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3 Common Signs of a Foundation Problem

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3 Common Signs of a Foundation Problem

Facing a foundation repair isn’t any homeowner’s idea of fun, but ignoring foundation issues can compromise your home’s safety, aesthetics, and value. To help you take proactive steps toward identifying potential problems, we’ve compiled a straightforward list of three common signs of foundation issues:

Sign #1: Foundation Wall Cracks

Foundation wall cracks can range from minor cosmetic blemishes to significant structural threats. Regardless of severity, addressing foundation issues promptly can lead to swift and lasting resolutions. What to watch for:

  • Horizontal or vertical cracks.
  • Stair-step or diagonal cracking.
  • Bulging or buckling foundation walls. Helpful tip: Don’t dismiss a crack as a mere shrinkage issue. Regularly monitor cracks, especially if they widen or exhibit uneven growth. If a dime can fit into the crack or if one end widens disproportionately, it’s time to consult us.

Sign #2: Sinking/Settling Concrete Floors

A sinking concrete floor signals potential damage to your home’s structural integrity. Typically, soil inadequacy beneath the concrete is the primary culprit. Look out for:

  • Cracks in the concrete floor.
  • Floors dropping and creating gaps between walls.
  • Interior walls detach from the ceiling, forming gaps.

Sign #3: Sticking Windows and Doors

Difficulty operating windows and doors may indicate underlying foundation or crawl space issues. The main causes include foundation settlement or deterioration of crawl space supports. Watch for:

  • Doors failing to open or close properly.
  • Windows requires excessive force to operate.
  • Diagonal cracks originating from window or door corners.

Distinguishing between foundation settlement and crawl space issues is crucial. If you suspect a foundation problem, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our foundation repair experts are designed to address your home’s unique needs. Schedule a FREE consultation with TerraFirma today!