How far back does your age allow you to go? There was once a popular song written about ‘this ole house’. While the singer put his faith in positive memories you could almost be certain that this old house (tried to) rested on shaky foundations. Young or old, you must have heard the old nursery rhyme as a kid about the crooked old lady who lived in a crooked old house. And she had no house foundation to speak of.
Couldn’t have been because the old nursery rhyme told the story of her old house having crooked floors, crooked doors, crooked walls and broken windows and all. Foundation experts believe that cracks in the floors, whether it’s cement or wood, and doors that cannot open and close properly could all be a sign of the entire property being on what can only be termed as shaky foundations. Fortunately, all is not lost.
The house’s foundations can still be repaired. A patented procedure has been devised and is backed up with a twenty year guarantee. Before any foundation repairs can be carried out, a thorough foundations inspection still needs to be carried out. Defective foundations can be characterized by visible cracks and/or sinking. If no foundation repairs are required, shoring work may still need to be done.
Full and proper foundation repairs need to take the place of standard piers and foam injections. The foundation inspection also needs to examine the root causes of ongoing foundation movements. Two common causes would be defective building initially and unstable ground on which the property stands. On the latter cause, this can be complex in the sense that the ground on which the property was initially built is rock solid but movements from a distance could have an impact on the building’s structural foundations.