I am looking for assistance with our family room. The siding is buckling. It appears the walls are saging or shrinking down. The one wall appears to be bulging out as there is a 2 inch gap between a section of the wall and the electric baseboard heater. The previous owners added this room onto the house and we fear it was not professionaly built. We plan to redo this room but before we do I want to make sure we correct what ever it is that is causing the walls to sage and bulge. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. You can e-mail me at Roses4cmm@gmail.comThis message has been edited. Last edited by: Frustrated in Ohio,
Apr 20, 2013, 06:45 PM
No one can tell from what you've posted what your issue is with the wall. You need someone on the ground to come and inspect your home. Contrary to popular opinion especially around Toronto, ON, Canada (Home of Holmes) there are competent home inspectors elsewhere.
Holmes doesn't read these boards, and doesn't work in the US. I suggest talking with friends, family and/or a real estate agent to see if anyone knows a good inspector or structural engineer. I'd probably start with a structural engineer to get an opinion on what is wrong and what a solution would be rather than starting with a contractor. You could also consult Angie's List for recommendations.
Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.
My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.