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Welcome to the hub of knowledge for all your concerns for the integrity of your home. With the articles on this page, you won’t have to worry about your world crumbling apart. From cracks in the walls to sagging floors, this page unravels insights into knowing the signs of house structural problems, how to spot structural problems in a house, and how to fix structural issues in your home. 

 

With our resources at your fingertips, you’ll gain the expertise needed to address and resolve signs of home structural problems, allowing you to fortify the foundation of your home with confidence.

How Can I Tell If I Have Structural Problems In My House?

By Michael LeBas / March 10, 2023 /
house Structural Problems

What are the signs of structural problems in a house? – This type of question is usually the result of suspicions that come from noticing cracks in concrete, bricks, drywall, or doors or windows that do not operate correctly. In other words when you see something wrong with your house that you never noticed. To…

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How Do I Repair Foundation Failure?

By Michael LeBas / March 10, 2023 /
how to repair home foundation

Foremost, foundation repair is beyond the ability of most homeowners, due to the equipment and knowledge required. The foundation of a home supports the entire house, so the weights involved are extreme. The nature of the question presumes the foundation is no longer supporting the house, or at least some portion of it, so any…

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How Can I Tell If A Wall Is A Load Bearing Wall?

By Michael LeBas / March 10, 2023 /
how to identify a load bearing wall

How can I identify a load bearing wall? – This question is easy to answer, although getting the needed information can sometimes be difficult. It typically means getting up in the attic and possibly moving some insulation to expose the ceiling joists. What is a Load Bearing Wall? Essentially, a load bearing wall is a…

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What Does A Sag in My Roof Mean?

By Michael LeBas / March 10, 2023 /
what does a sagging roof mean

Houston, we have a problem! How much of a problem depends largely on how large is the roof sag? And we are going to differentiate between a sag and a hole, as this may have been caused by a tree or branch falling on the roof. What Does a Sagging Roof Mean? Generally, any sag…

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Common Wood Destroying Insects

By Michael LeBas / March 10, 2023 /

Wood-destroying insects are always a concern for homeowners, with the most egregious of the insects being termites. Common wood destroying insects in houses include termites, powderpost beetles, and carpenter bees. Potential damage caused by each of these insects results in the destruction of wood where infestation occurs. Let’s discuss each of these pests and how…

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What Do Floor Tile Cracks Mean?

By Michael LeBas / March 10, 2023 /
what causes floor tiles to crack | HOUSETIPS - What Do Floor Tile Cracks Mean?

What Causes Floor Tiles to Crack? Unfortunately, floor tile cracks are common in houses. The floor tile crack may actually grow in length or width.    When you look around the room, absolutely no other signs of cracks or distress exist.   Your house may be less than a year old or 30 plus years old.  Immediately,…

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Garage Slab Cracks

By Michael LeBas / March 10, 2023 /
HOUSETIPS - Garage Slab Cracks

Garage Slab Cracks Garage slab cracks are caused by various conditions and show up in the slab in different ways.  Two common conditions include (1) “spider cracks” generally located in the center or open area of the garage and (2) a long crack near the common wall of your house (Common-Wall Slab Crack).  Carport cracks…

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Foundation Corner Crack

By Michael LeBas / March 10, 2023 /
HOUSETIPS - Foundation

Foundation corner cracks are extremely common in residential concrete foundation slabs. These cracks are also commonly referred to as slab cracks. They occur, as the name suggests, at the corner of the foundation where brick veneer is installed on the house. That’s right, they only occur along walls that have brick veneer on the outside…

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Types of Basements

By Michael LeBas / March 10, 2023 /
Types of Basements

Why do some houses have basements, and what are the different kinds of basements? In the simplest of terms, a basement is part of the foundation that supports the house and the “need” for a basement is usually the result of where the house is located. In coastal regions like the Gulf South, there are…

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The Importance of Properly Assessing a Home – Case Study

By Michael LeBas / March 10, 2023 /
what causes cracks in walls and ceilings - a case study

Many articles on the HOUSETIPS website result from years of experience looking at foundation failure. This case study is about one client’s concern about the foundation of her home. The client contacted our team to learn about problems with her home. She feared the residence had foundation failure since she noticed cracks in the brick…

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