Commercial properties are more often built on slab foundations
, as opposed to pier and beam. Since slab foundations are laid directly on the ground and reinforced with steel rods, they can support a much larger load. Pier and beam foundations, on the other hand, raise the structure 1-2 feet above ground supported on concrete or steel piers. These piers often cannot support the weight of heavier buildings due to the way pressure is naturally distributed over spaced out piers. 1) Cracks in the foundation
, ceiling, flooring, or walls. These cracks indicate that pressure is unequally distributed over the property's foundation. Cracks can be patched after underlying commercial foundation repairs are performed. 2) Sticking in door and window frames.
Doors that won't shut completely or noticeable gaps where a window should close suggest a foundation issue. After foundation leveling is performed, the doors and window frames should realign once again. 3) Floors that are not level
. Squeaky floorboards or any unevenness means that the structure has a foundation problem. Further damage can result if the foundation is not leveled by a professional foundation repair company. 4) Sinking foundations
are a result of an inappropriate amount of settling or soil conditions which can cause commercial foundations to noticeably shift.