Don’t ignore the obvious and subtle signs of foundational damage or allow devastating structural problems to worsen for your house or place of business.

As property owners, we pay much of our attention (and money) to maintaining and improving all aspects of our homes or places of business. However, the most essential factor that's often overlooked is the condition of our foundation. In truth, many signs of foundational damage are subtle at a glance. To better help you maintain a home or building, here are three ways to tell if your foundation is damaged.

Interior/Exterior Cracks

Almost any building or house has small cracks that develop over time, and many of these blemishes don't allude to an issue. However, exterior cracks that are large in size and have a zig-zag pattern usually mean the foundation is in jeopardy. Additionally, look for protruding bricks, which is also a sign of foundational issues.

Check the interior of the property for other clues of damages. Drywall with floor to ceiling and zig-zagging fractures indicate sunken ground. Wallpaper may pull away from the sheetrock, and breaks might develop at the junction of the ceiling and wall.

Rotting Piers/Beams

If your building rests on wooden piers or beams, there is a heightened risk of rotting. In fact, any sign of damage indicates an issue with the foundation, and immediate care is required. Moisture is the biggest culprit for fracturing supports, as the water quickly degrades the wooden material.

Additionally, termites and carpenter ants are attracted to moist areas and surfaces, and these little critters wreak havoc on a property. If these issues are present, contact local helical pier companies to better inspect your foundation's condition. They may consider installing better quality support systems, which extends the life of a building for far longer.

Wall Separation

Many objects within a house are affixed to the walls, and with structurally sound buildings, these items should be firmly attached. With foundational issues, things like cabinets, doors, windows, and even other walls push away from the property. Even separating only a half-inch from the wall means something is seriously wrong. Without immediate care, your walls could collapse at a moment's notice.

Use these three ways to tell if your foundation is damaged to ensure your property stays upright for many years to come. Consider our pier installation services for all your building maintenance needs.