LOS ANGELES, CA: Interior moisture can cause significant damage to a foundation says Julian De La Torre, owner of Julian Construction, Inc., (http://www.julianconstruction.com), a foundation repair and construction company in Los Angeles.
“When water enters a home, even if it’s just in the atmosphere, it can lead to foundation problems that can end up requiring extensive repairs,” says De La Torre.
Interior water can come from many different sources such as sinks, tubs, showers and toilets. During the winter, moisture can get trapped inside a home or building by insulation, caulking and weather stripping.
Indicators of water problems include dark spots, mold, mildew, peeling paint and surface areas that have either started cracking, crumbling, warping or buckling. Drywall that is soft, spongy or swelling along the edges and seams are also signs of water issues.
When water seeps into the basement, it can start to weaken the structure’s foundation by penetrating cracks. It can also soften the soil around or beneath the foundation which will reduce the foundation’s load bearing capacity.
“Regular inspections can help you avoid foundation trouble,” says De La Torre, who adds that it’s also important to identify the source of the problem, not just fix it.
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.com/blog/ or http://quakeproofers.com/blog/.