Whether you are buying a new home, or have been settled in for a while, it is important to be mindful of possible home foundation problems. While some signs may be obvious to you, there are other, more subtle, hints to look out for. Early detection of foundational problems will save you money in the long run. If you find yourself facing possible home foundation problems, talking to a professional will put you in the right direction of repairing your home.
Ill-Fitting Doors and Windows
What may seem like poor craftsmanship could actually be a warning sign of foundational problems in your home. Keep in mind that all doors and windows should fit neither too tight or too loose within their frame. If you find that this is not the case, contact a professional to find the cause of the problem. Don’t forget to check garage doors and attic windows, as well.
Warped Ceilings and Sagging Floors
In addition to looking for this tell-tale sign, you may want to watch for exposed gaps where your walls are supposed to meet with each floor and ceiling. An easy way to check for inconsistencies is to place a tennis ball in random locations of your home. Keep in mind, the ball should never move after being placed on the floor.
Poor Water Drainage
Because poor water drainage is a leading cause of home foundation problems, it is important to take note of any drainage problems you may have. To inspect for drainage problems, check around your property for wet soil (if no rain has recently fallen), or unusually dry soil (if rain has fallen).
Cracks in the Foundation
A more obvious sign of foundation problems is cracks or compromises in the foundation itself. Because this is the infrastructure of your home, it should never show visible signs of foundational damage. Be on the lookout for cracks, buckling, ruptures, crumbling, or moisture; these inspections should be conducted both inside (the basement) and outside of your home.
Cracks in the Walls
If you notice that your walls are cracked or crumbling, you may be facing a problem other than a settling house. Important signs to watch out for are: cracks, warps, or shifts in your walls; crumbling or decaying walls; or water damage that causes mold or water stains. If you do notice any visible signs of decay, call an expert immediately.
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