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Structural Repairs

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Home ownership is a wonderful thing. It symbolizes freedom and independence, but it also comes with responsibility. Problems in structural integrity can arise as our homes age, as the result of faulty construction, or as the result of damage done by weather events, natural disasters, or accidents.

The most cost effective way to care for your home is by prevention and catching problems before they get big. It is a good idea to inspect your home annually for changes in its structural integrity.

Signs that indicate the structure of your home has been compromised could be a sagging ceiling or roofline. You may also detect rot in the siding of your home around windows, near the foundation, or along the drip edge of the roof. Another weak point to check is where additions to the original home have been constructed.

During your annual inspection, look for cracks or fissures in sheetrock, structural support beams and foundations. These can be indications that the overall structure is compromised. Compromises leading to cracking could be due to rot in a supporting component of the house. It could also be due to improper footings, changes in the ground due to improper drainage, or as a result of a natural disaster such as an earthquake or other ground shifting event related to the movement of water and the expansion and contraction of soils.

If during your yearly inspection of your house you detect something that indicates a lack of structural integrity, call a licensed contractor competent in structural repair to help you further investigate the problem and help you with a plan for repair. If damage is extensive, it may be necessary to hire a structural engineer to study the degree of failure and draft a plan for repair. A qualified engineer will then provide direction to your general contractor for a sound and long lasting repair.