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Murray, UT 84107

January 10, 2023

In parts one and two of this three-part blog series, we've gone over many of the common signs that your home's foundation might be damaged. Foundation damage is no joke, and something you want to get to work on remedying right away - and one of the key steps here is identifying it to begin with. 

At Intermountain Coatings, our Utah coating and waterproofing solutions are often applied to both foundations and other areas that connect directly to them, such as garage floors and others. Today's final entry in our series will look at some additional possible signs of damage to your foundation, plus how to proceed if you notice them.

Separation of Expansion Joints

Within your foundation, expansion joints are important for helping to prevent cracking and other damage due to environmental factors like changes in temperature, moisture, and more. But if you notice that these joints are becoming separated - even slightly - this could be a sign of foundational issues.

In these cases, you may see the separation in the form of a small gap, or strange angles that didn't used to be present. Even if it's just a few millimeters wide, this could be enough for water and other contaminants to seep in and cause even more damage.

Drywall Popping Out of Nails

Have you begun to notice that nails in your drywall are popping out? This is a fairly common symptom of foundational shifting, as the walls themselves move and push away from their anchors.

In some cases, this could be due to natural settling - but if it's more extreme or happens suddenly, you may have a real problem on your hand.

Walls Pulling Out From Home

One of the more worrisome signs of foundational damage is when you notice your walls pulling away from the foundation. This could mean that severe structural compromise has occurred, and will need to be addressed by professionals as soon as possible.

In these cases, it's important to pay close attention to the walls themselves - like if one of them suddenly begins to lean even slightly inwards or outwards.

Chimney Lean

Finally, your chimney could also be an indicator of foundational damage. If you notice that it is leaning either inwards or outwards, this could be a sign of foundational shifting, and should not be taken lightly.

If you come across any of these signs in your home, it's best to contact a qualified professional for an inspection. At Intermountain Coatings, we specialize in all types of foundations and can help you determine the best course of action to take. Don't wait any longer - foundation damage can often lead to greater structural issues, so contact us today and get your Utah home or building back on track!

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