There are few things more exciting than moving into a new home. It can be an especially fulfilling experience to step foot into your new house that you saw built from the ground up. Speaking of ground, it can be equally discomforting to find signs of foundation damage in your new home. While there can be a wide variety of reasons for this type of issue, it is important to recognize the signs of foundation damage and understand the best options to repair it.
Keep an eye out for these signs:
- Stair-step cracks in the brick or concrete
- Wide cracks
- Horizontal cracks
- Cracks that appear wider at the top than the bottom
- Cracks that create an uneven surface
- Cracks that appear in the corners of a wall
- Doors that won’t open or stay open
- Windows that stick or won’t stay open
- Uneven floors
It is important to note that new homes will settle. It can be common to see fine stress cracks on the inside of your home, typically around doors, entryways and possibly ceilings.
If you notice any of these signs it is important to contact a trusted, local foundation repair company. If your home is less than a year old, it may be a good idea to contact the builder. If your home has a structural warranty, contacting that company to report your concern is also a good idea. Even if you aren’t the original owner, and the house is only a few years old, the warranty belongs to the structure, not the original owner. You should also document your discoveries and concerns with photos.
Keeping an eye on your home and making seasonal inspections is a great idea to monitor the health of your home. Most settlement cracks are caused by short-term settlement, which can be expected with any new home. Regular examinations of the state of your foundation and concrete can help identify long term settlement, which however unlikely, will need to be remedied.
When it comes to foundation repair in our part of Louisiana with our unique soil, WCK Foundation Repair has developed the best method to restore your home’s safety and value. For over 30 years, homeowners have been educated, cared for and benefited from the drilled pier method that works best for south Louisiana’s expansive soil. With a fully-transferrable, lifetime warranty, WCK stands behind its works and their customers. For more information, click here.