For many Americans, a home is the largest investment they will make in their lifetime. So, it only makes sense to protect it. That may mean:
- Checking that indoor and outdoor air vents are not blocked
- Vacuuming heat registers and heat vents
- Inspecting electrical cords for wear
- Testing smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers
- Inspecting tub and sink drains for debris
- Cleaning faucet aerators and showerheads to remove mineral deposits
- Checking the water softener and replenishing it if necessary
- Cleaning the furnace filter to remove dust build-ups
However, what many fail to include in their home maintenance checklist or even investment property inspection is the foundation inspection. Without a solid foundation, a myriad of structural issues can plague your home that could end up costing you cash to repair.
So, whether you are selling your home or settling into your fifteenth year as a homeowner, it’s important to have your home’s foundation inspected.
Foundation problems take many forms. Some are subtle: a homeowner may assume that his or her windows and doors are sticking because of hardware problems. On the other hand, some are pretty obvious: you may notice huge gaps in the foundation, floors and/or walls.
Common telltale Signs of Foundation Problems
Have you noticed that your kitchen counters and cabinets are separating from the wall? In the beginning, the gap may even be unnoticeable. However, with time, the gap may measure as much as half an inch.
At this point, the underlying problem may be serious. Walls become uneven as a result of foundation shifting or movement.
2. Floors appearing to be out of level.
When foundation problems affect concrete slabs, floors have a tendency to become uneven. Where pier and beam foundations are concerned, floors may appear saggy.
Because pier and beam foundations aren’t directly positioned on the ground and concrete slabs are, they are impacted differently. Though both will certainly have flooring problems, the damage signs may look different.
Besides being unsightly, floors that are out of level pose a safety risk, especially for the elderly and children.
Left unaddressed, the floors may become out of level by up to two inches.
3. Doors sticking or failing to open or close properly.
When doors begin to stick, many homeowners think the hardware components are the bane of the problem. In some cases, this might be true. However, in the vast majority of the time, the problem is the foundation.
When interior doors are impacted, they have a tendency to drag or stick at the top. With exterior doors, they are more likely to hang down at the top or drag at the threshold.
Sometimes doors may fail to function properly because of high levels of precipitation. This oftentimes is the case following a heavy downpour. Usually, the problem will go away several days once the rains have stopped.
However, if the problem persists, have your foundation checked. You may also notice cracks and fractures in and around your home.
4. Small bumps appearing on your home’s floor.
This problem is also referred to as foundation upheaval. It’s often common in areas with expansive clay soils like Texas. In wet conditions, the expansive clay soil swells. The swelling, over time, puts a considerable amount of pressure on your foundation, which may cause it to fail.
In many cases, heaving generally affects the perimeter area of a concrete slab foundation.
5. Your structure appearing to sink into the ground.
This is the opposite of foundation upheaval. It’s also called foundation settlement. Whereas foundation upheaval pushes up, foundation settlement sinks the structure.
As time passes, you may begin to notice one side of your house is lower than the other. This is because settlement occurs unevenly.
Initially, the dip may be subtle, say, half an inch. However, over time, your house may dip into the earth by up to four inches. At this point, it’s likely that your home will become uninhabitable.
The longer you ignore the problem, the worse the trouble will become. In the vast majority of the time, gaps resulting from foundation settlement are vertical. So, when inspecting your foundation, keep this in mind.
6. Cracks appearing on your foundation, floors and/or walls.
Have you noticed cracks and other types of fractures in your foundation, floors and/or walls? If so, it’s a sign of trouble. Cracks often appear when the foundation has moved.
Moderate cracks usually measure circa 0.2”. Anything above that is a serious sign of a foundation problem.
Foundation problems can lead to major structural damage within your home. That’s why prevention is better than cure. If you notice any of these signs, call a foundation repair expert immediately. Postponing the problem will only make it worse.
To learn more about Century 21 and finding a home with them contact them on their website https://www.century21propmgt.com/
“Take Care of It”
At Base co we pride our-self in customer service. With up to a 30 year warranty we make sure each customer and their investments are taken care of. If you are unsure what warranty comes with your scope of work feel free to ask your Specialist or call our office.
BASEco was honored with the Dealer of the Year Award. The main goal at BASEco is to make sure people are completely taken care of. No job is too big or too small for us. We want to make sure each and every customer is completely taken care of. We strive to provide peace of mind with solutions that work and last. Also there is no minimum charge as we know that even the smallest of issues are important. In addition we have small perks such as extended down spouts, installing pop-up emitters, window-well drains and other add on solutions. These additional solutions help prevent the issue from spreading or returning in the future. Your Foundation Specialist will let you know if any of these bonuses will be helpful in your situation.
How can a customer contact us about service?
If you are looking to become a customer with BASEco you can start by calling our main office to get set up. After talking with our office, each customer is provided with a highly trained Foundation Specialist. Each Specialist will make sure you are taken care of from start to finish. You can reach out to your Foundation Specialist for any questions, comments or concerns you might have. They will guide you along the process. In addition to your Foundation Specialist you can reach out to our office, if you have any questions, concerns or comments, at 801-200-3280.
In Conclusion, we want to make sure all of our customers are satisfied from start to finish. If you are looking to work with us, if you are working with us or if you have completed your work with us we are hear to hear your comments, concerns and answer any questions you might have.
What happens when you need a job that requires BASEco to dig?
In Utah we have a service called Blue Stakes. Here at BASEco we work with Blue Stakes to make sure when we need to dig to install our solutions that your underground services are being protected. Two business days before your appointment date we request a Blue Stake ticket. If they see there are any utilities that need markings they will come out and mark them so our technicians can dig safely.
What do the markings mean?
RED – Electric Power Lines, Cables, Conduit and Lighting Cables
YELLOW – Gas, Oil, Steam, Petroleum or Gaseous Materials
ORANGE – Communication, Alarm or Signal Lines, Cables or Conduit
BLUE – Potable Water
PURPLE – Reclaimed Water, Irrigation and Slurry Lines
GREEN – Sewers and Drain Lines
WHITE – Proposed Excavation
PINK – Temporary Survey Markings
What about Private Utility Lines?
Utah law requires utility owners to mark only the lines that they own and maintain. This usually means up to the meter. Underground lines that extend beyond the meter or that are not connected to a meter are typically not installed or owned by a utility company and therefore may not be marked. These include water and sewer laterals, power to a detached garage or lamppost, sprinkler / irrigation systems, lines connected to a propane tank or septic system, etc.
Some of these solutions are digging by hand, or contacting a third party company that can mark private lines. To find a third party company click here.
BASEco will always do a manual dig by hand when necessary to avoid damage to any utility lines.
If you have any further questions you can give us a call 801-200-3280
Results that Last
This front porch in Stansbury Park had dropped 2.25 inches. The weight of the porch was pulling it down into the soil. We used our Push Pier System combined with POLYcrete to lift and stabilize the porch back up to match with the rest of the home and prevent further sinking. This was a quick an easy fix that got results and will prevent an damage from being done to the structure, surrounding soil or foundation. We stand behind our Push Pier System with a 30 year warranty for results that last. To learn more about our Push Pier System to lift and stabilize a sinking structure click here.
Wrapping up the end of a long winter…
First of all we are excited to welcome Charles Geltz to our team. Chuck has been an exciting addition thus far. He brings business as well as construction experience. We know he be a great addition to the BASEco family.
We are constantly working to stay on top of training and new innovations. We are always working with distributors, engineers, and partners to find out what is the best service we can provide to our customers to give them the best solutions.
Furthermore, we have seen an increase of moisture over the past few weeks. We anticipate a busy spring as the weather will start to warm up later this month. Our footprint continues to increase throughout the state with several out of town piering jobs on the horizon.