Shutting Down Your Home
About the Foundation
The foundation is a home's infrastructure. It supports the floor, wall, and roof framing. Moreover, the foundation helps keep floors level, basements dry, and, believe it or not, windows and doors operating smoothly.
One of the most common foundation ailments is a white powdery substance that appears on the ground under your home, on the floor framing, or on your foundation or basement walls.
Avoiding Moisture Under Your Home
If you see efflorescence on your basement walls and your crawlspace is perpetually damp, you've got a moisture problem. Excess moisture can lead to a glut of problems such as repulsive odors, rotted framing, structural pests, foundation movement, efflorescence, and allergy-irritating mold.
Being Wise About Cracks
You just can't ignore cracks in a foundation or concrete slab. They are not only unsightly, but can often lead to more extensive damage where water is involved. Filling in these cracks and stopping them from spreading is essential to preventing serious structural issues in your foundation.
Brick and Block Foundations
Brick and concrete block have one thing in common. They are both joined together using mortar, a combination of sand and cement. Unfortunately, over time, the mortar tends to deteriorate.
Repairing a Squeaky Floor
Leveling Your Floors
Out-of-level floors can also cause cracks over windows and doors or make doors and windows stick and tough to operate. By repairing your out-of-level floor, you may find the windows and doors in your home are a whole lot easier to operate and last longer.