A bad foundation should be a repair priority for any home or business owner.
If left unsolved, the long-term damage could be irreversible. Quality Crawlspace Repair is a Huntsville foundation repair company with a team of highly experienced crawlspace contractors that can help repair your failing foundation.
Houses naturally settle as time goes on, and slight unevenness is no reason to panic. However, it’s always good to be aware of what’s going in your crawlspace as that can and will affect the structural health of the rest of your home.
If you experience any of the following, you may have some serious current or potential crawlspace issues
Cracks In The Slab Foundation, Walls, Or Floor
If you’ve noticed cracks in your concrete slab, walls, or floor, the culprit is most likely foundation issues with your concrete slab. Over time, environmental conditions such as soil movement below your home or weather conditions can lead to settling. While some settling is alright, severe settling may lead to foundation issues. Horizontal cracks along the walls of your basement or brick exterior walls are more serious because they indicate that the perimeter of your home is under strain.
Sinking Or Settling Of The Concrete Slab Foundation
Over time you may notice that one side of your home appears to be sinking compared to the others, or that the middle of the house appears to be sinking in. This can be caused by soil shifting and may require that your foundation be lifted.
Upheaval Of The Concrete Slab Foundation
If your concrete slab has moved upward in direction, it is experiencing what we call “upheaval”. Upheaval is considered the opposite of settling. While upheaval generally affects the outer parts of your home, it can also cause problems with interior walls, etc. The most common causes of upheaval are excess moisture caused by heavy flooding and plumbing leaks. Freezing can also cause an upheaval of your concrete slab foundation since water can get under your foundation and expand when freezing.
Sticking Doors That Don’t Open And Close Properly
As shifting and settling occur, doors and windows can begin to stick or catch. This is because one part of the door or window may now be higher or lower than the frame that it fits into. This means that when it’s opened or closed, it will naturally catch or rub a part of the frame instead of fitting smoothing inside its proportions. While sticking doors and windows alone are not necessarily linked to a failing foundation, if they are accompanied by other indicators of foundation problems, you should have them investigated.
Windows Or Doors That Have Gaps Around Them
Gaps between exterior doors and windows and their frames are fairly severe symptoms of foundational problems. As the foundation settles, pressure between the doors and windows and their frames increases, causing them to move away from each other.
Floors That Are Uneven Or Sagging
Foundation issues that affect beam and pier foundations commonly also cause interior floors to sag or be uneven. Not only are sagging and uneven floors unsightly, but they also can be a danger to both the elderly and small children. This kind of symptom also tends to progress much more quickly than the others discussed here. If your floors are uneven or sagging, it’s important to have a professional inspect your crawlspace as soon as possible and make any needed repairs.
Cabinets And Counters That Are Separating From The Wall
Counters or cabinets that look like they are “pulling away” from the walls are almost always caused by a bad foundation. When the walls in your home are uneven as a result of a failing foundation, wall-mounted furniture, such as cabinets and counters, are also affected. If you notice a small separation of a cabinet or counter from the wall, it will only continue to grow until the underlying problems have been resolved.
The Quality Crawlspace FSS (Floor Support System)®
The Floor Support System®, available from Quality Crawlspace Repair in Huntsville, provides a solid support for sagging and undersized beams, restoring stability and straightness to sagging floor joists in crawl space. It not only provides supplemental support to your failing structure — it can also often lift failing floor joists or beams, restoring them to their original position.
When your Huntsville area crawlspace is in need of restoration, our Floor Support System® does more than merely halt the downward movement of your floor. Posts set on dirt floors should be upgraded to concrete pads with footings!
“What Causes Floors To Have Issues“
Foundation piers at the base of the slab or pier and beam foundation shifted and affected the other components supporting the house.
Foundation piers may move due to soil movement and cause foundation cracks
Excessive moisture in the vented crawl space of pier and beam structures
Improperly prepared soil prior to construction or other factors.