The spring equinox was just six days ago, and here at A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair, we couldn’t be more ready for spring. Bring on the flowers, increased daylight, warmer weather, and spring cleaning!
With the nice weather outside encouraging you to open up your windows and bring the fresh air in, what better time to clean your whole home and start anew? The musty, stuffy days of winter are over, and in their place are the refreshing, revitalizing days of spring.
When you dive into spring clearing in the next week or two, be sure to check for all things foundation repair while you’re at it. It’s an easy time to poke around and look at those areas you generally avoid (we’re looking at you, crawl space). If you do notice any foundation problems, then be sure to give us a call! We’ll get you started with a free quote on foundation repair in the Nashville area.
Bowed walls are a definite sign of foundation problems. While they may be in your basement, they can also be throughout your home. They often have horizontal cracks about halfway down, especially if the wall is in your basement. When spring cleaning, dust off or wipe down your walls and notice how pictures and other decor are hanging to see if your walls are bowed or leaning and in need of foundation repair.
Of course, cracks are probably one of the most identifiable signs that it’s time for foundation repair. While cleaning your home this spring, look for cracks on both the inside and outside walls of your home. Concrete crack repair, foundation crack repair, and all things foundation cracks are in our wheelhouse — so call us and we’ll take care of it!
Crawl spaces may be an area of your home that you regularly try to avoid, and we don’t blame you! That being said, it’s important to check it out every now and then. Your crawl space does a lot for your home’s structure and well-being. Our foundation repair company offers crawl space encapsulation, drains for crawl spaces, and crawl space dehumidifiers. All of these tools can help prevent allergens, toxins, and more from entering your home.
You most likely know that water near your foundation is a generally bad idea. But when we get our spring and summer rainstorms in the Nashville area, do you look at your downspouts to see if they’re doing their job? If the downspouts are damaged or too short, then water could be seeping into the soil far too close to your home and causing damage in its wake. When you get into the garden for spring cleaning, be sure to check out your downspout extensions and contact us if you’re in need of help (or are concerned that you may need foundation repair because of your downspout extensions).
Gaps between the window and wall or door and wall may seem like nothing more than an inconvenience … until you realize it’s a sign of foundation problems. When cleaning windows and wiping down doors during spring cleaning, look for unexplained gaps between caulking and your windows or doors. You may have a foundation crack or serious settling of the soil beneath your home.
Are your child’s toys rolling across the living room without even being pushed? While this example may seem a bit extreme, there are certainly floors out there that are uneven or sloping. This also may seem like nothing more than an inconvenience as a homeowner, but it’s indicative of a much larger problem. When you pull out the rugs and move furniture during spring cleaning, use a laser, levels, or tape measure to see if you may need foundation repair — instead of just sweeping another problem under the rug.
Perhaps you live in an older home that has a chimney even if the home no longer has a fireplace. Or perhaps you do have the fireplace as well! Whatever it is, get to cleaning! This is an important place to clean during spring cleaning, and if you notice that your chimney is cracked, leaning, or unstable, then you may have a settling foundation. Don’t settle for anything less than the best with foundation repair from us.
Sticking Doors and Windows
Remember when we talked about doors and windows with unexplained gaps? You may also have the opposite with doors or windows that regularly stick. They may not open or close properly time after time, and this is a sure sign of foundation problems. Open all your windows and doors while spring cleaning and notice if any stick; if they do, continue opening them over the next week or two to see if it’s a repeated issue.
Turning to the garden, be on the lookout for sunken floors! This can be due to a settling foundation, and it may be a bigger headache than you’d initially think. Sure, you may not be able to plant your prized petunias in the same spot this year if the ground is sunken, but you’ll have much larger foundation problems than that. Look around your house perimeters — even in the hard-to-reach bushes, etc. — and look at areas you don’t visit often to see if the floor is sinking.
Finally, look out for a wet or leaky basement. If there is moisture within your basement, then you may be in need of serious basement crack repair. Your basement foundation has certainly been compromised if you’re seeing excess moisture down there. Move boxes and more out of the way so you can really take a look, and then call your foundation contractors for help.
Schedule Foundation Repair in Nashville Today
For crawl spaces, bowed walls, sunken floors, and so much more, you can count on us. Contact A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair today to get a free quote on foundation repair in Nashville.