› FOUNDATION CHECKLIST
It doesn’t always take a foundation specialist to tell you that you have foundation problems. You can examine your house carefully using the following checklist to determine whether or not you need to have your house inspected.
INSIDE YOUR HOME:
• Cracks in the interior walls
• Cracks in a brick fireplace wall
• Nails “popping” out of the sheetrock
• Windows and doors that don’t fit squarely without binding
OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME:
• Cracks that run diagonally along mortar joints in the brick veneer
• Caulk joints that are pulling apart
• Cracks in exposed concrete at the base of the house. If there are only small cracks, they may be non-structural, but they may also be the first indication of foundation problems
• Roof leaks even though roof material is in good shape
• House is leaning
› Sill & Pier Work
Statistics show that one of the most common problems that occurs in homes are rotting sills. Sills are the large wooden beams that rest directly on top of the piers.
In South Louisiana, sills on elevated homes are almost completely exposed on the underside of a home, leaving them vulnerable to termites and weathering. This causes them to rot out from under the building which can weaken the framework and lead to a collapse. The sills may rest on a wooden/brick/masonry pier which may deteriorate or sink in soft soils.
Davie Shoring will insert a protective shield to prevent termite damage to the home’s sills as well as replacing deteriorating wood or connected foundation components.