Foundation Cracks and Your Roof St. Francis, WI
Do you have foundation cracks? Many homeowners ignore cracks in their foundation especially if they are small. However, did you know that failure to repair those cracks in your foundation could lead to damage to your roof?
A shifting foundation
Foundation cracks are often a sign of shifting of your foundation. While slight movements of your foundation are normal, extensive shifting of the soils around the foundation can result in too much movement too quickly. This shifting is often caused by changes in moisture levels in the soil.
When soils around the foundation absorb water, they expand. This expansion is quite normal. However, when they absorb too much water they expand to many times their original size. This results in an increase in the pressure being exerted against the foundation wall. This causes the foundation wall to bow and crack.
Soils also shift away from the foundation. This occurs when the soils lose moisture in the dry season. The soil shrinks. In drought, the soils may shrink to the extent that gaps are created between the soil and the foundation wall. The foundation wall loses the support provided by the soil around it. This results in the foundation walls cracking.
The first signs of a shifting foundation are seen in the form of foundation cracks. However, the damage isn’t confined to the basement. A shifting foundation often results in shifting of the roof. You may notice damage such as bowing or curving along the ridgeline of the roof. While roofs are designed to withstand shifting of a few inches in the foundation, extensive shifting can result in damage to the roof. Extreme shifting results in separations in the roof. You may begin to experience leaks in the rainy season. Your home is also likely to become infested with mold and pests.
Repair your foundation cracks
Roof repair isn’t cheap especially when it is the result of foundation shifting. It will mean extensive repairs to the structure of the home. You will also need to invest in foundation repair to prevent further damage to your roof.
We recommend repairing your foundation as soon as possible to avoid the expense of repairing a roof and other structural damage to your home. However, if you have already noticed damage to your roof, it’s not too late. Start by investing in foundation repair to secure your property. You can then invest in roof repair.
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In Southeast Wisconsin, we have the only Nationally Certified Structural Repair Specialist on staff and two Nationally Certified Waterproofing Specialists on staff.
Accurate Basement Repair is a member of the NAWSRC (National Association of Waterproofing and Structural Repair Contractors), NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry), the Basement Health Association, the BBB (Better Business Bureau), WAHI (Wisconsin Association of Home Inspectors), BIASEW (Building Inspectors Association of South Eastern Wisconsin) and Angie’s List.
We are proud to say that we have an A+ rating with the BBB and we won two Super Service Awards from Angie’s List in 2010 – one for foundation repair and the other for basement waterproofing. Our professional and knowledgeable staff will educate you on various self-help procedures to save money on your foundation and waterproofing needs. We are NOT a franchise. Our dedicated team works year round! We use high quality and well maintained equipment which will provide the lowest impact to your landscaping. Our team of trustworthy and competent staff attends regular training, seminars and/or trade shows, so they are able stay up-to-date on everything that is happening in the foundation restoration and waterproofing industry. We provide outstanding customer service throughout the entire repair process – from estimate to completion. And last, but not least… Accurate Basement Repair is the #1 referred foundation repair company by professional engineers, basement consultants, realtors, municipal building inspectors, home inspectors, lenders, property management companies and most importantly, our past customers.