Foundation issues can spell disaster for homeowners. Left unfixed, they can cost thousands of dollars in repairs. That’s why foundation problems should be identified as soon as possible before other major structural and building problems occur. If the problems are serious enough, you may need to call in a structural engineer to evaluate your home’s foundation.
Here are some signs you can look for to determine if you may have foundation problems:
- Jamming doors or windows that cannot be latched or opened and closed easily.
- Large cracks in walls, especially over the doorways, windows and where the walls meet the ceilings.
- Cracks in tile or vinyl flooring (that weren’t caused by someone dropping something heavy on the floor) may indicate serious foundation problems.
As soon as you see indoor signs of foundation troubles, check the outside of your home for these signs:
- Check for leaning walls. The outside walls should be straight both up and down and from side to side—if they don’t seem to be, check them with a level to make sure that they’re really slanted. Bulging or curving may indicate that the foundation has shifted. The soil around your foundation may also be expanding and contracting, putting pressure on walls.
- Check the sturdiness of your concrete by poking a screwdriver into any weak spots you may see. If you manage to chip away the concrete, then your foundation has probably deteriorated over time.
- Examine any wooden posts for rotting near the base, which may indicate foundation problems.
Foundation problems aren’t something to put off or take on on by yourself. It’s important to call your local foundation repair professional to help you with any foundation problems. If your foundation repair project requires digging (and it probably will), you or the foundation repair professionals need to call Texas811 before they dig.