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How can foundation damage be detected?

On Behalf of | Oct 18, 2022 | Construction Contracts

When it comes to the construction of new homes and other buildings, the foundation plays a crucial role. A sturdy foundation ensures optimum structural integrity. It can also prevent other issues that may occur inside and outside the structure itself.

Because the foundation is such an important aspect of a structure to be stable, it is crucial that construction crews build it correctly. It also helps to know the types of defects that can occur when there are problems with the foundation, as illustrated here.

Uneven flooring

All other home fixtures rest upon the foundation. If the soil around the structure settles and sinks lower into the ground, the rest of the home will also change its position. This can lead to sinking or sagging floors, which may be evident throughout different levels of the home. A sunken floor indicates a serious structural issue and can land your construction crew in hot water if the home or building owner blames your business for the problem.

Cracks throughout the home

Foundation settling can also lead to other problems throughout the structure. Soil movement can cause cracks to form in numerous home fixtures, including walls, ceilings, and floors. If cracks develop in the basement, there is also a risk of water intrusion, which can lead to leaks and mold growth. Additionally, cracked structures can reduce the energy efficiency of a building and allow bothersome pests to get inside.

Problems with doors and windows

Along with cracks, doors and windows may fail to open and close correctly when a structure is out of whack. In addition to affecting the convenience of a building, problems with doors and windows can also pose a security issue if they cannot lock effectively. This detracts from the safety of the property, while also diminishing its function.