Every home has a foundation. When a home has a basement, the basement walls serve as the foundation for the home. A home without a basement will either be built directly on a slab foundation or be built on footers that are inset into the foundation, which leaves a crawlspace under the home.
No matter what kind of foundation a home has, time and the elements can take their toll and start the slow process of eroding the foundation. There are certain signs that there are issues with a foundation, but when someone is buying a home, or if a home is more than 25 years old and has never had the foundation checked, having it inspected is a good idea.
For someone purchasing a home, the potential insurance carrier for homeowners insurance will want to know the condition of the foundation. They may send someone from the agency to look at the foundation themselves, or they may require a formal inspection from a Foundation Contractor in Washington DC.
The big thing about having the foundation inspected is that it’s a safety measure. A foundation that isn’t solid isn’t safe. The foundation is what keeps the walls of a home up, and the walls support the roof. If one part of the puzzle fails, the entire house can fall. While this can take a great deal of time, eventually a home with a compromised foundation will be unsafe to live in.
When a home has a basement for the foundation, cracks appear in the walls when it begins to be compromised. This allows water to get into the home, which can lead to mold. If not attended to immediately, the water can cause more cracks to occur and speed up the deterioration process. In addition, the mold can spread to other areas of the home. If caught early enough, a foundation contractor in Washington DC can waterproof the walls and stop the issue from worsening.
If you want to know if your foundation is showing the signs of failure, browse our website to see details regarding what to look for. If you’re in the home buying process, or you’re not sure if your foundation is safe, schedule an appointment for an inspection today.
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