Over the years, it is common for a house to settle. The pressure and weight from the home can cause the soil underneath the foundation to tilt. While some movement is to be expected, a more severe shift could be detrimental to the structural integrity of your home. A cracked or crumbling foundation can cause many problems, and should be addressed as soon as possible. There are a few different indications that can be spotted around your home that can signal a need for your concrete floor to be lifted and your foundation secured.
One of the biggest signs that your concrete floor should be leveled, is if you notice a significant tilt or angle to the floor. This is typically an indication that the ground beneath the foundation has shifted significantly, and steps should be taken to reinforce that location. The floor tilt may not be noticeable when you walk on it, but your home can show you it has a tilted foundation in other ways. Doors and windows that have become harder to close or have turned and tilted hinges and sills are another sign that your concrete floor may need leveling. Additionally, your cabinets and other pieces of furniture can also show signs of leaning, which could mean you have an unstable foundation.
Another sign of an unlevel or sunken foundation is if you can see visible cracking or crumbling on the exterior or interior of your home. These cracks will be most visible if you have any brick or stone work that uses mortar. As the mortar used to secure the building material is not as strong as the stone or brick itself, it will usually be the first part of your home to fail due to the pressure of a sunken foundation. If cracks have started to form within the mortar, or if it has begun to crumble, that could be a sign that your home is unlevel and should be addressed.
If other parts of your house show signs of sinking or cracking, there could be a bigger problem at play. While there are a few different reasons that your concrete driveway could need to be leveled, your concrete floor could be a part of the problem. Even though most cases of an unlevel driveway or patio have nothing to do with your concrete floor or foundation, repeating or significant issues with those areas of your home could be a sign that something else is the problem. If the problem of cracks and uneven surfaces persists even after a repair has been completed, it may be time to look at your concrete floor and see if that needs to be leveled as well. The ground around your home may need to be shored up to prevent any further foundation problems.
We use a patented polyurethane foam in our leveling process, which is much less intrusive and time-consuming than traditional concrete leveling materials. If you notice any of these signs in your home, you should make an appointment with us to have your home’s foundation assessed and to determine if concrete leveling is the right solution for you.
If you are ready to get started, do not hesitate to contact us by filling out our easy online form or by calling us at (303) 883-3322 for your free quote today!