When you think of rising heating costs or other rising utility costs, the first thing that comes to mind is not likely to be your home’s foundation. More than likely, you think of an aging heater or air conditioner, old single-paned windows, or gaps beneath doorways. You may also think of insufficient insulation, inefficient ducting, or an ill-placed thermostat. Regardless, rising utility costs probably don’t make you think of your foundation, but maybe they should.
While all of the above are things you should consider when your utility bills start to rise, you may also want to consider the foundation of your home. If your home’s foundation settles, it can lead to a number of rather problems that cause a rise in utility costs.
How do foundation problems cause rising heating costs?
You’re probably wondering how a settling foundation leads to rising utility costs. KC Waterproofing and Foundation Repair is here to tell you. When your home was originally built, everything was nearly perfectly square. All walls aligned neatly with one another, and all windows and doors seals tightly with surrounding walls. As a foundation settles, these once tight connections begin to loosen. This creates unintended gaps, which allow air to move in and out. In the winter, this means hot air escaping. In the summer, this means cool air moving outside. In either case, it translates to rising utility costs for you!
What to Do if You Suspect Foundation Problems?
If you’ve noticed rising utility costs, take a look around your home. If you notice that the walls are separating from windows or doors, doors and windows don’t open and close as easy as they once did, or any other signs of foundation damage, call KC Waterproofing and Foundation Repair. We’d be happy to answer any questions or schedule a formal inspection. Not only will a repair save you money on utilities, but it will also prevent future, more severe home damage due to foundation settlement.