Concrete Foundation Problems Salt Lake City Construction Company

While concrete foundations are standard in construction due to its versatility and ease of use, it can also lead to a slew of foundation problems. Some of these issues require only minor fixes, while others can involve the need to completely replace the foundation.

Exterior Indications of a foundation problem include:

* Doors that do not open or close properly
* Diagonal wall cracks at the corners of doors and windows
* Gaps at the corner of fascia trim
* Cracks in the exposed grade beam of the house
* Gaps between the garage door and the pavement
* Cracks in bricks and mortar
* Windows that are hard to open and close

Interior Indication of a foundation problem include:

* Large cracks in the concrete slab
* Unlevel floors
* Gaps above kitchen cabinets
* Diagonal wall cracks at the corners of doors and windows
* Curling and tearing of existing sheetrock repairs
* Leaks and cracks in and around the fireplace
* Cabinet doors that will not stay shut

The causes of foundation problems vary. Cold temperatures can freeze freshly poured foundation. This can cause reduced strength of the concrete. Older homes especially are susceptible to sinking concrete foundations. A repair of a sinking foundation is a large and involved job. If doors and windows within the home become misaligned, the foundation should be inspected.

Additionally with older homes, cracks in the foundation may be formed by settling. Settlement refers to a house foundation that has dropped below its original elevation. This can be caused by a loss of soil bearing capacity from compaction of fill, erosion, or loss of moisture. These cracks can amount to only minor, cosmetic issues, however should still be examined by a professional as a cracked foundation may be an unstable foundation that will only worsen over time.

Excess moisture can cause upheaval, which means the slab has risen above the original foundation elevation. The primary cause of this moisture is from leaky plumbing underneath the slab.

If you notice interior or exterior foundation problems, contact a qualified foundation repair contractor or structural engineer for an inspection and to discuss your options for repairs that may be required.

Salt Lake City Construction Company is a licensed and experienced foundation repair expert. We are a full service residential and commercial construction firm serving the Salt Lake City, Utah area and fully capable of taking on any project, repair, or renovation, regardless of size. Contact us today for a free consultation.