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Maximizing Home Value: Foundation Inspections and Shower Door Installations

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May 16, 2024
Maximizing Home Value: Foundation Inspections and Shower Door Installations

Your home's worth depends on keeping it in great shape. Making smart upgrades is key. A new glass door for showers can make your bathroom look modern and luxurious. Buyers love an attractive bathroom. But don't forget the basics, too. Your home's foundation is extremely important. It holds up the whole house. Getting regular inspections catches any issues early before major repairs are needed. This blog talks about why maintaining the foundation and upgrading with things like new shower glass doors are wise moves. These projects boost your home's looks and value when it's time to sell. 

Importance of Conducting Foundation Inspection

Regular foundation inspections are a must for homeowners. The foundation is the backbone of the entire house, so any issues with it can lead to major problems down the road. While severe foundation damage requires an immediate inspection, homeowners should have their foundation evaluated every few years, even if no obvious issues are seen. Here are the top reasons why staying on top of foundation repair and inspections is so important:

  • Safety: A solid, undamaged foundation ensures the overall structural safety of the home. Inspections allow any flaws to be caught and repaired before bigger safety risks arise.
  • Cost Savings: Fixing small foundation problems when first detected is much cheaper than waiting until major repairs are required. Inspections prevent expensive fix-ups later.
  • Maintains Home Value: Buyers want homes with foundations in great shape. Regular inspections and repairs uphold the resale value.
  • Selling Advantage: A maintenance history showing routine foundation inspections provides assurance to prospective buyers that this critical component was properly maintained.

Ways to Inspect Foundation Before Installing Shower Doors

Installing new shower doors seems like an easy home upgrade. But before you start that project, you should get your home's foundation inspected first. Here are the main things an inspector will look at when examining your foundation:

Checking the Outside Foundation Walls 

The inspector will carefully look over the foundation walls on the exterior of your home. They will be checking for any cracks in the concrete or brickwork. Even a small crack that is 1/8 of an inch wide or bigger is something they will make a note of.

Cracks that go around corners or have a stair-step pattern are concerning. The inspector will also look to see if any part of the foundation is bulging or leaning inwards or outwards. This could mean there is an uneven amount of weight and pressure on that section of the foundation, which needs to be addressed.

Examining the Interior Support Structures 

Next, the inspector will go inside the basement or crawl space area to check on the interior foundation components. They will visually inspect the concrete slabs that the home rests on, as well as any concrete piers or support beams holding things up.

The inspector wants to ensure these critical structural pieces show no signs of cracking, sinking, sagging, or any other damage. Homes with a pier and beam foundation will pay close attention to the tops of the piers where they connect to the beams, verifying those connections are secure.

Looking for Moisture Issues 

One of the main threats to the long-term health of a foundation is excess moisture. The inspector will be checking all over for any indicators of water intrusion or dampness under the house. Rotting wood, musty odors, white mineral deposits on the walls, and actual water stains are all signs of a moisture problem.

They will also look for any potential point of entry where water could be getting in, like around window wells or basement doors. Too much moisture can attract pests like termites or enable wood rot and structural damage over time.

How to Get a Shower Door Installed?

Installing a new door for the shower is an exciting project that will give your bathroom an instant upgrade. While every shower door is slightly different, these steps will help guide you through most installations. But before we get started, be sure to refer to the specific instructions that came with your shower door.

Step 1: First things first, let's clear out the area where we'll be working. Remove that old shower curtain, rod, and other items cluttering the space.

Step 2: Grab a friend to help you hold that shiny new shower glass door in the opening. Have your friend use masking tape to temporarily secure it against the walls if it has a frame. Double-check that the door fits nicely – if not, many framed doors for showers can be trimmed down using a hacksaw to get that perfect fit.

Step 3: Using a level, confirm that the shower door is perfectly upright and flush against the walls. Adjustments might be needed.

Step 4: With the door or frame taped in place, take a pencil and mark exactly where the screw holes will go. For dark tiles, stick some masking tape down first to clearly see the markings when drilling time comes.

Step 5: Carefully remove the door for the shower and frame. Then, grab your drill and make holes through those marked spots using the right drill bit size. Keep that masking tape on to prevent any tile cracks or wall damage until the drilling is done.

Step 6: Time to make it watertight! Apply a bead of caulk along the edges of the door or frame that will touch the walls, but avoid the screw holes. Press it firmly into position, lining up the holes. Run your fingers over the edges to seal it properly, wiping away any excess caulk. Then secure the frame to the walls with screws through those pre-drilled holes.

Step 7: If additional installation steps exist for things like handles or sliding mechanisms, just follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.

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Risks of Installing Shower Doors on Unstable Foundations

Installing something like shower doors on an unstable foundation can lead to serious issues. If your home's foundation is shifting or settling, it's crucial to address the problem before making any major installations or renovations. Look out for these telltale signs:

Wall or Ceiling Cracks 

Cracks running along walls or ceilings, from hairline to more pronounced, form as the foundation settling transfers up through the home's framing, drywall, and plasterwork.

Slab Cracks 

One of the most serious issues is visible cracking in the foundation's concrete slab itself, typically resulting from soil movement and settlement, which puts structural stress on the slab over many years.

Uneven Floors 

Floors that are noticeably bulging, sinking, sloping, or have a bouncy, trampoline-like feel are signs the foundation is no longer providing proper structural support and leveling underneath.

Door Issues 

Foundation movement can cause doors to warp, twist, and pull out of their frames, making it hard to open or close them easily. Stuck doors that don't latch correctly create annoyances and potential security risks.

Water Damage 

Water stains, moisture buildup, mold, and mildew are often caused by foundation cracks or slab leaks, which allow water to penetrate the home's interior spaces.


In conclusion, taking care of the basics, like your home's foundation, is super important before worrying about renovations. The foundation literally holds up your whole house, so you have to make sure it's in good shape. Get it inspected regularly to catch any problems early before they become huge headaches.

Once you know the foundation is solid, then you can move on to fancier upgrade projects that'll boost your home's looks and value when selling - stuff like installing new modern doors for the shower. But don't put the cart before the horse. Cover the essentials first by maintaining that critical foundation, then have fun making your place look nicer.

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