Whether you plan to live in your home for the long haul or plan to sell it at some stage in the future, you need to make sure that your house is structurally sound. The same criteria apply to those of you on the market for a new house. But this article focuses on the above-mentioned issue of ensuring that your foundations are structurally solid and that the entire house is resultantly safe for occupation.
While it is sub-divided into these two themes, safety and structure, it also recommends that you take full advantage of online guides such as Foundation Repair DFW, which can guide you on how to carry out your own inspections. This can help ensure that your future work is cast in stone when it meets and exceeds the safety and structural criteria.
Ensuring That Your Home Is Safe And Secure
How often you carry out this well-recommended risk management exercise is entirely up to you. Of course, it will be counterproductive to spend every weekend doing this, looking for something extra to do. It truly depends on how old the house is. You kill two birds with one stone by checking your windows and doors for tell-tale signs of possible foundational shifts or damage.
This is particularly the case if you haven’t got the advantage of a truly failsafe burglar alarm system with a backup armed response. It has also been advised that burglar bars are no longer sensible in the event of fires.
- DIY painting over the cracks –If the damage is minimal, particularly if there is evidence of water leakage, concrete waterproofing paint will suffice. To take care of cosmetics, you can then coat the affected surface with your preferred enamel. In this day and age, it is also recommended that you source sustainable and organic weather beating materials that are devoid of damaging chemicals.
- Dealing with water leakage –Particularly if your old house is exposed to heavy rainfall, water leakage is possible due to weakening foundations over time. But if the damage is minimal, at least you can nip the leakage in the bud. While fiberglass batts can be used, it is recommended that a plastering exercise over those cracks now susceptible to leaks be carried out. Plastering should be carried out with masonry grade cement, sand, and water. One of the most common factors behind basement leaks is a crack in the foundation wall, otherwise known as your basement’s outer wall. Typically, these cracks develop over time when water builds up along your basement’s foundation and presses against the foundation wall. This pressure is called “hydrostatic pressure” and causes concrete foundations to become rigid over time.
- Calling in the experts – The older your house, the more likely there may be risks. Whether you can see visible signs or not is beside the point. The best practice where household risk management is concerned is to schedule a qualified and accredited Incode Well Respected Structural Engineer to carry out a full evaluation or inspection of your house.
In the context of this article, the object of the exercise was always to make your home as safe and structurally sound as possible, no matter what the age of your home. Invariably, the older your home, the higher the risk, and the increased likelihood that there may be damage. Good risk management entails detecting the risks as early as possible, which could alleviate the need to contract the above recommended professional engineer and contain your home’s costs.