Know Signs of Walls At Risk of Collapse
“Walls protect and walls limit. It is the nature of walls that they should fall.”
– English Author Jeanette Winterson
No wall stands forever with weak limbs (ever see the Chicago Bears offensive line come the fourth quarter?). Heck, even the legendary, two-millennium-old Great Wall of China is showing its age.… Read the rest
Des Moines. Cedar Rapids. Burlington. Dubuque. Interstate 80. Out of nowhere and without warning, sinkholes are appearing all over Iowa and often swallowing everything in their path. And you thought teenagers had a bottomless appetite.
This is no horror movie plot. This is reality for thousands of unsuspecting Midwest homeowners. As hundreds of evacuated homeowners in Fraser, Mich., discovered in December, sinkholes can strike anywhere.… Read the rest
On any given day, the average American home faces numerous potential damage and potential costly repair threats.
That means on any given day, the Average American homeowner faces numerous potential damage or costly repair headaches that can’t be fixed by a 1000 milligrams of Excedrin.
Keeping your home defended from the many threats it faces on a daily basis is an impossible task, but being aware and alert to the most common and likely threats your home faces can give you some peace of mind, and a ready response plan for when disaster strikes.… Read the rest
What do hospital gowns and insurance policies have in common?
You’re never covered as much as you think you are.
For homeowners, there are few worse surprises in life than finding out the disaster you think is covered in your home insurance is nowhere to be found in the fine print.… Read the rest
Houses settle overtime, and a little foundation unevenness isn’t cause for panic. But when cracks appear in walls, especially over doorways, floors begin to slope, and windows that used to open and close easily begin to stick or not close, there are growing foundation issues at play.
The Top 10 signs your home is resting on shaky ground are:
- Uneven or sloping floors
- Cracks in exterior or interior brick
- Displaced or cracked moldings
- Wall rotation
- Cracks in walls or bowing of walls
- Cracks in floor, floor tiles or foundation
- Doors and windows not closing properly
- Space between walls and ceilings and floors
- Walls separating from the house
The longer a homeowner sits on a foundation problem, the greater the cracks in their home’s structural integrity become.… Read the rest