Foundation Problem at Your Rental Property
Whether you are renting a house or living in an apartment complex or condominium you can do your part to keep you and your family (and fellow tenants) safe. Although having the building repaired isn’t your responsibility, you can report any damage you may see to your landlord and recommend that Nichols/Grout Tech take care of any repairs that may be needed. We will inspect the property and provide you with a quote on what needs to be done to restore the structural integrity of the building.
Warning Signs of Foundation Damage
When walking around your apartment, there are some things you can keep an eye out for when it comes to foundation damage. On the inside of your home or apartment, you may notice doors not closing properly or opening on their own. You may also find windows that stick or don’t stay open. Other things that you may notice is an uneven floor. A simple way to check this is to set a ball somewhere on the floor and see if it rolls without being touched. Wall cracks can happen just to the normal settling of the building, but if they appear to widen or run across joints, you may have foundation trouble.
Some things to look for outside of your home are signs like stairstep cracks in bricks or masonry, steps or chimneys pulling away from the foundation, and cracks in cement floors. Bowing or leaning walls in the basement are a sure sign that the foundation has been compromised and repairs need to be made as soon as possible.
Water in the basement or crawlspace are also signs that the foundation is damaged. Water needs only a small crack to enter your home. Pests, too, can enter through cracks smaller than a quarter of an inch. Leaks can occur from many sources, so you need to report any water that you may find to your landlord.
As we said earlier, it will be the landlord’s responsibility to take care of getting the foundation repaired, but you can suggest to them that they use an experienced, trustworthy, and affordable company like Nichols/Grout Tech. We will take care to make sure that your apartment or house is strong and secure once again.
We use helical piers, steel piers, and injection bored anchors to restore the strength and stability of the building’s foundation. The weight of the whole building and its occupants rest on the walls of the foundation, so it is important that repairs are made as soon as possible. The sooner we start, the easier it will be to fix the situation, saving time and money and keeping everyone safe.
Contact us today if you would like to learn more about we can help repair the foundation of your apartment, condo, or house. We will work with the landlord to make sure the job is done to their satisfaction and that the building is stable once again. We look forward to hearing from you.