Many of you may remember the old childhood rhyme: “Step on a crack, break your mother’s back!” This was a popular game many played as children, where we walked down the street and tried not to step on any cracks. That game was fun for many of us but the idea of cracks in our home is no fun at all. Sometimes we are stepping on cracks and are not even aware of that fact.
Recently we were doing a demo on some floors at a customer’s home. A demo (also known as a demolition) is where we go in and tear out old floors prior to installing new flooring or carpeting. During the process of tearing out these particular floors, we noticed a crack in the floor in one room. This is something that is not uncommon, however, after tearing out the floors in other rooms, we realized that the crack went from one side of the home to the other.
Oh oh, was our first thought as this could be a sign of foundation problems. After checking the walls for other signs of foundation damage and finding no wall cracks, we decided to contact a foundation company to come out and have a look. It was revealed that the foundation of the house had, in fact, shifted and needed to be repaired BEFORE we could finish the floor installation. The good news is there was minimal foundation damage by that time and it not as costly as it could have been if found even six months later.
Because we care about our customers and have their best interests at heart, we pride ourselves on honesty and making sure the job is done right. Sometimes it takes longer to fix all the problems, but in the end you won’t have to worry about anyone’s back being broken by stepping on covered up cracks!