It’s no secret that a building’s foundations are one of its most important structural elements. For this reason, keeping them in good condition is vital to the structural stability of a building. This is also important for houses, but many homeowners ignore the signs of foundation damage until there’s a serious problem.
There are two main reasons for this: many homeowners don’t recognise the signs of foundation damage and if they do, they’re not sure who to call. As you don’t require foundation services as often as electrical or plumbing work, for instance, the question is often: who can I call to inspect and repair my house’s foundations?
Well, you can call us! As specialist piling and underpinning contractors, we are well-equipped to take care of all foundation services, from design and installation to inspections and repair.
Signs that Your House’s Foundations are Damaged
It’s important to recognise when your property’s foundations require maintenance or repair services. If damaged foundations and piles are left without professional assistance, you could run into lots of serious problems - with building collapse being the most severe. Here are a few signs of foundation damage to look out for:
- Cracked ceilings and walls: If you've noticed cracks starting to appear in your house's walls or running through the ceiling, your foundations have likely shifted. Make sure to hire local piling contractors to inspect your home’s foundations as soon as you spot an issue.
- Cracks in the floor: If you spot cracks in the floor, it’s time to have a foundation inspection. These cracks may have developed as a result of changing soil conditions or soil settlement, so you’ll need an experienced piling contractor to figure out the most appropriate remedial action.
- Shifting door and window frames: Another sign that your foundations require maintenance and repair services is that the doors and windows in your home no longer fit properly. This could be as a result of shifting door and window frames, which is a sign that your property’s foundations are moving.
The Importance of Inspecting Your House’s Foundations
If you’ve noticed any of the signs listed above, it’s time to hire piling contractors to inspect your house’s foundations. Specialist piling contractors will be able to inspect and assess the issue before figuring out the best course of action. The required remedial works will depend on the severity of the issue so it’s always important to have your foundations inspected by a professional. For example, in some circumstances underpinning will be the most effective way to strengthen the existing foundations. In others, the foundations may need to be replaced altogether.
The bottom line is that having your house’s foundations inspected by professional piling contractors can help you avoid costly and time-consuming repair services. With this in mind, don’t forget to give us at Belowground Ltd a call if you’ve spotted the telltale signs that your house foundations are in need of repair.
As piling and underpinning contractors, we’re on hand to take care of any foundation requirements you may have. With offices in London, Bristol and Exeter, we offer our services to domestic and commercial clients across the UK. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.