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After owning the same house for more than 20 years, it came time to decide whether to sell the home or fix it up. And after weeks of contemplation, I realized that I just was not ready to close the door on all the memories held in the home. But I also didn't want to live in a shabby old house anymore. So, I decided to do get involved with some restoration projects – the kitchen, bathrooms, and living room were all updated, as well as the roof. I also redesigned the entire property's landscape to give it a brand new look. Now that everything is complete, I miss the process! So, I thought I would relive some of my favorite projects by sharing ideas, tips, and tricks for renovation that might interest you. Hopefully you'll find the things I have to share inspiring and encouraging.

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The Importance Of Proactively Monitoring Your Home's Concrete Foundation

by Jonathan Lucas

If you live in an older home or in an area with soft soils, then it is important you proactively monitor the state of your home's foundation. You should look for obvious cracks and watch for the common signs of foundation damage inside of the house. This is important because fixing a crack is a lot less expensive than fixing a major structural problem.

How Residential Foundations Become Damaged

Residential foundations are typically made of poured concrete or concrete blocks, and they are not impervious to damage. The concrete is always under stress from the weight of the house and is continually exposed to the elements outdoors.

At some point, the concrete forms a crack from either the weather exposure or the unrelenting weight of the house pushing down on it. This first crack can lead to very expensive and catastrophic damage if it is not repaired.

The Most Common Signs of Foundation Damage

Foundation damage can sometimes be seen in the form of cracks along the base of the outside of your home or in the basement. However, many times, foundations crack or suffer damage in an area where you can't easily see it. Thankfully, there are many common signs that something is potentially wrong with a home's foundation, including:

  • cracks around window or door frames
  • cracks in plaster or sheetrock on interior walls
  • sticking doors
  • sticking windows
  • uneven or sloped floors

In addition to the above, sometimes homes with a damaged foundation will develop a crack along the floor that seeps basement or crawlspace air into the living space. When this happens, the home can develop a musty smell or have problems with excess interior humidity.

Never Put-Off Fixing Foundation Problems 

The longer you wait to repair foundation problems, the higher the price tag the foundation repair is likely to have. This is because once a crack has formed, water will start to intrude into the surrounding concrete and deteriorate it.

Fixing a simple foundation crack and fixing the surrounding damage can be two very different things, so fixing damage in its crack stage is always preferable. 

What to Do If You Suspect Foundation Damage

If you have noticed signs of foundation damage or want the peace of mind that comes with knowing your family's older home is sitting on a solid foundation, then you should have it professionally inspected by a licensed building contractor who specializes in foundation repair services.

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