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Structural Damage

Settling and Leaning Structures

Diligent construction is one factor in the settling of a home when building it. Jarring windows and doors, and/or cracks in the walls around these framed-in features are basic indications of poor construction, a leaning building or more settling than should occur naturally. Use a level on the outside corners of the home to see if the walls stand upright. When a home’s doors and windows are sticking or won’t open or close, the framework could be under too much stress from uneven settling or slanted walls.

 

Sagging Foundation

Loose bolts or poorly aligned joints. Hairline cracks in the visible exterior or interior concrete of any foundation. Large cracks usually will result extreme settling. Horizontal cracks in a foundation that's backed into a hillside sometimes may show that the home is sliding or being pushed off its footings.

 

Rotting Joists and Shifting

Rotten floor joists or bug-infestation is a sign of a structure damage The decay or damage, if widespread, is costly and serious. Creaking of your floor is also a sign of structural damage.

 

Damage to Buildings & Foundations From Roots

Despite the fact that tree roots grow very slowly, they exert tremendous amounts of pressure on whatever they are growing through or near. As they move through the ground in their eternal search for water and nutrients, they displace the soil around them. Clay soils compact more tightly, while loose, dry soil in arid climates shifts and becomes inefficient at supporting a structural load. While the roots themselves aren't capable of causing direct damage to buildings and foundations, increasingly greater soil displacement can compromise the integrity of the soil the building sits on as well as its supporting structure. If soil moves, whatever is sitting on it moves, too. Older building materials that have deteriorated over time can rise or settle as the soil displaced by extensive tree root systems moves, and the structures may develop cracks that smaller tree roots may be able to penetrate. These types of soil challenges can lead to a variety of problems for homeowners but when the right type of foundation repair is applied you can salvage the damage done to the home. 

Foundation Repair

Foundation Repair

Have you noticed any cracking in your foundation walls, problems opening and closing windows or doors, sagging and unlevel floors? These are symptoms of structural foundation problems. It is a good idea to have your foundation inspected by a trained consultant that will help identify the problem and offer the perfect solution.

Basement Waterproofing

Basement Waterproofing

Does your basement or crawl space experience water leakage, damp or musty odors, and/or have mold? These trouble causing issues should not be ignored, although most often are. Finding the proper solution for these problems is the first step in creating a healthy living environment for you and your home.

Crawl Space Solutions

Crawl Space Solutions

Have you noticed a musty smell throughout your home? Well this is a common sign that there is a lot of moisture and dampness throughout your crawlspace. It is important to be able to address these issues for various reasons. Air travels from the bottom up throughout the home.

Real Estate

Real Estate

Looking to sell your property? It is common practice that a home inspection be conducted during a real estate transaction. Don't let foundation or water problems decrease the value of your home. We work closely with the buyer, seller, and/or the escrow company. Selling a home should not be stressful. Innovative is here to help you.