Over the years, there have been many different ways to build a foundation. You could have cinder blocks, bricks, poured concrete, stones, you name it, there’s probably a structure somewhere with a foundation made of the item. When you are planning on doing a renovation of a building, you need to be aware of potential problems that can occur.
Before you begin renovations, it is a good idea to completely scout out the whole structure. You probably have an idea of what you want to do, but make sure your foundation is secure or you’ll just be wasting money and time. If you are doing the renovations yourself, make sure that you have the needed building permit.
Depending on the type of foundation, you may encounter a variety of problems. All of them weaken your foundation, putting your home or business in a precarious position. If your foundation is already unstable, due to cracks or bowing walls, renovations may worsen the damage. If your renovations involve vibrations or tearing down walls, stress may be placed on already weakened walls. A small crack may get bigger or a bowed wall may get worse or even collapse.
Before you begin a renovation, make sure your foundation is secure. Doing a fix-up on another part of your home with a damaged foundation is like putting a nice stereo in a car with a bent axle. Take care of the important things, before you work on the extras. Matthew’s Structural Solutions can repair your damaged foundation through piling, underpinning or plate anchors. We have over 30 years experience and will make sure your home or business is structurally sound for any renovations that you would like to do. We take pride in our work and will make sure that your job is handled with the highest level of quality.