Frequently Asked Questions
At Apex Foundation Specialists, we aim to provide you with clear, informative answers to some of the most common questions about foundation repair and our services. If you have a question that isn't covered here, please feel free to reach out to our team for personalized assistance.
Common signs of foundation issues include cracks in walls, uneven floors, doors or windows that don't close properly, and gaps around windows or exterior doors. If you notice any of these problems, it's crucial to have your foundation inspected promptly.
If you wish to protect your home’s structural integrity, the best route is never to delay foundation repairs. Our advice is to look into foundation repairs as complete inspection of your home. However, there are several dependable indicators that a crack is reaching a severe stage. For instance, Is moisture or water leaking through the crack? Are the cracks larger than a small, hairline crack? Has the crack grown since originally noticing it? These are all signs your home could be developing significant structural problems that one of our foundation specialists should check.
Your foundation typically is covered by homeowners insurance like any other part of your home. However, there are many types of foundation damage that are explicitly excluded from standard insurance policies. For your foundation repairs to be covered by your insurance company, they must be caused by an event your nsurer accepts, such as certain water damage or hurricane like storms. One of our foundation specialists can help you determine what caused your foundation’s damage so you can make a potential claim with your insurance company.
Standing water and High humidity in your crawl space or basement areas are the leading cause for mold and bacteria growth, sagging floor framing that leads to structural issues, and even allergies and/or health issues for our homeowners. Our moisture and waterproofing solutions help you say goodbye to these harmful problems.
Permanently. It's absolutely important you have these issues evaluated by an expert as soon as possible.
Just like any of your home’s repairs, your foundation repair costs depends on severity and how large of an area is affected. No matter the cost, it helps to think of the repairs as an insurance policy for your home’s longevity. You can rest assured Apex will offer the most cost efficient repairs for the issues your home is experiencing.
As warm air rises in a home, it escapes out of the upper levels. New air then must enter to replace the air that escaped. In fact, in a well built, tight home, about half of the air escapes each hour out of the upper levels. This creates a suction at the lower levels that draws in replacement air. In older homes that aren’t sealed as well, the air exchange rate can be as high as two air exchanges per hour.
This is what engineers and building scientists refer to as the “Stack Effect” and it creates airflow in your home from the bottom to the top. What does this mean for your home? Simply put, air flow from your crawl space is drawn upwards into the first floor of your home, and then to the second floor. While it does dilute with other air in your home, building scientists still agree that up to 49.6% of the air you breathe on the first floor is air that came from your crawl space.
Therefore, whatever is in your crawl space air is in the living area of your house and could be negatively affecting your home and family. If there is high humidity in your crawl space, there is higher humidity upstairs than there would be otherwise. Even more serious, If there are mold spores in the crawl space, there are mold spores in the living area of the home.
Foundation Problems? We Have Solutions
Left untreated, a damaged foundation can lead to much bigger problems that will inevitably cost you. Instead of waiting to see what happens, call Apex Foundation Specialists today.