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When were the first buildings constructed? It’s a question that we can’t really answer conclusively, as there is even debate about the date the Egyptian Pyramids were being raised. It’s safe to say that it would have been thousands of years ago when construction as we know it began, and the basic process of building a house or other type of building has remained the same for all of that time.
Throughout the ages one factor has remained essential to all sturdy and usable buildings: the foundations. Aptly named, the foundations of your home or commercial buildings are the very bedrock upon which they stand. Should something go wrong with the foundations, it is possible the building will become unsafe. Many an older building has been condemned, for example, through having irreparable damage to the foundations. Have you had your foundations checked recently? Let’s talk more about why it might be a god idea to have a professional assess your foundations.
Why Foundations Sometimes Fail
First, be aware that there are professional foundation replacement companies who specialise in this area of construction work and who are the people you need to consult in the first instance. They will use the latest equipment and techniques to check the foundations of a building and recommend when repairs or replacements are needed. So, how can foundations reach the point where they may need replacing?
There are many reasons, some of them geographical. For example, did you know there were more than 120,000 earthquakes with a magnitude between 2.0 and 4.0 in the year 2020? That’s a typical number, and doesn’t include the more dangerous quakes. A quake of 4.0 – a fairly common event in many places across the world – can cause damage to foundations and other parts of property.
It’s not only earthquakes, however, that cause foundation damage. Many older buildings were badly built in the first instance. Some have been built on land that is moving underneath and the foundations will move with it. Water ingress can also damage foundations, as can freezing weather and other extreme conditions.
Buildings that were built more than 100 year ago should be checked regularly, for the methods and materials used back then were nowhere close to as sturdy and long-lived as those that will be used as a replacement. So, you have an older home, and you believe you need your foundations checked. What happens next?
You should contact your local foundation replacement specialists. Use an internet search engine and type in those words along with your location and you will be given plenty options. There are several ways that foundations can be replaced so it is most likely there will be a solution if yours are in need of repair.
The company you choose will explain to you what has to be done, how it is done, and will give you a no-obligation quote for the necessary work. If you have an older building that you need checking get in touch now and rectify any problems quickly.