Posted on: 29 November 2017
Your home's foundation is what provides a flat and solid base on which your entire house is built upon. Over time, water exposure, weather conditions, age, and a variety of other variables can have an effect on your home's foundation, causing cracking, sinking, or other forms of physical damage. Home foundation problems can have a number of implications for the rest of your home and can cause damage which can be extremely expensive to fix. Understanding what to look for to determine if your home is having foundation issues can help you contact a professional before the issue gets out of hand.
If your home's foundation has begun to shift in the ground or has otherwise become damaged, you may notice it first in your home's floors. Floors that were previously level will begin to slope one way (or even buckle, depending on the type of foundation damage that you are experiencing). Besides using a level to figure out if your floors have become uneven, you can also look at where your floor meets the wall: if the floor has begun to separate from it, your foundation is likely to blame. Further, if your foundation problem is severe, you may see cracking and actual damage to your flooring materials.
Stuck Doors and Windows
One of the earliest signs of foundation issues, before any actual physical damage to your home occurs, is if your windows and doors become stuck in their frames. This is a similar issue to the above point: because the foundation of your home has become uneven, the frames of your windows and doors have become misshapen and may have even begun to come apart. This means that your windows and doors can get stuck in their frames, or may have issues closing properly after they've been opened. If this is the case for multiple doors and windows across your home, you should contact a professional to come take a look at your foundation as soon as possible.
Damaged Moldings and Baseboards
Another red flag for foundation issues is if your home's moldings or baseboards begin to show signs of damage and separation from each other as well. Again, this is because one side of your home is beginning to shift away from the other. Corners are the most common place where you can see signs of damage, but you should inspect the moldings and baseboards along the entirety of the length of your walls to see if any shifting and cracking has occurred.
Contact local foundation repair services for more information and assistance.Share