Why Your Foundation Needs To Be Checked

Basement Foundation Checklist

There are several reasons why your foundation on your home or business needs to be addressed, and quickly. When settlement and movement becomes present, your foundation is at risk for a multitude of issues. If your foundation is settling, the structure of your home or business is immediately compromised, and can become extremely unsafe.

Water is hurting your foundation

Water is typically the main issue for foundation issues for homes and businesses in Metro Detroit. Water will cause the soil around your foundation to either shrink up or expand, depending on the level of moisture. This movement varies between the different types of soil found in Michigan.

Know your soils

The soils that are highest in clay components are most at risk for foundation issues for a home or business. When your soil becomes unstable, due to differences in clay presence, it can easily start to move. What can cause your soil to have these issues? Draining issues, rough floors, or cracks are all problems that show up with unstable soil.

Know the warning signs

Tom’s Basement Waterproofing wants everyone to know what to look for in their foundation or basement, before issues become too extreme. Here is a quick list of what to check for indoors and outdoors, in case you suspect foundation issues:

Indoor Foundational Problems

  • Cracks in the floor
  • Cracks in the sheetrock
  • Doors that are warped
  • Windows that are unaligned

Outdoor Foundational Problems

  • Moldings that are displaced
  • Cracks in the foundation
  • Bricks that contain fractures, chips, or cracks
  • Garage doors and windows that have developed space or separation from foundation
  • Walls that are warped or rotating

Many modern homes are built with unstable foundations and soil issues that are often unaddressed. However, these problems often don’t become apparent to a homeowner or business owner, until it is too late. The biggest factor in knowing if your foundation is having issues is to first check for cracks. If you see vertical cracks, you’ll know there is an issue with the soil or foundation. Want a second opinion? Give us a call at Tom’s Basement Waterproofing and we’ll come out and inspect your foundation and leave you peace of mind!

Our professional foundation repair experts have seen it all, and are ready to tackle any issues you may have found in your home or business, today! (586) 776 -7270