Most of us don’t think twice about the foundations of our homes until it’s far too late. The truth is, foundations can fall into disrepair and by the time you notice it, the repairs could be costly. You can save yourself some of this stress by learning how to spot foundation damage before it gets bad. Here’s some information that will help you spot the any issues:
Just because you spotted a crack or two doesn’t necessarily mean anything. However, each crack needs to be carefully examined to determine if they need to be addressed. Cracks, when left unchecked, can spread and cause permanent damage to the foundation. When found early, it is much easier to repair them.
If the foundation looks as if it has visibly sunk into the ground, this could be an issue. Keep in mind that foundations do settle into the ground naturally over time. However, if it has sunk dramatically, this could point to a much larger problem.
If you have a slab foundation, you’ll want to monitor it to make sure that it doesn’t move upwards. When a foundation does that, it is called “upheaval” and can signify a much larger issue that needs to be repaired. Essentially, this is the complete opposite of “settling” or “sinking” and should absolutely be addressed. Be especially concerned if the foundation moves upwards by a foot or more.
When looking through your home, you always want to check the doors. If they’re having trouble staying closed, this doesn’t necessarily mean that something is wrong with the door itself. It could point to a larger problem with the foundation. The same holds true with both interior and exterior doors.
You should also make it a habit of looking at your exterior window frames. If there are some visible gaps around the frame, this may not be because of the window. It can actually point to a larger issue with the foundation because it could signify that it has sunk and needs to be repaired.
Do the floors inside your home bend or sag? If they do, it could mean that the foundation has sunk considerably and needs to be repaired. It isn’t enough to even the floors out, although that can help. If the foundational issues are not addressed, the repairs won’t last.
In a previous article we talked about damp crawl spaces and how it can signify larger problems. Besides harboring mold and signifying plumbing issues, crawl spaces can show damage that could point to foundation issues. Be on the lookout for humidity in the air, standing water, and mold growth. All of these could indicate that the foundation is damaged and needs attention.
If your home has any of these issues, it is important them to get them checked out because they can signify a much larger problem with your foundation. Contact us for more information.