When you own a home or are looking into buying a new one, there are always things that need to be fixed. However, some things you need to watch out for are ones that are significantly more important than others. A home’s foundation is something that should be dealt with promptly when there are issues. Below are some top signs that the foundation of a home is in need of repair. When these issues are present, contact a reputable company of foundation repair Erie PA, such as the one found at www.highlanderwaterproofing.com.
Windows And Doors Not Fitting Properly
One obvious sign that your foundation might be due for repairing is when you notice your doors and windows are ill-fitting. At first, it may seem like bad craftsmanship may be the cause. However, it could be a sign that your foundation is moving and it is important to hire a professional to check out the cause.
Sagging Floors And Warped Ceilings
Your floors should be completely flat and flush. If you are able to place a tennis ball on any point in your home and it moves, this could be an indication that your floor is beginning to sag because of your foundation issues. Also, keep an eye out for any sagging in your ceiling.
Bad Water Drainage
The main cause for foundation issues in a home is from poor drainage of water. Because of this, regularly look out for drainage problems around your home. Look for spots that are too wet when there has been no rain recently. Also, keep an eye out for spots that seem too dry when you have a good amount of rain. Unusually dry soil could also be an indication of poor water drainage.
These are just a few of the signs that you should be looking out for that could indicate a foundation problem that needs repairing. On top of these, look out for the more obvious indicators of foundation issues such as cracks in your walls and the foundation itself. These could be a more serious issue than just your home settling.
In the residential construction and maintenance field, HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) is considered a specialized trade. Within the HVAC realm, air conditioning can be considered a specialty field of its own. Not every HVAC worker is qualified to service central AC systems.
Because of the complexity of the modern air conditioning system and the potential for environmental damage, air conditioning technicians are somewhat governed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Under EPA regulations, any technician working with refrigerant must be EPA certified and licensed. All central air systems utilize one of two types. Older models use R-22 or Freon, and newer models use R-410 Puron. These refrigerants are only sold to licensed dealers. This is why companies offering air conditioning repair in Fort Myers FL have EPA certified technicians on staff.
EPA certification under Section 608 consists of an in depth test to ensure the technician has the requisite knowledge. In order to pass the testing requirements, most technicians attend a specialized trade school. Certification is broken down into Type I for small appliances and Type II for high pressure AC systems.
For quality companies, the education does not end at certification. There are many central air manufacturers in the world today, each with its own specifications for servicing and repair. Technicians often attend classes sponsored by manufacturers for the correct method of servicing and repairing their products. The manufacturer will then provide an authorization for certain dealers who meet their training requirements.
Due to the education, training and experience involved in the central air field, it can be a risky proposition to use a general handyman or non-certified technician. In some cases, the non-licensed worker will not be able to purchase the required refrigerant.
In other cases a manufacturers warranty may be voided by allowing a technician not authorized by the manufacturer. When having his or her central air unit serviced or repaired, two of the questions that must be asked are whether the person performing the work is EPA certified under Section 608 and whether the technician is authorized by the particular manufacturer.
For those in less populated areas without a sewer system, a septic tank is the main option for dispensing household wastes. In some areas, the septic tank may be the only option.
To avoid costly repairs, zoning problems and sewage back ups, the septic system must be installed properly.
A septic tank is essentially a receptacle for collecting sewer wastes from the home. Toilet, sink, bathtub and shower wastewater collects at a single pipe in the home, which transports it to the septic tank. The tank is normally buried in the back yard, away from the home.
The tank will separate the incoming waste. Heavier solids will sink to the bottom of the tank. Oil and grease will collect at the top of the tank and become trapped. The remaining wastewater will flow out of the tank into a series of lateral pipes submerged in the property. The pipes contain holes to allow the water to drain into the ground. This is referred to as a drain field or leech field.
Installing a septic tank is not normally considered a DIY project due to the excavation involved. A hole must be dug for the tank and long, shallow trenches must be dug for the lateral. The entire system prior to the laterals must be watertight to avoid the release of noxious gases and contamination. The grading from the building to the tank and the tank to the leech field must be sloped to allow drainage. Failure to do so could cause a backup in the home.
The tank will fill with solids and oil or grease over time and must be pumped out to avoid a back up. Laterals can become clogged and will eventually degrade. After their useful life has expired, replacement is needed. Various inspections and tests can be performed to determine if the system is failing and if so, where it is failing.
Fortunately, there are companies that provide a full range of septic system services, from installation to inspection and repairs. Finding a central florida septic company to perform these services can avoid a great deal of headaches in the future.