Can Having Trees Close to Your Home Cause Foundation Problems?
Trees and Foundation Problems Many homes have a variety of flora around them, but it might surprise you to learn that it isn’t wise to have large plants, such as bushes or trees close to your home because they can cause foundation problems. Plants can lend a beautiful view, add value to a property, and provide shade, but they may also harm your home’s foundation if not planted and taken care of properly. It all has to do with the root system. Large trees can pull up to 200 gallons of water a day. A group of small trees can … Read More
Prepare Your Home for Winter
Winter is Coming – Is your Foundation Prepared? The winter months bring joy and many festivities, but it also brings cold temperatures and often snow and ice along with it. When temperatures fluctuate between below freezing and above freezing, it causes the soil to expand and contract which puts pressure on your home’s foundation. This can create cracks in your foundation and cause bowing and leaning walls. If your home does not have a good drainage system, melting snow or ice will leak through those cracks and cause water damage. If ignored, this could make your home’s foundation shift and … Read More
Fireplace Leaks can Indicate Foundation Problems in Your South Dakota Home
Fireplace Leaks in Your South Dakota Home Once you start to use your fireplace this winter, you may notice that it is damp inside, or that there is water around the base. This is a sign of fireplace leaks. While you may think that fireplace leaks are little more than cracks or dislodged shingles or flashing on the roof, they could actually be a sign of foundation failure. That is why it is important that you search the rest of your home for signs of foundation problems, such as foundation cracks, sinking or settlement, uneven floors, basement mold, or sticking windows … Read More
How to Spot Foundation Problems Before They Become Foundation Failure
Foundation Failure in South Dakota Spotting foundation problems before they become foundation failure can save you thousands of dollars. The sooner you identify the problems, the easier and less costly it is to fix it. Homes settle over time and a little settlement is not cause for panic. However, you want to be aware of any warning signs that more dramatic changes are taking place. If you find that a door or window begins to stick, cracks appear in walls or floors, a wall is leaning or bowing, these are some of the signs of foundation settlement. Check the outside … Read More