame or exterior finish.
The inside the home can show many indicators relating to problems with the foundation. For example, the floors within the house may show cracks, sudden drops or rises, and/or separation of the floors from the walls. The ceilings are also an area to be closely inspected; looking once again for any cracks, drooping, and/or drywall tape buckling, pulling or ripping.
Any settlement issues or other problems found will not disappear on their own. In fact, it is likely that they will continue to grow worse until the foundation can no longer support the home itself.
If you happen to cross any of the issues mentioned it is best to contact a professional licensed home inspector who can not only confirm your findings but can also check for further damage or issues that may be present. The home inspector can also direct you to the necessary organizations in order to repair any damage found.
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