Sometimes small house annoyances reveal a major structural concern. Natural calamities, accidents, or just old age can cause structural damage.
Over the years, London Building Contractors repair team has helped homeowners fix a wide range of structural issues.
Here are some recommendations that will help you to identify structural damage to your property.
Wall and Ceiling Cracks
Wall and ceiling cracks in both new and older houses are quite common and are generally caused by seasonal temperature changes that can be easily fixed by sealing the seams where drywall panels meet. Cracks accompanied by a sagging ceiling or uneven floors, however, indicate a bigger structural problem that needs to be dealt with before you try to fix them.
Stuck Windows and Doors
If your doors are stuck or hard to latch, or your windows are difficult to open and close, it can be either a sign that you have an issue with basement waterproofing, or it may indicate a serious structural problem with the foundation that may have been triggered by a house settling as a result of improperly backfilled soil.
Cracks in Masonry and Foundation
Cracks in the foundation are a very common structural problem. Cracks can develop over time as materials shrink and swell due to seasonal fluctuations in temperature. Large trees or shrubs planted near the foundation can also compromise the structural integrity of your home, so you need to pay attention to the severity and progression of cracks.
It is also recommended to check load-bearing posts and carrying beams to make sure they are not showing any signs of mold or rot. The bottom of the posts should be level and firm on the piers.
Cracks are one of the most common problems with concrete, brick, and masonry foundations. However, not all cracks are a major problem because these types of materials are porous and often develop small cracks and tears over time.
Fine cracks between concrete blocks or bricks are normal and generally harmless. However, if cracks appear in a stair-step pattern along the mortar joints, it is worth investigating further. They are often due to the weight of water spreading from a clogged gutter that puts pressure on the wall.
Horizontal cracks in a base are the most serious of all. This means that moisture penetrates the foundation, where it freezes and expands and then dries up or thaws and contracts. Each time this happens, it will weaken the area and eventually break parts of the foundation. The solution can range from repairing this section to replacing part or all of the foundation.
When you check the floor for slopes or cracks, the shift in the foundation of the house will become obvious. If the flat floor is inclined, it indicates that the structure of your home has changed. This means that the foundation needs to be strengthened.
Other causes of sloping floors include improper installation of footers or sub-flooring, rotting support beams, and moisture damage.
To solve the problem, you need to understand the reasons for the uneven floor.
Experts at London Building Contractors will evaluate your flooring and identify potential problems. As the leading foundation repair company in London, we have the experience, knowledge, and equipment needed to repair house foundations and solve sloping or uneven flooring problems.
Sagging on the roof is usually associated with leaks or excess moisture that cause advanced rot in the substrate. A sagging roof is not only unpleasant to look at, it can also be dangerous for you and your family. Since roofs are constructed straight, a curved or sunken roof means that its structural integrity is inadequate and can be a warning sign that your roof is about to collapse. This problem requires professional inspection and the fastest possible solutions. You don’t have to wait for a small issue to lead to a major repair.
As soon as you identify the problem, contact London Building Contractors on 020 8935 5159.