Noticing An Increase In Earthquakes? How To Tell If Your Foundation Has Been Damaged By The Temblors

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If you've been experiencing more earthquakes lately, it's time to start thinking about your home. You never know when an earthquake is going to damage your home. If one does do damage to your home, you need to know how to identify the hidden damage, like problems with your foundation. Because the ground moves so violently during an earthquake, the foundation under your home can sustain some serious damage--damage that you might not be able to see with your eyes. Each time you endure an earthquake, you need to inspect your home for possible foundation damage. Here are three issues you should be on the lookout for.

Uneven Cracks in Your Tile

If you have ceramic tile in your home, it's a good idea to inspect it after an earthquake. Your tile is cemented to the sub-floor of your home. If your foundation is damaged during an earthquake, the tile may develop significant cracks. If you notice fresh cracks in your tile, especially those that appear to be uneven, chances are good that you have some foundation damage that you can't see.

Doors that No Longer Open or Close

If your home sustained foundation damage during the earthquake, your doors will no longer be level with it. After the earthquake, open and close all your doors. If your doors no longer open or close properly, or they get jammed or don't fit right, chances are good that you experienced foundation damage. It's also a good idea to open your doors and watch them for a moment. If they begin to close on their own, that's another sign of foundation damage.

Fresh Cracks Around Your Doors and Windows

If your home experienced foundation damage during the earthquake, the walls may begin to crack, especially at pressure points around the doors and windows. Once the ground stops shaking, you'll want to inspect the walls around your doors and windows. If your home has suffered foundation damage during the earthquake, you'll see fresh cracks radiating from the corners of your doors and windows up towards the ceiling. You may see these cracks in some or all of your doors and windows, depending on where the foundation damage occurred.

If you live in an area that experiences frequent earthquakes, you need to be prepared to spot foundation damage. If you notice any of the issues described above after an earthquake, you need to contact a foundation repair contractor like J & D Waterproofing as soon as possible.

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