Houses dot the landscape across the United States. Whether in close-knit neighborhoods or situated on acres of land, close to 140 million properties exist. A majority of these are in good shape thanks to their owners. Others have unforeseen problems.
One of these is related to your home’s foundation. When this happens you end up with serious problems such as leaks and a sinking frame. Fortunately, there are ways to correct these issues and improve your property at the same time. Here are some great remodeling tips for home foundation problems.
Determine If You Have An Issue
The first thing you must do is determine if you actually have a problem. Warning signs of a foundation issue include:
- Large cracks or bulges in the foundation.
- Water damage in the basement or crawlspace.
- Cracks in corners or above door and window frames.
- Inability to properly shut a door or window.
- Floors that slope to one side.
- Walls that seem to lean at an angle.
If any of these issues are detected, then they must be quickly repaired. Professional companies are staffed with subject matter experts and house remodelers that address the problems before they get worse.
Seal A Crawlspace
A crawlspace is an area underneath a house. Unlike a basement, it has a height of three or four feet. Unprotected, water seeps into foundation spaces. If the ground gets soft enough, then the foundation could start sinking.
Reduce this chance by sealing the crawlspace. Normally, this is done through the addition of a plastic vapor barrier to the area’s floor that’s attached to the foundation’s walls. Once complete, the area can be framed and drywalled for additional storage. Through this renovation, all openings to the outdoors are sealed.
Replace Your Gutters
There are a large number of properties across the United States and every property might have different needs depending on your location. Gutters are an important factor to have if you live in a place where rain is very common. If your home does have gutters, they tend to reside at the roofline, their difficulties have an impact on your foundation.
When they don’t work properly, mostly due to being clogged, precipitation from the roof has to go somewhere. So, instead of reaching the downspouts, it overflows the gutter channels and heads straight toward the foundation. Continual water surplus starts to erode the area.
Avoid this by replacing your gutters. You must cover the channels with some form of a leaf guard. This reduces the risk of clogging and keeps the gutters open for the discharge of rain or snowmelt.