Why to look for warning signs
Many homes have structural problems because of the unique ground conditions found in New Orleans and South Louisiana. All good things start with a solid foundation. If the foundation is not stable, over time, things may begin to crumble. Your home is a huge investment and you want to keep it standing on solid ground. Here are some warning signs that will let you know that your home is in need of Roubion Shoring & Construction.
While inspecting your home, look for these warning signs as they might be a sign of a structural problem:
- Uneven or sloping floors
- Cracks in exterior or interior brick
- Cracks in drywall
- Nails “popping” out of the sheetrock
- Bowing walls
- Cracks in ceramic floors or walls
- Doors or window that don’t open or close
- Spaces between wall and ceiling or floor
- House is leaning
Your foundation may need work if cracks appear in the slab. These cracks can be caused by shrinking of the soil underneath one section or the swelling in another area of the slab.
If you notice cracks in mortar and bricks, it is usually caused by the flexing of the slab. The mortar and bricks lose the grip between each other, an indication that your foundation may need to be repaired.
You may observe a sloping or a bellying of the house between piers. The weatherboards could appear weary or separating. Cracks or sloping in a patio and porch indicate problems that need to be observed.
Interior warning signs
When doors stick or have cracks at the corners of their frames, it is usually due to foundation problems.
Look for sloping/uneven floors, low spots or furniture sliding; this usually occurs because of slab or foundation movement.
If your walls appear to have wrinkles in the wallpaper, cracks in the Sheetrock or gaps between the walls and the molding, your house could have foundation problems.
More Warning Signs
If you see any of these warning signs, call us for a free evaluation. Roubion Shoring & Construction has been working to understand the land and soil conditions in Southern Louisiana for over 100 years. We can advise you on what causes your foundation problems and how to solve them.
Remember to act quickly once you see any of these warning signs and expecially if they get worse over the years. Often it is easier and cheaper to make the repair now and prevent more structural damage to walls, floors, doors and windows later on.