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8 Signs that Mean that Your Building Needs Repair

July 26, 2018 | Written by: Gary Bizek

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A building can develop different types of issues over time. Most of the problems can be repaired quickly and easily if they are addressed in time. If you let the problems persist, they can cause serious damage to your building, resulting in expensive repairs. So it is important that you are able to identify the signs in advance. Here are 8 signs that mean that your building is in need of repair.

1. Cracks in Concrete

If you notice cracks in concrete, you should consider immediate repair work. Certain weather conditions have an adverse effect on concrete works. The cracks may also appear in basement walls. If you notice any cracks in your building, it should be inspected by experts. The issue may be corrected through leveling or touch-up. If left unattended, it is going to deteriorate further and may even pose potential threat to the building’s structure.

Cracks in the driveway are caused when the soil under the concrete expands or contracts. The expansion and contraction occur when the area experiences both rainy and dry seasons.

2. Shifting Doors & Windows

If you notice that the doors and windows are becoming misaligned, it is a sign that there is movement in the foundation. This happens when the movement causes distortion of the building frame. It means that you should get your foundation inspected. Sometimes the changes in the doors and windows may not be as pronounced. If you find that a door or window doesn’t open or close the same way it used to in the past, you should get your foundation checked.

3. Ceiling Issues

If your building has a sagging ceiling, it may be caused by a problem with the foundation. Sometimes a high-rise structure on your building may lean to a side. This can again be caused by a failing foundation. Water damage is the most common cause behind ceiling problems. However, these problems may also be caused due to shifting foundation.

4. Shifting Foundation

A shifting foundation can not only create many other problems, it is a major issue in itself. The foundation can be damaged by water. Even if there is a small leak alongside your building, it can cause the foundation to shift. When a building shifts, there is excess pressure on the foundation which can further results in cracks. It is important to have it checked immediately to prevent any health risks or terrible event.

5. Water Pooling on Driveways

If water collects on concrete structures after rain, it means that the drainage system is not working. If you do not address this problem, it can cause deterioration of concrete. The reason behind this problem is that the waterproofing coat has worn away over time. The problem may require repair, replacement, and waterproofing of the areas.

6. Brick Compaction

Brick compaction is also a sign that your building needs repair. A brick may be compacted, bowed or cracked. If it is not repaired, it can allow water to enter and damage the wall. Most of the time, this problem involves multiple compacted bricks. The same pressure compacting one brick is going to affect other bricks around it. Your contractor is going to repair this problem by replacing the bricks in the affected area. They may also consider adding spikes to the foundation for providing additional support.

7. Bulging Bricks

Bulging bricks are often caused in areas with extremely low temperatures. The problem occurs when moisture enters behind the brick masonry. As the backing softens, the brick starts moving. A repair work will focus on fixing the underlying problem before new bricks are laid.

8. Uneven Concrete

If you notice that any unevenness appearing in concrete, it is also a sign of serious problems. This can happen with both walls and driveways. The surface is no longer as smooth as it used to be. Depending on where it occurs, the problem may be caused due to weather elements or improper foundation work. If the problem is not repaired, the concrete will continue breaking or crumbling.

You should also get your building checked if there are signs of aging. If you have an old building, there are many signs that indicate aging:

  • Cracks
  • Potholes
  • Unevenness
  • Water pooling

A dull look is also a sign that the concrete has aged. It has shabby and dark color and there may also be streaks of rust. When you notice any of the above-mentioned signs, you should call an experienced and certified construction contractor who has experience in building repairs.