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A property’s foundation lasts a lifetime, so it makes sense to pay attention to the small details that guarantee it will stay crack-free and dry.
Beyond keeping a property above the ground, a good foundation supports it, keeps it out of moisture, resists earth movement, and insulates against the cold. Moreover, with its long-lasting features, a strong foundation may even increase home value due to its safety.
Protecting one’s home requires measures against fire and water damage. The density, strength, and joint-free concrete foundation installation significantly reduce basement water issues and guard against potential leaks.
Because of their exceptional strength, concrete foundations are the preferred option for homeowners. However, concrete foundation installation must be done right to produce these long-lasting benefits.
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Common Reasons for Concrete Foundation Repair
No matter how sturdy concrete foundations are, when installed improperly, cause you problems in the long run. When the warning signs are apparent, concrete repairs must be immediately carried on.
Foundation issues can be cunning as they can resemble harmless conditions. For instance, do minor cracks in the basement floor require immediate repair? While professional concrete contractors have the expertise to assess whether a repair should be done, here are some indicators of a weak foundation for your reference:
- SURFACE CRACKS AND DOORS OUT OF SQUARE
Large, zigzag exterior cracks indicate that the foundation needs to be checked. Moreover, if you observe an exterior wall pulling away from your property, you should immediately contact a concrete contractor. Worst case, the wall may fall if this isn’t fixed. Also, doors that are out of square and have cracks above their walls need to be examined.
- INTERIOR CRACKS
When interior cracks are zig-zagging and when there are cracks where the wall and ceiling meet, the homeowner should be suspicious of a problem. Look into how deep the interior cracks are as deeper cracks could mean immediate foundation repair.
- UNEVEN / BOUNCY FLOORS AND DOORS OUT OF SQUARE
Check on floors that are so uneven that when water is spilled on them, the water rolls in one direction. If the floor slopes more than a couple of inches every 15 feet, this indicates that a repair is needed. When wooden floors bounce and feel like trampolines, a professional concrete contractor is needed.
- PIER AND BEAMS WITH ROTTEN WOOD
In addition to a poor foundation, rotten wood on piers and beams can indicate several other issues, all of which require investigation. There may be an excessive amount of humidity in the basement or crawlspace, a flood, or termites or carpenter ants have attacked the piers and beams.
- FAILURE OF EXPANSION JOINTS
A structure has an expansion joint installed to account for movement brought on by the earth’s shifting, changes in temperature, humidity, wind, and other occurrences. The failure of the expansion joint as a result of a poor foundation can result in widespread cracking. On the other hand, a poor expansion joint can lead to the collapse of the foundation.
NOTE: These indicators are not exclusive and professionals have better eyes that spot minute details that may cause a bigger problem. Contact us today and start planning for your home improvement.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Common Concrete Service Questions We Hear
What is the Difference Between Poured Concrete and Concrete Block Foundations?
A little more common than its concrete block counterpart is poured concrete, which is created from poured concrete, as the name implies. Your property is more protected against leaks with a foundation made of poured concrete, which is great at repressing water pressure. In recent years, more and more builders have chosen poured concrete foundations with aesthetic design options rather than concrete block foundations.
On the other hand, a concrete block foundation is made up of stacked concrete like bricks. The main distinction and benefit of this against the other is that blocks have a higher weight capacity than poured concrete foundations. Therefore, this is most likely used to build a larger or heavier home because it can support the weight better. But keep in mind that leaks are slightly more likely because of the gaps and grout lines in concrete block foundations.
How long do concrete foundations last?
Given that they have been built precisely, poured concrete foundation and block base will last a lifetime from the moment it was installed. However, some considerations must be looked into. For example, the bases will be termite-proof for 12 years if the chemical barriers are intact. Plus, waterproofing with first-rate coating properly installed should last ten years.
Notably, the skill of the concrete contractor and the caliber of the concrete determine the quality of a concrete foundation. With more than 10 years of industry experience, your concrete foundation will be long-lasting and durable. For your concrete foundation installation, contact us today.