If you’re at the point when you have visible cracks on the outside or inside of your home, you may be wondering if your house will even weather the next storm that blows your direction! Chances are, though, that your home was showing signs of foundation issues before those cracks appeared.
You feel a lot of responsibility as a homeowner, and we can’t blame you! There is, after all, a lot to take care of and this pressure can weigh you down. At A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair in Nashville, we aim to be a resource to help you through any foundation or concrete leveling questions you may have. From this blog series, you’ll learn eight signs that show you need house foundation repair — read part two of this foundation repair series here. Reach out to us today if you see any of these signs when you’re making the rounds while inspecting your house. We’d be happy to help, and it’s much better to tackle the problem early on rather than waiting.
1. Visible Cracks
Whether the crack (or cracks!) is on the inside or outside of your home, you immediately know there’s trouble when you see it. You may get cold sweats upon seeing that line zigzagging its way up your wall, but concrete repair is possible.
If you have brick work on your Nashville home, then it will be very clear whether this crack is from a problem with your foundation or not. The crack will either progress upward in a stair-step motion (following the bricks) or it will present itself as a long, horizontal crack.
You could also see vertical cracking that expands and gets wider, which could be the symptom of a larger foundation issue as well.
When you look for cracks in your home, no area is safe! Nothing is off limits! Check the drywall, plaster, wood paneling, basement floor, or anywhere else you can think of. Basement crack repair, for example, is entirely possible; the earlier you catch cracks, though, the easier and less expensive your foundation crack repair will be.
2. Unexplained Gaps
That gap between your caulking and your window may be making your home even hotter in Nashville’s summer heat, but that’s not all that’s happening. If there are gaps between caulking and doors or windows, or if there are gaps between crown molding and the ceiling of your home, you have a much larger issue on your hands.
If you bought your home from someone else, be sure to also keep an eye out for any patches or repairs around your doors or windows. The previous owners could have patched up the gaps without even addressing the root of the issue.
These unexplained gaps could be signs of your home foundation settling and shifting. Sound stressful? Foundation problems may not be fun for you, but foundation repair is our area of expertise. We’d be more than happy to visit your home, provide you with a free quote, and get to work when you’re ready. Those gaps won’t wait for long, though, so you’ll want to get your foundation crack repair done quickly.
3. Uneven, Sloping Floors
We’ve heard horror stories of new homeowners placing a ball or other loose object on the floor, only to see it roll all the way to the other side of the room. Sometimes, though, your uneven floor can be subtle enough that that’s not a good test. Instead, use laser lines, levels, or tape measures to determine how level your floor is; do this in several locations on your floor — such as in the middle, along the walls, and more — and not just in one specific spot.
Don’t be alarmed if you have an incremental drop of, say, an inch across your home’s foundation. If you’re seeing a drop of more than an inch every 15 to 20 feet, then you might be in the market for foundation repair. If you’re unsure whether your floors are a sign of foundation problems, just contact us for a free quote; we’ll diagnose the issue for you.
4. Unstable Chimney
Are you lucky enough to have a chimney in your home? Are you unlucky enough that’s it’s beginning to show signs of cracking or leaning?
If your chimney is cracking or leaning, this could be a sign that your foundation is settling. It’s likely that your chimney and house are built on the same soil, but it’s not a given. So whether you notice that the concrete slab foundation under the chimney is sinking or you notice the chimney along with other telltale signs in your home, we can help.
Noticing an unstable chimney could be your clue to check out the rest of your home foundation and make repairs.
Here at A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair, we pride ourselves on a job well done. We’re also a Top Rated® Local in the area as a contractor, and we think our reviews speak for themselves. If you notice any of these signs, or any of the four other signs in part two of this blog, please reach out to us today. We serve people in Hendersonville, Murfreesboro, Franklin, Nashville, Hendersonville, Columbia, and more; we’d love to help you next. Schedule a free consultation with us first, and then we’ll be happy to get to work.