A house that has cracks inside or outside may have foundation issues that
need to be repaired. The cracks can be found in the brick, sheetrock,
floorboards, tile, and foundation. Many times gaps can be found between
some doors and windows. The damages can also cause problems in the basement
including leaning walls and flooding.
The reason for foundation damage is the soil beneath the home. Expansive
soil can shrink and swell according to the moisture in the ground. High
moisture levels can cause the soil to expand which will heave and lift
the home. Some factors that contribute to too much moisture in the soil
are plumbing leaks and improper drainage. The opposite can also happen.
If there’s not enough moisture in the soil, it will shrink and cause
the foundation to settle. Besides wind and heat, another factor that can
cause a lack of moisture in the ground is trees. If trees are present
close to a home, the roots can extend under the home’s foundation
and take in the moisture from the soil.
Why do we need to repair these? If the foundation isn’t repaired, the issues can get worse over
time. Repairing the foundation cannot only help with the cracks in the
house, but it can also fix doors and windows that no longer close properly.
Another reason for foundation repair is the home’s resale value.
Since most people end up selling their home at some point, the resale
value will be significantly lower if the home has foundation and structural
damages. These damages must be disclosed to potential buyers. In the end,
no one wants to purchase a home with signs of foundation failure and it
is cheaper to repair your homes foundation rather than risk lowering the
price substantially to make a sale.