If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think much about your home’s foundation. You probably just expect it to keep on doing what it’s supposed to do, keeping your home stable. Unfortunately, if you don’t pay attention to the condition of your foundation, you might not notice small problems occurring, which could mean you’ll end up with a major problem.
- Foundation damage can create hazards in your home. When your foundation is damaged, the floors can begin to sink, sag, and become uneven. This looks bad, but it also increases the risk that people will slip and fall. Additionally, when you have foundation issues, your doors and windows may begin to stick. This makes it more likely that someone could get hurt trying to open or close a door or window.
- If your foundation is damaged, it can impact your home’s appearance. Your floors can become uneven and cracked, and the walls can crack severely as well. The walls might start to bow or bulge, which can affect fixtures attached to the walls. Your home will begin to look unattractive and out of condition and may even start to lean. The longer the problem goes unrepaired, the worse it is for your home’s safety and stability.
- A damaged foundation can lead to water in the basement. Even if your basement is not part of your living space, you don’t want it to be wet. Water in the basement can lead to mold growth, and that can grow throughout your home, causing damage and health issues. Checking your basement after it rains can help you determine if water is leaking into it. If it’s dry, your foundation may be ok for now.
- Damage to a foundation can diminish the value of your house. Because of the negative impact foundation problems have on your home, they also affect your property value negatively. If you decide to sell your home, you may find it difficult. Even if you find a buyer, your property value will be much lower than it could have been. Damage to the foundation can dramatically reduce your home’s value, and that matters, even if you intend to stay in the house without selling it.
Give your foundation a quick inspection every month or two and if you see signs of trouble, Reliable Basement Services can help. A family-owned and operated company, we’ve served the greater Chicagoland area for more than ten years. We offer a full spectrum of basement services, charging reasonable rates for work that includes crack repairs, sump pump systems, basement waterproofing, basement windows, and floor repair. Our consistently high standards have made us an award-winning Chicago basement waterproofing contractor and earned us thousands of satisfied customers all over Chicago. For more information, call (630) 777-0539 or visit our website for a free quote.