Learn Why Foundations Fail
Foundations stress is most often caused by loss of soil bearing strength beneath the slab or piers. It’s most often associated with wet and dry cycles, which result from weather, drainage, plumbing leaks and over- and/or under-watering. These problems can be alleviated by fixing plumbing leaks and improving drainage and watering patterns.
Sometimes the problem has advanced to a point where new support is recommended to relieve the stress and to level and return the foundation to its original position. We’ll take the time to explain the situation to you and design the most cost-effective solution, to protect the integrity and value of your home or building.
Signs to Watch For
Stress caused by loss of soil bearing strength will cause the foundation to bend and flex. Visible indicators are cracks which may appear in sheetrock, flooring and masonry. The width and horizontal and vertical displacement at the crack are clues to the severity of the stress on the foundation. Sticking windows and doors are another useful indicator of movement.
- Brick leaning away from garage doors
- Cracks in sheetrock on walls and ceiling
- Cracks in the brickwork
- Doors and windows that drag or stick
- Fireplace leaning away from house
- Floors out of level or cracked
- Gaps between brickwork and doors and windows
- Gaps between ceiling and walls or floors and walls
- Nails that are backing out of the sheetrock
- Sagging roofline
What’s the Next Step?
If you’ve observed signs of a potential foundation problem or if you’re considering a purchase and your inspector has raised questions about structural matters, give us a call. We’ll gladly schedule a site visit with you to answer questions, alleviate unnecessary concerns and address the foundation from an engineering perspective.
Get a Structural Inspection
Lake Engineers and Constructors, Inc. knows exactly what to look for when it comes to foundational issues and their symptoms. Reach us today at 512-292-1830 to schedule a site visit and to get answers that inform the best course of action for foundation repair in Austin, TX.