Thursday, 20 April 2017

The Time Is Running Out! Quick Ways To Change your House Foundation by Underpinning

You all know that foundation Repair & Underpinning provides additional support to foundations that are unable to safely support existing or planned loads. It is a method used to increase the foundation depth. This may be done in case a developer wants to add more storeys to a building. Also the foundation could be damaged by tree roots and thus this method used for correction. Foundations can be fixed more as a preventative measure than a reactionary one. If the foundation problem has been ignored, however, then costs quickly increase because other issues tend to show up, such as cracks in basement flooring or foundation walls. If the cost of foundation repair seems high at first, keep two things in mind: It is a structural repair and your home is probably your largest investment. The cost will be worth it because your property will be safe, sound and marketable. 

Factors which affect Foundation Repair:-
  • If any home having absence of gutters or has downspouts that do not point in the right direction can create over saturation of the soil, resulting in an unstable foundation. Improper drainage is one of the most common causes for foundation failure.

  • Plumbing leaks are another major problem that can affect your foundation, particularly if there’s a problem with the main line. A sizable leak will seep into the soil that surrounds your house, and can even cause your foundation to shift. Too often, homeowners don’t know it’s happening until they notice the resulting structural issues. A leak in the main line or the sanitary sewer is hard to detect. Usually, it is detected only after the homeowners notice visible structural issues.

  • Foundation issues are tricky, and there are many factors that need to be taken into account before attempting to make any repairs; size and structure of the home, building materials used in the foundation, and the type of soil on which the house is built, are all things that need to be addressed before repairs can be made.

  • You all know that each house sits on a unique mixture of soils and some soils have greater shrink-swell potential than others. Another factor that contributes to the stability of the soil is proper drainage. Improper drainage can cause erosion underneath a structure which will adversely affect the foundation, and cause it to sink. 

AT Northern Underpinning Adelaide, our experts can show you how underpinning can give you more useable space in your home and increase its value. Excavating around a basement foundation is not a do-it-yourself project, nor should you entrust the integrity of your home's foundation to just any general contractor or handy man.  We have experienced company in foundation repairs by leveling and repairing foundations, and we’re confident that your structural issues    are nothing we can’t handle. We’ll not only repair your damaged foundation, but we can also source the cause of the damage and make the necessary repairs so you don’t have to deal with it again.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Few Warning signs of Building Foundation Problems

You know that homeowners often wonder how to identify the different signs of foundation problems. Here’s why – the longer you wait to treat visible signs of damage, the more severe the damage can become. Left untreated, minor cracks and leaks can turn into serious structural issues that compromise the value and overall health of your home. Your home’s foundation is, well, the foundation of your home’s overall structural integrity. Foundations are generally constructed of concrete poured over steel; as time passes and the elements take their toll on the home, all concrete will crack to some degree. 

Warning signs of Building Foundation Problems:-

  • Do certain areas of your floor creak? These types of signs that your home’s framing may be warped by a shifting foundation or water damage, or may indicate the need for added structural supports.

  • Cracks in brick walls around your house exterior are unsightly, but worse, they can be early warning signs of serious structural damage to your home. As your home ages, the soil underneath its foundation can settle and shift. This causes the foundation itself to move, as well. Too much movement; whether due to contracting soil, weather events, or poor drainage.

  • If your basement is wet and your wall leaking water, basement cracks must be addressed. But the problems could potentially run a lot deeper than just mildew and even flooding, these leaks could be a symptom of damage to the foundation of your home. When the soil beneath a house’s foundation settles, it sometimes causes the foundation itself to shift.

  • You might assume that any foundation issues would be most obvious near the ground – but the opposite is actually true. When a foundation has been compromised, the most obvious signs of damage will be near the top of your house rather than the bottom.  Carefully inspect the top story of your home from the outside using a ladder. Look for cracks that appear above window frames – this is the most common place for damage to become visible. If you have a brick home, look for a stair-stepping crack in the veneer of the brick.

  • The chimney is typically the heaviest part of your house. When soil problems occur, it is usually the chimney that shows the first effects of the shift. When it submerges, it starts to arc away from the structure. This effect, known as ‘settling’ can have other consequences, not least of which is a sharp drop in the value of the structure.

Northern Underpinning Adelaide is an organization you can trust and rely on. Our dedicated team is licensed and properly trained to ensure a rock solid foundation to your home.