Living in Texas, it is likely that your home is built on a slab foundation. Over time, many issues can cause damage to this type of foundation; one of the most common problems that arises is when the ground underneath your slab shifts and settles, which can cause damage and cracking to occur in your slab. Yet, with all of this occurring under your home, how will you be able to tell if your slab foundation is in need of repair? This is a common question that homeowners have and will want to have answered.
Many homeowners are surprised to learn that it can be quite easy for them to determine whether or not their home’s foundation may need repair. While the damage is occurring underneath your home, a variety of issues within your home can indicate that your foundation may be damaged. Here are a few of the signs you can look out for that can indicate foundation damage in your home.
Wall cracks can occur almost anywhere inside or outside of your home, and these cracks can be a major indicator of a problem with your foundation. Inside of your home, these cracks could appear as jagged cracks in your drywall near windows and/or doors. Cracks on the outside of your home can also indicate potential foundation troubles. While several issues could cause cracks in stucco, cracks in any brickwork or masonry is a likely indicator of foundation damage. However, you should treat any wall cracks as serious, and you should have them looked at by a professional.
Nail Heads Popping Out
Periodically, homeowners will be perplexed by an unusual phenomena; they will notice previously fixed nails are slowly coming out of their walls. In more serious cases, these nails may pop out of the wall all together. While nails coming lose from your walls may seem like a strange occurrence, there is actually a simple explanation; your foundation is settling. Nails popping out of your walls is likely being caused by your house leaning to one side or the other due to settling underneath your foundation. Thusly, this could be an indicator of foundation issues, and you will want to consider having your foundation inspected.
Window and Door Troubles
Another problem homeowners will often encounter when their foundation has become damaged, is they will notice that their windows and doors do not function as well as they used to. With doors, this problem can be seen in doors that stick and/or do not close or latch properly. You may also notice that when closed, your doors do not hang as evenly as they once did. In a home with foundation problems, windows will experience similar problems as doors in that you may have a hard time opening and closing them. With windows, you may also find that you are unable to close them all the way. However, you will want to take the age of your windows into consideration as old windows that need replacement can exhibit similar problems as windows that are being affected by a damaged foundation.
As you can see, foundation damage can prove to be detrimental to your entire home. Thusly, if you suspect that your slab foundation may be damaged, you will want to have it looked at, and if necessary, repaired, so that your foundation does not cause even more serious damage to your home. If you are still unsure whether your home’s foundation may be damaged, there are many more signs that you can look for in your home that can indicate foundation problems. Contact us to find out about more of these signs that can be indicative of foundation damage as well as to schedule an inspection of your foundation.