The foundation is the most important aspect of a home. Without a well-built foundation, the finished house won’t be as stable. There are numerous varieties of foundations that can be constructed for homes. A concrete slab, basement foundation, and crawl space are most common. Even with the best-laid foundation, over time, issues may arise in which the home may need foundation repairs.
Visible Cracks or Separation on the Floor, Wall, or Stairway
A small crack along the wall or beneath the linoleum, a cracked grout line between floor tiles or a clear separation of cabinets or a stairway from the wall may all point to a damaged foundation. Very small cracks and structural shifting may be completely normal after new construction. However, if the crack or separation is ¼ inch or wider, there may be cause for concern. This could be the homeowners’ first indication that they may need foundation repairs.
Doors Won’t Open or Close Properly
Doors that stick or won’t open and close properly can have warping that’s caused by humidity, but this can also be a sign that the foundation could be a problem. There are steps the homeowner can take to fix the door. However, if it is a structural problem that needs foundation repairs, the door adjustments won’t last long. It’s best to call a professional to see if he or she can find the source of the problem.
Gaps Around Exterior Doors and Windows
Is there exterior light or airflow around a door or window that wasn’t previously there? In some older homes, drafts may be a common issue. However, if the homeowner suddenly begins to see visible light from outside around window or door frames, this could be cause for concern. Growing gaps around window and door frames could mean the foundation needs repair.
If you experience any of these issues in your home, call a local contractor. It may be time to set up an appointment for a foundation inspection.