Rarely do homeowners notice an uneven foundation as soon as the problem starts. Usually signs include cracks in walls, doors or windows that don’t close or open properly, or a common sign in Tampa; cracks along a line in your tile flooring. If you’re noticing any of these signs or suspect that your foundation may be uneven, call Heavenly Foundations Inc for an inspection. The sooner you work with a foundation repair company to fix the issue, the less structural damage your home will incur.
Causes of an Uneven Foundation
There are many reasons why a foundation may become uneven. In our area, it often has to do with the water table. When we go for long periods without rain or, conversely, get a heavy rain many days in a row, the soil beneath your home changes. This causes your house to move, especially when the ground wasn’t properly prepared before construction.
If you notice just one area of your home is suffering from settling, you may have an issue below just that area. One of the primary reasons for an issue in just one area is a sinkhole. Many homes have small sinkholes below them that cause an uneven foundation. Another culprit is a digging animal. If an animal digs enough below one area of your home, the foundation is no longer supported and that portion of your home can suffer. One other much less common cause of an uneven foundation is poorly mixed concrete that deteriorates over time.
When you see problems inside your home, you should walk around the exterior and note if the exterior walls are showing signs of stress in the areas that correspond to the sloped or uneven floors inside. Some things to look for are bowing walls, cracks in the stucco or misaligned siding. Don’t forget to look at the ground around your home for signs of animal intrusion or deteriorating concrete.
Fixing the Problem
If you notice any signs of foundation damage, you should call immediately for an inspection. Identifying and repairing the problem before it gets worse keeps your home and family safe. You can trust Heavenly Foundations and our staff of structural contractors to perform a complete inspection and find all aspects contributing to your uneven foundation. We will provide you with a report detailing the extent of the damage and the path to restoring your home. We serve the entire Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and Tampa areas and have over a decade of experience diagnosing and repairing foundation problems. Call (727) 228-6144 to set up your free appointment.