Why Does A Building Need A Foundation?
Your home or business sits on a steel-reinforced slab of concrete that is known as the foundation of the building. Your foundation, like anything else that acts as a “foundation” in life, is extremely important. Not only does it stop your building from sinking, it also helps keep moisture out!
How Does A Foundation Crack?
When your building contractor puts the foundation in, the ground below it needs to be compacted. If you think about standing on sand when you’re on the beach and creating an indent in the sand with your foot due to the added weight, your building does the same thing. Unfortunately many contractors do not do this effectively and the building’s foundation needs to be repaired.
If the ground is compacted properly, foundation repair is not really necessary since the due diligence is done on the front end. If this doesn’t happen, the ground settles and your building will begin to sink. This process usually takes between 4-10 years to notice the effects of the settling.
As you may know, the islands are prone to micro-quakes that aid in the settling of the ground beneath a building. These won’t have any affect if the foundation is laid properly but if the ground isn’t compacted, this can exacerbate the settling.
While a very minimal amount of these symptoms may not be a cause for alarm, combinations of these can be a telling sign that you’ve got extensive foundation damage.
- Major cracks in the concrete slabs
- Uneven floors in the building
- Windows and doors not able to shut properly
A small little crack in the concrete or one window in your home having a bit of trouble closing may not mean you’ve got foundation damage, but be sure to keep an eye on them.