Do some things around your house seem amiss, but you’re not sure why? You might need to take a look below the surface at your home’s foundation.
Many people don’t consider the foundation when they’re going through their home maintenance routine. If you have foundation issues that don’t get fixed, however, you’re going to end up with an expensive situation!
We’re here to talk about a few signs that your home might have foundation problems. Read on to learn more.
1. Foundation, Floor, and Wall Cracks
Regardless of your home’s condition, small cracks are normal. Hairline cracks are common around the foundation of your home, and even larger cracks may be cosmetic in nature, even if they look extreme.
If, however, you’ve been noticing more cracks that are similar in size and direction, it might be a sign that you’re having problems with your foundation.
Horizontal cracks and diagonal cracks tend to be more severe than vertical cracks. If you’re unsure if the cracks in your walls, floors, or foundation are serious, hire someone to inspect your home.
2. Sticking Doors
Everyone experiences a sticky door from time to time. If your doors have gotten harder to open and close over time and there’s no clear culprit, however, your next home renovation project might have to include foundation repair.
So why do the doors stick? When the foundation needs to be repaired, your home is no longer even (even if it looks and feels even). Even a small difference in the height of one side of your door or doorframe can make it impossible to open or close your door.
If you have two doors that come together in the middle, you may discover that there’s an obvious gap or misalignment between them.
3. Sagging or Uneven Floors
Speaking of your foundation making your home uneven, uneven floors are a clear sign of home issues.
If you have foundation problems, your floors may dip in the center (as if they were sagging). You may not be able to notice this right away. If you suspect it, sit against one wall of the room and place a marble on the floor. If the floor is uneven, it will roll toward the center.
Some floors won’t sag, but they’ll still become uneven. This can be dangerous for small children or anyone with mobility issues.
4. Unusual Gaps
Have you noticed strange gaps around your windows or doors during your routine house maintenance? If so, this is a sign that there may be something wrong with your foundation.
These gaps mean that something is shifting beneath the surface, putting pressure on the walls and molding. These gaps can also lead to future home problems, like mold from leaks and excessive energy usage.
Home Maintenance: Have You Checked Your Foundation Lately?
Do any of these signs seem familiar?
Keep in mind that these aren’t all sure signs that your foundation is in need of repair. That said, if you notice one or more of these signs during your home maintenance routine, it’s a good idea to hire an inspector to see whether or not you have a foundation problem.
Protect your home by fixing and maintaining your foundation as soon as possible.
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