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The Importance of Foundation Repair Before a New Home Addition

Foundation Repair New Home Addition
If you are considering a new modular home addition, there are a few things you should think about. Sure, you?re probably crunching numbers and figuring out your budget. But there is one important aspect that you might not have thought about: making sure your home and its foundation are structurally sound before you get a new modular home addition. A structurally safe home means that any new addition that is tacked on ? be it a second story addition or one that is simply an extension of your main floor ? will be safe too. Here are a few signs your home might need work done to its foundation.

Cracks

Take a look at any cracks in your home?s foundation, walls, chimneys or floors. Are they wider than 1/4-inch? Do you see any stair-step cracks in the foundation blocks or bricks? Do you see cracks in the drywall on your home?s interior walls? Are there any horizontal or vertical cracks or cracks in your basement floor? All of these are a big signs that you should look into structural repair on your home.

Windows and Doors

If it is more difficult than it used to be to open and close any doors or windows in your home, or if they get stuck easily, this is also another sign you need to look into structural repair for your home?s foundation. Also, if they no longer fit squarely and are uneven when you open and close them, that is yet another sign that something is amiss with your home?s foundation.

Nails

Take a look at some of the nails in your walls. Are they starting to protrude? If so, this is a sign that the gypsum board has been compromised. Shifts in your home's foundation may be putting pressure on new points, causing nails to move.

Crown Molding and Ceiling

Have you notice that there are gaps between the ceiling and any crown molding you have? ?If these two things are starting to separate, that is yet another sign that your foundation might need some TLC. Also, if you have wallpaper and you?ve noticed it is started to crease or wrinkle, this means the walls are shifting because of foundation problems.

Bowed Basement Walls

Take a trip down to your basement and give the walls a close look. Are they starting to bow inwards? This could indicate a problem with soil expansion. Wet soil will push up against your home?s foundation, and then when it dries it pulls back from the foundation. When this happens, it can cause weak areas that will eventually cause you basement walls to bow in. These are just a few signs that you should look into foundation repair work for you home. And once you have the foundation fixed, you know it is safe to have a new home addition built. After all, taking the time to get all your ducks in a row before adding a new modular home addition could save you time, money and hassle in the long run. Not to mention, it ensures the safety of you and your family. If you are interested in learning more about foundation repair, call Apex Waterproofing at 571-366-4758, and if you want to learn more about modular home additions, call Carbide Construction at 703-550-8711.

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