Home Foundations and Your Peace of Mind

Home foundations are perhaps the single most important part of home construction. Even the term “foundation” conjures up images of stability and durability. However, this is not always the reality.

Whether you’re buying a home, selling a home, or simply want to ensure that your current house is going to last for years to come. A foundation can present some unique problems.

Home Foundations and Your Peace of Mind

What might cause problems with a home’s foundation? What might cause you concern?

Actually, quite a range of things can cause issues with home foundations. Knowing what to look for is the first step toward ensuring safety and longevity in your home.

Home Foundations – Things to Look For

Over time, the earth shifts. This is part of the natural process and it occurs in all areas of the world. However, shifting soil beneath a home’s foundation can cause issues. Horizontal cracks can form in the concrete of a foundation, but these are usually due to shrinkage.

Vertical cracks are a greater concern. These often form at the frost line and allow moisture to leak into the basement of a home.

In addition to cracks in the foundation, homeowners should also check for significant sloping in their floors. While many floors do have some slope, if it exceeds more than one inch per twenty feet, it could be an indication that foundation footings have shifted or sunk into the soil.

Another cause for concern with home foundations is moisture rotting out the cement. This can happen in many areas but stem walls are particularly prone to it. If earth is piled higher than the footings, and there is not at least a 6-foot slope away from the home, moisture can easily eat away at the concrete structure of the foundation.

What Should Homeowners Do About Problems with Home Foundations?

If you have questions about home foundations, the best thing to do is to find a qualified home inspector who will check the foundation for issues. Such an inspector should be a member of the ASHI (or a similar association).


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