By Sorista Vaught
Perhaps your home is not looking quite as forlorn as this one, however it may be that you could be facing problems that could produce results as grim over time. As Civil and Structural Engineers, FECS has opportunity to examine many structures with many problems. What follows is a short list of red flags that could present major problems down the road:
Standing water in or around your structure. Standing water tells of drainage problems which can lead to mold. Mold is not only harmful to you but is also harmful to your dwelling (more about mold below). Standing water is also a draw for insects which lay eggs in the water wreaking havoc on your health and that of your pets.
Mold means your structure is in danger of decomposing right before your very eyes. Dampness trapped over time causes mold. One must address the cause of the mold which FECS does as part of our forensic analysis. You need to get this established first so that you can eliminate the cause to prevent more mold in the future.
Cracks in your structure. Cracks can mean settling has occurred or can mean other things. Check to see if the crack has a 3/16” or wider gap. Observe if you also have sagging floors or doors and windows that don’t close properly. Should this be the case it may be wise to contact FECS to assess the soundness of your structure.
Sagging, uneven, or sloping floors. When something is wrong with your floors you need to explore the reason promptly. There are many possible causes of a sagging or sloping floors which is why employing the services of a structural engineering firm such as FECS can help you get to the root of the problem efficiently. Simply trying to jack up portions of the floor can lead to even more extensive problems in the future which is why it is wise to consult with experts.
Roof problems. If the roof is sagging, this signals structural issues that need to be addressed. If water is pooling or leaking into the structure you do not need to delay employing help. Do not ignore your roof. Should your roof supports be weak, decayed, or insufficient, they may need to be replaced right away.
Obvious damage such as from fires, flooding or storms. It is strongly recommended that you give us a call to discuss this damage and arrange for an assessment of your best course to pursue following the disaster. There are many unforeseen issues that you may miss by trying to muddle through this by yourself. Oftentimes our services are covered by your insurance company.
If you have any other concerns such as lay of the land or sink holes in your area, FECS is adept at diagnosing a plethora of problems you may be facing. Do give us a call at 931-456-6071 and we will be pleased to discuss your concerns and schedule as prompt an appointment as is possible.