Your home’s foundation sits out of sight—and frequently out of mind. Unless you know how to spot them, you could easily miss the signs that signal your foundation is in need of repairs. Many of these signs develop slowly over time and may not be obvious until the problem has grown significantly. Learning to identify the signals that your foundation needs repairs can help you avoid extensive damage to your home and property before it ever occurs.
A shifting foundation can cause cracks to form in walls, floors, and ceilings. These cracks may appear in solid concrete or along the mortar of stone- and brickwork. Take a stroll around your home’s exterior to look for developing or growing cracks, particularly those close to the ground. These could indicate that your foundation is moving, causing stresses that damage the structure of your home. Cracking or crazing of interior walls and floors is another indication of foundation trouble affecting your home. In some cases, you may also notice cracks around doorways and windows and in places where ceilings and walls come together in a corner.
Sticky Doors and Windows
In addition to causing cracks, uneven stresses in your home due to a shifting foundation can also cause warping of door and window frames. You may notice that windows are difficult or even impossible to open, close, and latch. Doors may swing open on their own or fail to latch; alternatively, your doors may stick and scrape against the frame or floor when opened.
A sloping floor is a sure sign of foundation issues in a home. In some cases, a severely sloped floor is obvious via visual inspection alone. You may also be able to detect a sloped floor by looking at the ceiling and walls—do pictures that are hanging levelly still appear to be slanted? Is the ceiling on one edge of the room lower than on the other? If you suspect your floor could be slanted but aren’t sure, there is a simple way to find out. Stand in one corner of the room and place a marble or small ball on the floor. If the marble rolls toward another section of the room, your floor is likely slanted due to settling or sinking of your foundation.
A cracked foundation is a compromised foundation, allowing stormwater and other runoff to enter your home. Basement flooding, areas of standing water, and rot or mold are all indicators that you have a moisture problem, which could be related to foundation issues. You may also see signs of flooding or standing water outside your home, particularly in areas directly adjacent to the walls. Spongy or isolated overgrown areas of your yard are another indication of moisture. Even if the moisture problems you are experienced aren’t due to a problematic foundation, excess water can lead to foundation problems in the future. It’s important to have your roof, gutters, and foundation inspected if you are experiencing a water problem to find the cause and address it.
The Texas drought has caused many soil changes that have resulted in widespread damage to foundations throughout the state. If you suspect you could have foundation damage, it’s important to address the issue as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your home. Click through our website for additional information about foundation repair in Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio.