Foundation Problems

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How to identify a basement probem

Exterior or interior indications of foundation problems can be caused by settlement or upheaval. Settlement means a portion of the foundation structure has dropped below the original elevation. This occurs from loss of soil bearing capacity caused by compaction of fill, loss of moisture in supporting soil, or the erosion of supporting soil. In most instances, settlement originates and is more pronounced at outside of the slab, since the slab perimeter is the most susceptible to differential moisture conditions and to loss of moisture.

Upheaval means the slab has risen above the original foundation elevation. This typically happens due to moisture under the foundation. The most frequent cause of this moisture is a plumbing leak under the slab. The most common leak is on the drain side of the plumbing system. Some damage is strictly cosmetic and does not interfere with the foundation’s load-bearing capacity. These cosmetic issues could be cracks in floor tiles, cracks in sheet rock, etc. A local licensed foundation repair contractor in Canton can help you determine if the problems are cosmetic or require repair.

Signs of basement issues

Exterior indications of foundation problems

  • Doors that will not open or close properly
  • Gaps at the corner of fascia trim
  • Diagonal cracks in the wall at corners of doors and windows
  • Gaps between the garage door and the pavement at either side of the garage door
  • Windows that are hard to open and close
  • Cracks in the exposed grade beam of the house
  • Cracks in bricks and mortar

Interior indications of foundation problems

  • Unlevel floors
  • Large cracks in the concrete slab
  • Gaps above kitchen cabinets
  • Cabinet doors that will not stay shut
  • Diagonal cracks in the wall at corners of doors and windows
  • Curling and tearing of existing sheet rock repairs
  • Leaks and cracks in and around the fireplace
If you encounter any of these symptoms of a faulty foundation or basement, call our professional contractors in Canton, Ohio for help. We deliver free and detailed estimates and inspections.