The Bible lists over 15 quotes about building on a strong foundation. Although many of these may have been alluding to one’s spiritual life, the analogy to a home or structure is sound and true. If your foundation is strong and competent, your structure will be firm. If not, your building can eventually end in ruins.
Several different types of foundations are used to support buildings and other structures. Broadly, they are divided into two types: shallow foundations and deep foundations. Shallow foundations are the most common. In some areas where the seismic activity or mass movement is prevalent, deep foundations, including a pile foundation or one with drilled shafts, may be needed.
Purpose of Your Foundation
The main purpose of a foundation is to hold the house or building solidly above ground and to distribute the load evenly against the substrate. In addition, there are other important functions of a sound foundation:
- Maintain the stability of the structure as a unit
- Insulate against cold emanating from below
- Keep moisture out of the building
- Resist movement in the substrate
Signs Your Foundation May Need Repair
Unfortunately, and for a variety of reasons, your foundation can become compromised. Should you require foundation repair, you’ll definitely need a professional opinion. The following signs can indicate the foundation’s condition calls for restoration:
- Sagging or sloping walls
- Sticking doors
- Cracks and gaps in the walls and corners
- Cracks in sheetrock or exterior brick and mortar
- Separation of the door-jams and window-jams from the walls
Addressing these issues and the possibility your home needs foundation repair should be done sooner rather than later. Simple or partial repairs are cheaper to fix and easier to do than waiting until the problems escalate. In the long run, you’ll save money, especially if you plan on selling your property in the near future.