Effort To Increase Awareness Of Potential Foundation Problems In Homes
LOS ANGELES, CA: Julian Construction (http://www.julianconstruction.com), a foundation construction and repair company in southern California, has issued a public statement detailing the differences between the three most common foundations, as well as some of the possible issues that arise in older homes requiring foundation repair. The statement was written by Shawn Kyles, a construction specialist who has inspected over 15,000 structures in his career, and is a senior partner of the foundation contractor company.
Mr. Kyles explains “The three most common types of foundations that are used today include: Crawl space, Basement, and Slab. Crawl space foundations, also called a raised foundation, are more common in the central parts of the country. It is a foundation that is built above the ground with approximately two feet of space for a person to crawl underneath. This allows room for someone to crawl under the foundation to install mechanical equipment such as electrical wiring and air-conditioning ducts, and give easy access to the equipment for repairs. A pile foundation uses concrete or wood piles to support a home and is similar to a crawl foundation.”
“When a foundation isn’t built properly or the soil that the foundation is constructed on expands and contracts, it can cause damage such as slopping floors, bowed walls, windows and doors that don’t open or close properly, cracks and other problems that can weaken the structure of your home.”
He further stated: “Inspections should be conducted on a regular basis by a home foundation specialist to determine if there are any issues that need resolving. Some degree of foundation settlement will occur even under ideal weather and property conditions, especially if it is an older home. Detecting and repairing even minor cracks and damage from foundation settlement is extremely important, and can prevent more serious problems that will require extensive and costly repairs.”
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Julian Construction owns its own company and is built on a “no middlemen” model – no salesmen, no subcontractors. When you work with Julian Construction you get the principals of the company and workers of Julian Construction under your home. The result is the highest quality work at affordable prices. They can be contacted by phone at 323 733-3377, by fax at 323 733-4477 or via their website, www.julianconstruction.com. You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog, at http://julianconstruction.typepad.com.