Chances are your garage foundation has a major problem and you don’t know about it. If your garage foundation was built many years ago it may have developed some problems as the years went by.
If the foundation of your garage is damaged or otherwise compromised, everything above it is also at risk. Unfortunately, foundation problems are not always apparent, especially if you are not intentional about checking it.
The best way to avoid long-term damage to your garage is to check the foundation on a regular basis. Knowing what to look for allows you to spot trouble at its earliest moments, and that early intervention can prevent further damage going forward. Here are 5 warning signs that a foundation problem may be looming.
1.Gaps or cracks
Cracks in the foundation are the earliest sign of problems with the foundation. Even hairline cracks could be an indication that the foundation is weakening. Over time your garage foundation may experience foundation movement. Due to natural conditions such as weather, gaps and cracks may form in your concrete foundation.
2.Flaking or crumbling concrete
If you spot concrete dust on the floor or the side of your concrete foundation, you should be concerned. These signs are easy to dismiss but should be alarming. Hiring a professional concrete foundation expert is inevitable to help fix the issue at this stage.
If your garage floor seems uneven or appears to have a slope, you could be looking at a foundation problem. This particular sign can also cause a hazard to children and the elderly, as the the risk of falling and tripping with uneven floors is dangerously high.
Condensation on the walls of your garage and pockets of standing water on the floor is a big warning sign of a foundation problem. Not setting yourself up for proper stormwater management can be a leading cause for this problem.
5.sHIFTING SOIL & WATER DAMAGE
Shifting soil outside your garage can lead to foundation problems as the garage settles. Check for changes in how the water settles and pools after a rainstorm, and for shifts in the loose soil surrounding the basement of your home. Check out our stormwater management service.
It only takes a couple minutes a week to check your foundation for cracks, excessive moisture, and other common problems. But it will take far more time, and enormous amounts of money, to repair the results of a neglected foundation. So do yourself, your garage, and your wallet a favor by taking good care of the most critical part of your property.